Tonight's performance was simply mind blowing. Every one of the girls excelled. From the start they began to ease ahead of the opposition, then left them utterly behind- topping the finalists list, a comfortable 40-odd seconds ahead of queens.
The final was harder, but the girls handled the immense pressure brilliantly, and calmly got on with the job in hand, again winning by a ludicrous margin. Absolutely brilliant! (jo)
An utterly brilliant start to the year for our ladies - pulling ahead to win the first round we sailed into the Upper Division Final a clear 40 seconds ahead of Queens, our next closest competition. The Final was a little more tense but our girls did themselves proud and went on to steal the championship title with over 35 seconds between them and Queens. We creamed Maggie utterly - they came in after Queens with a time of 15:15:60. Jesus were next but our girls were truly the victors of the evening. A Queens rower standing next to me in the Awards Presentation said astoundedly 'but they look really normal!!' when our women went up to collect their cups. Nice one! (Danae)
Our archive shows the fastest women's times in 2002 and 2001 to have been 14:57.0 and 14.57.2 respectively.
Hope everyone likes the pictures :-) (Martin)
The girls put in a sterling performance. Abi gave us a flying start and had the cheek to make it look easy, Sanjeet recovered brilliantly from coming off her seat, and Anna powered us up through the ranks. Munro took Maggie from behind with style, and Lydia calmly closed the gap to downing (whose first two rowers had ~1:43 splits!). Anastasia closed the gap further, and supersub Louise brought us to within 150m of Downing. We'd come right back from behind, but 150m is quite a lot to make up over 500m...
Well try telling that to Fish, who brought us in 1st in our heat, pipping downing to the post.
Overall we finished 2nd, 5s behind Homerton C... who beat Homerton A by the same margin and Homerton B by 1minute. As far as I'm concerned, today's result was a win, and a well deserved one. (jo)
Our second QEs crew put in an amazing performance last night, stealing the limelight with a resounding win in their round, finishing a close second to a dubiously placed Homerton 'C' boat. We were screaming ourselves hoarse but the girls stayed calm and we gradually overtook Maggie (oh yes!)and Downing who were keeping the pressure on us until with 150m down Fish took the hot seat and blew them all away, finishing a fantasic set of performances convincingly. The girls looked strong and infinitely more stylish than many around - and Louise Bloom did herself proud with a first ever 500m, holding her own against tough competition. An excellent evening - with more than a little victorious feeling after learning of Homerton's strangely successful 'C'-boat. Apparently they're hopeless on the water though - we look forward to a storming season from all our novice boats! Ra ra First and Third! (Danae)
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