The Club's Results

Clare Novice Regatta, Mich Term 2004

3rd women's novice VIII (Plate)

Coxed by: Pia Schaefer
Coached by: Daniel Holland

2nd round
beat Hughes Hall B by 4 lengths
We had no idea what to expect, after all this was our very first race... but we certainly didn't expect the near double digit length lead at the finish line!

WELL DONE GIRLS! Dan, the CU Cyclists and all the sheep of Wales are proud of you... xx (Pia)
Quarter finals
Beat LMBC C by 1 length
WHAT A RACE!

The will to shed some red scum blood was there right from the warm up in the boathouse... We knew fully well that the Maggie Menace were going to give us more trouble than the docile grads from Hughes. But first cracks appeared in the LMBC uberego when we had a cheering match with the 1st women outside the P&E,... we saw those lip-stick smeared faces drop as the air resounded with mighty 1st&3rd cheers. The girls rowed better than yesterday, back lean and strong finishes were introduced on the row up to the start while they as ever excelled at responding to ratio calls. Marshalled outside the Plough we continued to undermine the opposition's self confidence with singing and chanting. Bankparty Zoe cunningly worked out the critical point of maximum destruction for our Crew Chant (3x Cox: What are we gonna do??? Crew: WIN!!!)- delivered in a male voice, since the only reminescent of our girlie selves was to be my hockey skirt- and we roared while maggie made their spacking attempt at spinning.

After a strong start we were marginally ahead, a push for ten into the lead followed taking us to 1/4 length. The unimaginative scum cox then called for a push from the lipstick ladies but we quietly matched their push, which led to more maggie disillusionment and 3/4 length for us! The girls kept it together marvellously, and responded to every call, a ratio shift increased our lead to a length and a push for 'the bow girl' gave us clear water. After the railway bridge we fell apart a bit and the scum gained back on us with a last desperate effort. Summoning the last energy reserves the girls pushed for the finish and into the semi-finals.

Dami's loss to LMBC men C had been avenged... An absolutely tremendous effort!!! (Pia)
Semi finals
Lost to Queens' C by 3 lengths
Shame, shame, shame. We looked better while paddling, but they had the better race. The concept of 'catches' was revealed on the row back to the boathouse. A doubling of the boatspeed made my heart drop... we could have had them.

Bring on Fairbairns... Queens have not seen the last of us.

NM3 can be really proud of what they did today! (Pia)

1. Stay warm!
2. In the semi-finals
3. In the boat!
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