The Club's Results

Novice Fairbairn Cup 2017

1st women's novice VIII (1st division)

Coxed by: Kerem Ergene
Coached by: Marcus Roberts

1st
Time: 11:45.4
Race reports are not optional!!

Ecstatic of Cumbria
(Neil T)
'Twas the day of Fairbairn's,
When at the start line
A FaT crew was sitting
And biding their time.

They waited and waited
For the marshal to say:
"Row on First and Third",
And they went on their way.

Quick they built pressure,
Their technique sans flaws,
And push after push
They made without pause.

In spite of crosswinds,
No o'erheads were caught
As they pushed for that vict'ry
That so long had been sought.

And then, on The Reach,
From cox came a cry:
"Let's do this for Marcus;
We win or we die."

Their lift was immense,
Some say the boat flew,
Which pushed them e'er closer
To Jesus first crew.

As they crossed the finish,
The cox looked around
But St Catharine's crew:
Nowhere to be found.

Yet the danger was Maggie,
Their antagonist and foe:
From previous races,
They knew they could row.

FaT parked up their boat,
Stepped out on dry land,
The air thick with tension
That no one could stand.

"That rowing was fast,"
Coach, Marcus, stated.
"But now we must wait."
And with that, they waited.

They rowed back to the House,
Where results were confirmed:
FaT crowned triumphant,
And that they had earned.

The cox was thrown in.
Hypothermia? Maybe:
Even hours later
He's still slightly shaky.

But the girls did FaT proud:
Not once did they dither!
They're truly the fastest
Of crews on the river.
(K. Ergene)
What an incredible row. After a solid first half, NW1 put their hands deep into the fire and took a push after push starting from the P&E. The girls responded brilliantly to all of Kerems calls, but especially in the final push they took 200m from the finish - the lift in boat speed was thrilling to watch from the bank. The sheer determination across all of their faces as they crossed the finish line (and collapsed) is not a sight that I will forget any time soon. 

NW1 was plagued by Lady Margaret all term, losing to them in both Emmas Sprints and Clare Novices, but stepped it up with unmatched resolve when it really mattered, coming first by a ridiculous margin of 15 seconds. Congratulations girls - youve done yourselves (and the club) extremely proud. 
(D. Lee)

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