- Category: National team
In two superb semi-final in today's (Saturday 16th April) Final GB Assessment held at Dorney Lake, Molesey's Captain Andrew Hodge won one semi-final while his fellow Olympic Champion Tom James won the other. The standard and closeness of the field had to be seen to be believed; Mo Sbihi and James Foad finished 3rd in TJ's semi about half a boat length back with George Nash (on loan to CUBC!) and OUBC's Stan Louloudis split the two boats. Tom Ransley was a very narrow 4th behind Mo and James. Hodgy and his perennial partner Pete Reed held off our very own Greg Searle and Cam Nichol who timed supreb race to finish 2nd, with 4th place again only about half a length back.
This means Sunday's A Final will contain 6 Molesey rowers out of a possible 12 split neatly into two full MBC pairs, two composites with Leander and two Leander pairs making up the field- get there and cheer if you can! Not only will it be a superb race but the standard will be world class split neatly between two very strong clubs.
Our HP athletes had a bit of a rougher day of it with Dan Ouseley going down ill yesterday morning leaving Ben Smith to tackle the 1x on one outing. His win in the C/D semi final shows that he lost none of his fighting spirit. Josh Tonnar had a promising time trial but couldnt quite put it together in the side by side and races in the D Final tomorrow.
Henry Pelly finished a very creditable 6th in the time trial but due to a recent stomach bug couldnt quite finish off the A/B semi final. He also couldnt get out of the boat afterwards and has been medicaled off for tomorrow.
Fred Gill and Matt Tarrant (summer time MBC) were 5th in their semi and will race Tom Ransley of MBC/York City in their B final tomorrow.
Karen Bennett finised 5th in the A/B semi in her composite pair and will line up in the B final tomorrow amongst a crop of other U23 pairs.
All told a tough but fairly succesful days racing. It was good to see so many MBC supporters; even more tomorrow please!