Molesey Women’s Squad- Autumn Report.
Wallingford Small Boats
A good start to the racing season for the MBC Women, with a tricky technical course we managed to get wins from Aimee Jonckers in the IM2 1X and a win from Emma Boyns, Ellie Southgate-Heaybeard-Southgate, Georgia Mission, Lucy Primmer-in the WIM1 4X. Other results included a 5th Place for Gabby Rodriguez in the Women’s Elite Single.
The last/first side by side 2k race of the season based at its usual highly inviting wet and windy location of Nottingham Holme Pierpoint. This two day event allowed our women’s Trialist’s thegroupopportunity to try out some new fun racing combinations. The Molesey Women began their campaign with a good performance from the new combination of Hannah Foxley and Marie Grant in the Women’s double coming 11th place in the senior W2x following the time trial. Just missing out by a couple of seconds to make the C Final. The crew finished 4th in the D final with a close sprint finish.
The W4- of Rebecca Edwards, Aimee Jonckers, Helen Roberts and Gabby Rodriguez had a healthy start to their racing season placing 3rd in the time trial and second to the GB Marlow composite in the Semi Final. The A final was lead from the start from the full GB Squad Leander boat, however the Molesey Women had tight side by side fight with the Marlow composite featuring GB Olympic Champion Katherine Grainger. The Marlow composite and Molesey crew took turns at leading each other with the composite just sneaking away with the silver medal on the line by 0.2 secs.
Sunday’s only feature for the women was the quad this featured Vicki Watts, Rebecca Girling, Helen Roberts and Gabby Rodriguez. This crew had some challenging conditions to row in saw them in the fastest of the two semi finals and unfortunately just missed out on a place in the A Final. Finishing 8th overall and 2nd in the B Final.
Senior GB Trials
At the end of October we saw the largest group of women attending GB Senior Trials in Boston Lincolnshire that Molesey has ever had. With 8 women going to the trials Including Hannah Foxley, Vicki Watts, Helen Roberts, Rebecca Edwards, Aimee Jonkers, Rebecca Girling, Marie Grant and Gabby Rodriguez. All girls made it through the 2K Ergo and onto the Water for the Sunday. Aimee Jonckers and Rebecca Girling showed great strength in the 2K Ergo performance both going under 6 minutes 50 seconds. Day two of the trials featured a cold but clear singles water time trial for the women.
Results included 26th Gabby Rodriguez, 30th Aimee Jonckers, 34th Beccy Girling, 41st Vicki Watts 42ndRebecca Edwards, 51st Hannah Foxley and 56th Marie Grant.
A sunny start to the weekend saw an easy win for the WIM1 4X Featuring Emma Boyns, Natalie Irvine, Lucy Primmer and Georgia Mission. They were the quickest women’s crew of the day. With only 10 mens crews beating them on time over the course.
In the second division the WIM2 4X in the afternoon division with a couple of changes included Lucy Primmer, Phoebe Bradbury, Lillie Reid, Emma Boyns whom also rowed away to an easy win in this category.
Fullers Fours Head
This was the first tideway race of the season for the Senior Women’s squad. This proved to be the most challenging race to date that the crew have had to deal with. A delayed start due to severe weather conditions put in doubt the chances of the race starting but the changing of tide just held off an any chance of cancelations.
The Women’s IM1 4X included Hannah Foxley, Beccy Girling, Marie Grant and Vicki Watts, the girls took on the challenge of the conditions and finished 4th in their category.
Our Brit Champs Women’s 4 bronze medal combination returned to the tideway with a victory in the Senior 4 despite waves going over the heads of all the crew and riggers fully immersing in the river.
A miserable autumn day for the girls with wind and rain but once again the two women’s quads raced on the local waters; both with great success. The WIM2 4X won by nearly a minute to locals Surbition High School. In the second division the W1M3 4X came 2nd in their category.
This race saw two women's eights racing againt, local rivals, Thames, London, Kingston, Staines, Vesta and Twickenham. The first crew had a storming race and won beating Thames' first crew by 17s. The second crew had a reasonable row for a scratch boat and finished as 6th women's eight.