SAM PHILLIPS
1st VIII stroke 2025!

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Sam was born on Thursday 4th October 2001 at 1035am. Weight 7lbs 13oz - more than Gary now. Caroline and Sam are both well.
Congratulations from Marlow Rowing Club to both parents.

THE SWANS HAVE FLOWN THE NEST

It has been a long year for everyone at the club, the river and water state getting to all levels from novice to senior, junior to veteran, but all the work has paid off as the Marlow women head home from Maidenhead, the last regatta of the year.
As at Henley, 12 entries were accepted for the 2001 Maidenhead Regatta. This has always been a favourite for Marlow as we walk away year after year with the Wilkinson sword for the most successful club on the day. Sadly this year we did not have the usual Senior men's crews along to make up the numbers, but those that were there were unlucky to not come home with the Victor Ludorum, losing out by 1 point.
Seven finals were to be contested by women's crews even if they did have a bloke in one of them. Those not luck enough to make finals were Kauser Parvin who took on the windy and bouncy conditions in novice sculls to lose in her first round, as did Andrea Hoskins in S3. Both novice fours were expected to make the final but it was not to be. The 'A' crew of Caroline CJ, Jane Mannerings, Julie Mace, Nicky Davies & Claire Sherfield were steered into off the start, and after returning to the stake boats, fought as hard as they could against the strong stream only to lose by 3 feet to Weybridge Ladies. The 'B' crew of Jules Bartley, Helen Lloyd, Jen Driver, Laura Leondiades with yours truly at the helm failed to get the start that would have made the difference and although Molesey never pulled away by more than a length we were unable to claw it back by the finish line.

And so to The Finals

Jo Chesney had some easy wins on her way to the final of the S3 sculls, but as she came off the water after her semi win she noticed that her boat had taken on the appearance of a sieve and was leaking. The decision was made to use Andrea's boat for the final, and as with most things that are not yours, they never quite feel as good as your own. But this loss was not the end of the day for Jo.

What a difference a day makes

03_jo_garyThe Senior 2 eight, four and Senior 3 four were all on a high after outings in the week. Side by side pieces had shown that the two fours were more than ready to do battle on Saturday and the eight should have been able to take on the best that Maidenhead could offer. All three boats raced as hard as they could, and with an upset in the eight and only four hundred and something meters, it was too much for them to get back at HSBC.

Step forward you winners

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 In the mixed doubles it was to be an all Marlow final as Jo Chesney and John Tetley took on the might of Ben Tipney and Hannah Faux. It was to be a great race, which experience won over youth, Jo and Tetley winning easily over the younger double. 03_tetley_jo_pots

Catrin Williams-Jones (Zeta to her friends) has had a tough time this year, always coming up against the winners in early rounds of novice sculls, but this was to be her regatta. Winning two heats over her favourite distance, on a course that wasn't straight and had lots of things for her to hit, Catrin went to the final with everything crossed. We've all been there and that elusive first novice win can take so long to get - Guin Batten took three seasons to win her novice sculls.

As it was, this was truly Zeta's day and she was not troubled at all by her opposition in the final, coming home with the biggest, cheesiest grin of the day.03_catrin_podium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attention, GO

As the Senior 4 eight went to the final it had 2 points in the boat and 6 novices. Claire Sherfield and Tamsin Knill had both the points, while Julie Mace, Jenny Driver, Caroline Clayton-Jones, Laura Leondiades, Jane Mannerings and Nicky Davies were the wannabies. Cox for the day was Kate Tucker from the men's squad who had kindly agreed to get up early and help out as Maidenhead had put a limit on coxes doubling up.
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If ever a crew was pumped up and badly wanting to win, this was it. After re-rows last week at Henley in a four, determination was never questioned. It was just down to getting away quick and powering away from the opposition for that short sprint to the line. If you are going to win, then do it in style - and boy did they do it in style.
From the moment the flag dropped it was going to take a clash, or an act of God to stop the charging Marlow eight. As the crew went past us supporters, it was apparent from the huge beaming smiles that they knew it was their day and  no one was going to take this win away from them. As they crossed the line you would have thought they had all been offered a date with Robbie Williams (or in Jane's case Andy Williams) from the screaming and shouting that came from the boat.

 

The Boy's Done Good

For the men's group the only win I saw was for Bret and Alex in the men's four. This was another drama, as off the stake boats Marlow's rudder got caught in the anchor line and allowed Maidenhead 03_men_4sto pull out to a length and win. BUT NOT SO FAST. As Bret began to curse in a whisper about the standard of the start umpire's ability (a Nat West Man), as noticed by Bret, who was heard to say under his breath BANKER, the crews were ordered to the start for a re-row. Realising that this was their chance, the Marlow boys made good and scorched down the course to take the youthful Maidenhead boat by one length.

THE EAGLES HAVE LANDED

03_roll_onAs I finish this tale I want to thank 03_nice_doga few people for their help in the last 12 months. Firstly Sean Farrely and Phil Tinsley for helping to make the intake of a new bunch of novice women such a success. The club starts the new winter training period with a fantastic group of women to add to our established seniors and new members from other clubs. Those who are unable to commit or don't get pushed on to the next level are all able to go and compete after the last year. Fingers crossed for 2002.
Mike Landers and his men, who have helped out the girls on several occasions throughout the season and John Gill for his help coaching from his sculling boat on the odd occasion that we have been unable to offer words of wisdom.

 

Gary Phillips

HENLEY TOWN AND VISITOR'S REGATTA
4 August

The Swans Are Gone, Here Come The _________

The sun shone as I opened the curtains and said goodbye to Hodgy and the bump, and that was the best start to the day. Driving a minimal 15 minutes to a regatta really is the way to go. It was to be an unusual day for many reasons as we all turned up for Henley Town and Visitors Regatta. On arrival we had the choice of where to park and began setting up  Marlow camp.
Along with the 12 women's entries, who were to make 9 finals and come away with 3 wins, a senior men's crew and a senior citizens crew joined us. (No not really, there were a couple of youngish blokes in the crew).
This is how it all happened.
Catrin and Jo were in novice singles. Catrin went first and, true to her race plan for the day, took an early lead off the start. Sadly her lead was steadily eaten up and that was to be Catrin's day in her single. Jo however led from the start, which was a relief for her, as sitting at front stops in a single is not her favourite position. In the final, Jo was to get one back for Catrin when she flew out of the blocks and again led the field in fashion, to pick up that long awaited novice win that we all remember so well, even if it was a few years ago and at the much more prestigious Egham International Regatta.
In Elite and Senior 2 sculls Emily Booker raced hard, and after beating Caroline Hockin of Henley in the Elite race, failed to win through in the Senior 2 race. Sadly it was not to be her day in the Elite final either.
Senior 3 singles were contested by 3 of our girls, namely Caroline Hillaby, Eva Bishop and, new girl on the block Andrea (Bob) Hoskins. Sadly Eva was not to get through to the final, which would have been great, 3 Marlow scullers. However this was to be another of the great races of the day as Hillbilly and Bob raced off, leaving the other sculler way back to keep the umpire company. It was also a fine balancing act for the 3 coaches on the bank; not wanting to give one ounce of favouritism to either sculler, they spent the whole race shouting, 'Come on Marlow'. Nothing could separate the 03_s3_4plustwo girls in this race (unlike their last meeting when they kept crashing into each other), but as the enclosures came to life it was to be Caroline who squeezed ahead to claim her point.
Senior 3 & 4 fours were well contested by both crews, but at the end of the day, better crews beat us and there is nothing anyone can do about that.
In Novice fours it was to be a different story and another page in the learning book as a novice. Off the start it was soon evident that there was to be only  two crews in this race, Marlow and Thames. Out of the blocks at 37, Nicky Davies soon had her crew out to 2/3rds of a length and settled into her steady racing rhythm. Backed up by Julie Mace, Jane Mannerings and Caroline Clayton Jones, they held onto this lead until the enclosures, at which point Thames slowly clawed them back. At the line it was not clear to either set of supporters who had won - in this day and age all regattas should have a video on the line to check close races. Henley did not, and those two dread words rang out around the enclosures 'DEAD HEAT'. This was a first for the Marlow girls and as they turned and started the long paddle back, it was clear they had raced as hard as possible and were feeling the pain. Thames however looked ready for action and with supporters lining the banks, the crews turned at Remenham for the showdown. What can you say to a crew at this point? 'Let's make it short and sweet?' 'This is why we do 8x500, it's all down to how badly you want it, it will hurt, but won't kill you, get out fast and keep going'.
As the flag dropped all hell was let loose on the bank and both crews went off like whippets after the hare. But Marlow wanted it badly, very badly and they inched ahead until they were a length up and hung on. This win was one of the best this year and both crews deserved medals. Everyone on the bank realised that this was a show of women's novice rowing at its best.
The final, however was not to be the crowning glory of the day, as the girls were beaten by a very good J14 crew from Henley, who rowed beautifully to the line.
Typically for Henley T&V, we had bright sunshine in the morning followed by  rain, rain and more rain in the afternoon.


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Sean and Phil still dry and happy in the sunshine

In Senior 4 Eights, we again moved through to the final, beating Wallingford and Reading on the way, who were coxed by our old friend Paul (Shippy) Shipman (this was to be his first defeat of the day at the hands of his old club mates). In the final Marlow, (Mace, Knill, Mannerings, Bartley, Leondiades, Davies, Sherfield, Downey & Beth Porter coxing) got off to a superb start and were running level to 250 metres when HSBC (formerly Midland Bank) put in a push. This was like no other push, in that the crew sat up, shortened up and sprinted for about 15 strokes - and in so doing took ½ a length off the girls. At Upper Thames they did the same again, we had no answer to it and another final did not go our way.

And so to Senior 2 Eights.

03_boat_at_landing_stageIt was a real pleasure to see Marlow putting out a senior Eight and, with the help of some of the more senior seniors, a couple of the 0-pointed old novices and the two new girls we had an eight that looked OK.
First heat was against Vesta 'A' and Parrs Priory; this was the unknown for the Marlow crew who had plenty of outings on paper but not on the water. In 5 strokes Caroline had pulled out a canvas lead and slowly increased this as the crew got into full flow behind her. At Remenham, Parrs were out the back door and Vesta were clinging on, ½ a length down. By the enclosures it was a length and Marlow were in no mood to give it up now. And so to the Last Final. This was to be the day Paul Shipman asked himself, 03_women_8Should I have stayed in bed or at Marlow?', because no matter how hard he tried, and he tried very hard, his Reading girls could not get back, and in a nail biting finish, Marlow pulled off its first Senior Women's Eights win (senior as in above S3 or 4) this year.
Now with one more regatta to go before we all take a break for a few weeks, it is time to prepare those mixed doubles for the mighty Maidenhead 400-and-something metres, staggered start, staggered finish Regatta.
Will Harry race his upside down pair again? I think not.

 

Gary Phillips

WEYBRIDGE LADIES REGATTA
10 June

Weybridge was a first for all members of the women's squad who attended on Sunday. The weather was threatening all day, and so were the club crews. Rowed on a 1000m cut from bridge to bridge, this was to be our first race two abreast with buoys, banks and other crews to contend with. The day was relaxed from the normal turmoil of trying to get out of one boat and into the next in time to get to the start for the next race. First up was the Novice A crew of Mell Waterworth at stroke, Mandy Parr, Lucy Ford and Madalaine Downey backing her up. In the steering seat was Elaine Caldwell.
03_novice_4The draw threw up Henley as the first round opposition, which as I well know means strong fit juniors who are more than capable of rowing well. Off a staggered start, Marlow were slow and found themselves a length down. Settling to 32, the crew slowly started to pull through the Henley crew who, although rowing well as a unit, didn't quite know how to respond to the Marlow fight back. Halfway up the course, Lucy and Maddy decided that to make the race even more exciting they would throw in a couple of shrimp-sized crabs. This had the desired affect of slowing the boat slightly and Henley thought they had been let off the hook. What has been proved over the last few months is that all the hard winter training had produced fit fighting crewmembers and this was to be Henley's downfall. Gathering themselves after the short fishing trip, Elaine kicked the girls up a gear and away they went, slowly but surely overhauling the opposition to power away to a win by 1 length.

B for By The Rules

Marlow B drew the home club for their first race, a crew that had dispatched Molesey on the way to 03_picture_8_posingthis race. Off the start it was apparent that the Weybridge cox was not happy with the draw and wanted to be on our side of the river. Cool steering by Crispin Knill was the order of the day, and although he avoided a clash, he found himself being washed down for the whole 1000 meters of the course. Although rowing slightly short, the crew fought hard to get back on terms but found the constant puddles unsettling on the boat. The constant warnings from the bridge umpire fell on deaf Weybridge ears and as they went through the finish it was a cool objection by Crispin that resulted in the cheering Weybridge crew being disqualified to throw up our first Marlow finalist.

Next Please

And so to the semi final for the A crew against Thames, who as those of us know, always put out plenty of horsepower in their boats. This was to be no exception and I can only say I was glad to be on the bank 'cos they were big girls and I was scared. With the stagger against them, Marlow had to be quick out of the blocks, and they were. Quickly they moved out to a half-length lead, which by 500m was 2 lengths. Thames never really looked as if they were going to trouble Marlow A, who 03_mell_waterworthsettled to a strong 30 rating and, keeping one eye on the opposition and in fact the other eye as well, (they are not that clever) rowed home to give us our first Marlow/ Marlow final.
As a coach it was fantastic to know that one of your crews was going to win and lose its novice status, but it also meant that one would lose. But rest assured Marlow members, we had nothing to fear, both crews went on the water feeling they had a chance of winning this race, whilst also glad that it was their squad mates they were racing. All that was asked by Sean Farrelly was that both crews raced hard and showed just how professionally Marlow women took their rowing. The question from Lucy of, 'What happens if it's a dead heat?' was not to be answered on the water. Both crews raced hard at matching rates of 32 and technically looked excellent, but it was to be Marlow A's day as they slowly pulled out a lead which took them over the line first.

Double Trouble (An apt name indeed)

Kauser Parvin and Kath Lee found themselves up against Parrs Priory in the heat of the Novice double sculls. As with most people they were wondering how two monks got the time to row and enter a women's regatta. After explanations they were much clearer and found the opposition to be Nat West Bank under their new name. Off the start Marlow were strong and drew out to an early lead.03_kauser_kath Rating 34 they held Parrs off until about half way, when they started a push back and closed the gap to half a length. Sculling well the Marlow double found that the boiler needed stoking, as steam was starting to run out. Hanging on it was to be a lucky day for Kath and Kauser, as the Parrs stroke caught a lobster from hell, which stopped the boat and aimed it towards our crew. They quickly gathered themselves but found that the Marlow girls had seized the advantage and pushed hard. As they fought back the Parrs crew closed, but now had a major navigation failure and collided with a quad making its way to the start.
In the final Walbrook was to be the opposition, and it was apparent they were no slouches in the sculling game. Again the fight from the Marlow double was to the line, but sadly it was not to be. They will now try their luck at Marlow Regatta against the world famous Sally Tinsley/Catrin Jones crew.

Marlow v Thames VIII Final

03_vthames_potsHow many times have we seen that heading over the years? The difference this time was that it was not the national squad racing each other at Henley Royal Regatta, but the women's novice eights final at Weybridge 2001.
Against a much larger Thames crew, five was 6 foot plus I'm sure, Marlow had no idea what to expect from the crew, which had dispatched Molesey on route. Both coaches thought they knew what to expect from a club which has three novice eights to race. But boy, did the girls from Marlow show them how it's done! Jules Mace. Jennifer Driver, Laura Leondiades, (spell check queries this) Jane Mannerings, Mandy Parr, Lucy Ford, Mell Waterworth, Maddy Downey & Elaine Caldwell (cox).03_happy_squad
Marlow attached first time and sat as cool as a cucumber on the stake boat whilst the first crack in the Thames armour showed itself. Getting onto the start was proving a problem, which eventually was overcome. With Elaine's hand in the air and Julie Mace correcting a small alignment problem it came as a shock to hear the umpire call ATTENTION, GO. Luckily weeks of training starts and procedures again paid off, and Julie quickly got into position and took the eight off the start like a steam train. With the Lucky 69 on her back (lucky for some), Jules and the girls were not giving this up for anyone, and rating 34/35 for 1000 metres, Maddy and the gang showed what novice rowing can look like as they pushed further and further away. As the finish beep sounded the stopwatch went on and 18.45 secs later Thames came over the line.
03_lucy_potBoth crews chatted after the race and the Thames girls tried hard to find out the Marlow girls' secret diet!

But the secret is safe.

 

 

Graceful Swans Disguise Mean Killer Below

Gary Phillips

 

 

 

So Near and Yet So Far. . . . .

It was yet another early morning start for the novice women's coaching team as they set out from the club with a full trailer towards the fantastic setting of Coate Water Park near Swindon.
It was however to prove a prudent move, when shortly after 8 o'clock an accident occurred on the M4, closing it to traffic wanting to go west. Some got through, but others started on a journey that was not only going to be long but also very frustrating.
Those who got through and managed to prepare for the day's racing were the Novice fours.
03_group_with_seanHeat 1 kicked off just after 8 o'clock, and found the Marlow B crew up against Clifton College and City of Oxford A. Marlow had a good start and found themselves a canvas up. They quickly moved this out to two lengths, before pushing it on once again to win by a verdict of three lengths.
Next up was Marlow A, who had the pleasure of Reading A and City of Oxford B. With the slight disadvantage of the older, heavier boat, the Marlow crew raced well. Stroke Jennifer Driver, having been moved from 2 before the race, coped well with the pressure and allowed the rest of the crew to get on with the hard work that was to be their race. Reading pulled out to an early lead over both Marlow and Oxford, but by halfway Marlow had changed gear and were pulling away from Oxford in their efforts to catch the Reading boat. With 03_w4_in_boatdetermination the Marlow girls tried everything to get back on terms, but were beaten by a respectable opposition. The final verdict was Reading A by 2 lengths over Marlow A by 2 lengths over City of Oxford.

Minutes to Spare

It was a close call for Claire Sherfield and Nicky Howarth even to get to the start of their race on time. Caught in the M4 saga, they arrived just in time to grab the boat and get to the stake boats for their Senior 4 Doubles event. After what looked like a decent start the girls raced well, but were totally confused by bad umpiring. This was due to the insistence of  the rules to call port and starboard racing 03_clare_plus_one_in_boatinstructions. As an ex member of Her Majesty's fleet, port and starboard are great when you are stood on the bridge (nautical term for where it is steered from) and looking where you are going (port=left, starboard=right). But when you are in a double, facing in the opposite direction to that which you are going and the umpire is shouting go to port, who's port does he mean? Of course it would be to easier to shout go to Bow or Stroke side. Anyway, they steered halfway across the lake before it was evident that he meant the other port. By this time it was too late and the race had been won. HOORAY, (by another crew).

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This was the race time for the semi-final of the Novice fours, but the regatta was running half an hour behind; trouble was the regatta kept demanding that crews boat at normal times.
The best race of the day was about to start. All crews struggled with steering off the stake boats, but Reading A managed to pull out to 1 length over Marlow and Monkton School. At halfway, Marlow again changed gear and started to pull back steadily on Reading's lead. This proved to be a battle of nerves and the Marlow crew kept theirs as the Reading boat, not knowing what to do against the Marlow  push, began to buckle. The final result was another win for the Marlow B crew. It was also a win over Paul Shipman, who had decided to go back to Reading after coxing the Marlow squad earlier in the year.

The Final

The opposition was Maidenhead, who looked good as soon as they pulled away from the staging. The fantastic rows of earlier in the day meant that the pressure was on Marlow to race even better - which they tried very hard to do. Sadly the Maidenhead crew were as good as they looked and Marlow had to accept second best on this occasion.
03_w8_on_waterOther crews racing were a senior 4 Eight which again had people caught up in the traffic onboard, 2 senior 4 fours and a scratch novice double of Kath Lee and Kauser Parvin.
The eight did very well and came second in the straight final, coxed by Anita Windsor and her child. Stroked by Jules Bartley, Jane Mannerings, Lucy Ford, Laura Leondiades, Kauser Parvin, CJ, Sarah Robinson & Kath Lee.
The 2 fours had tough races. All in all it was a great days racing from all the women.
Next Stop Peterborough Regatta and could it be that first win?

 

 

Gary Phillips The Swans Do Battle on the Mighty Thames

 

01_women_eightAfter many months of build up from the club, the Marlow novices finally boated for the mighty Women's Head Of The River Race. The day was cool, and after dragging themselves from the nest for a 7.00 meet at the club, it was take off and head for the great smoky city.
The girls had only ever trained on the Chiswick stretch of the course, so Hammersmith Bridge was an impressive site as they arrived at ARA Headquarters. Boats were rigged in record time - due to much practice in rigging and de rigging to go to Eton throughout the flood periods.
As they watched a steady flow of boats head upstream from 01_women_onwaterPutney, they could only marvel at an event with so many other clubs in it. They watched the full rage of the event from their holding position, as Elite crews ahead of them thundered downstream. After what seemed a long wait, jittery nerves were controlled and racing heads were switched on.
Having raced only once before, and never having overtaken another boat, it was magic to find the crew immediately into battle. After what seemed like only a few yards they had taken their first scalp. The approach to Hammersmith Bridge was met with huge volume from the hundreds of supporters - this was to prove a memorable moment, as we who have raced before them know. Two and a half more overtakes and it was all over. Having started at 223, they had risen to finish a mighty 163, placing them
8 th of 20+ Novice boats in a time of 24:11.17.03_abba_hill
After de-rigging Captain Hill then introduced the squad to the Dukes Head for a swift celebration drink or two. Hope now is that we can go on to race at the Abingdon and Bedford Heads before the first regatta of the season at Wallingford (foot and mouth allowing).

 

Gary Phillips

The Swans Spread Their Wings In Anger

After a quiet introduction to the sport of rowing, Marlow's new novices saw 2001 in with more than a few beers and a bang!
From gentle 9.30 lay-ins, one outing and being talked to nicely by the coaches it all changed to 7.30 starts on Saturdays and Sundays, two outings with Ergos and circuits during the week.
The initial squad of 20-something has now depleted to 15. Some never really started and others tried really hard and for some reason, whether it be work or ability, were not selected to move into the racing squad.
Sadly owing to water conditions, most Thames clubs except those on the Tideway reach, have failed to put in the normal amount of water work. Eton has been a great facility and the novices have gone from looking like a drugged up centipede in an eight to racing for the first time at Stourport Head.
Sickness took its toll on the squad for this first head, but with a couple of subs onboard, and the Pop up Pirate at the helm, the crew pushed off for their first taste of racing (at Senior 3 thanks to the subs).

03_poor_quality_picConditions were tricky coming from Eton's still flat water to a very strong stream at Stourport. On the plus side, the sun shone all day. Arriving at the start, the crew attached themselves to a tree and a four attached itself to the eight. From this prime location the crew learnt how important it was to get themselves out of the stream and connected to a branch. They watched a junior four almost capsize followed by another, and others paddle continuously to hold station. When the time came to turn, everyone was ready and itching to get stuck into the race.
Sadly, owing to poor marshalling, the opposition set off too far ahead and behind, resulting in us racing against the clock. After a lazy start and some strong words of inspiration from the Pirate, Nicky Davies wound the crew up to 30 strokes per minute and we were OFF. With the cheers of the Marlow seniors ringing in our ears, and clearance from Air Traffic Control for a few high catches, the boat accelerated like a Skoda firing on two cylinders. The race became pretty mundane, apart from Bow side attempting a synchronised crab, and searching the bank for the finish line, the crew came home knackered but jubilant with cheers all-round. Lord help us when they win for the first time!

03_w8_from_sideWith only three novice eights in the draw, Marlow coaches were happy with the result. Burton Leander won 17 seconds ahead of us, with a big Hereford crew trailing in 15 seconds behind. Warwick's Senior 2 eight only just managed to hold the Marlow crew off by 10 seconds.

Bow    - Mel (Deep sea diver) Waterworth
2         - Sarah (1 point) Robinson
3         - Jennifer (See how red I go) Driver
4         - Jules (My feet are cold) Mace
5         - Mandy (I think I am going to be sick) Parr
6         - Heather (Why should I sit still) Dickson
7         - Nicky (Who's idea was this) Howarth
Stroke - Nicky (Listen to me grunt) Davies
Cox     - Gary (The Pop up Pirate) PHILLIPS

So we now move forward at full steam towards the Women's Eight's Head. Keep watching this space for the further exploits of the Motley Crew as they continue the hunt for that novice win.

 

 

Gary Phillips

Like Swans to a Lake

As the last few warm days left Marlow behind, a joint recruiting drive for men and women, to replace retiring worn-out athletes, began. For the women's section it was hoped to get about twelve new faces and maybe, just maybe by the end of the winter, four or five would remain.

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How shocked were we to have twenty two new recruits to the women's squad alone! Straight into the senior group went an ex-GB Junior, and I'm sure she will be followed by women from other clubs and Unis who have been out of it for a while and moved to our area.
First taste of competition was to come very soon for some of the novices, who attended a very exciting Olympic club night to watch the Marlow athletes perform in Sydney. The competition was beating off the Senior men who were also impressed with the number of new novice women. Many could be heard telling tales of hard-fought races at prestigious regattas - such as Maidenhead. Whether it was the late night or the sheer excitement of the stories that made them yawn, we will never know.
03_rowing_in_foursSo some weeks on, we still have our twenty plus athletes. They have endured their first taste of Ergo tests, outings in torrential rain, blisters and sore bums.
The question now is how many will stay through the cold and early mornings that we all know are to come? It makes winter training slightly more acceptable when you have an idea of what it's all for.
It is hoped to be able to boat at least two fours before the New Year, maybe more. Long term we should at least have a novice eight for the 2001 Women's Head, and we could be looking at a possible three or four novice fours next year, depending on how well they all come on.
Thanks to all the girls for picking Marlow Rowing Club, and to everyone who has helped coach them over the past weeks.
03_sean_demonstrates_in_mondegoIf you would like to lend the occasional hand coaching this highly excitable group of women, then please let me know. Permission will be required from partners and wives as a pre-requisite.

 

Gary Phillips