ROWING: THE King's School won a national title at Nottingham last weekend and will represent England in the home countries international this weekend.
The crew of Nic Davenport, Jonathan Brownley, Simon Barnwell and Tom Fitton was seeded for Henley Royal Regatta but failed to win - and the pressure was on to come out of the season with a major trophy.
In qualifying directly for their quad sculls championship final, they set up another meeting with rivals Upper Thames. And with a big effort after the initial 500m mark was passed, King's effectively extinguished any other crews' hopes of victory. Their time in the 1,000m was as fast as any senior crews managed, and they then cruised to the 2,000m finish unchallenged for a comfortable victory.
It was the third win in five years in this event for King's director of rowing Matthew Hackett, and the season could be climaxed this weekend.
Having beaten the selected Welsh and the strongest Scottish crews in the final, leaving just Ireland as an unknown quantity, the King's crew are keen to round off their rowing year with international glory.
Hannah Blaikie convincingly won her first-round race with a fine technical scull into the strong headwind, to go directly to the semi-final stage of junior 18 single sculls. But the opposition was too strong for her to progress through to the final.
A similar fate befell the 14-year-old boys' quadruple sculls entry of James Clark, Alistair Barnwell, Leo Scott and Max Mackay, coxed by Aditya Kasliwal.
The 15-year-olds James Davenport, Charles Clark, Alex Gillies and Peter Walker, coxed by William Fletcher, reached their final but could not get themselves into medal-winning contention in the six-lane race.
Five girls from Frodsham went to Nottingham and against all the odds, with two of the girls only 13, they got through to the finals of the J14 event and finished fourth as the leading northern crew.
Becky Hoose, 13, Emily Bennett, 14, Kirsty Newton, 14, cox Jenny Shaw, 13, and Kirsty McKenzie, 14, all went to Frodsham CofE together and are now at Frodsham College and Helsby High School.
Royal Chester won the silver and bronze medals in girls' J13 coxed quad sculls at Peterborough. The A crew was Fiona Wynne (Christleton), Harriet Lewis (Queen's), Willow Finch (Christleton) and Gillian Rodger (Queen's), coxed by Luke Harrison (Kingsway), and the B crew was Angie Owen (Abbey Gate), Charlotte Assinder (Christleton), Helen King (Queen's) and Hannah Donald (Queen's), coxed by James Pougher (Kingsway),