Henley eighth spot for Boston RC pair

Emma Feerick.
Emma Feerick.

Boston Rowing Club’s Tilly Ireland and Emma Feerick returned from the Henley Women’s Regatta with an eighth-place finish.

There was great excitement at the Carlton Road Boathouse this weekend as, for only the third time ever, a crew from the club was attending the event.

Tilly Ireland.

Tilly Ireland.

Friday morning saw the pair asked to race the full 1,400m course against the clock in a time trial to decide which of the 21 crews would progress to side-by-side racing.

The duo were really pleased with their time trial, pulling well clear of City of Bristol, and reeling in the Australian Black Mountain crew as they qualified safely for the last 16.

Saturday brought the side-by-side racing, with the demands simple - win and continue, lose and go home.

Sadly, luck had deserted Boston RC as they drew the respected crew from Reading University, a known high performance centre.

The Boston crew put in a huge effort but Reading were just a little to sharp and had a good six seconds over the girls at the finish line.

However, head coach Adam Berry was still pleased, with this being the best-ever result of a Boston crew at the Henley Women’s Regatta.

The competition was won by Nottingham RC, with Ireland and Feerick in eighth overall.

Ireland (right) is now turning her attention to her bid for GB under-18 selection, while Feerick (left) will take some time to decide whether she trials for the Irish senior squad.