Ireland won four bronze medals at the Coupe de la Jeunesse at the Bosbaan in Amsterdam. Two of the five crews found their way to the podium on both days of this European junior tournament.
The junior men’s double of Lochlan Crooks of Neptune and St Michael’s man Jack Rafferty (pic courtesy Orla Brennan) had a good regatta. They came through heats to the A Final on both days. They won their heat on the Sunday and were a comfortable third behind Italy and Britain in the final.
The junior men’s coxed four had straight finals on both days. Britain and Italy took the gold and silver in that order in the two finals. However, Italy just held off the Ireland crew in a battle for second and third on the Sunday – the Irish were just .31 of a second behind in the fight for silver.
Junior single sculler Moya Knowles qualified for the A Final on both days. She finished fifth on Saturday and fourth on Sunday, with Britain taking the gold.
The two other Ireland crews found themselves in B Finals on both days.
The Ireland junior women’s quadruple won their B Final convincingly on the Sunday, taking seventh overall. They had missed out on an A Final place by just over a second in the heat. They led in Saturday’s B Final, only to see Denmark come through them late on, pushing them to eighth overall.
The junior men’s quadruple, which had finished 11th on Saturday, improved on the Sunday, taking third in the B Final, ninth overall.