Cork crew will backbone Irish team in Lucerne

Cork crew will backbone Irish team in Lucerne
Gary and Paul O'Donovan in action for Ireland. Picture: World Rowing

WE'RE off and rowing again, thankfully, and this time our prize-winning rowers are off to the 2018 World Rowing Cup III.

And so it should be, such is the calibre of our rowers, who have been stunning the world with their performances over the past number of years.

World Rowing Cup III takes place in Lucerne, Switzerland, and Ireland has compiled a strong selection of athletes to compete in the July 13-15 event.

And they are headed by our Skibbereen rowing stars, Gary and Paul O'Donovan, who once again row in lightweight double scull, while Skibbereen's Mark O'Donovan and Shane O'Driscoll will represent us in the pair.

These guys are all world beaters and need to showcase their talents on the world stage.

Sanita Puspure. Picture: INPHO/Detlev Seyb
Sanita Puspure. Picture: INPHO/Detlev Seyb

So that's a strong start, and it continues, with the selection of the very much in-form Sanita Puspure of Ballincollig (Old Collegians BC) in the single sculls, where Sanita rowed to a fabulous silver medal in World Rowing Cup I, moving up the leaderboard as she dashed impressively for the line and finished just three seconds behind world champion Jeannine Gmelin of Switzerland.

Andy Harrington of Shandon BC is getting his first outing at the Worlds this year, when he rows with Patrick Boomer of Belfast RC, and this is an exciting pairing to watch progress.

In double sculls Monika Dukarska of Killorglin RC and Aileen Crowley of Old Collegians BC will be looking to improve on their impressive ninth in the world placing at World Rowing Cup I, while Philip Doyle of QUBBC rows in single sculls.

They head to the world event under the excellent guidance of Rowing Ireland coaches Dominic Casey and David McGowan.

This is the final World Rowing Cup regatta of 2018 and the last chance for rowers to test themselves against such very talented opposition, ahead off the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, next September.

Andy Murray has yet to announce his decision on whether he will play at Wimbledon, which starts on Monday.

The former world number one, who has played just three matches since returning from a long-term hip injury, said on Wednesday he would "probably" make up his mind before Friday morning's 10am draw.

But the two-time champion made no announcement on Thursday, prompting speculation he could let his name go into the hat for the first-round draw before making up his mind.

More in this section

Sponsored Content