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Prince Albert Challenge Cup 2019 Preview

The Prince Albert Challenge Cup features a very large entry from the United States this year, with the draw consisting of eight home crews and eight from the US.  As in the Temple Challenge Cup, the fastest UK crew so far and home favourite is Oxford University Brookes.  Their crew features two losing finalists from last year’s Temple Challenge Cup crew in Alfie Heath and Ben Witting, as well as a Junior World Champion in the eight for Great Britain in 2018, Connor Sheridan.  They are coxed by Scott Cockle, who was a finalist in the Britannia Challenge Cup in 2018 in an all junior Molesey crew and also represented Great Britain at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in 2017...

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Fawley Challenge Cup 2019 Preview

The Fawley Challenge Cup is the biggest event of the year for all Junior Scullers; clubs can compete in this event too, thereby further increasing the diversity of the crews entered and thus the bragging rights. The best 24 crews have already been filtered following a heated round of qualifying time trials last Friday. Be braced for some scintillating duels this year! Racing on their home stretch, Leander A and Henley RC A will be the two favourites for this event. Henley A won the Championship Quads at NSR this year, with Leander A trailing them by just over a second, claiming silver. These two crews, despite being entered in different events, showed real pace at Marlow Regatta. There is...

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Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup 2019 Preview

The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup is currently the only event for junior women at Henley Royal Regatta, so you can expect it to be of a very high standard. There are 20 crews this year, up from 16 last year, and 3 of which are international crews. The crews were reduced from a massive 54 entries by qualifying races, with 11 crews prequalifying.   The first race of the week is between Sir William Perkins School and Loreto Toorak AUS. The girls at Sir William Perkins have had a solid season, with a strong win in the 2x at Henley Women’s Regatta and placing 4th at the Junior Sculling Regatta. It will be interesting to see whether the momentum from...

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Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup 2019 Preview

The Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup for school 1st VIII's, attracts the best school boy crews in the world to compete over Henley's 2112 metre course. Last year, St. Paul's dominated Henley setting a new record of 6.06, but many expected them to break the record and complete the triple due to their wins at Schools' Head and Nationals Schools' Regatta. However, this year featured wins by Shiplake College at Schools' Head, while St. Paul's retained the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's Cup for Championship VIII's at NSR for the third year in a row. Abingdon, Shrewsbury, Kent School USA and Monmouth all face each other within the first two days showing the highly competitive nature of this year's PE entries....

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Temple Challenge Cup 2019 Preview

This year’s Temple Challenge Cup sees last year’s losing finalists and home favourites Oxford Brookes determined to win back the trophy over strong opposition from overseas.  The Brookes crew features five returners from last years Temple crew, including Great Britain U23 internationals Henry Blois-Brooke, Matt Rowe and cox Gavin McWilliams.  Rowe and Blois-Brooke along with Seb Newman, another returner from the 2018 Temple crew, also rowed in the eight at the 2017 Junior World Championships winning bronze medals.  Fresher Mikey Dalton is at bow having won the coxless four for GB at the Junior World Championships last year.  This crew finished second to the Brookes Ladies’ Plate crew in challenge eights at the Metropolitan Regatta, finishing ahead of Leander’s Ladies’...

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