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ASRA at the 2019 Home Countries International Regatta

On the 17th July at the 2019 Home Countries International Regatta, held this year at the Scottish National Rowing Centre, Strathclyde Park, Motherwell, 8 ASRA athletes swapped their customary black and white all-in-ones for Scottish blue and made an outstanding contribution towards Scotland’s victory in the Junior Men’s section of the HIR for only the second time in the 57 years history of this event.

Valuable points were added to the junior men’s total by ASRA’s Xander Beeson, Chris Bardas, Aidan Graham & Robert Davis of St Andrew Boat Club Davis in the men’s junior coxless four and by ASRA’s J16 quartet – Gregor Charles, Ashley Geddes, Scott Lewis & Matthew Hughson, coxed by Skye Ballance – in the coxed fours event, but after the penultimate junior men’s race, Scotland and England stood equal in the points table and final victory depended on the outcome of the eights race.

After a disappointing start which left them trailing the pack at 500 metres, the Scots eight - Mathew Hughson (ASRA), Rhuari Stuart (Heriot’s), Aidan Graham (ASRA/St Andrew’s Uni), Ashley Geddes (ASRA), Scott Lewis (ASRA), Chris Bardas (ASRA), Xander Beeson (ASRA), Gregor Charles (ASRA) and Robert Davis (St Andrew BC), coxed by Yousef Djoudi (Glasgow Academy) - looked to have thrown the game away but stroke by stroke they gradually pulled themselves back through Wales and England to be just beaten by the Irish on the line in one of the most exciting races of the day. This second position was however enough to place the Scotland’s junior men one point ahead of England and 2 points ahead of Ireland in the final points tally and made them deserved 2019 Home Countries Champions.

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