The club enjoyed some encouraging results at the Diamond Jubilee Rowing Championships on the Olympic rowing course, Dorney Lake.
On the Saturday, Scullers was represented by a double of Alan Inns's old and new proteges, Tim Male and Luke Moon, who narrowly missed out on the A final, but their time placed them sixth overall in the final rankings.
The under 23 doubles combination of Ben Crouch and Billy Fields won the F final, and finished with a tenth-place ranking in under 23s.
Roll on the Sunday, when the men's squad fielded two eights and a lightweight quad.
Antony Smith, James Sanders, Will Hoodless and Adam Lodygowski placed second in the lightweight quad, finishing agonisingly close to their counterparts from Leander.
The second eight, comprising Chris Carlsson (cox), Tom Wheeler, Eddie Beckett, Justin Woolley, Will Howell, Tom Chung, Paul Savage, Matt Moorhouse and Paul Bruce, were twenty-first in the time trial, and held their ranking throughout the day to finish third in the D final. Even more pleasing was seeing them finish as the fourth second eight overall.
The final boat racing was the first eight. Coxed by Zoe Davies, it also featured Murray Wilkojc, Richard Twyman, Nathan O'Reilly, James Dunley, Luke Moon, Ben Crouch, Billy Fields and captain of the eight Tim Male at bow. The crew had an impressive day, finishing fifth in the time trial and then third in the semi-final to go through to the A final.
In the A final they were in esteemed company, with a number of Olympic medalists from the London Games racing for opponents Leander, Molesey, Cambridge and Oxford Brookes. The lads finished sixth, 0.6 seconds off the Imperial College crew in the next lane.
The results were a pleasing start to the season and we look to build through to the Fours Head in three weeks' time.
Credit must go to Tom Gale and his team of coaches all the work they have put in so far this season. MW