Rowing: Queen's pop Cork to be kings of the river
Trinity College had second thoughts about competing in the senior events at the annual Boat Race on the Lagan on Saturday and it wasn't hard to see why as - Queen's claimed an unprecedented clean sweep of victories.
The Dublin students decided against taking part as they felt their crews weren't strong enough so instead it was University College Cork who stepped into the breach.
Unfortunately they were put to the sword in both the men's and women's races which were effectively a no-contest.
Rowing parlance will state that Queen's won 'easily' as far as the history book is concerned, but that doesn't tell the whole story.
In the women's race UCC were outclassed as the hosts eased home by approximately 200 metres after dominating from start to finish.
"We were delighted to have held them off and now we can look forward to the Ladies Henley Regatta at the weekend," said Queen's captain Zoe Patterson.
The men's race wasn't much closer as Queen's raced clear from the half way mark and eventually crossed the line with well over 100 metres to spare to complete a hat-trick of victories in the annual showpiece.
To be fair to the Cork crew they were never too far behind in the first part of the showpiece and it was level pegging at the Ormeau Bridge.
The superior fitness demonstrated by the Queen's crew took it's toll on the Cork men as the hosts increased their advantage as they approached the King's Bridge before pulling well clear.
Queen's captain Charles Cunningham diplomatically paid tribute to his crew's vanquished opponents after the race when he turned his thoughts to more daunting assignments that lie ahead.
"I'd like to thank UCC for giving us a good race and the result should set us up nicely for the rest of the season," he said.
"We will be racing at Marlow next weekend in preparation for the Henley Regatta and that's our major focus now.
"We were the Irish team that got farthest last year when we had one crew in the quarter-finals and one in the semi so we want to do even better than that this time around."
The day had got off to a good start for Queen's as they scored victories in both the novice races beating Trinity by two-and-a-half lengths on each occasion.