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Pacemaker Press Intl 11-06-2011Cox Ellen Thompson celebrate with her Queens University Senior Women boat crew as they celebrate beating Cork in the 8th Annual University Boat Race. Pic Colm O'Reilly Pacemaker Press Intl 11-06-2011

Pacemaker Press Intl 11-06-2011Cox Ellen Thompson celebrate with her Queens University Senior Women boat crew as they celebrate beating Cork in the 8th Annual University Boat Race. Pic Colm O'Reilly Pacemaker Press Intl 11-06-2011

Pacemaker Press Intl 11-06-2011Cox Harry Davis with his Queens University Senior Men boat crew celebrate beating Cork in the 8th Annual University Boat Race. Pic Colm O'Reilly Pacemaker Press Intl 11-06-2011

Pacemaker Press Intl 11-06-2011Cox Harry Davis with his Queens University Senior Men boat crew celebrate beating Cork in the 8th Annual University Boat Race. Pic Colm O'Reilly Pacemaker Press Intl 11-06-2011

Pacemaker Press Intl 11-06-2011Cox Ellen Thompson is thrown into the Lagan by her Queens University Senior Women boat crew as they celebrate beating Cork in the 8th Annual University Boat Race. Pic Colm O'Reilly Pacemaker Press Intl 11-06-2011

Pacemaker Press Intl 11-06-2011Cox Ellen Thompson is thrown into the Lagan by her Queens University Senior Women boat crew as they celebrate beating Cork in the 8th Annual University Boat Race. Pic Colm O'Reilly Pacemaker Press Intl 11-06-2011

Pacemaker Press Intl 11-06-2011Queens University Senior Men boat crew beat Cork in the 8th Annual University Boat Race. Pic Colm O'Reilly Pacemaker Press Intl 11-06-2011

Pacemaker Press Intl 11-06-2011Queens University Senior Men boat crew beat Cork in the 8th Annual University Boat Race. Pic Colm O'Reilly Pacemaker Press Intl 11-06-2011

11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com   The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011. Professor Sir Peter Gregson ( Queens Vice-Chancellor) and  Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Niall î Donnghaile with Lord Ranna

11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011. Professor Sir Peter Gregson ( Queens Vice-Chancellor) and Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Niall î Donnghaile with Lord Ranna

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11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com   The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011.Queens Senior Ladies

11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011.Queens Senior Ladies

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11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com   The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011.Rosalind Pritchard and Roddy Clarke

11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011.Rosalind Pritchard and Roddy Clarke

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11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com   The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011.Bill and Wynn Penton, Kem Akkari and Heather Sparkes

11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011.Bill and Wynn Penton, Kem Akkari and Heather Sparkes

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HANDOUT PHOTO- NO FEE TO USE:  Belfast's youngest Lord Mayor Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile joins Queen's University men's Captain Charlie Cunningham as they support the Queen's University Rowing team during practice on the River Lagan, Belfast, Northern Ireland, June 8th, 2011. This years Ramada Plaza Belfast University Boat Race will take place on the River Lagan Saturday, June 11th, and will be an all Ireland affair with crews from University College Cork and Trinity College Dublin racing against Queen's. the Boat Race is now in the 8th year and has become a fixture in Irish Rowing, giving the crews a chance to have their race plans in advance of the Henley Regatta and Irish Championships. The event has turned into a major attraction for the City in recent times with plenty of spectator points along the river course and a new public enclosure staying open to 8pm at the Queens University Boat House to encourage the local community to sample the unique atmosphere created from the event. Photo/Paul McErlane Photography

HANDOUT PHOTO- NO FEE TO USE: Belfast's youngest Lord Mayor Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile joins Queen's University men's Captain Charlie Cunningham as they support the Queen's University Rowing team during practice on the River Lagan, Belfast, Northern Ireland, June 8th, 2011. This years Ramada Plaza Belfast University Boat Race will take place on the River Lagan Saturday, June 11th, and will be an all Ireland affair with crews from University College Cork and Trinity College Dublin racing against Queen's. the Boat Race is now in the 8th year and has become a fixture in Irish Rowing, giving the crews a chance to have their race plans in advance of the Henley Regatta and Irish Championships. The event has turned into a major attraction for the City in recent times with plenty of spectator points along the river course and a new public enclosure staying open to 8pm at the Queens University Boat House to encourage the local community to sample the unique atmosphere created from the event. Photo/Paul McErlane Photography

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HANDOUT PHOTO: Queen's University Senior Men rowing team celebrate by chucking in the Cox Harry Daves after winning this years, Ramada Plaza Belfast 8th Annual Boat Race on the River Lagan, Belfast, Saturday June 11th, 2011. Photo/Paul McErlane

HANDOUT PHOTO: Queen's University Senior Men rowing team celebrate by chucking in the Cox Harry Daves after winning this years, Ramada Plaza Belfast 8th Annual Boat Race on the River Lagan, Belfast, Saturday June 11th, 2011. Photo/Paul McErlane

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11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com   The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011. Queen's Senior Women - Cox, Zoe Patterson goes for a dip.

11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011. Queen's Senior Women - Cox, Zoe Patterson goes for a dip.

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11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com   The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011.Queen's Senior Women celebrate

11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011.Queen's Senior Women celebrate

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11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com   The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011.Queen's Senior Men win the Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race - Charles Cunningham (Cox) goes for a dip

11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011.Queen's Senior Men win the Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race - Charles Cunningham (Cox) goes for a dip

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11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com   The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011. Queen's Senior Women - Cox, Zoe Patterson goes for a dip.

11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011. Queen's Senior Women - Cox, Zoe Patterson goes for a dip.

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11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com   The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011.L-R Orla McQuillan, Toni O'Neill, Labhaoise Glancey, Keira Flanagan, Emma Fletcher and Rachael Martin

11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011.L-R Orla McQuillan, Toni O'Neill, Labhaoise Glancey, Keira Flanagan, Emma Fletcher and Rachael Martin

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11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011.Ashleigh Sinclair and Caitlin McGinniss

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11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com   The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011. Race Director, Jonny Baird and Master of Ceremonies, David Russell

11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011. Race Director, Jonny Baird and Master of Ceremonies, David Russell

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11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com   The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011.Queen's Freshers cox Alfa Yu

11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011.Queen's Freshers cox Alfa Yu

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11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com   The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011.

11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011.

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11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011.Chloe Elliott, Sarah Weir and Heather Sparkes

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11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com   The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011.Queens Senior Ladies

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11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com   The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011. Race Director, Jonny Baird and Master of Ceremonies, David Russell

11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011. Race Director, Jonny Baird and Master of Ceremonies, David Russell

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11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com   The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011.Emma Fletcher and Rachael Martin

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11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com   The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011. Queen's Senior Women - Cox, Ellen Thompson goes for a dip.

11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011. Queen's Senior Women - Cox, Ellen Thompson goes for a dip.

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11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com   The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011.Queen's Senior Men win the Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race

11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011.Queen's Senior Men win the Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race

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11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com   The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011.Toni O'Neill

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11/6/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com The Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge University Boat Race 2011.Queen's Fresher Men celebrate

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Pacemaker Press Intl 11-06-2011Cox Ellen Thompson celebrate with her Queens University Senior Women boat crew as they celebrate beating Cork in the 8th Annual University Boat Race. Pic Colm O'Reilly Pacemaker Press Intl 11-06-2011

Pacemaker Press Intl 11-06-2011Cox Ellen Thompson celebrate with her Queens University Senior Women boat crew as they celebrate beating Cork in the 8th Annual University Boat Race. Pic Colm O'Reilly Pacemaker Press Intl 11-06-2011

Pacemaker Press Intl 11-06-2011Queens University Senior Men boat crew beat Cork in the 8th Annual University Boat Race. Pic Colm O'Reilly Pacemaker Press Intl 11-06-2011

Pacemaker Press Intl 11-06-2011Queens University Senior Men boat crew beat Cork in the 8th Annual University Boat Race. Pic Colm O'Reilly Pacemaker Press Intl 11-06-2011

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Pacemaker Press Intl 11-06-2011Cox Ellen Thompson celebrate with her Queens University Senior Women boat crew as they celebrate beating Cork in the 8th Annual University Boat Race. Pic Colm O'Reilly Pacemaker Press Intl 11-06-2011

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.

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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.


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