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12/05/2005

Queen’s out for Boat Race revenge

The official challenge between Queen's University Belfast and Trinity College Dublin took place yesterday at Queen's Boat Club on the River Lagan to launch the second University Boat Race.

This unique head to head rowing event, which mirrors the Oxford Cambridge Boat race, saw Trinity take home last year’s trophy beating Queen's by four lengths.

Crew captain for Queen's, Chris Wylie said: "Last year's defeat has only spurred the squad on to train harder than ever and they are looking forward to proving it was only a one off. The head season so far this year has been dominated by Queen's and Trinity, so this year's event promises to be a bitterly contested race."

Trinity captain Richard Moore added: "Being a part of the very first University Boat Race was an experience that the Trinity crew will not forget. Although the Oxford and Cambridge boat race is in its 151st year and the Gannon Cup has been going for 50 years, the University Boat race stands for something extremely important here in Ireland and that is co-operation between North and South where friendships are forged through sport. We are all looking forward to this very exciting re-match."

This year’s race will take place on Saturday June 11 at 3pm with pre-event races at 1pm and 2pm.

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