York must overhaul an eight-point deficit this weekend after a disappointing and controversial defeat for the canoe club in the opening Roses events on Saturday. There are plans to contest the outcome of the women’s canoe polo fixture after York were left unable to field a team because of exam commitments, having already sportingly yielded to Lancaster’s demands to bring the event forward one week.
There was frustration too in the canoe slalom races, staged at the Garstang club in Lancashire, with first place finishes for Tim Lamb and Rachael Spanton counting for little as Lancaster filled the second and third spots to claim overall victory, and four points in the tournament tally. York entered the competition in excellent form, but found themselves hindered by a lack of numbers due to the rescheduling.
With the women’s fixture forfeited, the open match was the only canoe polo played, resulting in a 12-0 defeat. Once again, the distance involved in playing on Lancaster’s campus meant York had little choice but to field an understrength side. Tom Jarvis, playing in his first competitive game, was York’s star performer.
The abandonment of the women’s canoe polo was all the more frustrating as York won the event in 2008. The club as a whole have struggled for match practice this season, after being omitted from the York Sport budget lists, meaning local facilities have proved difficult to secure for training sessions.
York’s efforts to recover the early shortfall begin on Thursday, with the men’s seconds’ cricket fixture.