University of Salford triumph in Two Cities Boat Race.

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THE University of Salford emerged victorious from the 41st Two Cities Boat Race against rivals University of Manchester on Saturday, April 20.

Held at Salford Quays, the Salford racers pipped their fierce enemies in four out of the seven individual races.

It is the first time Salford have won the contest since 2000 and Club President Andy Pass has hailed the “mega” victory.

He said: “It was cracking, we knew this year was probably going to be a good year to try and bring the trophy back to Salford.

“I think the last time we had the trophy was in 2000 so it’s been a long time coming.

“We were confident heading into it. It was a really good atmosphere to be part of, especially after a good start with a couple of wins as well.

“It’s not been a sudden thing, we’ve been pushing towards this for the past couple of years. Last year the men’s senior team won their race for the first time in 24 years, so we’ve been pushing towards this and working for it for a long time.”

Salford University Boat Club had also planned their annual ball for the Saturday night, and celebratory champagne flowed freely on the night.

Pass said: “We had our annual ball on Saturday night at the Marriott Hotel anyway so that was always going to be a big celebration – but bringing back the trophy – it made it a great night and the champagne was out.”

Manchester Boat Club President Simon Moss said he was “a little bit” disappointed that his crew had lost.

He said: “It’s a very good result for them, it’s a real shame we lost. We will take it as a lesson and move on.”

The two boat clubs will next be in competition when they take part in the Nottingham Regatta in mid-May.

Moss hopes that this will give his crew the opportunity to claim victory of their rivals and level the stakes once more, but Pass is hoping that the victory over Manchester is just the beginning for Salford.

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