Ireland’s lightweight men’s quadruple sculls are hungry for success following their fifth place finish in their final at the World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria.
The four of Fintan McCarthy, Ryan Ballantine, Jacob McCarthy and Andrew Goff finished less than three seconds off a medal behind winners Germany and Italy and Turkey in second and third respectively.
This was this crew’s first major senior championship together and their strong performance leads them to believe that there is a bright future ahead.
"We put together the best race we could and obviously it wasn’t good enough for a medal. Hopefully next year, or in a few years, we can finally get on that podium," said Fintan McCarthy.
It was bittersweet for the Irish rowers, making a final in their first major championships while at the same time coming so close to a place on the podium.
"We’re happy we made the A final; that was our ambition coming here having come through the Under-23 system. To come fifth in the world is a good performance so we’re happy enough with that," said Goff.
Jacob McCarthy added: "We were taking it race by race. We didn’t start off as we’d hoped, but we improved race by race. We came into the final wanting to do the best we could and to come fifth in the world leaves us hungry for more in the future.
"We all gave it all we could, we couldn’t ask for more than that, really."
According to Ryan, this was a steep learning curve for the foursome and a major step-up from their experience at Under-23 level.
He said: "It’s savage racing out here; compared to Under-23s it’s a step-up and it’s a massive step-up from the standard of club rowing in Ireland and England so we’re just happy to be here.
"To race against Olympians, world champions is an added bonus and it’s all experience for us. We’ll all be back to give it another crack."
Highlights of all of today's rowing action from Bulgaria are on RTÉ2 Television from 7pm.