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Hamilton Boys successfully defend the Maadi Cup

  • 29 Mar 14

It was a phenomenal way to finish the Aon Maadi Cup regatta with an exciting under-18 boys eights race, Hamilton Boys High School defended their Maadi Cup title while thousands of spectators lined Lake Ruataniwha.

Hamilton Boys High School finished in a quick time of 5:55.84. They knocked St Bede’s out of the gold medal contention early on as they pushed their canvas in front with 500m gone, they made another move through the halfway point and gained half a boat length, as they surged to the finish line they had nearly a boat length advantage. St Bede’s was over the line in 5:57.99 for silver. Napier Boys High School were back to third in 5:58.52. Hamilton Boy’s High School has successfully defended the Maadi title and has won the boys under-18 for the eighth time in the events 67 year history.

The Levin Jubilee Cup for the Girls under-18 eight was Waikato Diocesan’s show. Waikato Diocesan last won the girls eight in 2011 and the first time was back in 2002. Waikato Diocesan won by a clear two length lead in 6:51.43, while a cat fight unfolded down the course for the silver and bronze medals. Westlake Girls High School won silver in 7:00.11, but a tight race was happening for bronze with St Margaret’s and Rangi Ruru gunning for the podium. St Margaret’s nudged Rangi Ruru for the bronze in 7:01.72 while Rangi Ruru crossed in 7:02.35 for fourth.

In the girls under-18 single scull Georgia Allen from Hamilton Girls High School took control of the race, winning the gold and an automatic junior trial in the process. St Peter’s School sculler Samantha Voss bumped out Luka Ellery from Te Awamutu for the silver by .38 of a second. Voss also gains an automatic trial.

Jack O’Leary from Kavanagh College went one better in 2014 in the boys under-18 single scull, he picked up the silver in this event in 2013. O’Leary won the gold in a time of 7:18.52 ahead of his closest rival James Walker from Timaru Boys High School. Walker only just edged out Olly Stephens from Nelson College for the silver by a whisker. Walker and O’Leary also will appear on the junior trialists list tomorrow, after gaining automatic access.

Riley Bruce from Mt Aspiring College has successful defended his under-16 single sculls title. Thomas Cummack from Wellington College elbowed Gisborne Boys High School sculler James Brott out of the silver medal, beating him by just half a second. Riley Bruce managed to win gold by a decent margin of six seconds.

The President’s Scull trophy was awarded to St Peter’s School (Cambridge) for being the overall sculling champions for the most points in all A finals in sculling events. The Executive Trophy was awarded to Hamilton Boys High School for the most points in all A finals in sweep oared events and the Star Trophy was also awarded to Hamilton Boys High School for being the overall champion school. Dan Kelly was also named Coach of the Year and received the Bill Eaddy Cup.

Widely regarded as one of the biggest schools regattas in the Southern hemisphere and the largest in New Zealand history, it is the pinnacle of junior rowing in New Zealand. Most of the country’s top elite rowers have competed in the regatta at some stage in their careers. Due to the regattas scale and size it produces fierce competition in all age groups. At the 2014 Aon Maadi Cup 59 schools won their fair share of medals in the 48 finals that were contested. Over 2100 secondary school rowers from 125 schools competed at the 2014 New Zealand Secondary School Rowing Championships.

The 2015 Aon Maadi Cup event will be held at Lake Karapiro from 23-28 March.

New Zealand Junior trialists will be named tomorrow. The Junior New Zealand crew will compete at the World Junior Championships in Hamburg, Germany in August.