Aon Maadi Cup First Finals Day
The first day of the 2013 Aon Maadi Cup (New Zealand Secondary School Championships) finals being held at the Lake Karapiro and the competitors lined up in perfect conditions.
Auckland Grammar School drew first blood in the U18 pairs today, where they beat Hamilton Boys High School to the line in a time of 6:46.15 just point three of a second ahead. Westlake Boys came away with the bronze.
Kavanagh College is a team to be reckoned with in the small boats. Jack O'Leary took out the boys U17 single in 7:18.72. It was a close race, with Nelson College's Olly Stephens coming in second in a time of 7:18.95.
Kavanagh again featured in the Girls U18 double with Zoe McBride and Hannah Duggan who took out the final in fine form. Kavanagh also picked up silver in the Boys U16 Single.
In the Boys U16 Quad the local team of St Peter's School won and the crew was lucky enough to be presented their medal by Olympic champion Hamish Bond.
St Bede's won the U17 eights ahead of Hamilton Boys High School. If the St Bede's combination stays together next season will be ones to watch out for in the 2014 Aon Maadi Cup being held at Lake Ruataniwha. This crew will again compete tomorrow afternoon in the Boys U18 eights, which will prove good blooding experience in the big time event.
The Boys U18 Quad was won by Tauranga Boys College, stroked by 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival competitor Daniel Bridgwater. His crew of Roger, Parry, Noyce and cox Craven raced home a boat length in front of St Kentigern College and St Peter's.
In the U18 girls pair St Margaret's College took the gold very convincingly. They crossed the line in a time of 7:39.38 and Craighead were second well back from the winners in a time of 7:52.65. The St Margaret's crew was made up of Holly Greenslade who has represented New Zealand at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in early 2013 and the 2012 Junior World Rowing Championships. Holly and her team mate Alice Darry will hope to get the nod from the junior selectors for a trial.
Whakatane High School won the Boys U17 Double in 6:54.97 in front of a roaring crowd. The school bases themselves out of the Whakatane Rowing Club, which celebrates their centenary in 2013 at Queen's Birthday weekend. Whakatane is the home of rowing legends such as Wybo Veldman, Warren Cole and Nathan Twaddle.
In the U17 Girls Single scull Hannah Bailey from Woodford House won gold, she is the lone representative from her Havelock North school. It was one of the most exciting races of the day with seconds between first and fourth place getters. Bailey will also race in the U18 Girls Single Scull tomorrow morning.
In the junior ranks Hamilton Boys held off a strong finish from Marlborough boys in the U15 boys eight. Marlborough threw everything they had left in the last 250m of the race to close up on the length lead Hamilton had gained at the 1500m mark.
Hamilton Boys High School held the Springbok Shield high after winning the U18 boys four race in a tight race between Auckland Grammar. Winning the four oared event will be a confidence booster ahead of the eights race tomorrow for Hamilton Boys after Grammar won the pair earlier today.
The Dawn Cup was won by St Margaret's College in the U18 girls four which was the final race of the day. There was clearwater between St Margaret's to Waikato Diocesan who were only good enough for second place and third went to Craighead Diocesan.
40 schools have taken home a medal after the first day of finals. Hamilton Boys High School has won the most medals from a boys school at the half way point of the Aon Maadi Cup finals with three gold and three silver, there are 24 finals to be completed tomorrow (Saturday 23 March) the final day of racing. St Margaret's is the leading girls school having won four gold and two silver. St Margaret's look to be favourites in the U18 girls eights from their outstanding performances on the water today in the U18 sweep oar classes.
For results: http://www.rowit.co.nz/results/mads2013?lr=1