Maadi Cup rowers make promising start on Lake Karapiro

South Canterbury has made a promising start at New Zealand's secondary schools rowing championships.
More than 2000 competitors from about 120 schools across the country are at Lake Karapiro near Cambridge to compete in the 2021 Maadi Cup along with about 8000 spectators for the championships which run until Saturday.

The cup went ahead as planned after the Government downgraded the country's Covid-19 alert levels with Auckland returning to Level 1 on March 12.

Timaru Boys High School teacher in charge of rowing, Tony Bunting, said they had some good results on Monday.


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Our under 15 sculling eight got a second in their heat which was such a confidence boost as they go straight through to the final on Saturday.

Bunting said two under 18 quad teams got first and second placings, with one of the teams qualifying for the final on Friday.

The crew that got second place did it in a faster time than the team who got first, so they have bragging rights.

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A Timaru Boys High School boys under-18 coxed quad sculls crew, from left, Ty Bishop, Kian Wills, Hamish Yeatman, Sam Wilson, and William Talbot at the Maadi Cup at Lake Karapiro.

That team would go to a repecharge race on Wednesday, he said.

They have another chance of making the final.

Bunting said the under 16 quads placed third and would line up in the semi-finals on Thursday.

We are pretty confident in these results, we are quietly confident, Bunting said.

It is an unbelievable atmosphere here with more than 2000 competitors and warm weather conditions.

Rowing should be good all week with these weather conditions.

Craighead Diocesan School coach Dean Milne said the day started with a little disappointment.

A crew in the under 17 fours failed to go through to the next round, they were placed sixth and just missed out.

We had a win in the girls under 16 singles with Elsie Talbot, she goes through to the semifinals on Thursday.

All our other crews have gone through the repecharge system with third, fourth and fifth placings in the under 15 quads, under 18 doubles, under 17 quads and under 15 fours.

Roncalli College coach Antonia Frances-Rees said the school had a third placing in the girls under 18 novice double sculls, qualifying for the semis on Thuesday, while a fourth placing in the girls under 16 single sculls qualified for a place in the repecharge on Wednesday.

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