Hamilton Boys’ High School, Rangi Ruru dominate the eights’ heats at Aon Maadi Cup

It was business as usual for the heavy hitters of the under 18 eights events when heats were staged at the Aon Maadi Cup on Lake Ruataniwha today.

The Maadi Cup defending champions Christ’s College won their heat, clocking 6min 07.52s in holding off Mount Albert Grammar’s determined challenge by less than two seconds.

However, Hamilton Boys’ High School trimmed three seconds off the Christ’s College time in recording 6:04.21 with Christchurch Boys’ High School taking the second automatic advance into Saturday’s final in 6:07.68.

Christ’s College have won the well-known trophy in New Zealand rowing 13 times, second only to Wanganui Collegiate with 17.

Hamilton have won the title 10 times and Mount Albert eight.

So, no one could argue the direct qualifiers were a surprise.

‘’They’re fully aware of the task at hand,’’ Hamilton head coach Bruce Holden said.

Rangi Ruru won two heats of the girls under 18 eights and could yet have a third team advance to the finals.
Rangi Ruru won two heats of the girls under 18 eights and could yet have a third team advance to the finals.

‘’The boat went reasonably well today but there is room for improvement. A couple of things we didn’t get quite right, and we can make it tick along a little faster.’’

Christ’s College coach, and former British Olympic champion, Will Satch, liked what he saw from an eight who have no rowers back from last year’s winning crew.

‘’That was definitely a confidence booster for them,’’ Satch said.

‘’Being an underdog takes a bit of pressure off. This year has been hard work for them and I’m very proud to see it come a bit more together.

‘’Now we just need the last little bit of the jigsaw.’’

In contrast to the Christ’s College personnel this year compared to the winning crew 12 months ago, Hamilton has five rowers plus cox William Macintosh back from last year. Effectively it’s the under 17 team from last year, plus three under 18 rowers.

‘’Both boats were rowed out,’’ Holden added of today’s racing.

‘’There was plenty of competition for first in both heats and it certainly looked as though both were going as hard as they could.

‘’It’s a matter of getting everything right on the day and the finer details that’ll give your boat that little bit extra to dominate.

↯↯↯Read More On The Topic On TDPel Media ↯↯↯

»Share Your Opinion On TDPel Media«