Maadi Cup glory for DHS team

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN

A Dun­stan High School row­ing team has blasted the com­pe­ti­tion out of the wa­ter in win­ning in style at the Maadi Cup.

The girls un­der-15 row­ing eight smashed their op­po­si­tion by two boat lengths in the A-fi­nal at Lake Kara­piro last week to record Cen­tral Otago and Queen­stown’s only medal in the biggest and most pres­ti­gious row­ing meet.

Coach Si­mon Smith was ‘‘ab­so­lutely rapt’’ and couldn’t have been more proud of his charges.

‘‘It’s fan­tas­tic. It’s fan­tas­tic for the school and the kids.

‘‘They [the girls] are over the moon.’’

The win­ning team of 14-yearolds Sky Mor­ton, Kate Han­ning and Ab­bie Har­ri­son along with 13-year-olds Meg Creagh, McKen­zie Eal­son, Hanna Scar­let, Paige Fur­rie, Har­riet Scherp and So­phie Wil­liamson (cox) were ‘‘very dom­i­nant in the heats’’ and beat the best North Is­land team from Tau­ranga Girls by about seven sec­onds in the fi­nal.

‘‘I knew they were ca­pa­ble of it but I was more wor­ried about things that could go wrong,’’ Smith said.

‘‘Noth­ing sort of got in the way of the per­for­mance.’’

The eight also won gold at the South Is­land Sec­ondary Schools’ Cham­pi­onships at Lake Ru­atani­wha last month.

In all Dun­stan High School row­ing teams made four A-fi­nals, two B-fi­nals and two C-fi­nals while Jas McIn­tosh was se­lected to trial for the South Is­land un­der18 team to row against the North Is­land later this year. Wakatipu’s Bella Jolly and So­phie Thomp­son will also trial.

For­mer Ar­row­town pupil Bradley Ley­don, who at­tends John McGlashan Col­lege, has been se­lected to trial for the New Zealand ju­nior team.

As for the un­der-15 win­ning team, five of the girls would be back to race again next year which was a ‘‘huge ad­van­tage’’.

Wakatipu High School’s 30-strong team also com­peted well, mak­ing six A-fi­nals across the week with the best fin­ish com­ing from Ben Ma­son who was fifth in the boys un­der-16 sin­gle sculls.

The smaller Mt Aspir­ing Col­lege and Cromwell Col­lege teams com­peted well and made sev­eral B-fi­nals.

The Maadi Cup is the biggest schools’ re­gatta in the South­ern Hemi­sphere, at­tract­ing over 2000 of New Zealand’s best young row­ers and is con­sid­ered by many to be the pin­na­cle of sec­ondary schools’ row­ing.

SHAR­RON BEN­NETT

DHS coach Si­mon Smith, left, with as­sis­tant coach Hamish Mor­ton and the win­ning team.

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