25 Mar 2021

Thursday 25 March 2021

We're midway through the 2021 Maadi Cup and King's have been putting in a valiant effort on the water as our Head of Rowing, Brendan Boreham, reports:

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Day three of the NZ Secondary Schools Rowing Championships which are being held at Lake Karapiro. It’s turned out to be a very tough day on the water for a number of competitors. The progression to the next round has been brutal due to the number of competitors racing at this year’s Maadi Cup. Many schools have entered more rowers than usual due to the North and South Island Secondary Schools Championships being cancelled because of the recent Covid-19 lockdowns. As a result this is the largest Maadi Cup ever with 2623 competitors from 123 schools.

The heats on Monday and Tuesday saw the following King’s crews progress directly to the semi-finals and avoid the dreaded repechages which were held today:

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Boys U17 single –

Jack Mitchell (Year 12, Averill)                           

Boys U16 coxed quad –

Lewis Mazza-Carson (Year 11, Peart),
Cole Barfoot (Year 12, Marsden),
Callan Ogilvie (Year 11, School),
Baxter McGillivray (Year 12, Averill),
Oliver Horton (Year 11, Major)

Girl’s U18 novice double –

TJ Rusden-Rowley (Year 12, Marion Bruce),
Amiria-Rose Monga
(Year 13, Marion Bruce)                                    

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Girl’s U17 single  -

Te Aria Jackson (Year 13, Marion Bruce)                                                          

Girl’s U18 novice coxed quad –

TJ Rusden-Rowley,
Amiria Rose Monga
Grace McTaggart (Year 12, Taylor),
Leala Willman (Year 11, Marion Bruce),
Lilian Kidd (Year 11, Marion Bruce)   

Girl’s U17 double scull –

Te Aria Jackson,
Setai Setoga
(Year 11, Taylor)

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Boys U15 coxed quad –

Louis Upton (Year 10, Selwyn),
Ben Thomas (Year 10, School),
Charlie Law
(Year 10, Selwyn),
Alex Shannon
(Year 11, St John's),
Charlie Spittal
(Year 10, Averill)        

Boys U18 novice coxed quad -

Louis Upton,
Ben Thomas
Charlie Law
Jackson Compain
(Year 10, Selwyn),
Charlie Spittal


King’s College had 12 crews racing in the repechages today, which was essentially their last chance to progress to a semi-final or final. In some events there were only one or two spots available so racing was very tight:

Boys U15 double – 6th in the rep (repechage), progressed to the B final

Boys U18 pair – 5th in the rep, progressed to the B final

Girls U17 coxed quad – 6th in the rep.

Boys U16 four - 4th in the rep, progressed to B final

Boys U18 four - 3rd in the rep, progressed to A final

Boys U16 double - 6th in the rep.

Boys U17 coxed four - 7th in the rep.

Boys U18 double - 4th in the rep.

Boys U16 single - 6th in the rep.

The Boys U16 eight had an absolute humdinger today finishing joint third with Christchurch Boy’s in their repechage. At first it looked like the verdict may go Christchurch Boys' way, but in the end it was too difficult to separate them and both crews progressed to the A final.

The last crew to race today was the Boys 1st VIII racing in the Boys U18 eight repechages. Thirteen crews raced with only two places available in the A final. The boys put on a brave fight right to the end but sadly it was not to be and they finished behind Christ’s College and Westlake Boys. The 1st VIII will race in the B final of the Maadi Cup on Saturday afternoon.

Overall the team is showing grit, determination and the ability to raise their game when it counts. I’m really pleased with their efforts so far and I’m looking forward to seeing the crews in action in the semi-final’s tomorrow.

Over and out from a very sunny Hamilton!


Brendan Boreham
Head of Rowing