Valiant effort from Christ's College rowers

Christ's College put up a valiant fight but eventually was forced to bow to Hawke's Bay in the final of the men's club eights at the national rowing championships on Lake Ruataniwha yesterday.

The schoolboy side was using the racing to help prepare for the defence of their Maadi Cup title next month at Lake Karapiro.

Timaru's win in the women's club eight came with some drama, when race leaders North Shore caught a crab with 100m to go.

The men's senior coxless four final was decided in the final 1000m when North Shore left the rest of the crews battling for the minor podium places.

Defending champions Waihopai had a tense battle with the two Avon crews in the final of the women's senior coxless fours.

In the end, it was the the Avon No 2 crew of Alice Darry, Olivia Lissaman, Madelaine Ingham and Holly Greenslade who prevailed over Avon No 1 with Waihopai earning the bronze medal.

Southern got the best of the three-crew women's under-22 eight. The crew of Lisa Owen, Sophie Shingleton, Tessa Young, Esther Austin, Johannah Kearney, Kristen Froude, Phoebe Spoors, Olivia Loe and cox Lydia Milner got the better of Waikato in the charge for the line. 

The Press