Craighead sound pre-Maadi warning

Last updated 05:00 11/03/2014

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Craighead seem to have timed their preparation for the Maadi Cup to perfection after taking four titles at the South Island Secondary School Rowing Championships.

Craighead also scored two silver medals, showing depth across their age groups, in the build-up to New Zealand championships in a fortnight at the same venue, Lake Ruataniwha.

Timaru Boys' High School also won a gold medal with James Walker and Ben Dewsbury in the under 18 double. They won by a boat length after a poor start.

Walker also came home with a singles silver after finishing 6s behind arch rival Jack O'Leary from Kavanagh College.

Roncalli made 12 A finals and though they missed out on a title, they collected two silvers and two bronze medals.

Bridget Cody and Abby McIlroy were second in the under 16 double, showing great improvement, while Laura Cockroft and the experience Kate Shaw were also second in the under 17 double.

It was, however, Craighead's weekend with the under 16 four of Maddy Palmer, Kate Hurst, Emma Trolove, Sarah Templeton and cox Kieren Wright winning convincingly.

The under 15 double of Olivia Hughes and Jess Martin also cruised to victory by over four lengths.

Hughes, Martin, Palmer, Templeton and Wright also struck gold in the under 15 quad, winning by a similar margin.

Two of Craighead's more experienced rowers, Alice Murdoch and Renee Olley, also showed very good form in taking out the pair.

Craighead's depth in rowing was underlined with a silver medal in the under 15 eight, the first time in a number of years they have seriously rowed the big boat in that age group, while the under 18 four was also second.

Craighead coach Dean Milne was pleased with his charges efforts, saying the team was peaking at the right time.

"It was a very good weekend with the medals spread right across the squad."

Timaru Girls' High School had five out of their 10 crews make A finals with 4th place the best result in the under 16 four and under 18 lightweight double.

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- The Timaru Herald

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