Mount Albert Grammar has a spirited history of achievement at the Aon Maadi Cup, so it was no surprise to see the school figuring on the dais early on the first day of finals at Lake Ruataniwha today.
Racing in the boys under 18 pair, Cam McGillivray and Nick Bryan were too good for the chasers, winning the Dunstan Trophy in 7min 18.24s.
Otago Boys High School (7:21.58) and Christchurch Boys’ High School (7:23.23) took the minor placings. But there’s a good vibe coming off the result.
‘’Mount Albert have a huge history of rowing at the Maadi,’’ the winning duo’s coch Alice Denyer said.
‘’It’s amazing to be able to take it back to that place and hopefully spur on the younger generation.’’
McGillivray in the stroke seat admitted the performance was ‘’probably a little better than we expected.’’
‘’We knew if we did everything we wanted to and did it right, hopefully it would end up our way. And hopefully rowing gets a bit more support from the rest of the school now.’’
Denyer, who has been coaching at the school since 2019, said finals day can produce surprises so it’s best not to be thinking too far ahead.
‘’You can never expect anything. It’s finals day so you can have someone in lane 1 and lane 8 slogging through, so I’m really pleased with what the boys put together today. ‘’
She described the pair as ‘’two very good lads, good eggs. Double yokers.’’