Crews from St Andrew’s College, Grey High School and Selborne College were able to come together to compete this long-standing fixture for the first time in two years on Saturday the 5th of February.
A persistent drizzle throughout the day did little to subdue the close racing and enthusiastic support from the river banks as crews from across all the age groups battled it out over 500 meters on the Kowie in a ‘knockout’ event format across all the different boat classes.
Some of the loudest support for the day came for the U14 races in Quads and Octuples with St Andrews taking wins in both the A and B Octuple as well as in the B Quads event.
For the U16 age group there were strong performances across all the boat classes with Max Estcourt making it through 4 rounds of racing to reach final of the Men’s B sculling event, where he pushed a local Nemato rower several years his senior right to the line.
In the Men’s B pair, Joe Kroon and Connor Moorcroft took the win over Selborne and the top U16 crews also took emphatic wins in the 4s and 8s events, the latter in a three boat final against the Grey U16s and Selborne’s 2nd Open crew.
After several losses in the early rounds of racing in pairs and sculls, the St Andrew’s open crews soon got into their stride with commanding victories in the Rhino Shield Men’s Fours, the College crew comprising of Daniel Cotton, Scott Moorcroft, Matthew Powell and Justin Charles. In the final event of the day, the Kudu Shield Men’s 8s, the College 1st 8 beat Grey in the semi-final and came home over 10 seconds ahead of Selborne to take the win.
Well done to all the boys taking part and good luck to the U16 and Open crews taking competing at the Buffalo Regatta later this week. A further exciting development is that Settlers Dam as once again full enough for rowing and the junior boys will have the opportunity to row there over the next few weeks, this is the first time we will have been able to use our own facility since 2018.
Summary of results for Eastern Cape Sprints Regatta:
U14A 4x Selborne College (Frachet9
U14 B 4x St Andrews College (Llewellyn)
U14 C 4x Selborne College (Lewis)
U14 A 8x St Andrews College (Farquharson)
U14 B 8x St Andrews (Theron)
U15 A2x Grey High School Goodall
U15 A 4x Grey High School Dunnington
U15 A 8x Grey High School Dunnington
MB 1x Nemato Nqongo
MB 2- St Andrew’s College Kroon
MB 2x Selborne Kovana
MB 4+ St Andrew’s College Kroon
MB 4x Grey High School Renison
MB 8+ St Andrew’s College Kroon
Beetle Shield 1x Grey High School Hobson
Buffalo Shield M2- Selborne College van Dyk
Warthog Shield M2x – Grey High School Hobson
Rhino Shield M4+\- St Andrews College Cotton
Kudu Shield M8+ St Andrews College Cotton