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New Zealand Junior selections

Carl Pracey and Jonathan Winter, who completed four seasons rowing for MAGS last year, came 4th in the NZ Junior Eight at the World Rowing Juniors Championships in Rotterdam in the Netherlands in August, 2016.

Carl (front row, second from right) was in 2 seat and Jonathan (right) rowed in 3. Jonathan rowed at the Junior Worlds in Rio last year in the Four with fellow MAGS rower Fergus McSwiney.

Both Carl and Jonathan helped their MAGS crews win a number of medals at Head of the Harbour Auckland Championships and the North Island Championships as they progressed through the age groups, and in their final season helped take their Under 18 Pairs, Four and Eight to the A Finals at Maadi. Jonathan won Silver at Maadi in the Pair with Fergus McSwiney.

Maadi Cup 2016

MAGS took 23 athletes to the NZSS Maadi Cup, this year held in Twizel in the South Island from 1-9 April.

We achieved two A Finals and four B Finals in what has been a rebuilding year for the squad. Head Boy Tom Butler and fellow rower Cole Brann did well to make the top 8 in the prestigious Under 18 Pair, our Under 15 Boys Four also made an A Final, and the Under 15 Girls Four won their B Final and achieved the 5th best time overall.

North Island Championships 2016

Cole Brann (centre) and Tom Butler with coach Callum Ross

The Boys Under 15 Four with coach and MAGS Director of Rowing Will Maling
Medals in two prestigious events, plus a haul of six A Finals and 5 B Finals, marked a successful weekend of competition for MAGSROW at the North Island Championships, held at Lake Karapiro from 18-20 March.

MAGS Head Boy Tom Butler, together with Cole Brann, won Bronze in the blue ribbon event of the Under 18 Boys Pair. Later in the day the Under 15 Boys Four won Silver in an event considered a marker of future success. Pictured above are, from left, Marcus Winter, Anton Waldmann, Fraser Lewins, Lewis Brown, Hugo Young and coach Will Maling.

We had a range of girls' and boys' crews start in other finals, with the Under 18 Boys Double and Under 17 Girls Double winning their B events.

A squad has now been selected to represent Mount Albert Grammar at the Maadi Cup NZSS Championships, to be held in Twizel in the South Island from 4-9 April.

MRP Junior Regatta 2016

A 2nd place in the prestigious Under 18 Boys Pair, 10 A Finals and eight B Finals made for an exciting weekend at the Mighty River Power Junior Regatta at Lake Karapiro from 4-6 March.

MAGS' Head Boy Tom Butler and Cole Brann made a strong statement in the Pair ahead of the North Island Championships in two weeks time. Crews across all age groups, boys and girls, also showed their hard work in training is paying off as we progress through the championship end of the season.

Head of the Harbour 2016

MAGS' Under 15 Boys Four won Gold at the Head of the Harbour Auckland Rowing Championships at Lake Pupuke on Saturday, 13 February.

Pictured above from left, Anton Waldmann, Lachlan Pearce, Hugo Young, Fraser Lewins and Lewis Brown were challenged deep in the race by Macleans College, but managed to come back and hold them off right on the line.

The MAGSROW squad are now training for the North Island Championships from 18-20 March.

Holiday regatta success

Two three-day regattas at Lake Karapiro near Cambridge in December and January saw MAGS' 55 boy and girl rowers represent the school in all age groups and a variety of boats.

We made eight finals at the December regatta, and 10 in January, against school and club crews from all over the North Island. A highlight was the 3rd placing for the U15 Boys Four of Fraser Lewins, Lewis Brown, Anton Waldmann and Lachlan Pearce, with coxswain Isaac Young-Montgomerie.

The squad is now preparing for the AKSS Championships, called the Head of the Harbour, at Lake Pupuke on 13 February.

Record start for rowing squad

MAGS' Rowing squad had a record start to their 2015-16 season with 20 placings from 35 races at the Waitemata-TGS Regatta at Lake Pupuke on Saturday, 24 October.

The club regatta saw school crews competing against older club members, and MAGS were the first school crews across the line in the Men's Pair (Tom Butler and Cole Brann) and Girls’ Under 15 Four (Olivia Alberts, Sophie Thomson, Hannah Jones, Hannah Zwalue and coxswain Leah Hollingworth).

Second and third placings were achieved by 18 other crews of all age groups and among both boys and girls, boding well for the season ahead.

Tom Butler wins 3 Gold medals in Australia

Boys' Rowing Captain, and MAGS' Head Boy for 2016, Tom Butler won 3 Gold medals as part of the Auckland team competing at the Queensland Schools Rowing Championships in Rockhampton during the October holidays.

Tom was selected for the Auckland Light Blues squad to compete in the Pair, Four and Eight - all of which won their races by a significant margin.

Rowers selected for NZ Juniors team

In April MAGS rowers Fergus McSwiney and Jonathan Winter were selected for the Rowing New Zealand Juniors squad, and competed at the World Junior Rowing Championships on the Olympic course in Rio de Janiero in August.

In the U18 Pair Jonathan and Fergus won Gold in the Auckland and North Island Championships this season, and Silver at the Maadi Cup National Championships. They were then invited to trial for the Juniors squad, which is a direct pathway to eventually be considered for selection for the top New Zealand rowing crews.

They spent the second half of Term 2 boarding near Cambridge so they could continue their Year 13 studies between training at Rowing New Zealand's High Performance Centre at Lake Karapiro.

At the World Junior Championships Jonathan and Fergus formed half of the New Zealand Four which came sixth - MAGS was the only school to have more than one rower selected for the U18 Junior crews.

Historic finals at Maadi Cup 2015

The 2014-15 season, MAGSROW’s sixth since the sport was re-started at the school, ended on an historic note as the Boys U18 Eight gained a place in the prestigious Maadi Cup final for the first time in 53 years. MAGS won the Maadi Cup eight times during our rowing heyday in the 1940s-60s - the last time we won it was 1961, and the last time we were in the A Final was 1962.

Also entering the record books were our Girls U17 Eight, who became the first ever MAGS girls Eight to make an A Final, as girls did not attend the school during rowing's earlier era.

Congratulations also to Jonathan Winter and Fergus McSwiney, pictured with coach Josh Schmidt, who won Silver in the Boys U18 Pair. Their second placing guaranteed them a trial for the New Zealand Juniors Squad. MAGS was the only school to secure places in the three elite boys' A Finals – the U18 Pair, Four and Eight.

Rowers Carl Pracey and Maria Markovich, and coxswain Dylan Dodds, were also invited by Rowing NZ to trial for the North Island squad, and were all later successful in gaining selection. And to top off Maadi week, our U15 Boys Eight and Four also gained A Final spots, boding well for the squad's future success. In total MAGS gained places in six A Finals, our highest so far.

MAGSROW was honoured to be invited to boat a mixed Eight for the row-by in honour of our patron Kerry Ashby, and fellow West End rower Sir Don Rowlands, who had both passed away in the preceding months. The MAGS Eight followed the West End Eight as they led a fleet of boats with mixed rowers from other schools, and the Karapiro umpire and rescue boats. Kerry had been very much in MAGSROW’s thoughts and conversations in the weeks leading up to Maadi, and we feel our rowers did him proud at a regatta he would have loved to have attended.

Under-18 Pair defend trophy

Fergus McSwiney and Jonathan Winter claimed the John Symes Cup for the second consecutive year when they decisively won the elite U18 Pairs event at the NISS Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro from March 6-8.

The MAGS pair once again won by clear water, a month after winning Gold at the Auckland Championships. Fergus and Jonathan now have their sights set on Gold at the New Zealand Secondary School Rowing Championships, known as the Maadi Cup, back at Lake Karapiro from March 23-28.

In all, 15 MAGS crews made finals, from Novice to U18 level, boys and girls. Two other boys' pairs made the U18 final, and to claim three of the eight top spots in this elite event was an indication of our dominance in sweep events.

MAGSROW's patron, Mr Kerry Ashby, Albertian, Empire Games silver medalist and former MAGS rowing coach, passed away on March 3. Race commentators made reference to his place in New Zealand rowing, and in re-establishing rowing at MAGS, a number of times during the regatta, and our rowers were conscious of honouring his memory on and off the water.

The squad is now preparing for the New Zealand Championships, known as the Maadi Cup, back at Lake Karapiro from March 23-28.

Gold, silver and bronze at Auckland Rowing Championships

Jonathan Winter and Fergus McSwiney defended the Gold medal they won last year in the Premier event of the U18 Pair, winning by two boatlengths.

The U15 Girls' Four also won Gold, from left, coxswain Bradley Shelton, Rosemary Tatupu, Hannah Fale, Ella Goddard and Laura Francis
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Two gold medals, one silver and three bronze for Mount Albert Grammar rowers were highlights at the Head of the Harbour Auckland Championships at Lake Pupuke on Saturday, 14 February.

Gold was won by the U18 Boys’ Pair of Fergus McSwiney and Jonathan Winter, defending their win of the Premier event last year with an assured row that saw them finish two boatlengths ahead of their nearest rival.

The Under-15 Girls’ Four also won Gold. Laura Francis, Ella Goddard, Hannah Fale and Rosemary Tatupu, coxed by Bradley Shelton, showed terrific spirit in coming from a boatlength behind to storm home for the win.

Silver was claimed by the Under-17 Girls’ Four of Laura Bradley, Kate Wislang, Maria Markovich and Amy Hirst, coxed by Bradley Shelton, after a strong race that saw them cross the line within a canvas of the winner.

Bronze medals were won by the Under-18 Boys’ Four and Under-17 Boys’ Four, who later came together to win Bronze in the blue ribbon event, the Under-18 Boys’ Eight. The Eight is Carl Pracey, Jonathan Winter, Fergus McSwiney, Cole Brann, Tom Butler, Damon Trumper, Pierre Fladgate, Matt Smith and cox Dylan Dodds.

Two crews of Boys Under-15 Fours also came first and second in the second division race, boding well for the future. Other second division placings came from two other Boys’ Under 18 Pairs, and Kieran McLean in the Under-17 Single.

MAGS Director of Rowing, Will Maling, thanked his coaching team for continuing the development of the MAGS Row programme. Training continues as we prepare for the North Island Championships at Lake Karapiro from March 6-8. To find out more about MAGS Row visit

MAGS rowers battle cold and heat to reap success

MAGS’ rowing squad battled the extremes of weather at two regattas over the summer holidays, but earned top results at both.
Finals day of the Christmas Regatta at Lake Karapiro on 14 December was beset with cold rain; at the Cambridge Town Cup in January the athletes sweltered through 30-degree temperatures over all three days. The conditions didn’t hold back the MAGS crews, who came through with the following top line results across the two regattas:

1st: Boys’ U18 Pair

1st: Boys’ U18 Four

1st: Girls’ U15 Eight

2: Boys’ U18 Pair

3rd: Girls U17 Eight

The other crews to qualify for A Finals were: Boys U18 Eight, Girls U16 Eight, Boys U15 Eight, Girls U17 Four, Girls U15 Four, Girls U15 Octuple, Kieran McLean in the Single

The range of finals among our boy and girl crews, from Novices to Seniors, proved the strength of our programme through the age groups and for both genders.

The crews are now training for the Auckland Secondary School Championships, called Head of the Harbour, at Lake Pupuke on Saturday, 14 February.

Historic moment adds to winning season start for MAGS Row

The boating of MAGS' first ever Under 18 Girls' Eight added a touch of history to a successful first regatta of the 2014-15 season.

The young crew, made up of U15-U17 rowers, came second among the schools in the Premier U18 event at the Waitemata-TGS Regatta at Lake Pupuke on Saturday, October 25, impressing commentators with their potential.

The same crew had earlier won the U17 Eight by two boat lengths.

With MAGS Row now into its sixth season since relaunching, it has enough boys and girls to boat Eights in all four age groups, from U15 to U18.

The U18 boys also had a winning start to the season, claiming the U18 Four and both races of the U18 Pairs. Marnina Hyland won the U18 Girls' Single.

MAGS' boys and girls both came second in the keenly watched U15 Eight races, seen as a show of the squad's podium potential in the years ahead.

The regatta also saw the first races for MAGS Row's four new boats, three of which are named after the squad's foundation rowing students - Grayson Dauphin, Sane-Va Ginnen and Sam Perry. In a nice touch, all the boats won their first races.

MAGS rowers win over Queensland schools

Five MAGS rowers came home with gold, silver and bronze medals after competing with an Auckland squad in the Queensland Schools Rowing Championships in Bundaberg.

Pictured from left, Maria Markovich, Jonathan Winter, Carl Pracey, Fergus McSwiney, Matthew Smith and coach Josh Schmidt were selected for the Auckland Rowing Light Blues squad to compete in Queensland at the end of Term 3. Sixty four schools from all over Queensland took part.

The boys formed half of the Auckland Eight, coached by Mr Schmidt, which won gold. They then won gold in the Four, and silver and bronze in Pairs.

Maria won silver in the Girls' Double, bronze in the Eight and bronze in the Quad.

The five rowers are now preparing with the rest of the MAGS squad for our first domestic regatta of the season at Lake Pupuke on October 25.

MAGS wins Silver in The Great Race

From left, MAGS Row Captain Fergus McSwiney, Pierre Fladgate, Matthew Smith, Dylan Dodds (coxswain), Cole Brann, Carl Pracey (stroke), Jonathan Winter, Mark Lawrence, Tom Butler and coach Josh Schmidt.

The MAGS Boys' First Eight won Silver in their first outing in the schools' section of the prestigious Great Race on the Waikato River. Click here to watch a video of the race

The MAGS crew and those from five other schools rowed time trials over the course through the middle of Hamilton on Saturday, 13 September. MAGS rowed the second fastest time behind Hamilton Boys' number one crew. Behind us were Hamilton Boys' number two, Auckland Grammar, St Paul's Collegiate and St John's College. This entitled us to a position in the A Final against Hamilton Boys, as only two boats can compete on the river at the same time.

The MAGS crew rowed a fantastic race in what is a dogfight between coxes as much as a show of power, technique and endurance over the 2.5km stretch of river, rowing against the current. Coxswain Dylan Dodds did a brilliant job of making the race as difficult as he could for Hamilton Boys' to win, and we held on to be within a 2-3 boatlengths of them crossing the line, despite us having to come down the home straight on the side of the river with the stronger current.

In addition to Dylan, our crew was Carl Pracey (stroke), Jonathan Winter, Fergus McSwiney, Matthew Smith, Pierre Fladgate, Tom Butler, Cole Brann and Mark Lawrence.

The boys were then able to watch the main events of the weekend - the races between Waikato University and invitation crews from Melbourne, Washington and Harvard.

The Great Race is a prestigious event that is an honour for any school to be invited to. For MAGS to win silver on our first outing is special, and we look forward to competing again next year, perhaps with a girls' crew as well.

Historic medal win at Maadi Cup 2014

Back on the Maadi podium for MAGS were, at right, Maria Markovich, Kate Wislang and their coach Sarah Wolff. They won bronze in the Girls' Under 16 Double.

MAGS' first Maadi medal in nearly 30 years, a Top 10 placing for the first Boys' Under 18 Eight to be boated in the same length of time, and invitations to trial for New Zealand and North Island squads were highlights of a successful 2014 Maadi Cup campaign by MAGS Row.

Held at Lake Ruataniwha near Twizel in South Canterbury from March 24-30, this year's event saw Kate Wislang and Maria Markovich make history when they won bronze in the Girls' Under 16 Double - our first Maadi medal since the sport was restarted at the school five years ago. It was also the first ever Maadi medal won by a MAGS' girl crew, as girls did not attend the school the last time its rowers took the national podium. To make their win even more historic, Kate's great grandfather was in the army corp that brought the Maadi Cup home to New Zealand from Egypt after World War II. It became the trophy awarded to the winning Under 18 Boys' Eight, and the adopted name of the national championships.

Our Under 18 Eight then won their B final in convincing style to earn an elite Under 18 Top 10 Badge. They led from the start and won in clear water, by over a boat length, with a beautiful display of rowing that was worthy of any championship crew.

To top off this success, Fergus McSwiney and Jonathan Winter have been invited to trial for the New Zealand Junior Squad, while Matthew Smith, Carl Pracy, Evander Tangiiti, Dylan Dodds, Marnina Hyland and Kate Wislang have been invited to trial for the North Island Squad. These are steps on the pathway to one day rowing for New Zealand; Fergus and Jonathan have essentially skipped the North Island step and gone straight to Juniors. Their invitations are a huge achievement, and a great vote of confidence in MAGS Row's coaching programme.

In total MAGS' Maadi squad achieved four A finals and five B finals, with both boys and girls, from novice level to Under 18s, representing the school on finals day.

We are now recruiting for the 2014-2015 season. If you are interesting in giving the sport a go, please contact MAGS' Director of Rowing, Mr Will Maling at

North Island Secondary Schools Championships

U18 Pair Jonathan Winter and Fergus McSwiney, with coach Josh Schmidt, won MAGS' first gold medal at the North Island Championships for nearly 30 years.

MAGS Row's first gold medal since the 1970s and the first ever medal for a girls' crew were highlights of a success-laden weekend at the North Island Secondary Schools Rowing Championships from March 7-9.

Jonathan Winter and Fergus McSwiney claimed a decisive victory in the Under 18 Boys' Pair early on finals day. Later, Kate Wislang and Maria Markovich, pictured with coach Sarah Wolff, brought MAGS Row girls into the record books with a bronze medal in the U16 Girls' Double.

In between, Jonathan and Fergus joined Matthew Smith, Carl Pracey and coxswain Dylan Dodds to win silver in the U17 Boys' Four, and a bronze medal was won by the Novice Boys' Four of Tom Butler, Jack Morrison, Cole Brann, Damon Trumper and coxswain Bradley Shelton.

In all, MAGS Row crews fought their way into 12 A finals. Success ranged from our Novice to our Senior crews, boys and girls. Our Senior Eight earned starts in the finals of the three blue ribbon events, the U18 Pair, U18 Four and U18 Eight. MAGS Director of Rowing Mr Will Maling thanked his coaching team of Josh Schmidt, Ged Campbell, Sarah Wolff and Leah Hankey for their help in getting MAGS back into the top tier of schools rowing after only five seasons back in competition following an absence of nearly 30 years.

The national championships, known as the Maadi Cup, take place from March 24-29. Rowers selected for the Maadi Squad will be announced this week.

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The U17 Boys' Four won silver. From left, Matthew Smith, Fergus McSwiney, Jonathan Winter, Carl Pracey, coxswain Dylan Dodds and coach Josh Schmidt.
A North Island medal in their first season - the Novice Boys' Four won bronze. From left, coach Ged Campbell, coxswain Bradley Shelton, Jack Morrison, Damon Trumper, Tom Butler and Cole Brann.

Head of the Harbour 2014

Blue and gold all the way - MAGS' Boys' U18 Pairs claim first, second and third on Lake Pupuke.

MAGS Row's three Under 18 Boys' Pairs took out first, second and third places at the Head of the Harbour Auckland Championships at Lake Pupuke on Saturday, 15 February.

This rare clean sweep of a Premier event was a highlight in a day when the MAGS colours featured frequently in the placings.

Other wins were secured by Girls' U16 Double Scull rowers Victoria Peri and Abigail Marshall, and the Boys' U18 Novice Four of Jack Morrison, Cole Brann, Tom Butler, Damon Trumper and coxswain Joseph McNamara.

Of the U18 Pairs (pictured left with coach Josh Schmidt) Jonathan Winter and Fergus Cruickshank-McSwiney claimed first place, Carl Pracey and Matthew Smith were second, while Todd Martin and Evander Tangiiti wrapped up the top three places for MAGS.

They later joined Jed Bradley, Dallas Marshall and coxswain Dylan Dodds to come third in the blue ribbon event - the Boys U18 Eight. This was the first year since 1986 that MAGS has boated an U18 Eight, and to gain a place at the Head of the Harbour is a credit to their intense training, led by coach Mr Schmidt and MAGS Director of Rowing, Will Maling.

The weekend got off to a great start at the Westlake Junior Regatta the previous day, when the Girls' U15 Eight (below) won their event.

The boat of Year 10 rowers in their first season - Amy Hirst, Megan Faquhar, Aimee Hunt, Ella Goddard, Laura Francis, Gloria Tinney, Laura Bradley, Reese Jacques and coxswain Cameron Richards - rowed an assured race to cross the line several lengths ahead of their competitors.

Two second placings and four thirds for other crews had the Juniors well placed to join their Senior squad-mates at the Head of the Harbour.

By the end of Saturday MAGS Row had collected three firsts, eight seconds and five thirds from boy and girl crews, from Novice to U18 level. Mr Maling thanked his coaching team for continuing the development of the whole MAGS Row programme.

The squad's patron Mr Kerry Ashby - MAGS old boy, New Zealand rower and MAGS rowing coach through the 1960s ad 1970s - attended the championships to support the team. Mr Maling said it was also heartening to see a number of former MAGS Row members and their parents, and Headmaster Mr Dale Burden, come to support the crews.

Training continues as we prepare for the North Island Championships at Lake Karapiro from March 7-9.

For the full list of MAGS Row's results at Head of the Harbour 2014 click here

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MAGS first U18 Eight since 1986 came third in the blue ribbon event at Head of the Harbour.

The winning Boy's Novice U18 Four, from left, Tom Butler, Damon
Trumper, coxswain Joseph McNamara and Cole Brann (absent
is Jack Morrison) with coach and former MAGS Rower Sane-Va Ginnen.

Girls' U16 Double winners Victoria Peri and
Abigail Marshall.

Cambridge Town Cup 2014

Medal placings and a tightly fought final in three prestigious Boys' U18 events at the Cambridge Town Cup regatta at Lake Karapiro saw MAGS Row keep tracking upwards as we enter the business end of the 2013-2014 season.

Jonathan Winter (pictured above at left) and Fergus McSwiney came second in the U18 pair, then sealed a third place with Todd Martin, Evander Tangiiti and coxswain Dylan Dodds in the U18 Four. They then rowed in the final of the U18 Eight with Jed Bradley, Matthew Smith, Carl Pracey and Felix Drissner-Devine, crossing the line in a tight band with four other boats.

A Finals in a range of other events were gained by boy and girl MAGS rowers from novice to senior level, boding well as we build toward the three big events of the season.

The Cambridge Town Cup, held from January 24, is the final club regatta of the season, in which we race in the colours of our affiliate club, West End. Next up are the Auckland schools' championships, known as Head of the Harbour, at Lake Pupuke on February 15, before the North Island championships and the nationals, or Maadi Cup, in March.

The Boys' Novice Eight came third in their heat and were unlucky not to gain a spot in the final.
The Novice Girls' Eight after qualifying for the A final.

Christmas Regatta 2013

Mount Albert Grammar Rowing reached another milestone in our modern era with our first win in an A final over a 2km course at the Christmas Regatta at Lake Karapiro from 13-15 December.

Kate Wislang and Marnina Hyland won the Under 17 Girls Double with a strong, composed row that had them finish several lengths ahead of their nearest rivals.

History was also made when the first Senior Eight we have boated in 27 years made the A final, coming fourth among the New Zealand schools in a strong field and showing good potential for more development as the season progresses.

Other successes were a third placings for our Under 18 Boys A Four and Under 16 Girls Double. Our novice squad rowed their first 2km races - the Under 15 Girls A Quad won the B final and the Girls Eight made the A final for both the Novice and Under 15 events.

In total MAGS Row made a record 15 finals - 12 A finals and 3 B - more than any other Auckland school at the regatta. 

Bennett Shield, November 2013

The Senior VIII head to the start line.

Two wins and two firsts among the schools division of mixed club races made for another successful day on the water for the Mount Albert Grammar rowing squad on Saturday, 23 November.

The Bennett Shield Regatta at Lake Pupuke is a mixed club/school event, and school rowers have to compete against older, more experienced crews in most races. Despite this, MAGSROW, rowing in the colours of our affiliate club West End, won the Men's Under 19 four and the Women's Under 19 double. We also came first among the school crews in the Women's Novice eight and the glamour event, the Men's Open eight.

First of the school crews in the Women's Novice eight were, from left, Sharanita Sharma, Aimee Hunt, Gloria Tinney, Laura Francis, Megan Farquhar, Ella Goddard, Laura Bradley, Amy Hirst and coxswain Dylan Dodds.

Second placings were gained by another crew in the Women's U19 double, the Women's Club double and the other Men's Under 19 four, which made up the other half of the successful eight. The Boys Under 15 eight and our third Women's Under 19 double picked up third placings.

Head coach Will Maling is pleased with the progress being made at all levels of the squad. We're now looking forward to our first regatta of the season at Lake Karapiro from December 13-15, when our keen intake of novices will face their first 2km races.

Historic start to 2013-2014 season

MAGS' first Senior Eight in 27 years came a close second in a controlled and exciting race.
A first place, a clutch of seconds and thirds and a slice of history made for a fantastic start to the season for Mount Albert Grammar's Rowing squad on Saturday, 26 October, in the Waitemata-TGS Regatta on Lake Pupuke.

Year 11 rowers Marnina Hyland and Victoria Peri came first in their U17 Double race after leading for most of the race. Over the rest of the day we also enjoyed four second placings and five thirds.

Among them was the Senior Eight's close second to Auckland Grammar in a thrilling race that gave a glimpse of their potential as we build toward the Maadi Cup national final in March. This was the first time MAGS had boated a Senior Eight since 1986.

Another step in history was the boating of our first ever Novice Girls' Eight. The boat of Year 9 girls came a close fourth in their first U15 race, showing a good foundation on which to build. Our Novice Boys' Eight came third in their first U15 race, an impressive effort.

Other placings came from U17 single sculler Charlotte Pearce (second), U18 single sculler Dallas Marshall (second), the U18 A Boys Four (second), while the girls claimed the other four third placings - U16 Girls Doubles Maria Markovich/Abigail Marshall and Kate Wislang/Victoria Peri, Marnina in the U17 single, and Maria and Kate in the Under 17 Double.

Training and recruitment continue while we head toward the next regatta at Lake Pupuke on November 23.

Photo gallery of Waitemata-TGS Regatta Oct 26, 2013

Maadi Cup - National Championships, Lake Karapiro, March 2013

The Mt Albert Grammar Rowing squad continued its climb back into the top ranks of high school rowing with four A finals at the national championships at Lake Karapiro last week. This was a step up from the one A final we achieved last year, and completed a successful season that saw Magsrow win an Auckland title and two silver medals at the North Island champs.

The national champs, also known as the Maadi Cup after the trophy awarded to the winning Boys Under-18 Eight, is the largest high school sporting event in the southern hemisphere. This year saw more than 2000 athletes represent 120 schools from throughout the country, a marked increase from last year as rowing rises in popularity on the back of New Zealand's Olympic golds.

Magsrow selected 17 athletes from our 42-strong squad to represent the school in this toughest of arenas. It was great to see a group of students travel to the lake for finals day on Saturday to support our crews. Our thanks to teacher Mr Cole for bringing them down.

If you would like to see some of the amazing racing and atmosphere of Maadi, Sky Sport 2 is screening a highlights package on Tuesday March 26 at 7.30pm. Some of our A final crews may feature - look out for the boys under-18 pair, the boys under-17 four, the boys under-16 four and under-18 single sculler Grayson Dauphin.
While the squad has a break before resuming winter training in June, focus will shift to recruiting new boy and girl members. Interested students should listen out for notices and may approach the teacher in charge of rowing, Ben Grace, for more information.

The Under-17 Four was one of four Magsrow crews that made A finals at the national champs.
From left, Liam Ferguson, Sane-Va Ginnen, Sam Perry, Todd Martin and coxswain Bertie Carnell.

The "shirt swap" is a tradition at the end of the Maadi national rowing championships, when students from schools from all over New Zealand come together in a friendly way to swap training and competition gear.

North Island Championships: Lake Karapiro, March 2013

MAGS wins silver twice at historic regatta

For the first time in 30 years, Mt Albert Grammar School's name was called not once, but twice on the podium at the North Island Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro at the weekend. Under-18 single sculler Grayson Dauphin and the boys under-16 eight both won silver in their hotly contested events.

The Mags rowing programme took another step up since reforming four years ago, with the under-17 four rowing their best-ever race to come fourth in the A final against strong competition. A third place in the B final for the boys under-17 double cemented our comeback. We had both our boys under-16 four crews rowing against each other in that event's A final, and our under-18 novice eight also made an A final.

Grayson, a prefect who has been selected for an Auckland rowing development squad, fought for first place all the way down the track against a regular rival, claiming a silver medal on this day.

Under-18 single sculler Grayson Dauphin and coach Ged Campbell with their silver medals,
and the winner and third place-getter of the event at the North Island champs.

The eight were in an elite field against the best North Island schools, but powered through the field to a flying finish only three seconds behind Hamilton Boys' High School. In their wake were six other schools, including St Paul's Collegiate of Hamilton, Sacred Heart Auckland, Onslow College of Wellington, Auckland Grammar School, Westlake Boys' High School and Wellington College. Their stunning silver was considered a big upset against schools with far more established programmes; Mt Albert Grammar has now staked its place among the best.

The North Island placings secured those crews' selection for the National Championships, known at the Maadi Cup, starting in a week's time back at Lake Karapiro. Along with Grayson Dauphin, the crews competing will be:

Under-16 eight: Carl Pracey (stroke), Evander Tangiiti, Adam Callander, Jonathan Winter, Jarvis Palmer, Jed Bradley, Luke Shortland, Matthew Smith and Dylan Dodds (coxswain).
Under-17 four: Todd Martin, Sam Perry, Sane-Va Ginnen, Liam Ferguson and Bertie Carnell (coxswain).
Under-17 double: Felix Drissner-Devine and Dallas Marshall.

The squad's thanks goes to our coaches, led by head coach Will Maling and including Josh Schmidt, Ged Campbell, Hayley Becht and teacher in charge of rowing Ben Grace.

Felix Drissner-Devine (left) and Dallas Marshall coming third in the B final of the Under-17 double.

The MAGSROW squad of 2012-2013, flanked by coaches Josh Schmidt and Ged Campbell (left) and on the right, head coach Will Maling and teacher in charge of rowing Ben Grace.

The under-16 eight (blue suits) charging down the track to take second place at the North Island Champs at Lake Karapiro.

The Under-16 eight receiving their silver medals on the podium at the North Island Champs at Lake Karapiro, from left, Matthew Smith, Luke Shortland, Jed Bradley, Jarvis Palmer, Jonathan Winter, Adam Callander, Evander Tangiiti, Carl Pracey, coxswain Dylan Dodds and coach Josh Schmidt.

The Under-16 eight heading back to the pontoons after receiving their silver medals at the North Island Champs at Lake Karapiro.

The Under-17 four rowed their best ever race in the A final to come fourth among strong competition.

Auckland Schools' Rowing Championships (Head of the Harbour), February 16, 2013

The Under-16 eight (top) power home to first place ahead of Sacred Heart (centre) and Auckland Grammar, at the Auckland Schools' Championships at Lake Pupuke.

Mt Albert Grammar's first Auckland rowing title in more than 30 years was won at Lake Pupuke on Saturday by the boys under-16 eight. The Auckland Championships, or Head of the Harbour as the regatta is called, was attended by thousands of students from schools all over the region. The eight powered home in impressive style at the front of a field of nine, beating Sacred Heart into second place and Auckland Grammar into third.

Marnina Hyland in the girls Under-16 single race, in which she came third.

Head coach Will Maling congratulated the crew on sticking to the race plan and the hard work they've put in both at the West End Rowing Club on the Whau River in Avondale, and on the Waikato River at Mercer. He also commended his assistant coaches Josh Schmidt, Gerard Campbell, Hayley Becht and teacher in charge of rowing Ben Grace.

The winning crew was: Dylan Dodds (coxswain), Carl Pracey (stroke), Evander Tangiiti, Adam Callander, Jonathan Winter, Jarvis Palmer, Jed Bradley, Luke Shortland and Matthew Smith.

The same crew, in two boats of four, also came first and second in separate races earlier in the day.

The Under-17 four came third in their race at the Auckland Schools' Championships at Lake Pupuke. From left are Liam Ferguson, Sane-Va Ginnen, Sam Perry, Todd Martin and coxswain Bertie Carnell.

Mt Albert Grammar has a long and illustrious history of wins at the Head of the Harbour from the school's rowing heyday last century, and this is our first win since rowing was rejuvenated at the school four years ago after a break of 30 years. The day's results were particularly impressive considering we were up against schools with more established and better resourced programmes.

In other results, the boys under-18 lightweight four came second, and third placings were gained by under-18 single sculler Grayson Dauphin, under-16 sculler Marnina Hyland, the boys under-18 novice eight, the boys under-17 four, and the girls under-16 double of Marnina Hyland and Charlotte Pearce. All under-18 placed crews were presented with medals.

Magsrow is well placed to impress at the North Island Championships at Lake Karapiro from March 8-10, and is now back at work in preparation.

The Under-18 Novice eight, containing first season rowers from years 9-13, came 3rd in their race at the Auckland Schools' Championships at Lake Pupuke. From left are Duncan Murray, Jesse Mickleborough-Paenga, Nathan Edwards, Fred Meale, Terry Suzuki, Pierre Fladgate, David Harris, Kieran McLean and coxswain Matthew Kemp.

Rowing: Cambridge Town Cup Regatta, January 25-27, 2013

In a league of his own: Prefect Grayson Dauphin crosses the finish line in first place in the Under-18 single sculls A final
at the Cambridge Town Cup Regatta at Lake Karapiro.

A win in the Boys Under-18 single scull for prefect Grayson Dauphin made history for Mags at the Cambridge Town Cup Regatta at Lake Karapiro over Anniversary Weekend.

It was the rowing squad's first win in an A-final since it was reformed fours ago after a break of nearly 30 years. Grayson is a foundation member of the new squad and his win was well-earned after four years of dedicated training. He is now focused on replicating his success at the North Island and National Championship events in March. Grayson and the rest of the MAGSrow squad rowed in the colours of our affiliate club, West End, which is also the club of Olympic gold medal single sculler Mahe Drysdale and Olympic medalist Juliette Haigh.

The Girls Under-16 quad in their final at the Cambridge Town Cup Regatta at Lake Karapir o.

Other crews put in a strong showing over the weekend with A finals for the Boys Under-16 four, Boys Under-16 eight, Girls Under-16 double and the Girls Under-16 eight, which included two Magsgirls among others from West End. The Boys Under-15 four and Girls Under -16 quad made B finals, and it was pleasing to see our two novice girls this season, Abigail Marshall and Kate Wislang, make their first final in the Womens Novice double.

Head rowing coach Will Maling says the squad is showing incredible success after only four years against schools with much more established and better resourced programmes. Grayson was also the First XI hockey goalkeeper last winter, proving that students can combine a winter code with success in rowing. He is now well placed to win the school's first Auckland title at top level for more than 30 years at the Auckland championships, known as Head of the Harbour, at Lake Pupuke next month.

Mr Maling noted that the U16 girls double of Marnina Hyland and Charlotte Pearce will also challenge strongly for the Auckland title. Their success as a double is a reflection of the strong bond and friendship that develops between rowers, says Mr Maling. Their success is significant for the girls programme and were focused on bringing on board a large number of novice girls over the next few months.

The boys under-16 eight are looking very fast; expectations are high not just for this season but also for a strong first eight in 2014.

The Boys Under-16 four in their final at the Cambridge Town Cup Regatta at Lake Karapiro.

MAGSrow is having an open session on Sunday 10 February at 2pm, for students interested in rowing. Please come to the West End Rowing Club at 26 Saunders Place, Avondale if you wish to attend.

Keen students can also talk to the teacher-in-charge of rowing, Ben Grace, and look out for his address to assembly in the near future.

Use this link to see footage of Grayson Dauphins win, and of some of the other Magsrow crews competing in the Cambridge Town Cup Regatta:

Prefect Grayson-Dauphin and teacher in charge of rowing Ben Grace carry the Magsrow single boat off the pontoon after Grayson's historic win
in the Under-18 single scull in the Cambridge Town Cup Regatta at Lake Karapiro.