Maritzburg College, Epworth unassailable at top spots in Interschools’ Challenge

2010-10-19 00:00

WITH just one event to go Epworth and Maritzburg College are in unassailable positions at the top of girls’ and boys’ logs in the 2010 Capitol Caterers/Pope’s Canoe Centre Interschools’ Challenge.

After six of the eight events, Epworth have a huge 414 points to the 124 of second place St Anne’s. The Wykeham Collegiate is in third place on 87 points.

College are similarly dominant among the boys’ schools with 363 points to Michaelhouse’s 183 and Kearsney’s third place 55.

There were no points allocated this year for the Mooi River race after overnight tampering with the course markings by passers-by caused a number of paddlers to get lost on the main portage. There were also no points for the boys in canoe polo after a double booking of the Varsity pool caused the cancellation of the event.

Points were gained in slalom, canoe-polo (girls only), sprints and both flat-water and down-river marathon racing, giving all the schools’ paddlers exposure to the five major disciplines of canoeing.

The only remaining event is the Enduro Relay, which is set for Saturday October 30 at Blue Lagoon in Durban.

In the individual standings results were equally clear cut. Maritzburg College’s Blaine Beresford took the 2010 boys’ title with 56 points to the 25 of second placed Julian Atkinson of Michaelhouse. Beresford won four of the six individual events and came second in the other two. Brett Wilson of Maritzburg College and Andrew Houston of Michaelhouse tied for third place with 22 points each.

In the girls’ standings it was a clean sweep for Epworth. Jenna Starr was top of the log with 54 points, Caitlin Millar was second on 45 and Hazel Little scored 29 points.

The last of the individual events, the Upper Umgeni Race hosted by St John’s DSG, was held last Saturday.

Beresford won this after a race-long duel with leading U16 paddler Donovan Wewege, who also paddles for Maritzburg College. Michaelhouse’s Houston took the third place overall with the leading U14 paddler, Louis Hattingh from Maritzburg College, close behind.

Brittany Petersen (U16) continued to dominate the girls’ river racing scene winning from U14 star, Bianca Haw. Both are from Epworth.

Another U16 paddler, Kate Arnott from St Anne’s took the third spot overall with the first U18, Jenna Starr, having to make do with fifth overall behind another Epworth U16, Jordan Peek.



Capitol Caterers/Pope’s Canoe Centre Upper Umgeni Race


Girls 1. Bianca Haw EPW 1:31:37, 2. Camilla Pennefather EPW 1:37:11, 3. Sarah Harries TWC 1:46:32.

Boys 1. Louis Hattingh MAR 1:20:39, 2. Patrick Dillon MIC 1:27:09, 3. Damon Stamp MAR 1:27:04


Girls 1. Brittany Petersen EPW 1:25:56, 2. Kate Arnott STA 1:31:43, 3. Jordan Peek EPW 1:32:31

Boys 1. Donovan Wewege MAR 1:16:46, 2. Murray Haw MAR 1:20:41, 3. Murray Starr MAR 1:20:42


Girls 1. Jenna Starr EPW 1:33:09, 2. Hazel Little EPW 1:36:06, 3. Teagan Hendrie EPW 1:39:57.

Boys 1. Blaine Beresford MAR 1:16:27, 2. Andrew Houston MIC 1:17:40, 3.Matthew Heenan MIC 1:22:11

Capitol Caterers/Pope’s Canoe Centre Interschools’ Challenge 2010

Individual Results


Girls 1. Bianca Haw EPW 58, 2. Camilla Pennefather EPW 42, 3. Shalyn Smith EPW 19.

Boys 1. Louis Hattingh MAR 58, 2. Patrick Dillon MIC 35, 3. Damon Stamp MAR 28


Girls 1. Brittany Petersen EPW 46, 2. Kate Arnott STA 42, 3. Bougin Bieldt EPW 26.

Boys 1. Donovan Wewege MAR 56, 2. Murray Haw MAR 47, 3. Murray Starr MAR and Bruce Arnott MIC 28.


Girls 1. Jenna Starr EPW 54, 2. Caitlin Millar EPW 45, 3. Hazel Little EPW 29.

Boys 1. Blaine Beresford MAR 56 , 2. Julian Atkinson MIC 25, 3. Andrew Houston MIC and Brett Willson MAR 22.

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