Tuks wins Women’s A FinalDate Released: Sun, 16 September 2012 18:00 +0200
The 4.2 km race began with University of Pretoria affectionately known as “Tuks” taking a clear lead, and even though they struggled at the respective sharp banks in the Kowie River in Port Alfred, Tuks managed to keep their five yard lead.
Rhodes responded well to the strong winds, high tides and sharp corners, by pushing hard to try and close the gap. Their efforts were well received by the Rhodes supporters cheering on as the Rhodes ladies powerfully rowed in well while approaching the bridge before the finish.
The first crew in sight, from the finish line, was University of Pretoria closely followed by the Rhodes University rowers.
Though unsuccessful in their hope of taking the first place, the Rhodes women crew was congratulated and applauded by the other competing universities, as many Boat Race regulars admired the determinations and strength of the team while some secretly whispered, ‘Rhodes should have won.’
Rhodes women captain Adele Street said the goal was to make it into the A final of the 2012 Mutual and Federal Boat Race.
Her team has managed to attain their objective when they took on University of Pretoria, in a tough and very close final for the title of the Mutual and Federal Women’s A Boat Race winners.
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By Tebo Ramosili
Photo: Stephanie Shumba