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1907 Head of the River

The fortieth Head opf the River was conducted on the Upper Yarra course, from the Botanical Gardens Bridge to a point near Princes Bridge.

The heats were again conducted on the Friday and a two crew final on Saturday. The race was still conducted in October as the move to the summer months was yet to occur.

It was the first time that Scotch had won the race since it had been conducted in eights in 1901.

Scotch defeated the inexperienced and far smaller Xavier crew in the heat. Xavier had a half day holiday for the school to attend the race.

 

 

Starter: T Davies

Umpire: John Lang

Judge: T G Watson

Head of the River

Time: NTT
Margin: 2 lengths

1st Scotch College - Bow: John Gray, 2: Ashley R Grist, 3: James O Robertson, 4: Olaf F de Lacy, 5: Frank O Robertson, 6: Alexander M Robertson, 7: Arthur D Robertson, Str: Howard C Morrison, Cox: Alexander E Morrison, Cch: Alexander B Sloan. Average: 11st 10 1/4 lb
2nd Geelong Grammar - Bow: K G Aberdeen, 2: A G Hunter, 3: E L Smith, 4: J E Roe, 5: W H Godby, 6: A B Hearn, 7: A F S Dobson, Str: G H Patterson, Cox: R Featherstonhaugh, Cch: Maj A F Garrard. Average: 11st

SC led from the start and gradually drew ahead throughout the race despite GGS spirts.

Other crews competing:
Xavier College
- Bow: T J O'Brien, 2: H G Caulfield, 3: C F MacGillicuddy, 4: E M Whitty, 5: S M Alston, 6: I J Whitty, 7: R P MacGillicuddy, Str: Gordon T Kirby, Cox: A G Cussen, Cch: Alfred Scarlett. Average: 9st 9lb
Melbourne Grammar
- Bow: J F Herring, 2: G Ross-Soden, 3: S J Gardiner, 4: A F Jolley, 5: A A Gunnerson, 6: Clive Latham Baillieu, 7: D G Evans, Str: R W Cresswell, Cox: L Heath, Cch: James McFarlane. Average 11st 4lb
Wesley College
- Bow: L Levy, 2: H Moran, 3: J Doubleday, 4: J A Prout, 5: J D Newham, 6: N S Walker, 7: G Richards, Str: C J Dawes, Cox: S C Carter, Cch: Charles Donald. Average: 10st 10lb

Known heat results:
E1: 1st GGS, 2nd WC, 3rd MGS. GGS won after a great struggle with both WC and MGS. The chances of MGS were spoiled by a crab.
E2: 1st SC, 2nd XC. Margin - 2 lengths.

Sources

 

  • 1907 program
  • Various newspaper reports

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