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1909 Head of the River

The forty-second Head of the River race was moved to May from the traditional October date. This was a swap with athletics which now moved to the October date.

The Upper Yarra course was again used with the three crew final now established.

The race was won well by Wesley from Geelong Grammar and Melbourne Grammar. This was a complete turn around from the results of the previous year. Geelong Grammar accounted for Xavier in the heat. Prior to the race, the Scotch crew was highly regarded, but they could not row sufficiently well together.


Head of the River

Time: 5:12.0
Margins: 1 length and 1/2 length

1st Wesley College - Bow: H S Dickenson, 2: N Surgeon, 3: H A Fleming, 4: W L Armstrong, 5: L A Pattinson, 6: H L Rintel, 7: J L Doubleday, Str: J A Prout, Cox: S M Lewis, Cch: Charles Donald
2nd Geelong Grammar - Bow: F Austin, 2: F H Lascelles, 3: P W Dobson, 4: J Simson, 5: B W Briggs, 6: C N Armytage, 7: E L Smith, Str: G A Ritchie, Cox: R Chomley, Cch: A F Garrard
3rd Melbourne Grammar
- Bow: H V Adams, 2: C G Moule, 3: H Gellion, 4: H F Maudsley, 5: E S Anderson, 6: L R Marks, 7: Harry Latham Baillieu, Str: C M Williams, Cox: I C Watt, Cch: W E P Austin

Other crews:
Xavier College - Bow: B Sheppard, 2: J Hopkins, 3: Edgar Burne, 4: T O'Brien, 5: E Ryan, 6: P Morrissey, 7: R MacGillicuddy, Str: Gordon Kirby, Cox: A Cusson, Cch: Jack Fogarty
Geelong College - Bow: W B Pearce, 2: W A S Dunlop, 3: G C D Reid, 4: J C Kininmonth, 5: P G Pullar, 6: J D Blair, 7: J D Hearne, Str: J B Gibson, Cox: J M Broughton, Cch: William H Pincott
Scotch College - Bow: Frank W Fay, 2: Clyde A C Thompson, 3: Clive S Steele, 4: Graeme Stobie, 5: Albert E V Hartkopf, 6: Olaf F de Lacy, 7: Ashley R Grist, Str: Athol H J Harding, Cox: Leonard T Mullett, Cch: Alexander B Sloan

Heat results:
E1: 1st WC, 2nd SC,Time: 5:10.0, Margin: 1 length
E2: 1st GGS, 2nd XC, Time: 5:21.4, Margin: 1 1/2 lengths
E3: 1st MGS, 2nd GC, Time: 5:10.6, Margin: 1 length

1909 Wesley College

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