Wesley College continued their winning ways at the forty-sixth Head of the River with a tight win over Scotch College on the Upper Yarra course. This was to be the end of their long run of victories. The heats were conducted on 9th May with the final on 10th May.
Xavier showed their improved form by narrowly being beaten by Scotch in their heat. They were coached for the first time by David Ross.
No second crew races were conducted.
Head of the River
Margins: 1/2 length and 1 1/4 length
1st Wesley College - Bow: G G Selleck, 2: R Parkin, 3: Walter Morris Felix Gamble, 4: C J McKenzie, 5: K A Corlett, 6: L J P Govett, 7: K F Abernethy, Str: C S Wood, Cox: J Mann, Cch: Charles Donald
2nd Scotch College - Bow: John G Morrison, 2: Roy G Anderson, 3: James StG Sproule, 4: Leslie F Edmunds, 5: W Keith Blair, 6: Charles DeB Hogg, 7: James R Morrison, Str: Geoffrey O Robertson, Cox: Hugh A Kane, Cch: Albert G Lindblade
3rd Melbourne Grammar - Bow: L Morton, 2: J V Wischer, 3: F D'A Power, 4: F G Greive, 5: F E M MacKay, 6: K D Watson, 7: E W Austin, Str: A D Thompson, Cox: F V Wallis
Wesley made the first move after the start and then were never caught. The race was tight but both Scotch and Gewelong lacked the dash to break through the Wesley crew. It was reported that in the heat of battle, that both the Scotch and Geelong crew felt the strain of their respective heats the day before.
Other crews competeing were:
Xavier College - Bow: F Loughnan, 2: R Hardiman, 3: W Flanagan, 4: H Quinlan, 5: T Dixon, 6: H Neate, 7: J Clarebrough, Str: Jim Cody, Cox: F Honan, Cch: David Ross
Geelong Grammar - Bow: A McLeod, 2: E R Whitteron, 3: G P Douglass, 4: C Hunt, 5: C Hawker, 6: K Ronald, 7: J Webster, Str: A Davenport, Cox: J C FitzNead, Cch: A F Garrard
Geelong College - Bow: A W Gunn, 2: N A Longdon, 3: W J Reid, 4: G S McArthur, 5: J G H Sprigg, 6: G A N Mitchell, 7: A A W Hooper, Str: T P Murray, Cox: R N Campbell, Cch: William H Pincott
E1: 1st WC, 2nd GC, Margin 1.5 lengths. GC led early but a solid row by WC enabled them to push through to win without being pressed.
E2: 1st SC, 2nd XC, Margin: 2 feet. SC on centre station led early but XC caught them and then over took the SC crew. At the start of the Henley reserve, SC were still a third of a length down. SC fought back against a tiring XC crew and with 50 yeards to go caught them. SC won by four feet in a superb finish.
E3: 1st MGS, 2nd GGS, Margin: a canvas. The Geelong crew had the better of the start and at one point led by 3/4 length. At the end of the Henley reserve, the crews had drawn level. GGS went away but were caught by a fast finishing MGS crew.