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1915 APS Head of the River

Wesley again returned to the winning dias in the forty-eighth Head of the River with a good win over Scotch and Geelong Grammar on the Upper Yarra course on 8th and 9th May.

This was the last year Lt Col A F Garrard coached the Geelong Grammar crew after coaching the crew since 1897.

No second crew racing took place.


1915 Winning Wesley College Crew

Note that coach Charles Donald is in the scull

Head of the River

Time: 5:17.6
Margin: 1/2 length

1st Wesley College - Bow: A B Smith, 2: A McPhee, 3: G T Gemmell, 4: D M Morris, 5: B Gardiner, 6: J W E Adams, 7: Walter Morris Felix Gamble, Str: G G Selleck, Cox: G A Cook, Cch: Charles Donald
2nd Scotch College - Bow: Dan E Mactaggart, 2: J Robin Simpson, 3: Aitchison Grieve, 4: John C Best, 5: William B Shaw, 6: Thomas R Warburton, 7: Leslie F Edmunds, Str: John G Morrison, Cox: Herbert V Walker, Cch: Clive H Disher
3rd Geelong Grammar - A R Wilkins, 2: J V Fairbairn, 3: T K Clarke, 4: N F Armytage, 5: C R Botterill, 6: W S Kelly, 7: F P Brett, Str: K C Webb Ware, Cox: J C FitzNead, Cch: A F Garrard

Other crews competing were:
Xavier College - Bow: J Kennedy, 2: J Carrigg, 3: J Noonan, 4: G Loghnan, 5: Frank McGinnis, 6: W Dixon, 7: T Ryan, Str: Thomas Starr, Cox: G Poole, Cch: David Ross
Geelong College - Bow: A J C Waugh, 2: E A J Stoker, 3: T B Hawkes, 4: G G Carr, 5: G S McArthur, 6: R S M Mitchell, 7: C H Webb, Str: E E Mackay, Cox: W N Ricketts, Cch: William H Pincott
Melbourne Grammar - Bow: F R B Gale, 2: N L Steele, 3: H G M Horne, 4: A H White, 5: E W Austin, 6: F G Greive, 7: J D Boydell, Str: I R H Kennedy, Cox: C L Hughes, Cch: S B Gravenall

Heat results:
E1: 1st SC, 2nd XC, Time: 5:25.0, Margin: 1/3 length
E2: 1st WC, 2nd GC, Time: 5:30.0, Margin: 1 1/2 length
E3: 1st GGS, 2nd MGS, Time: 5:35.0, Margin: 1 length

Xavier was racing well in their heat but one of their crew caught a crab and fell a length behind. They fought back to lose by only 1/3 length.

1915 Xavier College Crew

Back row: J Carrigg, V Loughnan, J Noonan, W Dixon
Front row: J Kennedy, F McGinnis, T Starr, T Ryan
Front: G Poole
Photo reproduced from "Lift Home to Victory, Lads, a centenary history of Xavier College Rowing by Michael Lefebre


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