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1918 APS Head of the River

The fifty-first Head of the River was conducted on the Upper Yarra and was conducted on 11th May with the heats on the day before. Melbourne Grammar won well from Wesley and Geelong Grammar but did not have all their own way in the final as the picture below shows.

Cecil McKay, who raced in the first crew last year, stroked the crew this year. McKay was to stroke the crew again in 1919 and become a noted Victorian oarsman. Alex Sloan returned to coaching the Scotch crew this year after a long absence.

Index to Results:


Head of the River

Time: 5:13.0
Margins: 2 1/2 lengths & 1/2 length

1st Melbourne Grammar - G A Soilleux, 2: J D Derham, 3: K G Begg, 4: W B Fleming, 5: M Y Withers, 6: J H Tuckett, 7: J A Campbell, Str: R Weir, Cox: W G Johnston
2nd Wesley College - Bow: F B Gamble, 2: A P Tulloh, 3: A P Reynoldson, 4: J H Lockwood, 5: F C H Ross, 6: H S Thomas, 7: K H Hadley, Str: E D Barden, Cox: R M Barden, Cch: Charles Donald
3rd Geelong Grammar - Bow: A R McLeod, 2: W S Fraser, 3: J C O Capper, 4: J K Angus, 5: D A White, 6: P C Ferguson, 7: J L Jardine, Str: T A S Jackson, Cox: R H H Perry, Cch: E J Curnow

Other crews competing were:
Scotch College - Bow: Charles C Login, 2: James M Buchanan, 3: Frank S Simpson, 4: Robert L Almond, 5: James Cobain, 6: George W Whatmore, 7: George M Dallimore, Str: Cecil N McKay, Cox: Jack N Manders, Cch: Alexander B Sloan
Xavier College- Bow: J D'Arcy, 2: L Cussen, 3: A Keane, 4: D Markey, 5: I McGinnis, 6: R Porter, 7: V Lanigan, Str: J Acton, Cox: G Poole, Cch: David Ross
Geelong College - Bow: J K Carmichael, 2: J G Steele, 3: W N Ricketts, 4: W C Peters, 5: J W Robertson, 6: E G M Riggall, 7: W L Langslow, Str: W E Mavmillan, Cox: C E McArthur, Cch: H J Young

E1: 1st GGS, 2nd GC, Time: 5:28.0, Margin: 3 lengths
E2: 1st WC, 2nd XC, Time: 5:22.0, Margin: 1 length
E3: 1st MGS, 2nd SC, Time: 5:16.5, Margin: 1 length

Geelong Grammar during their heat win


The final - left to right Wesley, Geelong & Melbourne


1918 Geelong Grammar Crew

Second Crew

(Not conducted at the Head of the River regatta. It was run on 4th May on the Upper Yarra course.)

Time: NTT

1st Wesley College
2nd Scotch College
3rd Melbourne Grammar

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