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1924 APS Head of the River

The fifty-seventh Head of the River was conducted on the Barwon being the turn of Geelong Grammar to choose the venue. The course was moved 300 yards upstream due to the demolition of the Barwon Bridge. The heats were conducted on Friday 9th May and the final on Saturday 10th May.

The event as always had many spectators. It was estimated that over 2000 vehicles made the drive from Melbourne with even more people travelling by train.

 


Head of the River

Time: 5:29.4
Margin: 1 foot & 1.25 length

1st Geelong Grammar - Bow: H C Morphett, 2: R H Duncan, 3: I G Trotter, 4: A B Chirnside, 5: H M Hopkins, 6: J B Bell, 7: W H Morgan, Str: J A Hardy, Cox: P G Law-Smith, Cch: William H Pincott
2nd Melbourne Grammar - Bow: W W Hargrave, 2: A G Zwar, 3: F W Thomas, 4: H Stribling, 5: F H Shore, 6: E H Bawden, 7: T A Tabart, Str: K McCaughan, Cox: C G McMicking, Cch: E W Tulloch
3rd Scotch College - Bow: John C Sloan, 2: Alfred W Hunt, 3: John S Beattie, 4: William I Telford, 5: Thomas C Dunstan, 6: Gibson Shaw, 7: Ronald D Mawhood, Str: Alexander F Sloan, Cox: Bruce McA Foster, Cch: Alexander B Sloan

Melbourne went to the lead early with Geelong second and Scotch last. At Packington Street the same order prevailed with Melbourne leading by only a quarter of a length. At the Mills, Geelong made a huge effort to catch Melbourne. With 50 yards to go Geelong got to the lead and won by only 1 foot in a magnificant race.

1924 final

 

Geelong Grammar

Other crews competing were:
Xavier College - Bow: Christopher S J Ryan, 2: C T Gamlin, 3: J R Ley, 4: L J S Hobbs, 5: J S Hamilton, 6: L V Lachal, 7: T H Walsh, Str: Norman G Lawford, Cox: G Duane, Cch: Wilfred "Bill" Cahill
Wesley College - Bow: A G Mansell, 2: B F Huntsman, 3: D G Randall, 4: R J Turnbull, 5: V J L Baker, 6: V F Ebbott, 7: A R M Johnson, Str: A J Ralton, Cox: A K Blaubaum, Cch: Charles Donald
Geelong College - Bow: G W Hope, 2: D M McKenzie, 3: J P Swinton, 4: H McI Troup, 5: R C McKay, 6: E W McCann, 7: C G Storrer, Str: H C Fallaw, Cox: D M Dickens, Cch: C J Collyer

1924 XC crew arriving in Geelong

From Lift her home to victory, lads! A centenary history of Xavier College Rowing by Michael Lefebvre

Heat results:
E1: 1st SC, 2nd XC, Time: 5:23.6, Margin 1 length
E2: 1st MGS, 2nd GC. Time: 5:34.0, Margin: 6 feet. GC led to the bridge but the strength of the MGS began to show in a great race. The finishing margin was only 6 feet.
E3: 1st GGS, 2nd WC. Time: 5:30.8, Margin: 8 feet. In another tight race, WC led to the bridge then GGS got in front by a few feet. GGS held on to the lead and won by only 8 feet.

Scotch College win the first heat

E2: 1st MGS, 2nd GC, Time: 5:34.2, Margin 6 feet

Melbourne Grammar take out the second heat


E3: 1st GGS, 2nd WC, Time: 5:30.8, Margin: 8 feet

Geelong Grammar win the third heat

Second Crews

(Not conducted at the Head of the River regatta. Second and Third crew races were condicted on 3 May on both the Upper Yarra for metropolitan schoold and the Barwon for the Geelong schools.)

Time: NTT
Margins: 1 1/2 lengths, canvas and 1 length

1st Melbourne Grammar
2nd Scotch College
3rd Xavier College
4th Wesley College

Barwon Race:
1st Geelong Grammar
2nd Geelong College

Third Crews

(Not conducted at the Head of the River regatta. Second and Third crew races were condicted on 3 May on both the Upper Yarra for metropolitan schoold and the Barwon for the Geelong schools.)

Time: NTT
Margins: 1 length and a canvas

1st Melbourne Grammar
2nd Scotch College
3rd Wesley College
4th Xavier College

Barwon race:
1st Geelong Grammar
2nd Geelong College

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