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1925 APS Head of the River

The fifty-eighth Head of the River was conducted on the Upper Yarra course on 8th and 9th May before a crowd greater than 50,000.

Scotch were last at the big bend but worked their way through the field. Interviewed after the race, the stroke Keith Cameron said: "We won because the crew swung well together. Although we were behind in the early part of the race, I was not alarmed, and just kept up the swing, and they came back to us. When I called at the finish, every member of the crew responded gamely and we got there."

Alexander Sloan coached his last Scotch crew.

Melbourne Grammar and Scotch entered fourth crews for the first time.

 


Starter: T Davies

Umpire: T Crosthwaite

Judge: H T James

Clerk of Scales: K H Hadley

The picture of the finish taken from the back page of The Sun

 

And from the other side of the river

 

The front page of The Sun on the Monday following the race.

The popularity of the race can be assessed by seeing that both the full front and back pages of the The Sun were devoted to the Head of the River. Middle left is Scotch Headmaster Mr Littlejohn and Scoch coach Alex Sloan. To the right of them is Scotch stroke Keith Cameron, Below those pictures is the presentation of the trophy to the Scotch crew by Mr Jim Fairbairn, son of George Fairbairn. To the right of that is Melbourne Grammar Headmaster Mr Franklin and Bishop Cranswick of Gippsland.

Head of the River

Time: 5:15.2
Margins: 1/2 length and a canvas

1st Scotch College - Bow: William T McKendrick, 2: Thomas M Chisholm, 3: George McC Fairley, 4: Edward D Cameron, 5: Kenneth J McKenzie, 6: William I Telford, 7: Ralph M Drummond, Str: Keith E Cameron, Cox: William V M Bailey, Cch: Alexander B Sloan
2nd Wesley College - Bow: A A Lee, 2: B F Huntsman, 3: V E Ebbott, 4: G D Marks, 5: W H J Anketell, 6: R J D Turnbull, 7: A A Miller, Str: A R M Johnston, Cox: D McDougall, Cch: Charles Donald
3rd Melbourne Grammar - Bow: S Gibson, 2: T H Fellows, 3: G H Yuncken, 4: S F Millear, 5: J B J Osborne, 6: R F Bunting, 7: F W Thomas, Str: J T Thornton, Cox: A T S Mann, Cchs: E W Tulloch & C R Franklin

Other crews competing were:
Xavier College - Bow: M J Mulqueen, 2: F X Mulcahy, 3: Tom A Naughton, 4: K A White, 5: W J Fox, 6: C T Gamlin, 7: J Ibley, Str: L J Clements, Cox: G K Duane, Cch: Wilfred "Bill" Cahill
Geelong Grammar - Bow: G S Long Innes, 2: R A Stuart, 3: J W White, 4: J S Dobson, 5: A R Beggs, 6: H M Hopkins, 7: W B Griffiths, Str: H C Morphett, Cox: G L Jones, Cch: William H Pincott
Geelong College - Bow: S V McColough, 2: J C Campbell, 3: G W Hope, 4: R B Reid, 5: W J Moodie, 6: H McI Troupe, 7: C H Storrer, Str: D M McKenzie, Cox: J O Tait, Cch: C J Collyer

Heats:
E1: 1st MGS, 2nd GC, Time: 5:41.2, Margin: 2 lengths
E2: 1st SC, 2nd GGS, Time: 5:27.0, Margin: 1/3 length
E3: 1st WC, 2nd XC, Time: 5:29.5, Margin: 3 lengths

Scotch College crew

1925 Xavier College Crew

Picture reproduced from Lift her home to victory, lads! A centenary history of the Xavier College Rowing by Michael Lefebvre

Second Crews

(A tradition of the junior crews racing the week prior to the Head of the River was now entrenched. A fourth crew was added this year and the regatta became known as the Junior Regatta.)

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

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

Third Crews

(A tradition of the junior crews racing the week prior to the Head of the River was now entrenched. A fourth crew was added this year and the regatta became known as the Junior Regatta.)

Time: NTT
Margins: 4 feet, 1/2 length and 1 length

1st Melbourne Grammar
2nd Scotch College
3rd Wesley College
4th Xavier College
- XC competed in the third crews for the first time

Fourth crews

(A tradition of the junior crews racing the week prior to the Head of the River was now entrenched. A fourth crew was added this year and the regatta became known as the Junior Regatta.)

Time: NTT
Margin: 1 canvas

1st Scotch College
2nd Melbourne Grammar

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