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1928 APS Head of the River

1928 program cover

 

Index to Results:

The sixty-first Head of the River was conducted on 11th and 12th May on the Upper Yarra course. The conditions were poor on both heat and final day but 70,000 spectators were not deterred to watch the final. The difficult conditions showed in the very slow time. The Fairbairn Trophy was again presented by Major Charles O Fairbairn.

For Xavier College, it was their golden jubilee year, celebrating 50 years since it commenced in 1878. The school had won all major premierships except rowing and so there was considerable pressure on the club to complete this task. The school was not to be disappointed.

The race had more than it's fair share of difficulties in the difficult conditions. It took three attempts to get the crews away with a false start and a collision shortly after the start between Scotch and Xavier. Scotch had the better start in the end with Wesley briefly in the lead with the benefit of the north station around new cut corner. They fell from the lead when they hit the head wind. Scotch and and Xavier fought out the rest of the race with Xavier taking the lead by Swan Street.

The metropolitan junior crews competing over half a mile at the same venue on the previous weekend. The Geelong seconds and thirds raced on Friday 4th May in Geelong.

 


Officials

Starter: Mr T Davies

Umpire: Mr T Crosthwaite

Judge: Mr H James

Clerk of Scales : Mr H L Yuncken

Despatch Steward: Mr L C Parish

The view at the start

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

Head of the River

Time: 5:59.0
Margins: 1/3 & 2 lengths

1st Xavier College - Bow: Carl L Wraith, 2: Jim W Andre, 3: Tom J Kelly, 4: Jack E Dowling, 5: Norman G Whitehead, 6: Paul E Whitehead, 7: Alan F Redding, Str: William M Ryan, Cox: Eddie A Fakhry, Cch: Mark Shea
2nd Scotch College
- Bow: Newall F Laidlaw, 2: Thomas Mitchell, 3: William V Stephen, 4: William J M McAuley, 5: Archibald J R Glenn, 6: R Athol D Hill, 7: Ian G Forbes, Str: Ivor K Whittaker, Cox: John S Legge, Cch: Dr Charles W B Littlejohn
3rd Wesley College - Bow: J K Livingston, 2: B E Coombes, 3: R A Greenham, 4: A J Campbell, 5: E E Hammond, 6: W G Rolfe, 7: S W Belcher, Str: K W Hecht, Cox: E H Marks, Cch: Charles Donald

Other crews competing were:
Geelong Grammar - Bow: N B Welsh, 2: V C Fairfax, 3: T C McKellar, 4: J C Guest, 5: D M Pittendrigh, 6: L M Smith, 7: W R Pincott, Str: R G McFarlane, Cox: G N McMicking, Cch: William H Pincott
Geelong College - Bow: R W Gough, 2: R J Hennings, 3: A R Pyle, 4: A D Matheson, 5: J B Waugh, 6: M J Lamont, 7: G S Red, Str: J R Adam, Cox: C Fallow, Cch: C Collyer
Melbourne Grammar
- Bow: W Sambell, 2: W H Stimson, 3: A R Pitts, 4: J Wilmoth, 5: B Courtney, 6: A Parish, 7: L L O Bevan, Str: L Luxton, Cox: A King, Cch: C R Franklin

E1: 1st XC, 2nd MGS, Margin: 1/2 length, Time: 5:30.6
E2: 1st SC, 2nd GGS, Margin: 2 1/2 lengths, Time: 5:49.2
E3: 1st WC, 2nd GC, Margin: 1/2 length, Time 5:59.0

The victorious Xavier College crew

 

 

Scotch College first crew

 

 

Wesley College first crew

Second Crews

(These races were not conducted at the Head of the River regatta but on 5th May.)

Time: NTT
Margins: 1/3, 1 1/2 & 1 1/2 lengths

Geelong schools
Time: NTT
Margin: 2 lengths

Metropolitan schools on the Upper Yarra
1st Scotch College - Bow: G G Powell, 2: W K Chisholm, 3: K H Vial, 4: C F Adam, 5: K H Bertram, 6: C S Donald, 7: N P Carroll, Str: Charles O A Wilson, Cch: Mt Tomlinson
2nd Melbourne Grammar
3rd Wesley College
4th Xavier College

The 1928 Head of the River program describes the race as such:
A very large crowd assembled to witness the regatta last Saturday afternoon over the last half mile of the Henley course. Judging by the enthusiasm one would have thought that it was "Head of the River" day, and the racing was worthy of the patronage accorded it.

This proved a great "go" between the first two crews, who, early in the race broke away from Wesley and Xavier. Scotch got the better of the start and gained an early lead of half a length. This they maintained to the Henley wall, where Grammar challenged them, and a neck and neck struggle ensued from then to the finish, Scotch just getting home after a thrilling finish by one third of a length. Wesley 1 1/2 lengths behind, filled third place and Xavier, a similar distance behind Wesley, was fourth.

Geelong schools on the Barwon
1st Geelong Grammar
2nd Geelong College

Geelong Grammar won easily by two lengths.

Third Crews

(These races were not conducted at the Head of the River regatta but on 5th May.)

Metropolitan schools
Time: NTT
Margins: 1 1/4 & 1 lengths

Geelong schools
Time: NTT
Margin: One canvas

Metropolitan schools on the Upper Yarra
1st Melbourne Grammar
2nd Scotch College - Bow: Stewart, 2: Webb, 3: Pethard, 4: Bayley, 5: Green, 6: Forster, 7: Robinson, Str: Smith, Cch: Mr McKay
3rd Wesley College
4th Xavier College

The 1928 Head of the River program describes the race as such:
Melbourne early obtained a lead, and, breaking away from Scotch at the Henley Wall, won by a length and a quarter. Wesley were a length behind Scotch and Xavier fourth.

Geelong schools on the Barwon
1st Geelong Grammar
2nd Geelong College

The 1928 Head of the River program describes the race as such:
This proved a remarkable race, for after a third of the distance had been rowed, the stroke of the GGS boat broke his rigger. He held his oar above the water and No. 7 stroked the boat. Grammar won by a canvas.

Fourth Crews

(This race was not conducted at the Head of the River regatta)

Time:
Margin: 3 lengths

1st Melbourne Grammar
2nd Scotch College - Cchs: Messrs Coogan & Adams

Melbourne led throughout the race for a comfortable win.

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