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1929 APS Head of the River

Xavier College continued their winning ways with another win on the Upper Yarra course before a record crowd of between 100-140,000 spectators. No doubt the sunny day was of benefit after the windy, wet and cold regatta of 1928. The heats were conducted on May 10th with the final on 11th May.

The race was tight for the first part of the race but Melbourne Grammar on the north station fell back to a length behind by the half way mark. Scotch raced with a high rate and noticeable rush whereas Xavier rowed with a long steady swing. The crews were locked together until Swan Street when Xavier started to draw away. The winning margin was 3/4 length with Melbourne Grammar 3 lengths further back.

This was the sixty-second Head of the River.

 


Starter: T Davies
Umpire: T Crosthwaite
Judge: H James

Clerk of Scales: A R M Johnson

Despatch Steward: T Mannix

1929 Victorious Xavier College Crew

Head of the River

Time: 5:06.0
Margin: 3/4 length and 3 lengths

1st Xavier College - Bow: Gerald F Jones, 2: Robert L Andre, 3: George J Kenna, 4: Gerald J Loughran, 5: E Fuller McKenna, 6: Paul E Whitehead, 7: Alan F Redding, Str: John J Ryan, Cox: Eddie A Fakhry, Cch: Mark Shea
2nd Scotch College - Bow: Gordon G Powell, 2: William D Refshauge, 3: Lancelot G Pethard, 4: Gordon R Webb, 5: William C Stephen, 6: J R Archibald Glenn, 7: Kenneth H Vial, Str: Charles A O Wilson, Cox: Robert A Cliff, Cch: Dr Charles W B Littlejohn
3rd Melbourne Grammar - Bow: W A T Sambell, 2: P M Hudson, 3: F E C Loxton, 4: R T Morell, 5: R P Yuncken, 6: T Luxton, 7: J H Smith, Str: Lewis Luxton, Cox: C N L Crombie, Cchs: C R Franklin and Walter N Ricketts

The finish of the race before a huge crowd

 

 

Scotch College Crew

L G Pethard, W D Refshauge, Dr C W B Littlejohn, G G Powell
W V Stephen, K H Vial, J R A Glenn, C O A Wilson, G R Webb
R A Cliff
Photo from the Scotch Collegian December 1929

Melbourne Grammar Crew

 

Other crews competing were:
Geelong Grammar - Bow: P A Thornley, 2: H R S Newland, 3: W K Hope, 4: G D White, 5: B R Plante, 6: J C Guest, 7: T A Gatenby, Str: C D Jermyn, Cox: D L Green, Cch: William H Pincott
Geelong College - Bow: W M Gillespie, 2: J F Nimmo, 3: J S Barr, 4: W T Melville, 5: J B Waugh, 6: A E Forster, 7: A D Matheson, Str: R W Gough, Cox: C Fallaw, Cch: C J Collyer
Wesley College
- Bow: J G Girdwood, 2: A W Mitchell, 3: R B Walduck, 4: D C Chamberlain, 5: R A Greenham, 6: W G Rolfe, 7: C G McAuliffe, Str: H R Millikan, Cox: J C Horsfall, Cch: Charles Donald

Geelong Grammar crew

 

Geelong College crew

 

Wesley College crew

Heats
E1: 1st MGS, 2nd GGS - Time: 5:10, Margin: 0.3 length
E2: 1st SC, 2nd GC - Time: 5:16, Margin: 1 length
E3: 1st XC, 2nd WC - Time: 5:13, Margin: 3 feet

Second crews

(This race was amongst Melbourne metropolitan schools held on 4th May on the Upper Yarra. Usually there was a similar race amongst the Geelong schools but no records of the racing has been located as yet. It was not conducted at the Head of the River regatta.)

Time: 2:45.2
Margins: 0.3 and 1.5 lengths

1st Xavier College - Bow: J Cass, 2: J Gartlan, 3: J Hartung, 4: M Davies, 5: P O'Kelly, 6: S Methven, 7: G Kenna, Str: C Wilinson, Cox: C O'Keefe
2nd Melbourne Grammar
- Bow: S Atyco, 2: J C Richards, 3: C H Johnston, 4: D J Wilson, 5: J G Brown, 6: R Lewis, 7: B A Laycock, Str: D R Morell, Cox: P Eckersley
3rd Scotch College
- Bow T H Robinson, 2: R I Cheney, 3: H Thompson, 4: W Bayley, 5: K H Bertram, 6: E D Lardner, 7: R M Green, Str: K H Olver, Cox: T H Wilson, Cch: Mr Boyes
4th Wesley College
- Bow: K E Garton, 2: J C Habersberger, 3: J E Hartnell, 4: K C W Beckett, 5: E L Cook, 6: H H Rankine, 7: T L Walker, Str: R G H Brockett, Cox: G V Hanis

Third crews

(This race was amongst Melbourne metropolitan schools held on 4th May on the Upper Yarra. Usually there was a similar race amongst the Geelong schools but no records of the racing has been located as yet. It was not conducted at the Head of the River regatta.)

Time: 2:45.2
Margins: 0.75 length, canvas and 1.25 length

1st Melbourne Grammar - Bow: J Smibert, 2: H R Smith, 3: E D Scott, 4: R Benson, 5: L G Cuming, 6: K F Cole, 7: T Wilmonth, Str: R H Marks, Cox: A P Joshua
2nd Wesley College
- Bow: V R Say, 2: P S Woodruff, 3: F E Griffith, 4: R W Shiel, 5: L R D Pyke, 6: R G Luff, 7: K B Leigh, Str: A A Parish, Cox: N J R Barnes
3rd Scotch College
- Bow: J L L Fairbairn, 2: J F Ross, 3: C MacKay, 4: H F McDonald, 5: R H Baulch, 6: Stanley Calvert McRae, 7: A G Shaw, Str: F G Aitchison, Cox: P R Larkin, Cch: Sam S McKay
4th Xavier College
- Bow: J Kell, 2: D Wallace, 3: J Roche, 4: J Thahair, 5: J Smith, 6: J Safe, 7: H Mulchy, Str: L Antivitti

Fourth crews

(This race was amongst Melbourne metropolitan schools held on 4th May on the Upper Yarra. Usually there was a similar race amongst the Geelong schools but no records of the racing has been located as yet. It was not conducted at the Head of the River regatta.)

Time: 2:02.0
Margins: 0.75 length, 1.5 lengt and a canvas

1st Melbourne Grammar - Bow: J M Agar, 2: T H Collins, 3: G H Webster, 4: C R Gattelley, 5: J W P Wilson, 6: J E Newton, 7: H Teesdale-Smith, Str: F J Kendall, Cox: S Ket
2nd Wesley College
- Bow: J H Garnet, 2: A M McIntyre, 3: E H Marks, 4: C Shmith, 5: A B Foxcroft, 6: G Millard, 7: D V Peck, Str: W D Curtis, Cox: W H Walker
3rd Scotch College
- Bow: C S Tomlinson, 2: T H E Mitchell, 3: D H McKendrick, 4: N C Elliott, 5: G Thirkell, 6: A T Proudfoot, 7: G A Baker, Str: F G Engel, Cox: G Sterling, Cch: D B Skewes
4th Xavier College
- Bow: J Whelan, 2: E O'Keefe, 3: R Whitehead, 4: T Daly, 5: J St Ellen, 6: D Sheahan, 7: C Long, Str: D England, Cox: M Rice

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