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1932 APS Head of the River

The sixty-fifth Head of the River was held on the Upper Yarra course on 12th and 13th May with again a good crowd well in excess of 50,000 spectators.

Unfortunately the Xavier crew was impacted by illness.

 


 

Head of the River

Time: 5:13.0
Margins: 1 1/4 lengths and 3/4 length

1st Melbourne Grammar - Bow: William Henry Miller, 2: John Horton Sherwin, 3: Charles Graham Pitts, 4: Andrew Aitken, 5: Hilary Heseltine, 6: Temple Waring Saxton, 7: Robin Sutherland Wilmoth, Str: Ernest Dallas Scott, Cox: William Morell Nodrum, Cch: Walter N "Wally" Ricketts
2nd Geelong Grammar - Bow: R S Hope, 2: H M Rutter, 3: W E Lloyd, 4: D A Warren, 5: G H Gunnerson, 6: J H Lindon, 7: P N Fisher, Str: R B Anderson, Cox: B H O'Beirne, Cch: William H Pincott
3rd Wesley College - Bow: A J Horsfield, 2: J B Curtis, 3: J E T Stubbs, 4: C D A Hanna, 5: H W Seddon, 6: G L Millard, 7: S A V Eastaugh, Str: T R J Walduck, Cox: W H Mason-Cox, Cch: Charles Donald

Melbourne Grammar crew

 

Geelong Grammar crew

 

Wesley College crew

 

The final was conducted on Friday 13th May on the Yarra River. Melbourne Grammar on centre station got away well and led the whole way. The race for the minor placings had some interest for the first half of the race with Wesley on the north station coming within a canvas of Geelong who were on south station. However the margins spread towards the end with Meobourne easy winners from Geelong with Wesley in last place.

Schools always had dinners to celebrate the event. Above is the menu for the winning MGS crew dinner

Other crews competing:
Scotch College - Bow: John O Lavarack, 2: Bruce B Sloan, 3: Alan N Jacobsen, 4: Blair Widmer, 5: George I Anderson, 6: Neville J Weston, 7: S Colin McKay, Str: Jack R Collie, Cox: Thomas H Wilson, Cch: Charles W B Littlejohn
Geelong College - Bow: R J Carstairs, 2: G W Reid, 3: C S Shannon, 4: V C Wood, 5: C Fallaw, 6: D G Duffy, 7: J K Watson, Str: G G C McKenzie, cox: E M Emerson, Cch: L J Campbell
Xavier College - Bow: R J Calvert, 2: J N Colghlan, 3: R T McMinn, 4: L J Loughran, 5: A B Grant, 6: F J Barlee, 7: D J Firth, Str: George J Perrignon, Cox: Eddie A Fakhry, Cch: Mark Shea

Scotch College crew

 

Geelong College crew

 

Xavier College crew

 

Heats
E1: 1st GGS, 2nd XC, Time: 5:19.5, Margin: 2/3 length
Despite Xavier being the favourite for this heat, Geelong led all the way in a tightly fought race.
E2: 1st WC, 2nd SC, Time: 5:26.2, Margin 3 lengths
The first part of the race was very tight but Wesley broke away half way through the race leaving Scotch well out of the race.
E3: 1st MGS, 2nd GC, Time: 5:22, Margin: 1.3 lengths
Despite Melbourne Grammar being clearly a better crew than Geelong College, the Geelong crew put up a "plucky" fight and kept the Mebourne crew honest the whole race.

Above: The coverage of the Australasian on 21st April 1932. Directly above is the winning MGS crew going under Morell Bridge.

Second Crews

(This race was not conducted at the Head of the River regatta and was amongst the Melbourne metropolitan schools. The races were conducted on Saturday 7th May on the Upper Yarra and were regarded still as "unofficial" races. The starter was H T James, umpire was H Clive Disher and the judge, J R S Cochrane.)

Time: Not known
Margins: 0.5 and 1 length with one foot between 3rd and 4th

1st Melbourne Grammar - Bow: A N Fraser, 2: S Fraser, 3: B E Carnegie, 4: H P Baccock, 5: R W E Manser, 6: R Langley, 7: E G Arnold, Str: P T Teesdale-Smith, Cox: R Daniell, Cch: C R Franklin
2nd Xavier College - Bow: J P Smith, 2: F F Knowles, 3: J F McCaffrey, 4: A M Rice, 5: R A Whitehead, 6: P E Trahaer, 7: C N McLean, Str: A M F England, Cox: C N O Loghlin, Cch: A Redding
3rd Wesley College - Bow: R S Gawith, 2: G C Hartnell, 3: W B Davis, 4: S K Williams, 5: E A Williams, 6: W D Hales, 7: V B Fisher, Str: R S Ley, Cox: J Mason-Cox, cch: R J D Turnbull
4th Scotch College - Bow: R W Henry, 2: G J McPherson, 3: F W Mitchell, 4: R J Goldsmith, 5: W Morgan, 6: D R Gauld, 7: J S McK Stewart, Str: R E Paton, Cox: C N Stirling, Cch: C B Boyes

This was the race of the day with a great struggle between Melbourne and Xavier. Grammar were best off the mark and led early. Xavier raced strongly to pass Grammar and take a half a length lead. Grammar then spurted to regain the lead and win by half a length. Wesley and Scotch fought out the third and fourth places strongly but both crews were a length behind Xavier.

Third Crews

(This race was not conducted at the Head of the River regatta and was amongst the Melbourne metropolitan schools. The races were conducted on Saturday 7th May on the Upper Yarra and were regarded still as "unofficial" races. The starter was H T James, umpire was H Clive Disher and the judge, J R S Cochrane.)

Time: Not known
Margins: canvas, 0.5 and 2 lengths

1st Scotch College - Bow: K G Parsons, 2: K W Hagan, 3: C R Hume, 4: R B Irving, 5: K D Baird, 6: Alex W Dobbie, 7: M B Addison, Str: W G Davies, Cox: G Harvey Nicholson, Cch: C S Donald
2nd Wesley College - Bow: I G Godehear, 2: C R Brown, 3: L C Jones, 4: F G Richards, 5: C H Millsom, 6: C H McAlpin, 7: C S Colhoun, Str: G S Chambers, Cox: R Jerram, Cch: C G McAuiliffe
3rd Melbourne Grammar - Bow: R A Slipper, 2: J H Green, 3: D C Kimpton, 4: W J Rosenthal, 5: D Sandy, 6: A R Durham, 7: J G McMahon, Str: W Harris, Cox: N H Dentry, Cch: I E Giles
4th Xavier College - Bow: M C O'Connell, 2: B J Mulvany, 3: D J Reilly, 4: E V Higgins, 5: W J Armstrong, 6: C W Slattery, 7: D A O'Keife, Str: J R F England, Cox: G M Rawson, Cch: M J Mulcahy

Scotch led all the way but did not have the race all their own way. Wesley was in third place early in the race and passed Melbourne Grammar then went after Scotch. It was a great race. Scotch College were very pleased as this was their first win in this race.

Fourth Crews

(This race was not conducted at the Head of the River regatta and was amongst the Melbourne metropolitan schools. The races were conducted on Saturday 7th May on the Upper Yarra and were regarded still as "unofficial" races. The starter was H T James, umpire was H Clive Disher and the judge, J R S Cochrane.)

Time: Not known
Margin: 0.75 length

1st Melbourne Grammar - Bow: F L Skinner, 2: R Gamble, 3: A H Calloway, 4: K B Patrick, 5: J A Erswell, 6: M J Lapin, 7: L L Elliott, Str: R Eckersley, Cox: W Aitken, Cch: W McKean
2nd Scotch College
- Bow: G A Bremner, 2: T M Swan, 3: W C Birch, 4: F R Johnson, 5: K H McKay, 6: J J McFarlane, 7: H W Joseph, Str: J R Goding, Cox: W S Benwell, Cch: A F Sloan

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