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1935 APS Head of the River

The course used for the sixty-eighth Head of the River was the Upper Yarra course. The heats were conducted on Thursday 16th May and the finals on Friday 17th May 1935.

Many schools were adversely impacted by the floods of December 1934 with many boats and boat sheds lost. SC for example lost it's boat shed at the school and replaced it with a reinforced concrete shed which is still in use today and showing no signs of deterioration.

Of note with the Junior Eights Regatta, sixth crews were introduced after the successful introduction of fifth crews in 1934.

 


Starter: H J Green

Umpire and Timekeeper: Edward Kenny

Judge: H T James

Clerk of Scales: J Newton

Despatch Steward: T Mannix

 

New Xavier coach Marcus Bourke was generous both in his work for Xavier and also the wider rowing community. An example of this was his hosting of 1932 King's Cup picnic at his property "Doongara" at Ferny Creek.

1932 Kings Cup Picnic

 

The new Scotch coach Arch Dobbie was also heavily involved in the wider rowing community. He was President of his club Mercantile from 1933 to 1955 and also President of the Victorian Rowing Association from 1953 until his death in 1955.

Arch Dobbie

Head of the River

Time: 5:35.0
Margins: 2/3 length and 1 length

1st Geelong Grammar - Bow: R H G P Cordia, 2: A P S Wood, 3: J L Pearson, 4: C D Smith, 5: L W Manning, 6: J Turnbull, 7: H W Spry, Str: A E Laycock, Cox: A G C Mason, Cch: William H Pincott
2nd Melbourne Grammar - Bow: J V Connard, 2: W T Robertson, 3: B F Rose, 4: I A Scales, 5: T W L Officer, 6: E Campbell, 7: H O Stenborg, Str: P Fraser, Cox: R N Hancock, Cch: Walter E "Wally: Ricketts
3rd Scotch College - Bow: Ian O G MacCormick, 2: Geoffrey H Gossip, 3 Laurence H Christie, 4: John J E McFarlane, 5: Leonard M Vrown, 6: Robert B Irving, 7: Gordon A T Davies, Str: Harry B Barnett, Cox: William M Tolson, Cch: Archibald L Dobbie

The stations were:
North - Scotch
Centre - Melbourne Grammar
South - Geelong Grammar

All three crews adopted the Fairbairn style of racing. GGS had a fast start and outrated the other crews materially, taking a 2/3 length lead at the Bridge. As the crews swung around the bend, they drew closer together amking a good race. Down the straight all crews raced strongly but GGS moved away gradually to win 2/3 length from MGS with SC a further length back.

Geelong Grammar crew

 

Melbourne Grammar crew

 

Scotch College crew

 

Other crews competing were:
Wesley College - Bow: R A McFarlane, 2: I M Burns, 3: J Rudduck, 4: D W Disher, 5: R O MacLean, 6: C L Tassicker, 7: I H McBride, Str: W J Young, Cox: D S Grove, Cch: Charles Donald
Geelong College - Bow: J A Gerrard, 2: J G Simpson, 3: A R Herald, 4: D M Calvert, 5: D R Wong, 6: N J Funston, 7: D A Cumming, Str: R E Radcliffe, Cox: B C McKenzie, Cch: R D Emms
Xavier College - Bow: F A Russo, 2: G T Connolly, 3: B J Glowery, 4: E A Andre, 5: M M Doheny, 6: B P O'Keefe, 7: J P Noonan, Str: John M Coffey. Cox: F N Buxton, Cch: Marcus Bourke

Wesley College crew

 

Geelong College crew

 

Xavier College crew

 

Heats
E1: 1st MGS, 2nd WC, Time: 5:09.4. Margin: 1 length.
A contract of rowing bstyles with WC rowing the style which had made Charlie Donald famous for over 30 years and MGS adopting the Fairbairn style. Despite wapping the lead at various stages of the race, MGS had a 1/4 length lead when WC crabbed and MGS increased their lead to one length. Despite the lead widening to 2 1/2 lengths, WC rowed back to finish 1 length behind.
E2: 1st SC, 2nd XC, Time: 5:30.2, Margin 1/4 length.
As the margin indicates, this was the race of the day. SC lead early and maintained the lead throughout despite some tough tussles. Around the big bend XC picked up on SC having the advantage of that bend. As they entered the staright, a great race commenced. Both sprinted together without any change in margins. Then XC slowly crept up on SCgetting within 2 feet before SC moved away to win by 1/4 length.
E3: 1st GGS, 2nd GC. Time: 5:26.8, Margin: 150 yards.
An easy win to GGS from start to finish.

Second Crews

(This race was conducted as part of the Junior Eights regatta on Saturday 11th May amongst Melbourne metropolitan schools. It was not part of the Head of the River regatta.)

Time: 2:34.2
Margins: 0.75 length, 2 feet and 2 feet

1st Scotch College - Bow: T Iser, 2: L Vial, 3: W H Glen, 4: A L Hare, 5: S M Anderson, 6: W Morgan, 7: W H Press, Str: G Harvey Nicholson, Cox: K S Budge
2nd Melbourne Grammar
3rd Wesley College
4th Xavier College

SC got away well but the pace was terrific and they could not make the lead meaningful. The race continued at the same fast rate and it was not until the pace began to tell that SC were able to draw away from MGS and take the race.

Third Crews

(This race was conducted as part of the Junior Eights regatta on Saturday 11th May amongst Melbourne metropolitan schools. It was not part of the Head of the River regatta.)

Time: 2:09.2
Margin: 1 foot and 1 length

1st Wesley College - Bow: J L Brett, 2: J W Vickers, 3: C G O Butler, 4: P W Clements, 5: C T Hopken, 6: W K Y Bromley, 7: T G Treloar, Str: G E Fewster, Cox: L H Jones
2nd Scotch College - Bow: W E Swaney, 2: A Marshall, 3: K W Taylor, 4: C R Ampt, 5: J Donaldson, 6: Arthur H C Atkins, 7: J D Picken, Str: D D Fisher, Cox: unknown, Cch: A F Sloan
3rd Melbourne Grammar

This was the most exciting race of the day. The three crews left evenly but WC started to forge ahead leaving the others on even terms. MGS then dropped back. Just as the race seemed to be over, SC sprinted and looked like they could win. For the last dozen strokes, SC kept getting closer with every stroke. Alas the judges gun went off with only 1 foot seperating the crews.

Fourth Crews

(This race was conducted as part of the Junior Eights regatta on Saturday 11th May amongst Melbourne metropolitan schools. It was not part of the Head of the River regatta.)

Time: 1:50.0
Margin: 1 length

1st Wesley College - Bow: L T Griffiths, 2: R M Garland, 3: L T Taylor, 4: J O Flentje, 5: J M Anderson, 6: F G C Nicholas, 7: F W Rashleigh, Str: H J Firth, Cox: J V Wilkinson
2nd Scotch College - Bow: J H Law, 2: G Stewart, 3: R C Bretherton, 4: P A Jacobson, 5: A B Simmons, 6: M V Frew, 7: J H Boyd, Str: I C Jackson, Cox: unknown, Cch: Jack Collie
3rd Mebourne Grammar

In difficult northerly winds, a start was eventually achieved. The crews kept together during the first stages of the race. WC then took to the lead but were challenged by the other crews. In the end WC won over SC by a canvas with MGS in last place.

Fifth Eights

(This race was conducted as part of the Junior Eights regatta on Saturday 11th May amongst Melbourne metropolitan schools. It was not part of the Head of the River regatta.)

Time: 0:53.8
Margin: 0.75 length

1st Scotch College - Bow: B A Taylor, 2: W Komesaroff, 3: H Clark, 4: J Mitchell, 5: S Carey, 6: R W Brown, 7: M Strang, Str: L Thorn, Cox: unknown, Cch: Mr Morgan
2nd Melbourne Grammar

The crews raced evenly during the early stages of the race. By the staging SC moved away and won in the end by a length.

Sixth Eights

(This race was conducted as part of the Junior Eights regatta on Saturday 11th May amongst Melbourne metropolitan schools. It was not part of the Head of the River regatta.)

Time: NTT
Margin: 2 lengths and 2 lengths

1st Scotch College - Bow: J L Robertson, 2: H C Purton, 3: C Malmgren, 4: W H McCorkell, 5: D S McQueen, 6: H A Marks, 7: J McLaren, Str: J A Blanch, Cox: Unknown, Cch: G Harvey Nicholson
2nd Melbourne Grammar Sixth crew
3rd Melbourne Grammar Seventh crew

An all the way win to SC.

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