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1938 APS Head of the River

The seventy-first Head of the River on the Upper Yarra brought Mebourne Grammar joy with a good win over Geelong Grammar. Interestingly, there were two false starts for the final, both being starter error. The starter's pistol misfired on two occasions. The regatta was conducted on 12th and 13th May 1938.

The Junior regatta was reduced to seventh crews this year through a lack of demand from the schools.

 


Officials

Starter: Mr H J Green

Umpire: Not known

Judge: Not known

Head of the River

Time: 5:06.4
Margins: 3/4 length and 3 lengths

1st Melbourne Grammar - Bow: W J Meredith, 2: J R B Grice, 3: G Larkins, 4: P J R Steele, 5: K N L Murray, 6: J W McCallum, 7: P Kirby, Str: A J Weir, Cox: J S Handbury, Cch: W E "Wally: Ricketts
2nd Geelong Grammar - Bow: G R Patterson, 2: E J P Jones, 3: H G Ogilvie, 4: W M Turnbull, 5: M C Winstanley, 6: C F Angus, 7: J McA H Lockwood, Str: D J C Wood, Cox: R N Martin, Cch: William H Pincott
3rd Scotch College - Bow: William E I Littlejohn 2: Alan M Marshall, 3: Roderick M Atchison, 4: Tom Darling, 5: Morris A Barr, 6: John B Hipwell, 7: Charles O Malmgren, Str: John A Blanch, Cox: Ronald A Mullett, Cch: Charles B Boyes

The crews were drawn with MGS on the north, GGS on the centre and SC on the south. Despite the two false starts due to the malfunction of the starters gun, the start was good. It took until the half mile before MGS broke away from GGS who had already left SC in their wake. By the Henley Staging, MGS led by a length but GGS challenged but only managed to reduce the lead.

Melbourne Grammar First Crew
Back row (from left): J.R.B. Grice (2), P.J.R. Steele (4) , W.N. Ricketts Esq., G. Larkins(3) and W.J. Meredith (bow). Front row: J.W. McCallum (6), A.J. Weir (stroke), J.S. Handbury (cox), P. Kirby and K.N.L. Murray
Photo reproduced with permission of MGS archives

Geelong Grammar School racing on the Yarra in the final
Photo from the Guerin Collection

Scotch College first crew
Photo from The Scotch Collegian August 1938

Other crews competing were:
Wesley College - Bow: W B Cairns, 2: J H Joy, 3: I D Dawes, 4: M Bradbury, 5: I Rosanove, 6: D L Rogers-Wilson, 7: C W Wilson, Str: N I Flentje, Cox: R G Duncan, Cch: Charles Donald
Xavier College - Bow: S Radeff, 2: J Bourke, 3: W Coffey, 4: F Vigano, 5: F Fogarty, 6: J Watson, 7: Jack McDavitt, Str: J Feehan, Cox: D Kerr, Cch: James Byrne
Geelong College - Bow: T M Collins, 2: K S McDowall, 3: T J Forsyth, 4: J W Barrett, 5: T T Laidlaw, 6: J A Forbes, 7: I H McPherson, Str: K S Douglas, Cox: I S Buchanan, Cch: Charles G Saleh

Heat results:
E1: MGS, 2nd WC. Time: 5:11.0, Margin: 1 length.
MGS settled well after the started to take the lead and moved away from WC gradually throughout the race. Despite valiant efforts by WC, MGS went onto win well.
E2: 1st GGS, 2nd GC. Time: 5:12.6, Margin: 1 1/3 lengths.
GC had a good start and led to the big bend. GGS caught and went past GC around the bend and used its better weight and strength into the breeze very effectively.
E3: 1st SC, 2nd XC, Time: 5:14.0, Margin: one canvas.
The previous dead heats between XC and SC looked likely to be repeated again this year with a top race. Whilst SC had the better of XC for most of the race, XC caught SC around big bend setting up a great finish. As both crews fought for the line, SC maintained their form better and XC began to tire.

MGS defeats WC in the first heat
Photo from the Guerin Collection

Second Crews

(This race was conducted as part of the Junior Eights regatta on Saturday 7th May 1938 on the Upper Yarra amongst Melbourne metropolitan schools. It was not part of the Head of the River regatta.)

Time: 2:30.0
Margins: 1/2 length, 1/3 length and 1/3 length

1st Melbourne Grammar
2nd Wesley College
3rd Xavier College
4th Scotch College
- Bow: R A F Murphy, 2: G D Fisher, 3: D Todd, 4: A S Archibald, 5: B Harrison, 6: S C McCracken, 7: R G Cole, Str: L V Barnett, Cox: A K Beattie, Cch: Bill Morgan

The crews were drawn with XC on the north, MGS north centre, SC south centre and WC on the south. XC and WC immediately got a lead and then fought a great struggle with MGS finally drawing away to win by 1/2 length.

Third Crews

(This race was conducted as part of the Junior Eights regatta on Saturday 7th May 1938 on the Upper Yarra amongst Melbourne metropolitan schools. It was not part of the Head of the River regatta.)

Time: 2:10.0
Margin: 1 length, 1/3 length

1st Xavier College
2nd Wesley College
3rd Melbourne Grammar
4th Scotch College
- Bow: D D Shaw, 2: C Hull, 3: J Coop, 4: A L Burns, 5: J H Young, 6: E J Holden, 7: G B Littlejohn, Str: B A Taylor, cox: J D Gates, Cch: Harvey Nicholson

The race was drawn with SC on the north station, MGS north centre, WC south centre and XC on the south station. XC got the best of the start with a high rating and managed to get a canvas ahead of WC. Whilst WC fought hard, the XC crew was too strong.

Fourth Crews

(This race was conducted as part of the Junior Eights regatta on Saturday 7th May 1938 on the Upper Yarra amongst Melbourne metropolitan schools. It was not part of the Head of the River regatta.)

Time: 2:16.0
Margins: 1/2 length and 1/2 length

1st Scotch College - Bow: J K Wood, 2: J N Duckett, 3: J N Denham, 4: J G law, 5: H T Day, 6: W M Davis, 7: B A Bretherton, Str: J A Matheson, Cox: R R Sim, Cch: John Blanch
2nd Wesley College
3rd Melbourne Grammar

The crews were drawn with MGS on north, SC centre and WC on the south.

Fifth Crews

(This race was conducted as part of the Junior Eights regatta on Saturday 7th May 1938 on the Upper Yarra amongst Melbourne metropolitan schools. It was not part of the Head of the River regatta.)

Time: Not known
Margin: Canvas

1st Scotch College - Bow: A McKay, 2: J H Callister, 3: H A Strickland, 4: A R Gilchrist, 5: A F Lester, 6: A P Flockhart, 7: G J Robertson, Str: D J Mackay, Cox: D G Smith, Cch: Mr Littlejohn
2nd Melbourne Grammar

Both crews raced side by side until the last 100 yards when a sprint by Scotch broke the deadlock.

Sixth Crews

(This race was conducted as part of the Junior Eights regatta on Saturday 7th May 1938 on the Upper Yarra amongst Melbourne metropolitan schools. It was not part of the Head of the River regatta.)

Time: Not known
Margin: 1 length

1st Scotch College - Bow: R J Titcher, 2: H J Gossip, 3: K B Anderson, 4: J B Steele, 5: R C Redmile, 6: P W Loftus, 7: G N Price, Str: F J Andrew, Cox: unknown, Cch: Tom Darling
2nd Melbourne Grammar

The SC 6th and 7th crews obtained their designation by the toss of a coin. As both crews won, the ordering of the crews

Seventh Crews

(This race was conducted as part of the Junior Eights regatta on Saturday 7th May 1938 on the Upper Yarra amongst Melbourne metropolitan schools. It was not part of the Head of the River regatta.)

Time: Not known
Margin: Over 1 length

1st Scotch College - Bow: J S Shaw, 2: W A Scott, 3: T L Forsyth, 4: A C Wann, 5: G Hagenauer, 6: K G Williams, 7: H A Sissons, Str: R StG Summons, Cox: unknown, Cch: Mr Barr
2nd Melbourne Grammar

This was an easy win for Scotch.

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