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1939 APS Head of the River

The seventy-second Head of the River returned to the Barwon on 18th and 19th May brought no joy to the Geelong schools with both being eliminated in the heats. Melbourne Grammar made it another victory after their 1938 win.

Geelong Grammar made the move to swivel rowlocks from poppets.

At the junior regatta, again only six crews were permitted to race.

 


Starter: A L Storrer

Umpire and Timekeeper: H T James

Judge: T S Barnfather

Clerk of Scales: J D'Helin

Despatch Steward: J L McCabe Doyle

Head of the River

Time: 5:04.2
Margin: 1 length and 1/2 length

1st Melbourne Grammar - Bow: S E Righetti, 2: A W Moore, 3: D H Davis, 4: R L Due, 5: R C Rollason, 6: R A Hoffert, 7: P J R Steele, Str: J R B Grice, Cox: J W Skinner, Cch: Walter E "Wally" Ricketts
2nd Wesley College - Bow: J E Critchley, 2: J O Reynolds, 3: J V Lawler, 4: M Bradbury, 5: P Watkins, 6: N T Flentje, 7: I D Dawes, Str: L E R Williams, Cox: R G Duncan, Cch: Charles Donald
3rd Scotch College - Bow: John H Young, 2: Stuart C McCracken, 3: Roderick M Aitchison, 4: Gordon D Fisher, 5: Morris A Barr, 6: Leonard V Barnett, 7: William E I Littlejohn, Str: Alan M Marshall, Cox: Frank H Smith, Cch: Charles B Boyes

The race was an all the way win for MGS. An early effort by WC looked promising but MGS commanded the race throughout and all attempts against them proved unsuccessful.

1939 Wesley Crew

1939 Scotch Crew

 

Other crews racing were:
Geelong Grammar - Bow: J N R White, 2: B G Dexter, 3: B N Dobson, 4: F G Davidson, 5: J D Wall, 6: C F Angas, Str: S W H Fairbairn, Str: G H Lester, Cox: E R Searle, Cch: William H Pincott
Geelong College - Bow: R J L Dennis, 2: L A Cartwright, 3: A F Blackwood, 4: A R Meakin, 5: A L Matheson, 6: W C Koch, 7: D W P Borthwick, Str: J W Barrett, Cox: R Lyall, Cch: Charles G Saleh
Xavier College - Bow: R F Marron, 2: F P Thomas, 3: A N Davison, 4: W J Hobbs, 5: F J Vigano, 6: P S Condon, 7: W G Fisher, Str: John V Bourke, Cox: D W Kerr, Cch: James W Bynre

Heat results
E1: 1st MGS, 2nd XC, Time: 5:19.2. Margin: 2 1/2 lengths
E2: 1st SC, 2nd GGS, Time: 5:15.0. Margin 1/2 length
E3: 1st WC, 2nd GC, Time: 5:15.4. Margin: 1/3 length

Second Crews

(This race was conducted as part of the Junior Eights regatta amongst Melbourne metropolitan schools on May 13 on the Upper Yarra. It was not part of the Head of the River regatta.)

Time: 2:42.0
Margins: 0.75 length and one length

1st Scotch College - Bow: G B Littlejohn, 2: J G Law, 3: G N Price, 4: E McL Holmes, 5: R J Titcher, 6: B A Taylor, 7: G A Hagenauer, Str: A L Burns, Cox: J gates, Cch: Harvey Nicholson
2nd Melbourne Grammar
3rd Xavier College
4th Wesley College

An inaugural SC v GC second crew race took place on Saturday 29th April. SC won in 2:28.0 over a half mile in slight head breeze conditions.

The seconds race on The Yarra - Scotch win by 3/4 length
Photo: The Scotch Collegian

Third Crews

(This race was conducted as part of the Junior Eights regatta amongst Melbourne metropolitan schools on May 13 on the Upper Yarra. It was not part of the Head of the River regatta.)

Time: Not known
Margins: 0.3 length and 0.5 length

1st Scotch College - Bow: G J Robertson, 2: K S Williams, 3: J S Shaw, 4: A P Flockart, 5: R G Blacker, 6: H Iser, 7: A C Wann, Str: R StG Summons, Cox: R K Sim, Cch: John Blanch
2nd Wesley College
3rd Melbourne Grammar
4th Xavier College

Fourth Crews

(This race was conducted as part of the Junior Eights regatta amongst Melbourne metropolitan schools on May 13 on the Upper Yarra. It was not part of the Head of the River regatta.)

Time: Not known
Margins: 1 length and 0.75 length

1st Wesley College
2nd Melbourne Grammar
3rd Xavier College
4th Scotch College
- Bow: R C Barbour, 2: J B G Serle, 3: I D Shugg, 4: H J Gossip, 5: I H Callister, 6: I F Beaurepaire, 7: J Ettelson, Str: R McK orr, Cox: J G Fussell, Cch: Tom Darling

Fifth Crews

(This race was conducted as part of the Junior Eights regatta amongst Melbourne metropolitan schools on May 13 on the Upper Yarra. It was not part of the Head of the River regatta.)

Time: Not known
Margin: 1 1/2 length

1st Scotch College - Bow: R R Shaw, 2: A G Mathew, 3: A J Salthouse, 4: H Stretton, 5: A G Simpson, 6: G Stobie, 7: D A Cameron, Str: W L Goldsworthy, Cox: W Grano, Cch: D Shaw
2nd Melbourne Grammar

Sixth Crews

(This race was conducted as part of the Junior Eights regatta amongst Melbourne metropolitan schools on May 13 on the Upper Yarra. It was not part of the Head of the River regatta.)

Time: Not known
Margin: 3/4 length

1st Melbourne Grammar
2nd Scotch College
- Bow: D H Powell, 2: D H Hume, 3: A G Strickland, 4: A J F Wannan, 5: J B Ware, 6: E C Gates, 7: K F Alder, Str: A W Adair, Cox: R Dyer, Cch: Messrs McCracken and Sloan

Seventh Crews

(This race was conducted as part of the Junior Eights regatta amongst Melbourne metropolitan schools on May 13 on the Upper Yarra. It was not part of the Head of the River regatta.)

Time: Not known
Margin: Dead heat

= 1st Melbourne Grammar
= 1st Scotch College
- Bow: W K Kelleher, 2: G Anderson, 3: P Y Permezel, 4: S P Derham, 5: J Cumming, 6: R H Thorn, 7: A E Gaze, Cox: J I Shaw

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