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1941 APS Head of the River

1941 Programme Cover

The seventy-fourth Head of the River was held on the Upper Yarra with Scotch College providing Harvey Nicholson his first Head of the River coaching win. It was an all the way win for Scotch with the other crews chasing. The races were conducted on 15th and 16th May.

The race was the first to be held after Australian troops had been sent to war and talk on the river bank was all about who had been sent where? This did not prevent the talk about three generations of one family who had all raced in the Head of the River. The Ritchie family had a representative in the Melbourne crew and whose father and grandfather had also raced.

 



Officials and Coaches

Organising Committee: E A Wells (Hon Secretary)

Starter: H J Green

Umpire: Edward Kenny

Judge: H T James

Clerk of Scales: G H Gossip

Despatch Stewards: Capt H E Butler, W D Kennedy

 

 

Albert Bell

This was the first time Albert Bell would coach the Geelong College crew. Bell was a good oarsman and coach. He raced and coached for his club Corio Bay and also raced in 1948 Victorian King's Cup crew. His coaching career also included an Australian four at the 1962 Commonwealth Games. He coached the Geelong College crew 27 times and won on 5 occasions. The Geelong College rowing support group is known as the Albert Bell Club in his honour.

Neil H MacNeil

This was also the first year that the Wesley Headmaster Neil MacNeil would coach the Wesley crew.

Head of the River

Time: 5:12.4
Margins: 1 length and 1/2 length

1st Scotch College - Bow: Ronald G Blacket, 2: Archibald G Simpson, 3: John B Ware, 4: John F McNicol, 5: James S Shaw, 6: Hugh Stretton, 7: George A Hagenauer, Str: Gordon D Fisher, Cox: Robert K Sim, Cch: G Harvey Nicholson
2nd Melbourne Grammar - Bow: J H Fergusson, 2: Noel A Ritchie, 3: A B Colquhoun, 4: J S Bell, 5: C G Hill, 6: B S Winslow, 7: R S Bowles, Str: M N Hodgson, Cox: G F E DeRavin, Cch: Walter E " Wally" Rickett
3rd Wesley College - Bow: C A McPherson, 2: W J Bottomer, 3: B W Lockwood, 4: L C Weber, 5: R G Holst, 6: G J Pollock, 7: M J Foley, Str: R J M Walker, Cox: V G Vivian, Cch: Neil H MacNeil and Charles Donald

Other crews competing were:
Xavier College - Bow: W E Burne, 2: P N Lewis, 3: G W Hiscock, 4: D J Conroy, 5: J A McCooey, 6: R A Hoppe, 7: W J Hobbs, Str: Alexander N Davison, Cox: P A Falkland, Cch: Eddie A Fakhry
Geelong Grammar School - Bow: R A B Vance, 2: I B Hartnell, 3: P C T Armytage, 4: D G Campbell, 5: R A Gilder, 6: B S Inglis, 7: B J Thewlis, Str: W S C Hare, Cox: E C Smith, Cch: William H Pincott
Geelong College - Bow: G A McKinley, 2: T V Hawkes, 3: J A C McDonald, 4: J H Anderson, 5: J M Ferguson, 6: G T Exell, 7: J A Strickland, Str: J R Morrison, Cox: W A Martin, Cch: Albert B Bell

Heat results:
E1: 1st SC, 2nd GC. Time: 5:12.2, Margin: 4 lengths
E2: 1st WC, 2nd XC, Time: 5:16.5, Margin: 5 lengths
E3: 1st MGS, 2nd GGS, Time: 5:58.5, Margin: One canvas.
The race was reported as "a magnificent struggle".

1941 Wesley College Crew

Second Crews

(This race was conducted as part of the Junior Eights regatta amongst Melbourne metropolitan schools on 10th May on the Upper Yarra. It was not part of the Head of the River regatta.)

Time: 2:40.0
Margin: 1 canvas

1st Wesley College
2nd Melbourne Grammar
3rd Xavier College
4th Scotch College
- Bruce Adams

Third Crews

(This race was conducted as part of the Junior Eights regatta amongst Melbourne metropolitan schools on 10th May on the Upper Yarra. It was not part of the Head of the River regatta.)

Time: 2:11.8

1st Wesley College
2nd Scotch College
3rd Xavier College
4th Melbourne Grammar

Fourth Crews

(This race was conducted as part of the Junior Eights regatta amongst Melbourne metropolitan schools on 10th May on the Upper Yarra. It was not part of the Head of the River regatta.)

Time: 1:52.0
Margin: 1 length

1st Melbourne Grammar
2nd Wesley College
3rd Scotch College

Fifth Crews

Time:1:50.2
Margin: 3/4 length

1st Melbourne Grammar
2nd Scotch College

Sixth Crews

Time: 1:51.4
Margin: 3/4 length

1st Scotch College
2nd Melbourne Grammar

Seventh Crews

Time: 1:53.0
Margin: 1 canvas

1st Melbourne Grammar
2nd Scotch College

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