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1945 Head of the River

The finals of the seventy-eighth Head of the River were conducted on the Barwon and Melbourne Grammar was to be successful. The heats however were held on the Upper Yarra. A very light head breeze prevailed but had nom bearing on the result. A poor crowd of about 5,000 spectators were present, mostly from Geelong.

The cox of the winning Melbourne crew, Gordon Sargood, was to become a master at that school and long time Melbourne first crew coach. As was the six man of the Geelong College crew, Donald Macmillan, to be a long serving first crew coach, but not at Geelong, at Scotch. The annual Scotch College supporters luncheon is named in his honour.

The first and second crews raced at the Head of the River regatta whilst the junior raced seperately.

 


APS Committee: E M Davidson (Hon Secretary)

Starters: H J Green (on the Yarra) and H Markin (on the Barwon)

Umpires: Edward Kenny, Marcus Burke and J L Mounsey (on the Yarra) and Edward Kenny, A L Storrer, W R Grose, J Trengrove and W H Rooke (on the Barwon)

Judges: H T James (on the Yarra) and T S Barnfather and Lewis Hirst (on the Barwon)

Timekeeper: Ray Todd

Despatch Steward: P Coleman

The finish in 1945 - 1st MGS, 2nd GC, 3rd WC

Melbourne Grammar School

Back row: K N C Rollason, I M Downes, W N Ricketts (coach), R M Lane, R W McKaige
Front row: A F Hargrave, S L Rodda, G Sargood, B McK Birrell, G W S Crow

Celebrations for Melbourne Grammar

Head of the River

Time: 5:09.6
Margins: 1 1/4 lengths and 1 3/4 lengths.

Losers final:
Time: 5:20.4
Margins: 1 1/2 lengths and 2 lengths

1st Melbourne Grammar - Bow: R W McKaige, 2: K N C Rollason, 3: R M Lane, 4: I M Downes, 5: G W S Crow, 6: A F Hargrave, 7: B McK Birrell, Str: S L Rodda, Cox: Gordon Sargood, Cch: Walter E "Wally" Ricketts
2nd Geelong College - Bow: J A Hooper, 2: J O Stewart, 3: R C Morris, 4: W A Salmon, 5: R M Wagstaff, 6: Donald R T Macmillan, 7: N L Barrett, Str: L M Simpson, Cox: A L Bennett, Cch: Albert B Bell
3rd Wesley College -G W D Kermode, 2: S J King, 3: D R Kennedy, 4: R Rosanove, 5: R P E Whiteside, 6: A S Wood, 7: G T Fudge, Str: W I Duncan, Cox: P J Duncan, Cch: Neil H McNeil

The favourites were Geelong College but Melbourne Granmmar prevailed in a great race and in the end comfortably.

Losers Final:
1st Geelong Grammar - Bow: C G L Smith, 2: G T Kryger, 3: A A Mackay, 4: M J Scriven, 5: J R Brisbane, 6: T S Carlyon, 7: D M M Moore, Str: James G Perry, Cox: J H E Angas, Cch: John E L Barber
2nd Scotch College - Bow: C Peter Roberts, 2: Kenneth F Walton, 3: Bruce L Burns, 4: David G Holloway, 5: Geoffrey M Hallam, 6: John S Galbraith, 7: John C Boyd, Str: Alexander T Dix, Cox: V Bryce Ricker, Cch: Arthur L Burns
3rd Xavier College - Bow: P Coleman, 2: F Mullins, 3: C Parker, 4: E Hayes, 5: G Awburn, 6: D Richardson, 7: Dermot Coughlin, Str: Brian Fitzpatrick, Cox: R Williams, Cch: Albert Anderson

Heat results:
E1: 1st WC, 2nd XC, Time: 5:04.0, Margin 1 1/2 lengths
E2: 1st MGS, 2nd SC, Time: 4:56.6, Margin: 1 3/4 lengths
E3: 1st GC, 2nd GGS, Time: 5:09.0, Margin: a few feet

Second Crews

Distance: 0.5 mile

Time: 2:46.4
Margins: 2 fet and 1/2 length

Losers final:
Time: 2:45.4
Margins: 1 length and 1 1/2 lengths

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

Losers Final:
1st Geelong College
2nd Melbourne Grammar
3rd Xavier College
- Bow: P Moy, 2: D Fogarty, 3: A Dillon, 4: C Bailey, 5: P Trost, 6: J Brenan, 7: R Britten-Jones, Str: S Byrne, Cox: B Lyons, Cch: Jack Coghlan

Heats
E1: 1st GGS, 2nd GC, Time: 2:28.4
E2: 1st SC, 2nd XC, Time: 2:43.9, Margin: 1 1/2 lengths
E3: 1st WC, 2nd MGS, Margin: 1/2 length

Third Crews

(These races were conducted on Head of the River heats day (14th April) on both the Barwon and the Yarra. These crews did not compete at the Head at the Head of the River regatta.)

Metropolitan
Distance: 700 yards
Time: 1:53.0
Margins: 3/4 length and 1 length

Barwon
Time: 2:43.4

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

Barwon race
1st Geelong Grammar
2nd Geelong Grammar fourths
3rd Geelong College

Fourth Eights

(These races were conducted on Head of the River heats day (14th April) on both the Barwon and the Yarra. These crews did not compete at the Head at the Head of the River regatta.)

Metropolitan
Distance: 5-600 yards
Time: Not known
Margins: 1/2 length and 1 length

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

Barwon
1st Geelong College
2nd Geelong Grammar sixth crew
3rd Geelong Grammar fifth crew

Fifth Crews

(These races were conducted on Head of the River heats day (14th April) on both the Barwon and the Yarra. These crews did not compete at the Head at the Head of the River regatta.)

Time: Not known

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

Sixth Crews

Time: 1:17.0

1st Melbourne Grammar
2nd Scotch College

Seventh Crews

Time, margins goes here

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

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