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Trans Tasman Regattas—1965 Ampol Series

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1965 Programme Cover

The winning NSW crew formed the basis of the Australian crew with the inclusion of Campbell and Ranch at the expense of Howard Croker and Ian Tutty. Croker and Gordon McWhirter competed as the Australian reserve pair. A win by the pair was the only Australian win out of the 9 races. One of the races was to be a twilight regatta at Sydney Rowing Club but bad weather cancelled the event.

The three regattas were conducted as follows:

First test - Iron Cove, Leichhardt NSW - 6 Nov 1965

Second test - Nepean River, Penrith NSW - 13 Nov 1965

Third test - Lake Wendouree, Ballarat VIC - 20 Nov 1965

The new Rothmans National Sports Foundation provided major financial assistance for this event.

New Zealand won eight of the nine races thus winning the Ampol Trophy. The point score was a little more even with New Zealand 120 as against Australia 93.

The Ampol Trophy in 2008

Australian Team

Men's Eight (also raced in fours)

Bow: Errol Brazenall (NSW)
2: John Campbell (NSW)
3: Bruce Dickson (NSW)
4: John Ranch (NSW)
5: Alf Duval (NSW)
6: Peter Dickson (NSW)
7: Ian McWhirter (NSW)
Str: Brian Denny (NSW)
Cox: Brian Thomas (NSW)
Cch: Owen Ruffels (NSW)

Men's Pair (reserves)

Bow: Howard Croker (NSW)
Str: Gordon McWhirter (NSW)

Men's Scull

Gary Pearce (NSW)

Men's Double Scull

No Australia representative crew

Manager: Ossie Rosevear (NSW)

New Zealand Team

Men's Eight (also raced in fours)

Bow: Peter Delaney
2: Gil M Cawood
3: Darien G Boswell
4: Max A Larsen
5: Gordon E Trevett
6: Mark Brownlee
7: Dudley L Storey
Str: Alan J Webster
Cox: Bruce A Jones
Cch: Wally Parnell

Men's Pair No 1(reserves)

Bow: G Bryan Walford
Str: Ian R Dixon
Cch: Wally Parnell

Men's Pair No 2

Bow: Trevor B Smith
Str: John A Richards
Cch: T Sullivan

Men's Scull

Murray Watkinson

Men's Double Scull

Bow: David Molesworth
Str: Tom Reid
Cch: C D Molesworth

Manager: Don Croot

Results

Men's Eight

First test
1st NZL, 2nd: AUS, 3rd Sydney, margin 3/4 length, time 6 min 47 secs

Finish of the second test - 1st NZL, 2nd AUS, 3rd Banks
Second test
1st NZL, 2nd AUS, 3rd Banks, 4th Sydney margins 2 feet, 1 length and 2 lengths time 6 min 16.8 secs

Men's Pair

First test
1st NZL No 2, 2nd AUS, margin 2 lengths, time 8min 25.4 secs
Second test
1st NZL No 1, 2nd NZL No 2, 3rd Nepean
Third test
1st AUS, 2nd NZL No 2, 3rd NZL No 1, margin 1 1/4 length time 8 min 12.2 secs

Australian Pair of Bow Howard Croker and stroke Gordon McWhirter

Australian pair of bow Howard Croker and stroke Gordon McWhirter

Men's Scull

First test
1st Murray Watkinson (NZL), 2nd Gary Pearce (AUS), margin 1 1/2 lengths, time 8 min 35.5 secs
Second test
1st Murray Watkinson (NZL), 2nd Jeff Sykes (Corio Bay), 3rd Gary Pearce (AUS), Bob Shirlaw (Mosman) did not finish, margins 5 lengths and easily, time 7 min 44.8 secs
Third test
1st Murray Watkinson (NZL), 2nd Peter Edwards (Melbourne), 3rd Gary Pearce (AUS), margin 10 lengths, time 9 min 33.1 secs

Coxed Four

First test
1st NZL, 2nd NZL
Second test
1st NZL, 2nd Sydney, 3rd Haberfield, time: 7:28.5, margins 1.5 lengths and 6 lengths
Third test
1st NZL No 1, 2nd Hawthorn, 3rd Mercantile

Double Scull

First test
1st Mosman, 2nd NZL
Second test
1st NZL, 2nd Mosman
Third test
1st Mosman, 2nd NZL, 3rd Wendouree/Corio Bay

Pair

Second test
1st NZL No 1, 2nd NZL No 2, 3rd Nepean, time: 7:51, margins 1 length and 1 length
Third test
1st NZL, 2nd Mildura, 3rd Nagambie

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