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Rowing Victoria State Championships

1940 Rowing Victoria State Championships

 

 

 


Champion Men's Scull

(2 miles)

Time: 16:30.0
Margins: 6 lengths

1st L A Purves, Yarra Yarra

2nd R H Tucker, Essendon

3rd E A MacDougall, Yarra Yarra

Contested over a course of two miles on the Lower Yarra on Saturday, 16th March, 1940, under ideal weather conditions. Three entrants faced the Starter, the winner being L. A. Purves, who defeated R. H. Tucker by six lengths, with E. A. MacDougall third. This was Mr. Purves fourth consecutive win in this event, and he is heartily congratulated thereon. It is also the ninth consecutive time that the Championship has been won by members of the Yarra Yarra Rowing Club, and a record is thereby constituted. 


Champion Men's Pair

(1 mile)

Time: 6:14.0
Margins: 2 lengths

1st Richmond - Bow: R Williams, Str: W Lambert, Cox: A Hazlehurst, Coach: B S Thompson

2nd Preston

3rd Wendouree

4th Shepparton

5th Footscray City

6th Wahgunyah

7th Melbourne

8th Yarra Yarra

9th Nagambie

Rowed at Nagambie on Boxing Day, 26th December, 1939, it was originally intended the Pair-oared Championship should be rowed at Colac on New Year’s Day, 1st January, 1940, but owing to a doubt arising as to whether or not the Colac Regatta would be held. Your Committee decided to change the venue to Nagambie, this giving Nagambie the race for the second year in succession. The weather conditions for the race were ideal. Nine crews faced the starter, the winners being Richmond Rowing Club, with Preston, two lengths away, second. To the winners of the above Championships the Committee extends sincere congratulations.


Champion Men's Four

(2 1/2 miles)

Time: 16:28.2
Margins: 3 lengths

1st Albert Park – Bow: K Anderson, 2: J Gaskin, 3: S J Elder, Str: M Gaskin, Cox: J Wiltshire, Coach: J Barton

2nd Richmond

3rd Banks

4th Footscray City

5th Mercantile

There were five entries for this event, which was rowed over a two and a half miles course on the Lower Yarra on Saturday, 16th December, 1939. The weather conditions were boisterous. Unfortunately, the race was marred by a clash which took place after the crews had gone about half a mile, this being caused through one of the buoys marking the course having drifted out of position, thus forcing Albert Park and Richmond to converge too closely, the result being that these two crews clashed. The Umpire stopped the race and ordered all the crews back to the start. The race was won by the Albert Park Rowing Club by three lengths from Richmond. 


Champion Men's Eight

(2 miles)

Time: 11:15.0
Margins: 1 length

1st Footscray City – Bow: F Haymes, 2: A Fawcett, 3: W Hull, 4: F Heaviside, 5: F Parkinson, 6: S Bell, 7: R Davison, Str: S Fraser, Cox: S Bellion, Coach: T Gipton

2nd Richmond

3rd Albert Park

4th Melbourne

Your Committee decided that, as an experiment, the Victorian Eight-oared Championship should be rowed over a two-miles course on the Lower Yarra, instead of the two and a half miles which has obtained for some years. This had the effect of eliminating the bend in the Canal and resulted in a practically straight course. The race was rowed on Saturday, 16th March, 1940, under ideal weather conditions. There were four entries. Footscray City won by one length from Richmond. By its win in this event Footscray City recorded its first win in the State Championship Eight-oared Race and is warmly congratulated thereon.


Champion Men's 2,000 Metre Scull

(2,000 metres)

Time - Not recorded
Margins: Easily

1st L A Purves, Yarra Yarra

2nd R H Tucker, Essendon

The 2,000 Metres Sculling Championship was rowed on the Lower Yarra course on Saturday 16th December, 1939. Weather conditions were boisterous. There were only two competitors viz., L. A. Purves (Yarra Yarra) and R. H. Tucker (Essendon). L. A. Purves won easily, and is warmly congratulated on his fourth successive victory in this event.


Champion Men's Lightweight Junior Eight

(1 1/2 miles)

Time: 8:54.25
Margins: 1 length

1st Melbourne

2nd Preston

3rd Mercantile

4th Ballarat City

This event was rowed on the Lower Yarra on Saturday, 20th April, over a course of one and half miles, under good weather conditions. There were four entries. Getting away to a good start, a fine race was witnessed to about a quarter of a mile from the finish. At this point a ferry crossing the River got in front of the Melbourne Club’s crew, forcing this crew out causing it to clash with the Ballarat City Club’s crew, both crews having to stop rowing. Unfortunately, the Umpire was unable to stop the race, with the result that the Mercantile and Preston crews raced on to the finish. The Umpire ordered all crews back to the start for a re-row. The race was re-rowed immediately after the Champion Junior Eights and again a fine race ensued. Melbourne Rowing Club won by one length from Preston. Melbourne Rowing Club is warmly congratulated on its fine win.


Champion Men's Junior Eight

(2 miles)

Time: 11:50.0
Margins: 1 1/2 lengths

1st Footscray City – Bow: F Haymes, 2: A Fawcett, 3: W Hull, 4: F Heaviside, 5: F Parkinson, 6: S Bell, 7: R Davison, Str: S Fraser, Cox: S Bellion, Coach: T Gipton

2nd Banks

3rd Mercantile

4th Richmond

5th Albert Park

6th South Melbourne

Six crews faced the Starter in the Junior Eight-oared Championship, which was rowed over a two-miles course on the Lower Yarra on Saturday, 20th April, 1940. Weather conditions were good. The Footscray City Rowing Club, which won the State Eight-oared Championship, repeated its success by winning this event by one and a half lengths from Banks. To the Footscray City Rowing Club the Committee extends sincere congratulations.


Champion Women's Pair

(Distance - Not recorded)

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Champion Women's Four

(Distance - Half mile)

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Champion Women's Junior Four

(Distance - Quarter mile)

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Sources

The Victorian Oarsman with a Rowing Register, by John Lang, published by A H Massina and Company 1919.

Victorian Rowing Association, Reports 1903 - 1944.

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