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History of AAGPS Head of the River Rowing Regatta

1959 NSW AAGPS Head of the River

High Eight Takes Head of River (Alan Clarkson, Sydney Morning Herald, 19 Apr 1959)

High yesterday established itself as one of the best ever G.P.S. crews when it convincingly won the Head of the River on the Nepean.

Taking the lead from halfway, the smoothly stroking, powerful High crew cleared away to win by two lengths. High beat the improved St. Joseph’s crew, with Shore a foot away third. The win undoubtably establishes High as the top G.P.S> rowing crew in recent years. The School has the impressive record of winning the event in 1957 and again yesterday and being third last year.

The winning margin of two lengths was the greatest for seven years and gave a clear indication of the crew’s superiority over the other schools. Former Olympic sculling champion Merv Wood said that the High eight must be one of the best G.P.S. crews ever.

“It is a crew you get at a school once in a decade,” Wood said. “High might wait another 20 or 25 years before it will get another crew near this year’s standard. “It is not often you will get a big school crew that is able to use its weight and power to full advantage.


Senior 1st Eight

Major Rennie Trophy

2 lengths


1st           High

2nd          St. Joseph’s College

3rd          Shore

4th          Newington

5th          Grammar

6th          The King’s School

7th          Riverview

8th          Scots

Senior 1st Four

Yaralla Cup


1 length

1st           Shore

2nd          Newington

3rd          St. Joseph’s College

4th          Riverview

5th          The King’s School

6th          High

7th          Scots

8th          Grammar

Senior 2nd Four

1 length

1 ½ lengths

1st           Grammar

2nd          High

3rd          Scots

4th          Shore

5th          Riverview

6th          The King’s School

7th          St. Joseph’s College

8th          Newington

Senior 3rd Four

¾ length


1st           Riverview

2nd          St. Joseph’s

3rd          The King’s School

4th          High

5th          Newington

6th          Shore

7th          Scots

8th          Grammar

Senior 4th Four

1 ¼ lengths


1st           High

2nd          The King’s School

3rd          Riverview

4th          Scots

5th          St. Joseph’s College

6th          Grammar

7th          Newington

8th          Shore

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