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History of AAGPS Head of the River Rowing Regatta

1968 NSW AAGPS Head of the River

King’s Again at Regatta (Sydney Morning Herald, 07 Apr 1968)

King’s put in a strong finish to win the G.P.S. rowing classic by 2 ½ lengths. Riverview was second, with St. Joseph’s a canvas away third. The title favourites, Newington finish a disappointing fifth.

It was balmy boating and barbecue weather for the 70th Head of the River. More than 35,000 people packed the banks of the Nepean River at Penrith. The crowds began arriving soon after breakfast and some came prepared to stay long into the night.

But few were aware that overnight attempts had been made to sabotage the race. Police were told that a group of students had planned to raid the boatsheds of the eights and remove equipment from some of the racing shells.

Throughout the night several carloads of youths roamed the Penrith area. But they fled when police arrived on the scene. A worried G.P.S. official, however, then arranged for armed security men to patrol the boatshed from midnight to dawn. 

Long lines of cars and buses, bedecked with ribbons and bunting of the various G.P.S. school colurs jammed the highway to Penrith from early morning. Special trains, packed with thousands of more young supporters, rolled out of Sydney on the hour.

 

Senior 1st Eight

Major Rennie Trophy

7:53.80

2 ½ lengths

Canvas

1st           The King’s School – Bow: C.P.B. Colless, 2: J.K. Harrington, 3: C.M. Fullerton, 4: A.D.O. Jackson, 5: M.H. Sempe, 6: M.J. Slackcent, 7: J.F. Wilson, Str: R.M. Vincent, Cox: H.S. Bligh, Cch: R.W. Buntine

2nd          Riverview

3rd          St. Joseph’s

4th          Grammar

5th          Newington

6th          Shore

7th          Scots

8th          High


Senior 2nd Eight

9:15.40

½ length

1 ¼ lengths

1st           Newington – Bow: P.D. Richards, 2: R.W. Miles, 3: R.J. Bell, 4: J.A. Snelgrove, 5: B.S. Polins, 6: W.A. Dovers, 7: R.J. Webster, Str: G.S. Wellis, Cox: P.W. Pteiner, Cch: D.N. Burrell, K.W. Amos

2nd          The King’s School

3rd          Riverview

4th          St. Joseph’s

5th          Grammar

6th          Shore

7th          Scots

8th          High


Senior 1st Four

Yaralla Cup

5:50.50

¾ length

½ length

1st           The King’s School – Bow: I.S. Napier, 2: G.K.A. Paver, 3: R.G. Carter, Str: P.D. Finlay, Cox: G.R. Symes, Cch: P.E. Spencer

2nd          Shore

3rd          Newington

4th          St. Joseph’s

5th          High

6th          Riverview

7th          Grammar

8th          Scots


Senior 2nd Four

5:59.00

1 ¼ lengths

¾ length

1st           Shore – Bow: J.A. Trebeck, 2: J.N.V. Barling, 3: S.A.L. Wallace, Str: G.A. Hawkins, Cox: J.G. Gordon, Cch: R. Wilkinson

2nd          Grammar

3rd          Newington

4th          St. Joseph’s

5th          The King’s School

6th          High

7th          Riverview

8th          Scots


Senior 3rd Four

6:08.10

2ft

2ft

1st           Newington – Bow: A.R. Farrar, 2: J.T. Seeto, 3: A. Postlethwaite, Str: G.B. Walker, Cox: J Leeming, Cch: E.W. Chapman

2nd          The King’s School

3rd          Shore

4th          Scots

5th          Grammar

6th          St. Joseph’s

7th          High

8th          Riverview


Senior 4th Four

6:03.40

2 lengths

2 lengths

1st           Grammar – Bow: J.D. Champion, 2: J.A. Livingston, 3: D.M. Townsend, Str: N. Simpson, Cox: C.E. Wilkinson, Cch: P.K. Rudder

2nd          The King’s School

3rd          Scots

4th          Riverview

5th          Newington

6th          Shore

7th          High

8th           St. Joseph’s

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