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History of AAGPS Head of the River Rowing Regatta

1969 NSW AAGPS Head of the River

King’s Wins Third in a Row. (Phil Wilkins, Sydney Morning Herald, 14 Apr 1969)

The King’s School won the Head of the River for the third successive year in a stirring finish from Newington on the Nepean yesterday.

The margin was only a quarter of a length but The King’s completed the exhausting 1 ½ miles a picture of efficiency and assurance, its stamina and rhythm quits unimpaired. Coach Bon Buntine must be losing his touch. Only the day before he had claimed his crew was not entitled to regatta favouritism.

But if he or any other rowing man preferred another crew to shoulder the psychological burden, then The King’s crew was not the least concerned by the responsibility. The King’s was the biggest boat on the river this year, averaging just under 13 stone a man. It knew it was a good crew and had the confidence to go with the job.


Senior 1st Eight

Major Rennie Trophy


¼ length

2 lengths

1st           The King’s School – Bow: R.L. Roland-Smith, 2: R.G. Butler, 3: C.L. Cotman, 4: P.J. Skerrett, 5: R.D. Paver, 6: M.H. Lampe, 7: J.S.R. Flelder, Str: W.J. Lloyd-Green, Cox: S.R. Roberts, Cch: R.W. Buntine

2nd          Newington

3rd          Grammar

4th          Scots College

5th          Riverview

6th          High

7th          St. Joseph’s College

8th          Shore

Senior 2nd Eight



¾ length

1st           Grammar – Bow: C.W. Dalyell, 2: J.E. Ballye, 3: M.D. Wythes, 4: W.M. Moyes, 5: M.F. Jakeman, 6: I.G. Plater, 7: J.A. Levingston, Str: G.F. Betar, Cox: A.G. Burnet, Cch: J.W. Monks

2nd          The King’s School

3rd          Newington

4th          Shore

5th          St. Joseph’s College

6th          Riverview

7th          Scots College

8th          Sydney High

Senior 1st Four

Yaralla Cup


1 length

Dead heat

1st           The King’s School – Bow: M.C. Bowman, 2: R.D. Fulton-Kennedy, 3: W.E. White, Str: H.R. Robiliard, Cox: P.E. Bassinggwaighte, Cch: P.E. Spencer

2nd          Shore

2nd          Grammar

4th          Newington

5th          Riverview

6th          Scots

7th          St. Joseph’s College

8th          High

Senior 2nd Four


4 lengths

½ length

1st           Shore – Bow: R.V. Dulhunty, 2: W.A. Mackay, 3: R.W. Holt, Str: F. Spooner, Cox: T.M. Carment, Cch: R. Sinclair

2nd           The King’s School

3rd          Grammar

4th          Newington

5th          Scots College

6th          St. Joseph’s College

7th          Sydney High

Senior 3rd Four


½ length

¼ length

1st           Shore – Bow: P.B. Hipsley, 2: J.M. Greenwood, 3: P.C. Barrett, Str: S.R. Williams, Cox: D.A. Patrick, Cch: J.De.Vhill

2nd          Newington

3rd          The King’s School

4th          St. Joseph’s

5th          Riverview

6th          Scots College

7th          Grammar

Senior 4th Four


1 ½ lengths

3 lengths

1st           St. Joseph’s College – Bow: A.J. Ferraris, 2: P.J. Welch, 3: R.J. Burns, Str: D.V. Poole, Cox: T.E. O’Hanlon, Cch: Rev. Bro Barry

2nd          Shore

3rd          Scots College

4th          Grammar

5th          Newington

6th          Riverview

7th          High

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