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History of AAGPS Head of the River Rowing Regatta

1973 NSW AAGPS Head of the River

Eights double to Joey’s (Phillip Christensen, Sydney Morning Herald, 08 Apr 1973)

St. Joseph’s College made GPS history when they swept to two great victories in the first and second eights in the Head of the River regatta on the Nepean yesterday.

The St. Joseph’s first crew rowed an excellent tactical race to take the Major Rennie trophy from Grammar and the defenders, The King’s, by a quarter-length and quarter-length in 8m 9.3s.

It was the first time since the inception of the second eights event six years ago that a school has taken the double. St. Joseph’s were favourites for the premier race due to their excellent performances in lead-up regattas, and the executed their stroking in perfect accord with plans mapped for them by coaches Doug Bowden and Brother James.

They took to the water with alternative tactics of attempting to lead all the way or, if challenged early, to drop behind a canvas from the leading crew.


Senior 1st Eight

Major Rennie Trophy


¼ length

¼ length

1st           St. Joseph’s College – Bow: M. Johnston, 2: G. Hilliard, 3: B. Hannaford, 4: M. Clough, 5: F. Carbone, 6: W. Rankin, 7: J. Lorincz, Str: S. McCutcheon, Cox: A. Kiely

2nd          Grammar

3rd          The King’s School

4th          Riverview

5th          Newington

6th          Shore

7th          High

8th          Scots

Senior 2nd Eight


¾ length


1st           St. Joseph’s College – Bow: M. Levy, 2: T. Quigley, 3: P. O’Connell, 4: D. Doyle, 5: M. Gallaher, 6: K. Woods, 7: M. Halter, Str: R. Wisemantel, Cox: A. Sarks

2nd          Shore

3rd          Riverview

4th          Scots

5th          The King’s School

6th          High

7th          Grammar

8th          Newington

Senior 1st Four

Yaralla Cup


3 lengths

5 lengths

1st           The King’s School – Bow: R. Baker, 2: Abram, 3: I. Paver, Str: R. Martin, Cox: S. Donnelly

2nd          Shore

3rd          Grammar

4th          Riverview

5th          Scots

6th          St. Joseph’s

7th          Newington

8th          High

Senior 2nd Four


½ length

1 length

1st           The King’s School – Bow: R. Mitchell, 2: D. Scott, 3: P. Hughes, Str: P. Symons, Cox: A. Maddrell

2nd          Shore

3rd          St. Joseph’s

4th          High

5th          Grammar

6th          Riverview

7th          Scots

8th          Newington

Senior 3rd Four


2 ½ lengths

5 lengths

1st           The King’s School – Bow: K. Musgrove, 2: M. McAlister, 3: K. Rikard-Bell, Str: R. Gault, Cox: A. Denison

2nd          St. Joseph’s

3rd          Newington

4th          Riverview

5th          Grammar

6th          Scots

7th          High

8th          Shore

Senior 4th Four


1 ¼ lengths


1st           Riverview – Bow: C. Roarty, 2: M. Chapman, 3: J. Magee, Str: A. Curtin, Cox: P. Sullican

2nd          The King’s School

3rd          St. Joseph’s College

4th          Shore

5th          Newington

6th          Scots

7th          Grammar

8th          High 

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