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History of the Queensland GPS Head of the River rowing regatta

1968 QLD GPS Head of the River

The 1968 GPS Head of the River was conducted on Saturday April 6th 1968 on the Milton Reach of the Brisbane River. 

Below is an excerpt from the Sunday Mail written in celebration of the 1968 Head of the River Champions: Brisbane Boys' College and their coach, David Magoffin.

“B.B.C. won its seventh Head of the River rowing classic in 13 years on the Milton Reach yesterday by half a length from the favourites Brisbane Grammar, with State High one and a quarter lengths away third. It was probably the most controlled win in the history of the Head of the River, and the man at the controls of B.B.C.’s win was 63-year-old Dave Magoffin. He sat placidly on the river bank throughout the 2000- Metre race, without apparent contact with his crew; but later they gave full credit to Magoffin for the win."

 

Organising Committee 

Great Public Schools Association 



All Schools' Championship First Eight

The O'Connor Cup

Distance: 2000 Metres 

Winning Time: 5:43.00

Margins:

0.5 Lengths  (1-2)

1.25 Lengths (2-3)

1st Brisbane Boys’ College - Bow: J. C. Brown, 2: J. R. Woodward, 3: D. W. Jamieson, 4: J. G. Svendsen, 5: A. M. Hart, 6: C. J. Morley, 7: R. J. Nixon, Str: D. K. Moore, Cox: S. J. Odgers, Coach: D. Magoffin 

2nd Brisbane Grammar School - R. Leitner, B. Crunkhorn, R. Kemp, R. Achilles, P. Logan, N. Sandford, P. Barrett, P. Enright, N. Sandford, D. Brown, Coach: B. Montague

3rd Brisbane State High School  

4th The Southport School

5th Gregory Terrace - Bow: A. Ferris, 2: B. McGarry, 3: S. Canniffe, 4: G. Gordon, 5: B. Nitkiewicz, 6: P. Carroll, 7: L. Bertini, Str: G. Johnston, Cox: D. McEnerney

6th Church of England Grammar School - Bow: I. C. Theordoridis, 2: W. T. Sheehan, 3: D. C. Wynter, 4: D. J. Murray, 5: W. T. South, 6: S. J. Johnson, 7: G. A. Corones, Str: R. L. Winks, Cox: D. H. Hart, Coach: E. Fry

1968 GPS Head of the River Finish

1968 Brisbane Grammar First VIII

1968 Gregory Terrace First VIII

1968 Church of England Grammar School First VIII

In 1976, Church of England Grammar School honoured Earl Fry by naming a foar-oared racing boat in his honour. Earl Fry’s son, Peter, rowed in the seven seat in the School’s first Head of the River VIII victory in 1963. Earl had come to coaching as an enthusiastic parent and upon the death of Jock Thodey at Christmas 1963 he took over coaching the 1st VIII. Early took the eight from 1964 to 1968 and coached fours during the period 1962 to 1968 as well. Although he was unsuccessful with the eight, he coached the 1963 3rd IV and 1968 IV to victory.


The Race Described

“Mr. Magoffin set us a winning plan and we stuck to it by the letter, the winning stroke, David Moore, said. “We just rowed to his plans as we have done many times in training and we didn’t worry about the opposition.” Magoffin laid his plan months ago and the crew followed without hesitation. Magoffin set a two stage race plan   - he asked his crew to produce two “efforts.” One at the 500 metre mark and the second at the 1500 mark.

No Machine

They did this without question and so B.B.C. won the race I almost robot fashion. Were they complete machines in the hands of a master tactician? According to Magoffin, No. “These boys have learned to think or themselves,” Magoffin said after the win. “I just gave them a plan.”

The Magoffin plan also included what he called “a new stride” in the final 300 metres of the course. This called for  the crew to give a supreme effort over the last 300 metres. Stroke Moore said later he did not have t call out for the new stride. “This crew has been doing this course so often under Magoffin’s instructions that we do everything automatically,” he said. “But in the “new-stride” finishing burst B.B.C. murdered  the opposition and finished the race with plenty in reserve. Opposition crews almost fell apart when B.B.C. hit the “new stride” in the closing stages.

B.B.C. hit the front in the race after 500 metres. They settled down narrowly in front of the field with great opposition from Grammar until the last 500 metres when the Magoffin plan called for the big effort. The second effort took B.B.C. to a half-length lead and they had tons in reserve. 

It was all over when the B.B.C. crew swung into the “new stride” in the last few hundred metres. I sat with the “old fox,” Dave Magoffin during this race and I have never seen a more confident commander controlling a race. When Magoffin saw his crew with its nose in front 500 metres from home he set up a chant, “We’ve got it, We’ve got it, We’ve got it.”

Page 36, The Sunday Mail, Sunday April 7th 1968 Edition 


All Schools' First Four

Distance: 1500 Metres

Winning Time: 5:20.00

Margins:

Dead Heat for First

5 Lengths (1-3)

1st Brisbane Boys’ College & Church of England Grammar School

C.E.G.S. - Bow: D. H. Tait, 2: G. B. Boyd, 3: P. R. Maddern, Str: D. Kleimeyer, Cox: F. Way, Coach: E. Fry 

3rd Brisbane Grammar School 

Other Competing Crews:

Gregory Terrace - Bow: B. Bowden, 2: J. Drapes, 3: V. McCluskey, Str: W. Henderson, Cox: G. Galt

1968 Gregory Terrace First IV


All Schools' Second Four

Distance: 1500 Metres

Winning Time: 5:21.00

Margins:

0.5 Lengths (1-2)

1.25 Lengths (2-3)

1st Brisbane Boys' College

2nd Church of England Grammar School - Bow: R. C. Younger, 2: I. L. Marjason, 3: G. F. Cameron, Str: A. K. Cutts, Cox: R. Crighton, Coach: B. Whelan

3rd Brisbane State High School 

Other Competing Crews:

Gregory Terrace - Bow: V. McCluskey, 2: P. Allen, 3: D. Courtney, Str: P. Bourke, Cox: D. Splatt 

1968 Gregory Terrace Second IV


All Schools' Third Four

Distance: 1000 Metres

Winning Time: 3:23.00

Margins:

1.25 Lengths 

1 Canvas 

1st The Southport School

2nd Brisbane Grammar School 

3rd Church of England Grammar School - Bow: B. G. Butler, 2: R. W. Lowe, 3: J. S. Brand, Str: E. J. Woolley, Cox: I. G. Nye

Other Competing Crews

Gregory Terrace - Bow: R. Tunney, 2: N. Massey, 3: J. Meaney, Str: I. Watt, Cox: T. Flanagan

All Schools' Fourth Four

Distance: 1000 Metres

Winning Time: 3:18.00

Margins:

0.5 Lengths (1-2)

1.25 Lengths (2-3)

1st Brisbane Grammar School

2nd Brisbane Boys' College

3rd Church of England Grammar School & The Southport School 

C.E.G.S. - Bow: R. P. Thompson, 2: J. G. Budd, 3: J. G. Scott, Str: G. J. Storie, Cox: R. N. Cavanagh

Other Competing Crews:

Gregory Terrace - Bow: R. Mulligan, 2: P. Lovelock, 3: D. Kopelke, Str: Boston, Cox: P. Murphy

All Schools' Fifth Four

Distance: 750 Metres

Winning Time: 2:23.00

Margins:

1 Length (1-2)

0.5 Length (2-3)

1st The Southport School

2nd Brisbane State High School

3rd Church of England Grammar School - Bow: I. D. Blake, 2: R. King-Scott, 3: P. J. Miller, Str: P. J. Thompson, Cox: W. H. Gleeson

Other Competing Crews:

Gregory Terrace - Bow: M. McCann, 2: N. Hoare, 3: C. White, Str: M. Witty, Cox: L. Watt

All Schools' Sixth Four

Distance: 750 Metres

Winning Time: 5:44.00

Margins:

2 Feet (1-2)

0.5 Length (2-3)

1st Brisbane Grammar School

2nd The Southport School

3rd Brisbane Boys’ College 

Other Competing Crews:

Church of England Grammar School - Bow: R. N. Lovf, 2: C. R. Buck, 3: P. R. Langton, Str: G. E. Buchanan, Cox: R. N. Cranston

Gregory Terrace - Bow: M. Farnworth, 2: B. Ansaldo, 3: P. Anderson, Str: A. Splatt, Cox: L. Watt

All Schools' Seventh Four

Distance: 750 Metres

Winning Time: n/a

Margins: 

0.5 Length (1-2)

1 Length (2-3)

1st Church of England Grammar School - Bow: C. R. Rich, 2: P. A. Dance, 3: R. J. McIntyre, Str: D. C. Harrold, Cox: R. N. Guyder 

2nd Brisbane State High School 

3rd Brisbane Boys’ College 

Other Competing Crews:

Gregory Terrace - Bow: C. Hodges, 2: B. Gregg, 3: D. Volter, Str: R. Kloza, Cox: S. Thompson 

All Schools' Eighth Four

Distance: 750 Metres

Winning Time: 2:30.00

Margins:

Dead Heat for First

0.5 Length (1-3)

1st Brisbane State High School & Brisbane Boys’ College 

3rd Gregory Terrace - Bow: S. Thomsen, 2: G. Benjamen, 3: T. Beer, Str: S. Oakes, Cox: D. Splatt

Other Competing Crews:

Church of England Grammar School - Bow: B. W. Neilson, 2: G. C. Lovell, 3: B. J. McKelvey, Str: G. H. Muller, Cox: J. A. Webb


All Schools' Ninth Four

Distance: 750 Metres

Winning Time: 2:20.00

Margins:

1.25 Lengths (1-2)

1 Canvas (2-3)

1st Brisbane Boys’ College 

2nd Brisbane State High School 

3rd Gregory Terrace - Bow: J. Duffney, 2: R. Hood, 3: D. Hickey, Str: K. Stirling, Cox: P. Anderson 

Other Competing Crews:

Church of England Grammar School - Bow: F. Giltrow, 2: W. Zahnleiter, 3: M. Kelley, Str: C. C. Cox

All Schools' Tenth Four

Distance: 750 Metres

Winning Time: 2:48.00

Margins:

0.5 Length (1-2)

0.5 Length (2-3) 

1st Gregory Terrace - Bow: S. Oakes, 2: P. Thornber, 3: M. Doyle, Str: J. Curr, Cox: P. Carew

2nd Brisbane Grammar School 

3rd Church of England Grammar School - Bow: H. C. Carter, 2: G. S. Wharton, 3: D. N. James, Str: S. A. Ford, Cox: J. Featherstonehaugh


All Schools' Eleventh Four

Distance: 750 Metres

Winning Time: 2:35.00

Margins:

2 Lengths (1-2)

0.5 Lengths (2-3)

1st Brisbane Grammar School

2nd Brisbane State High School

3rd Church of England Grammar School - Bow: C. R. Rich, 2: J. G. Budd, 3: J. G. Scott, Str: G. J. Storie, Cox: P. J. Burrows 

Other Competing Crews

Gregory Terrace - Bow: D. Dunn, 2: A. Stenson, 3: L. Gooch, Str: N. Holt

Sources

Page 24, The Courier-Mail, Saturday April 6th 1968 Edition https://archive.org/details/page-24-the-courier-mail-saturday-april-6th-1968-edition

Page 32, The Sunday Mail, Sunday April 7th 1968 Edition https://archive.org/details/page-32-the-sunday-mail-sunday-april-7th-1968-edition-2

Page 36, The Sunday Mail, Sunday April 7th 1968 Edition https://archive.org/details/page-36-the-sunday-mail-sunday-april-7th-1968-edition

Page 71-73, St. Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace Newsletter, 1968 Edition https://media.digistormhosting.com.au/sjgt-au-qld-91-oldboys/documents/1968-St-Joseph-College-Terrace.pdf?mtime=20180403144508

Churchie Rowing by Peter Jell, Published by Anglican Church Grammar School 

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