The race was moved to May from the traditional October date. This was a swap with athletics who now moved to the October date.
The Upper Yarra course was again used with the tree crew final now established.
The race was won well by Wesley from Geelong Grammar and Melbourne Grammar. This was a complete turn around from the results of the previous year. Geelong Grammar accounted for Xavier in the heat.
Head of the River
Margin: 1 length
1st Wesley College - Bow: H S Dickenson, 2: N Surgeon, 3: H A Fleming, 4: W L Armstrong, 5: L A Pattinson, 6: H L Rintel, 7: J L Doubleday, Str: J A Prout, Cox: S M Lewis, Cch: Charles Donald
2nd Geelong Grammar - Bow: F Austin, 2: F H Lascelles, 3: P W Dobson, 4: J Simson, 5: B W Briggs, 6: C N Armytage, 7: E L Smith, Str: G A Ritchie, Cox: R Chomley, Cch: A F Garrard
3rd Melbourne Grammar - Bow: H V Adams, 2: C G Moule, 3: H Gellion, 4: H F Maudsley, 5: E S Anderson, 6: L R Marks, 7: Harry Latham Baillieu, Str: C M Williams, Cox: I C Watt, Cch: W E P Austin
Xavier College - Bow: B Sheppard, 2: J Hopkins, 3: Edgar Burne, 4: T O'Brien, 5: E Ryan, 6: P Morrissey, 7: R MacGillicuddy, Str: Gordon Kirby, Cox: A Cusson, Cch: Jack Fogarty
Geelong College - Bow: W B Pearce, 2: W A S Dunlop, 3: G C D Reid, 4: J C Kininmonth, 5: P G Pullar, 6: J D Blair, 7: J D Hearne, Str: J B Gibson, Cox: J M Broughton, Cch: William H Pincott
Scotch College - Bow: Frank W Fay, 2: Clyde A C Thompson, 3: Clive S Steele, 4: Graeme Stobie, 5: Albert E V Hartkopf, 6: Olaf F de Lacy, 7: Ashley R Grist, Str: Athol H J Harding, Cox: Leonard T Mullett, Cch: Alexander B Sloan