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Summary of the Girls Head of the River

The first girl to row within the APS was a lone sculler from Geelong Grammar School in 1972.

By 1975 there were 32 girls rowing and talk of girls competing at the Senior Regatta which, in fact, happened in 1981 when Geelong Grammar and Geelong College competed with MCEGGS, Morongo and Lauriston in 1st and 2nd Fours over 800m on the Friday.

MLC and Carey joined the racing in 1982, with Carey boating a First Four in 1983. In 1984 there were seven girls' crews rowing in each of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Four events but in the next year the regatta reverted to an all APS affair with only GGS and GC boating a First Four. In 1986 Carey reappeared in the First Fours and Wesley joined, so finally, with Caulfield joining in 1987, all five co-educational schools were boating a first four over 1500m.

Many of those who have competed have gone on to National and International success. In 1995 fourth and fifth girls' crews were introduced, racing over 1000m in regulation fours and in 1999 Year 10 Fours competed. Girls first eights (1998), second eights (1999) and third eights (2002) have replaced the open fours in the last few years. The Girls third eights reverted back to Open Fours in 2006.

The schools take part in a number of RV Regattas, including those at Ballarat, Geelong, Footscray, Nagambie, Carrum and Melbourne while the Junior Crews compete in RV and APS School Regattas. The Girls regularly compete at the Head of Schoolgirls whilst many crews compete, when practical, for both State and National titles.

Sumner Cup

The Sumner Cup

 

Summary of Winning First Crews

The results from 1981 to date have been largely drawn from the work of Robert Wakefield and his contribution is gratefully acknowledged.

Year Course First Second Third Fourth Fifth Sixth Seventh Time Margin
1981 Barwon GC GGS MGGS Lauriston       3:14.0 1 length
1982 Barwon GC MLC GGS MGGS       3:04.0 3/4 length
1983 Barwon GC GGS Lauriston Morongo       3:03.0 1/2 length
1984 Barwon MLC Morongo GGS Lauriston       3:07.7 3/4 length
1985 Barwon GGS GC           3:19.2 2 1/2 lengths
1986 Barwon GGS WC GC Carey       3:00.8 1/2 length
1987 Barwon WC GGS GC Carey       6:15.0 1 1/2 lengths
1988 Barwon GGS WC Carey GC       6:08.0 1/2 canvas
1989 Barwon GC WC GGS Carey       5:53.8 1 length
1990 Barwon GGS GC WC Carey       5:56.0 canvas
1991 Barwon GGS GC Carey WC       5:26.5 1/2 length
1992 Barwon GC GGS Carey CGS       5:45.3 2 1/2 lengths
1993 Barwon GGS CGS Carey GC       6:00.0 2 1/2 lengths
1994 Barwon GGS GC CGS WC       5:47.3 9.34 secs
1995 Barwon GGS GC Carey WC       5:19.2 2 1/2 lengths
1996 Barwon GGS Carey GC WC       5:20.5 1 length
1997 Barwon GGS Carey WC CGS       5:24.4 1 length
1998 Barwon GGS GC WC Carey       4:52.8 2 1/2 lengths
1999 Barwon GC GGS Firbank Carey       4:51.7 3/4 length
2000 Barwon GGS WC GC Carey       5:25.0 1 1/4 lengths
2001 Nagambie Lakes GGS CGS StCaths GC Carey Firbank WC 7:04.07 11.92 secs
2002 Nagambie Lakes GC GGS Firbank StCaths Carey CGS WC 6:58.95 3.21 secs
2003 Nagambie Lakes GC GGS CGS StCaths Firbank Carey WC 7:01.42 4.49 secs
2004 Nagambie Lakes Carey GC GGS CGS WC     7:08.82 6.62 secs
2005 Nagambie Lakes Carey GGS GC WC CGS Firbank   7:06.95 3.69 secs
2006 Nagambie Lakes GC GGS WC CGS Carey     7:27.09 6.82 secs
2007 Nagambie Lakes GGS WC GC Carey CGS HC   7:07.26 9.47 secs
2008 Nagambie Lakes GGS WC CGS Carey GC HC   7:07.87 18.49 secs
2009 Nagambie Lakes GGS Carey WC HC GC CGS   7:04.21 7.18 secs
Key to Abbreviations
Carey Carey Grammar School
CGS Caulfield Grammar School
Firbank Firbank Girls School
GC Geelong College
GGS Geelong Grammar School
HC Haileybury College
Lauriston Lauriston Girls School
MGGS Melbourne Girls Grammar School
MLC Methodist Ladies College
Morongo Morongo Girls School
StCaths St Catherines Girls School
WC Wesley College

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