1921 Interstate Championships
25 Apr 1921, Tamar River, Launceston TAS
40th Men's Interstate Eight-Oared Championship–The King's Cup
Margin: 3/4 length and 3 lengths
1st WA - Bow: Arthur H Mettam, 2: James (Jim) R Sharples, 3: James G A Gordon, 4: Arthur L R Sadler, 5: William (Bill) A Browne, 6: James (Jim) A Child, 7: Frank D Slee, Str & sole selector: George E Rogers, Cox: William (Bill) C White, Cch: A F Carl During, Emerg: Victor H Human, Manager: S Charles Short
2nd TAS - Bow: C Burcide, 2: J Courtney, 3: P Wicks, 4: William Needham, 5: Allan A Pitt, 6: Cecil McVilly, 7: Arch Robb, Str: C Dean, Cox: Alf Griggs, Cch: J Coogan Snr
3rd VIC - Bow: R M Erck, 2: J C D'Arcy, 3: C J McCarthy, 4: W C Emerson, 5: J A Jonsson, 6; Jud H Harding, 7: R (Bob) V Gregg, Str: A Spowers, Cox: J Wilson, Emerg: E W Burne, Cch: E Horsburgh, Selectors: Jim M MacFarlane, Arch L Dobbie & M G Scott, Mgr: Edward Kenny
4th SA - Bow: F MCummings, 2: William M Sladden, 3: Walter E H Jarvis, 4: Arthur V Scott, 5: E D Thomas, 6: Gilbert Maurice Penny, 7: Harry E Graetz, Str: Walter H Pfeiffer, Cox: Robert A Cummings, Cch: Edward Higgs
5th QLD - Bow: John Copp, 2: H Hunter, 3: B Axelsen, 4: S Barriskell, 5: D McDowell, 6: C McDowell, 7: E Barcham, Str: H N Goodwin, Cox: D Robertson, Cch: E C Anderson, Emerg: K Baird, Manager: G R H Gill
6th NSW - Bow: John (Jack) McQueen, 2: Cyril Callaghan, 3: Thomas McGill, 4: Gordon F Boyce, 5: George E Hancock, 6:George Robert McKay, 7: H C Taylor, Str: John J Lewis, Cox: W T Parker, Cch: Wally J Furlong, Emerg: Jack Cogle
This was the first win for Western Australia in this event. Western Australia and Tasmania took the lead from the start and after a mile, the Tasmanians led the field. The Western Australians rowed their way back into the race and taking the winning post 3/4 length ahead of Tasmania with the Victorians two lengths further back and never in the top of the field.
The South Australians were represented by a Murray Bridge crew who were selected without a test race. The SARA Annual Report noted that the crew made a plucky attempt to secure the big race but bad water considerably interfered with their progress and blade work.
Bow: C Burcide, 2: J Courtney, 3: P Wicks, 4: W Needham, 5: A Pitt, 6: Cecil McVilly, 7: Arch Robb, Str: C Dean, Cox: A Griggs, Cch: J Coogan Snr
Bow: John (Jack) McQueen, 2: Cyril Callaghan, 3: Thomas McGill, 4: Gordon F Boyce, 5: George E Hancock, 6:George Robert McKay, 7: H C Taylor, Str: John J Lewis, Cox: W T Parker, Cch: Wally J Furlong, Emerg: Jack Cogle
Men's Interstate Sculling Championship–The President's Cup
No time taken
Margin: 3 lengths
1st TAS - Gordon A Westbrook
2nd VIC - Jas Barton
NSW - Robert Neilson - disqualified
The sculling race was upset by a collision between Neilson & Barton and the race restarted with Neilson disqualified for fouling Barton. Westbrook was ahead at the time of the collision and proved his position by also winning the re-row by two lengths.
1921 Interstate Sculling Champion
Women's Interstate Four-Oared Championship–The ULVA Trophy
Margin 2 lengths
1st SA - Bow: N Guerin, 2: Olga Graske, 3: Eva Bulling, Str: Roma Legge, Cox: Mr R A Cummings
2nd QLD - Bow: Christine Buzacott, 2: F Foubister, 3: Gertrude Munce, Str: M Petrie, Cox: Mr W Farmer
3rd TAS - Bow: F Young, 2: J Shelton, 3: M Anderson, Str: B Glenn, Cox: Mr E Websdale, Emerg: O Robinson, Cchs: Mr R Dutton
The women's four race was also of interest with Tasmania the early leaders. They were subsequently passed by both South Australia and Queensland to finish last with South Australia taking a two length win.
On the afternoon of Saturday 2 April 1921 the South Australian Ladies' Rowing Association held a test race to decide who should represent the state in the ladies interstate four-oar event to be rowed at Launceston, Tasmania, on 25 April 1921. A crew selected from metropolitan ladies' clubs was challenged by a crew consisting of N. Guerin (bow), Olga Graske (2), Eva Bulling (3), Roma Legg Souvenir of the Australian Eight-Oared Championsh(stroke) and J. Murphy (cox) from the Port Pirie club.
- Souvenir of the Australian Eight-oared Championship Race issued by the Western Australian Rowing Association 1921
- Author's own records