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History of 1919 Peace Regatta

1964 Interstate Championships

Men's: 21 Mar 1964, Nepean River NSW
Women's: 28 Mar 1964, Parramatta River NSW

Photos 1964 Interstate Championships Photo Gallery

1964 programme

1964 Programme Cover for the Men's Interstate Championships

The Men's Interstate Championships also acted as a selection event for the 1964 Olympic Games.

Organising Committee & Officials

Organising Committee: Sir Harold Alderson, John Rook, Ossie N Rosevear, Bill Purcell, Keith Cummins, Alan Shedden, Laurie Stepto, Kevyn P Webb, Bruce Neale, Maurie (Mo) Reddan

Starter: Ossie N Rosevear

Umpires: Eric C Holford, Neil McCallum, Vic Mossong

Judges: C William (Bill) Winkworth & Warwick Mahoney

Timekeepers: Malcolm (Mac) Ruffells, George Wallis & Noel Parsons

Ross (Chang) Selman & Warwick Mahoney

76th Men's Interstate Eight-Oared Championship–The King's Cup

Time: 6:08.0
Margins: 3/4 & 5 lengths

1st VIC - Bow: Brian J Vear, 2: David H Boykett, 3: Robert P Lachal, 4: David B Ramage, 5: Paul M Guest, 6: Graeme A McCall, 7: Martin G Tomanovits, Str Terry R Davies, Cox: Kevin J Wickham, Cch: Alan N Jacobsen, Emerg: Charles J Lehman, Mgr: Jack G Parr, Selectors: Dr Lloyd S Williams, Ron J March & coach
2nd NSW - Bow: Bruce Dickson, 2: Rodney Northam, 3: Alf Duval, 4: Peter Dickson, 5: John Campbell, 6: John Hudson, 7: Graeme Allan, Str: Gary Herford, Cox: Lionel Robberds, Emergs: James Goulding & Steve Streber, Cch: Phillip A Cayzer
3rd WA - Bow: Milton A Francis, 2: Frank J Lowrey, 3; Walter J Triplett, 4: Peter R Benson, 5: Chris L Fisher, 6: Jonathon A Wickham, 7: Ross Moffat, Str: John G Rosser, Cox: Terrence Scook, Emerg: Chris G E Henn, Cch: Ken D Grant
4th QLD - Bow: Anthony Elliott, 2: Peter Walsh, 3: C Bartlett, 4: Phillip Clutterbuck, 5: D Williams, 6: George Petlin, 7: Alexander Evans, Str: A McCann, Cox: Alan Bromiley, Emerg: Stuart Bale & A MacLeod, Cch: Norman W Hirst
SA - Bow: M Merckenschlager, 2: D L Vincent, 3: R A McLeod, 4: P S M Mitchell, 5: David B Bishop, 6: R S G Cornelius, 7: R J Russell, Str: I W Russell, Cox: Vaughan Bollen, Emerg: H L Winter, Cch: Bryan S Draper
TAS - Bow: J Taylor, 2: Ken Burgess, 3: K Gunn, 4: Reg Free, 5: R Hall, 6: Peter Burgess, 7: Ian Dickenson, Str: Ian Edwards, Cox: David Rattray, Emergs: Cliff Alcock & Harry Hale, Cch: J A R Verney

The eights were again raced with heats, repechage and final. QLD defeated TAS in heat one. NSW defeated WA in heat two. VIC defeated SA in heat three. WA won the repechage. Victoria led all the way to take out this championship with NSW 3/4 length behind.

Men's Interstate Sculling Championship–The President's Cup

Time: 7.45.5
Margins: 2 1/2 & 6 lengths

1st VIC - Peter F Edwards
2nd TAS - J Moore
3rd NSW - Robert Shirlaw
4th QLD - Bob Bray
5th WA - David K Walker
6th SA - B W Reschke

The sculling race was a first & final. Peter Edwards took out the Sculling Championship comfortably 2 1/2 lengths ahead of Moore from Tasmania. Moore had defeated Squires, the reigning Interstate Champion, at the Tasmanian State Championships. There was good racing amongst the scullers in the first 1000m but Edwards moved away from the field in the second half of the race.

Men's Interstate Lightweight Four Championship–The Penrith Cup

Time: 7.13.4
Margins 3 feet and 3/4 length

1st VIC - Bow: Peter McC Doyle, 2: George Xouris, 3: Jeff Wylie, Str: David Palfreyman, Cox: Chris Fordyce, Cchs: William Wallace & Norman Cairnes, Emerg: Rodney J Smith, Selectors: Robert H George, E M Wilson & coach William L Wallace.
2nd NSW - Bow: Peter Gwalter, 2: Bruce Holden, 3: Steve Roll, Str: Alan Symons, Cox: Larry Parker, Emerg: Graham Angus, Cch: Norm Grounds
3rd WA - Bow: M Alex Banovich, 2: Harry T Robinson, 3: Alan J Giorgi, Str: Barry J Boyd, Cox: Allan R Robins, Emerg: David J Nowland, Cch: Ken H Butt
4th QLD - Bow: J Ganter, 2: W Jones, 3: I Jenkins, Str: M du Kamp, Cox: M Burke, Cch: I Cameron, Emerg: J Davidson
5th TAS - Bow: Colin G Jones, 2: D C Blowfield, 3: A C Gibson, Str: R A Richardson, Cox: David Dart, Cch: A Richardson
6th SA - Bow: N E Tonkin, 2: Paris J Osbourne, 3: David Hislop, Str: L R Cox, Cox: E W Vincent, Emerg: Robert F Ingham, Cch: A R McLean

The lightweight four championship was also a first and final and provided typical tough racing with the winning margin 3 feet and the third placed WA crew only 3/4 length further behind. The stroke of the Victorian crew was David Palfreyman had successfully made the transition from cox to rower.

The authenticity of the following story is unknown as is the identity of the oarsman involved but it makes good reading and is sourced to Harry Robinson via David Cannon:

At the weigh-in, a Tasmanian oarsmen stepped onto the scales with his track suit on, and was over the limit. He then took his track top off, stepped on - still over weight. Off came the track suit bottom - still overweight. Of came the singlet - still overweight. Off came the shorts - still overweight. Off came the jocks, now nude - still overweight but the scales are teetering. He then took out his false teeth, and stepped onto the scales. The scales wavered, but he had made it!

Women's Interstate Four-Oared Championship–The ULVA Trophy

Distance: 1000m
Time: 4.08.0
Margin: Easily

1st NSW - Bow: Wendy Spurling, 2: Margaret Agnew, 3: Connie Rietsma, Str: Helen Evans, Cox: Alf McLaren, Cch: Mervyn Perry
2nd QLD - Bow: E Denning, 2: Barbara Bensen, 3: C Marendy, Str: M O'Brien,
3rd VIC - Bow: Valmai Bertrand, 2: Gloria Prentice, 3: Rhonda Burton, Str: Alison Thorne, Cox: John Arifovic, Cch: Roy Scutcheon

The Fours Championship was the tenth straight win to NSW. The margin was significant between first and second and 2 1/2 lengths between second and third.

Women's Interstate Sculling Championship–The Nell Slatter Trophy

Distance 1000m
Time: 4.52
Margin: Easily & 2 1/2 lengths

1st NSW 1 - Helen Evans
2nd NSW 2 - Evonne Keane
3rd NSW 3 - T Travanner

Helen Evans not only stroked the winning four but also took out the sculling championship with only NSW scullers represented.


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  • Author's records

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