1923-24 Rowing Victoria State Championships
The Wendouree Rowing Club dominated the men's events taking out the pair, four and eight championships. This was a far cry from the situation twenty years earlier when the club could boast only two minor junior race wins in a year.
One of the most notable events for Victorian rowing was the formation of the Victorian Ladies Rowing Association in May 1924. The founding
clubs were Albert Park,
Index to Results:
Champion Men's Scull
(2 1/2 miles)
Time - Not recorded
Margins: 2 lengths
1st James Barton, Richmond
2nd E H Pettifer, Melbourne
Withdrew Stanley McGorm, Wendouree
Disqualified Arthur H Cambridge, Sandhurst
The sculling championship was held on the same day as the Eight-oared Championship, Saturday, 15th March, 1924. The race was over the 2 1/2 mile course from the swing bridge at Footscray to the Short Road ferry. Unfortunately, the contest was marred by bad steering, and, after two starts, the umpire reluctantly had to disqualify the Sandhurst representative, Mr. A H. Cambridge. Mr. J. Barton, of Richmond, won by two lengths from Mr. E. H. Pettifer, of Melbourne. The holder of the title, Mr. S. McGorm (Wendouree) withdrew from the race after covering half the distance. Mr. Barton is congratulated on securing his fourth victory. The time for the race was not taken.
Champion Men's Pair
1st Wendouree – Bow: Ray W B Todd, 11st 1lb., Str: John R Jopling, 12st., Cox: J Gercovich, Coach: Mr A Hall
4th Ballarat City
This event was rowed on Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, on Saturday 19th January, 1924. The entry of four crew was the smallest for 19 years. The holders of the championship put up their third successive win, and are heartily congratulated on their fine performance.
Champion Men's Four
(2 1/2 miles)
Margins: 2 lengths
1st Wendouree – Bow: F Walshe, 10st. 6lb., 2: G Hutchins, 11st. 1lb., 3: R W B Todd, 11st. 1lb., Str: J R Jopling, 12st. 5lb., Cox: J Gercovich, Coach: Mr A Hall
4th Mercantile - Bow: M C Bonniwell, 2: J Harding, 3: H R Rush, Str: J L Mounsey
5th Albert Park
The Four-oared Championship was rowed over the 2 1/2 mile course from Short Road ferry to the swing bridge at Footscray on Saturday, 8th December, 1923. Wendouree secured their second successive win in this event, defeating Melbourne by two lengths. Wendouree are congratulated on their further success.
Champion Men's Eight
(2 1/2 miles)
Margins: 2 1/2 lengths
1st Wendouree – Bow: F Walshe, 10st. 7lb., 2: R Merriman, 10st. 8lb., 3: R Pierce, 11st. 3lb., 4: A Hall, 11st. 7lb., 5: F Yates, 11st. 3lb., 6: G Hutchins, 11st. 1lb., 7: R W B Todd, 11st. 1lb., Str: J R Jopling, 12st., Cox: D O’Keane, Coach: Mr A Hall
3rd Mercantile - Bow: J Greenshields, 2: W G Pitt, 3: H C Maling, 4: R D Emms, 5: W J Pannell, 6: H R Rush, 7: R V Gregg, Str: J L Mounsey, Cox: E Counihan, Cch: Arch L Dobbie
4th Albert Park
This event was rowed over the 2 1/2 mile course from the Short Road ferry to the swing bridge at Footscray on Saturday, 15th March, 1924. Five crews entered. Wendouree, who won by 2 1/2 lengths, are congratulated on their second victory in this classic event.
Cox: Dan O’Keane, Str: John R Jopling, 7: Ray W B Todd, 6: J G ‘Clarrie’ Hutchins, 5: Fred Yates, 4: O Alex Hall, 3: R Pearce, 2: R Merriman, Bow: Fred Walshe, Cch: Alex Hall
Champion Women's Four
(Distance - Not recorded)
Time: No time taken
Margin: One length
1st Bendigo – Bow: J. Weibgon, 2: J. Walker, 3: N. Oldfield, Str: J. Hesse
2nd Albert Park Ladies - Bow: R. O'Sullivan, 2: G. Nagel, 3: E. Connor, Str: M. Pitman
Other crews competing were:
Albert Park It is not known whether the Women's Four Oared Championship continued at the Henley on Maribyrnong Regatta on 2nd February 1924 but the entry indicates that this was so. The race was referred to just as the Ladies' Race. However the winning crew was selected to represent Victoria at the Interstate Championships which adds weight to this event holding Championship status.
The Age recorded the racing as follows:
Ladies' Race. — First heat: Bendigo (Misses J. Weibgon (bow), J. Walker, N. Oldfield and J. Hesse (stroke), 1; Preston, 2. Preston crabbed half-way over the course. Second Heat: Albert Park No. 1 crew (Misses R. O'Sullivan (bow), G. Nagel, E. Connor and M. Pitman (stroke), 1; Essendon, 2. Won by a length. Final: Bendigo, 1 Albert Park, 2. Won by a length.
Victorian Rowing Association, Reports 1903 - 1944.
Mercantile Rowing Club Annual Report
Wendouree photo from Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club
Women's results from The Age Monday 4th February 1924, page 13, sourced from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article204075953