1925-26 Rowing Victoria State Championships
The men's events were again dominated by the country clubs and in particular, Wendouree. The women's event was again won by Bendigo for the third successive time so making it clean sweep for country clubs.
Index to Results:
Champion Men's Scull
(2 1/2 miles)
1st Arthur Cambridge, Sandhurst
2nd H May, Hawthorn
3rd T Keogh, Banks - did not finish
The Sculling Championship was held on Saturday, 20th February, 1926, over a 2 1/2 mile course upstream from the 42-chain mark to the 3 mile 2 chain mark. Three scullers entered but only two finished on an exceedingly hot day, over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The race resulted in an easy win for the Sandhurst representative, A. Cambridge, the time being 18 minutes 30 seconds. Mr. Cambridge is congratulated in securing his second Championship victory.
Champion Men's Pair
1st Wendouree – Bow: Ray W B Todd, 11st., Str: John R Jopling, 12st. 1lb., Cox: J Creelman
5th Ballarat City
The Pair-oared Championship was rowed on Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, on Saturday, 5th June, 1926. Seven crews competed; last season’s winners were not among the entrants. The race was won by the Wendouree crew, who put up the remarkable performance of winning the event for the fourth time. The winners are heartily congratulated on their record-breaking performance.
Champion Men's Four
(2 1/2 miles)
Margins: 1/2 length and 4 lengths
1st Melbourne – Bow: Theo S C Flint, 2: E J Farrell, 3: F C Borrman, Str: H A Schlichting, Cox: B Coombes, Coach: Mr Harry E Butler
2nd Wendouree - Bow: W Ray B Todd, 2: A Hall, 3: Stan McGorm, Str: John R Jopling, Cox: T Hewitt
3rd Albert Park - Bow: L C Brittingham, 2: E W Cook, 3: H Whitlock, Str: Walter N Ricketts, Cox: M Tregear
4th Banks - Bow: H S Rusden, 2: W T Owen, 3: G W Ward, Str: W D Thompson, Cox: A Bailey
5th Essendon - Bow: T L Mannix, 2: G T Weatheritt, 3: G J Adam, Str: W R Fraser, Cox: W O Dron
6th University - Bow: H A Phillips, 2: H L Yuncken, 3: O A Uncken, Str: R H Keon-Chen, Cox: W Thornton
The Four-oared Championship was rowed over a 2 1/2 mile course from 2 chain below the 2 1/2 mile mark in Coode Canal to the 2 chain mark at Queen’s Bridge on Saturday, 12th December, 1925, when the Melbourne Club secured its second successive victory in this event. The race was rowed with a slight tail wind.
Champion Men's Eight
Margins: 2 1/2 lengths, 1 1/2 lengths and 2 lengths
1st Wendouree – Bow: R G Merriman, 2: C G Hutchins, 3: R H Pierce, 4: A Hall, 5: Stanley B McGorm, 6: F N Yates, 7: W Ray B Todd, Str: John R Jopling, Cox: A King, Coach: Mr J B Suffren
2nd Essendon - Bow: R A Jones, 2: C J Richards, 3: H E Ricketts, 4: A E Ruff, 5: T L Mannix, 6: G Weatheritt, 7: D Johnson, Str: W R Fraser, Cox: B Coombes, Cch: W Clift
3rd Nagambie - Bow: M Sinnott, 2: A Catlin, 3: F Furlong, 4: S Gigger, 5: R Duggan, 6: A Worland, 7: V Sullivan, Str: R Worland, Cox: D Toohey,, Cch: E Horsborough
4th Albert Park - Bow: D W Black, 2: A H Barrenger, 3: Harry R Duncan, 4: A H Allsop, 5: F H Shore, 6: W Steinle, 7: H Whitlock, Str: H Easton, Cox: M Tregear, Cch: E W Tulloch
5th University - Bow: B T Keon-Cohen, 2: E R Turnbridge, 3: R R Webb, 4: D T Oxer, 5: H D M L Murray, 6: H L Yuncken, 7: O A Yuncken, Str: R H Keon-Cohen, cox: G H lane, Cch: Harry Ross Soden
This event was rowed over a three-mile course from the 3 mile 2 chain mark to the 2 chain mark at Queen’s Bridge on Saturday, 20th February, 1926, being won by the Wendouree crew for the third time in succession. They are congratulated on their meritorious performance of winning for the third time in succession the Eight-oared Championship of Victoria.
Champion Women's Four
(Distance - Not recorded)
Time: No time taken
Margin: 2 lengths
1st St Paul's Ladies – Bow: Ada Green, 2: Edna Goddard, 3: Nell Dodd, Str: Violet Clifton
2nd Preston - Bow: M Simmonds, 2: N Freeman, 3: D Cummings, Str: M Cain
Again there does not appear to have been an official Championship for the women this year and so the senior fours at the Henley on Maribyrnong held on 6th February 1926 appears to have been the defining event. The Age reported the results as follows:
Ladies' Senior Fours - Final: Bendigo (Misses A Green, E Goddard, N Dodd and N Clifton stroke) - 1: Preston (Misses M Simmonds, N Freeman, D Cummings and M Cain, stroke) - 2. Won by two lengths.
The winning crew was in fact the St Pauls Ladies Rowing Club from Bendigo pictured below. As they had won the Boland Fitzgerald trophy three years in succession, they became the permanent holders of this trophy.
Back row: Edna Goddard (2), Davis Wilson (coach), Nell Dodd (3)
Front row: Violet Clifton (stroke), Bill Parkinson (cox), Ada Green (bow)
Victorian Rowing Association, Reports 1903 - 1944.
Cambridge photo from the Andrew Guerin, originally from the Cambridge family
Programs from Rowing Victoria records
St Pauls Ladies photo from Bendigo Rowing Club
The Age Monday 8th February 1926, page 7. Sourced from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article155787569