1930 Rowing Victoria State Championships
This season saw Mercantile take the honours in their Jubilee year. They not only won both the senior and junior premierships, but also the senior and junior eight Championships.
The win by Ron Jelbart in the single scull was good given that Melbourne University was still largely an undergraduate club with an inter-varsity and inter-collegiate focus.
Index to Results:
Champion Men's Scull
(2 1/2 miles)
Margins: 4 lengths
1st Ron Jelbart, University
2nd C F W Peppler, Yarra Yarra
3rd S B McGorm, Ballarat
4th A Cambridge, Bendigo
5th E F Johnson, Mercantile
The race was held prior to the Championship Eights on Saturday, 15th March, 1930, over a course of 2 1/2 miles, commencing at the 3 mile 2 chain mark, Coode Canal, and finishing at the 42-chain mark, Lower Yarra. A very interesting race, in which the winner, R. Jelbart, came from a long way back to win comfortably by four lengths.
Champion Men's Pair
Margins: 3 feet, 2 feet
1st South Melbourne – Bow: H C McEwan, Str: J B Roberts, Cox: D Clarke
Other competing crews:
Mercantile - Bow: W Haworthy, Str: H Robert Rush, Cox: W Fyfe
South Melbourne Rowing Club scored their initial success in the Pair-oared Championship, rowed at Ballarat on Saturday, 18th January. Nine crews entered, but Shepparton did not start. Won by three feet; Ballarat, second, two feet head of Wendouree. South Melbourne are heartily congratulated on their win.
Note that the crew second from the far end has not bothered to await the starters instructions
Champion Men's Four
(About 1 1/4 miles)
Time: None taken
Margin: 3/4 length
1st Mercantile – Bow: G R B Patterson, 2: Doug C Brooke, 3: Fred H Shore, Str: Cecil McKay, Cox: R Cliffe, Coach: James M Macfarlane
2nd Rutherglen Lake
Other competing crews:
The Committee decided that the Four-oared Championship would be rowed on Lake Colac, on Saturday, 14th December, 1930. This action was taken as an experiment in an endeavor to discover a more satisfactory course than the Lower Yarra for future championship and King’s Cup races.
The Colac Regatta Committee spared no efforts to make the fixture a success, but, unfortunately, the weather on the day of the race was the worst possible from a rowing point of view. Although the crews waited during the afternoon in the hope of conditions improving, it was necessary to postpone the event, and it was decided to row the race on the following day on the Lower Yarra, Melbourne.
Conditions obtaining on the Lower Yarra on the Sunday were such that it was not possible to row the race on that course. Owing to the fact that the country competitors were anxious to return home at the earliest, the race was rowed in heats on the Upper Yarra over a course of approximately one mile and a quarter.
Results – First Heat: Melbourne defeated Ballarat; Second Heat: Mercantile defeated Hawthorn; Third Heat: Rutherglen Lake defeated South Melbourne and Essendon. Final won by Mercantile; second, Rutherglen Lake; third, Melbourne. No time was taken for the races.
Champion Men's Eight
Margins: 2 lengths
1st Mercantile – Bow: G R B Patterson, 2: Walter N Ricketts, 3: Henry Guinn, 4: A W Finlay: 5: Jack South, 6: Doug C Brooke, 7: Fred H Shore, Str: Cecil N Mckay, Cox: M Green, Cches: Alex B Sloan and James M Macfarlane
Mercantile won the Eight-oared Championship by two lengths from Richmond. The race was rowed on Saturday, 15th March, 1930, over the 3-mile course, starting at the 3 mile 2 chain mark, Coode Canal, and finishing at the 2 chain mark, Queen’s Bridge.
Champion Men's One Mile Scull
1st Stan B McGorm, Ballarat
2nd Ron Jelbart, University
3rd E F Johnson, Mercantile
4th J C Hardy, Footscray
5th P McGrath, Wendouree
Mr. S. B. McGorm won the One Mile Sculling Championship for the second year in succession.
Champion Men's Junior Eight
Margins: 1 1/2 lengths
1st Mercantile – Bow: F H Batten, 2: H Raven, 3: S Timewell, 4: R Scott, 5: T Fogarty, 6: J E Campbell, 7: S S McKay, Str: J H Bailey, Cox: M Green, Coach: Edward Kenny
2nd Albert Park
4th Ballarat City
Mercantile won the Champion Junior Eights for the second year in succession. The race was rowed over a two-mile course on Saturday, 29th March, 1930. Mercantile won by 1 1/2 lengths from Albert Park.
Champion Women's Four
(Distance - Not recorded)
Margin: 2 feet
1st Albert Park Ladies -– Bow: K Sampson, 2: J DeZolte, 3: L Ludlow, Str: E Murphy, Cox: D Hassell
The Championship was conducted on 15th February 1930 on Albert Park Lake at the VLRA regatta.
There was a senior pairs event at the VLRA regatta but the newspaper report does not call it a Championship. Accordingly no Championship Pairs are recorded for this year.
Victorian Rowing Association, Reports 1903 - 1944.
Mercantile Rowing Club Annual Report
Ron Jelbart photo from Photo from Well Rowed University, MUBC, the first 150 years
The Australasian, Saturday 8th February 1939 page 28, sourced from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article141426587
Photo of the Champion Fours start comes from Albert Park South Melbourne Rowing Club