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1932 Rowing Victoria State Championships

This year it was the turn of Preston Ladies to win their first Championship in the Women's Fours. 

This was also the first year of the Women's Junior Four Championship raced over a quarter of a mile and also the Men's Lightweight Eight Championship raced over 1 1/2 miles.


Champion Men's Scull

(2 1/2 miles)

Time: 15:08.4
Margins: 200 yards

1st C F W Peppler, Yarra Yarra

Other competing crews:

G Anderson, Albert Park

L Crothers, Mildura

R Jelbart, Melbourne University

E F Johnson, Mercantile

The 2 1/2 miles Championship Sculls was held on Saturday, 20th February, 1932, five scullers contesting the title. C. F. W. Peppler (Yarra Yarra) won with the greatest of ease by 200 yards. 

Champion Men's Pair

(1 mile)

Time: 7:30.0
Margins: 1 length, 1 1/4 lengths

1st Albert Park – Bow: K V Rathauskey, Str: A W McLeish, Cox: B Williams

2nd Footscray City

3rd Ballarat City

4th Wendouree

5th Essendon

6th Ballarat

7th South Melbourne

8th Hawthorn

9th Yarra Yarra

The Pair-oared Championship was rowed at Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, on Saturday, 14th May, 1932. Nine crews competed, and Albert Park won a well-contested race by a length from Footscray City, Ballarat City a length and a quarter away third. Albert Park are congratulated on their second successive victory in the Championship Pairs.

Champion Men's Four

(2 1/2 miles)

Time: 15:33.0
Margins: 1 1/2 lengths, 4 lengths

1st Richmond – Bow: V Callaghan, 2: M Edmunds, 3: B Thompson, Str: J Barton, Cox: A Harvey

2nd Albert Park

3rd Banks

4th Footscray City

5th Hawthorn

6th Mercantile - Bow: G R B Patterson, 2: A Finlay, 3: Fred Shore, 4: J Bailey, Cox: J Cowling, Cch: James M Macfarlane

7th Melbourne University

Seven crews competed for the Four-oared Championship, rowed on Saturday, 19th December, 1931, over a course of 2 1/2 miles, starting at the 2 mile 50 chain mark, and finishing at the 10 chain mark. Richmond won by one and a half lengths from Albert Park, with Banks four lengths away third. Richmond are congratulated on their victory.

Champion Men's Eight

(2 1/2 miles)

Time: 16:10.0
Margins: 2 lengths, 1/2 length 

1st Albert Park – Bow: A R Duncan, 2: M J Grenfell, 3: E W Cooke, 4: R White, 5: K Rathauskey, 6: G Plant, 7: C E Aslop, Str: A W McLeish, Cox: C Orme, Coach: H E Duncan

2nd Hawthorn

3rd Richmond

4th Mercantile - Bow: A P Miller, 2: R S Bolton, 3: T Fogarty, 4: A Gibbs, 5: Jack South, 6: Doug C Brooke, 7: Fred Shore, Str: J Bailey, Cox: M Green, Cch: James M Macfarlane

The Champion Eights were held on Saturday, 20th February, 1932, over a course of 2 1/2 miles, starting at the 2 mile 50 chain mark, and finishing at the 10 chain mark. Four crews entered. Albert Park won by two lengths from Hawthorn, Richmond half a length away third, and Mercantile.

Champion Men's 2,000 Metre Scull

(2,000 metres)

Time: 7:28.0
Margins: Canvas

1st George Anderson, Albert Park

2nd H E Ricketts, Yarra Yarra

3rd W C Davis, Richmond

4th R S Bolton, Mercantile

The distance of the One Mile Sculling Championship was this season changed to 2,000 metres, to accord with the distance of the Olympic sculling race. The race was held on Saturday, 19th December and resulted in a victory by a canvas by G. Anderson, H. E. Ricketts second. 

Champion Men's Lightweight Eight

(1 1/2 miles)

Time: 9:48.0
Margins: 2 lengths, 2 feet

1st Richmond – Bow: R Dunn, 2: J Hanger, 3: K Reed, 4: J Baird, 5: A Welch, 6: W Maher, 7: M Brady, Str: A Pitt, Cox: D Calnin, Coach: James Barton

2nd Wendouree

3rd Banks

4th Footscray City

5th Mercantile - Bow: W Stevenson, 2: Keith Bilney, 3: Norman C Cairns, 4: H P Hamilton, 5: R Church, 6: J Blight, 7: R Ryall, Str: S C Macrae, Str: Cox: C Stirling, Cch: A P Miller

6th Albert Park

7th Preston

8th Essendon

9th Yarra Yarra

For the first time an Open Lightweight Eights race was rowed over a course of 1 1/2 miles, from the 1 mile 50 chain mark to the 10 chain mark, on Saturday, 16th April, 1932. The race was open to all oarsmen ten stone or under, irrespective of status, and did not count points towards the premiership. A splendid entry of nine crews was received, the race being won by Richmond by two lengths from Wendouree, with Banks two feet away third. Richmond are congratulated on their victory in the first Open Lightweight Eights race.

Champion Men's Junior Eight 

(2 miles)

Time: 11:37.0

1st Mercantile – Bow: G H Smith, 2: F W Payne, 3: A V Card, 4: W Bayly, 5: S McKay, 6: J Clemens, 7: T Fogarty, Str: P Radich, Cox: J Cowling, Coach: G Smith

2nd Hawthorn

3rd Essendon

4th Melbourne University

5th Melbourne

6th Banks

7th Shepparton

8th Richmond

9th Albert Park

Disqualified – Footscray City

An excellent entry of ten crews was received for the fourth annual junior Eight-oared Championship, rowed over a course of two miles from the 2 mile 10 chain mark to the 10 chain mark. The start was a magnificent sight, the ten crews breaking the line together. The use of amplifiers materially helped the starter in his difficult start. The Footscray City crew was first past the post, but was disqualified by the Umpire for leaving its course and impeding the other crews. 

Mercantile Champion Junior Eight

Champion Women's Four

(Distance - Half mile)

Time: 3:16.5
Margin: One canvas

1st Preston Ladies - Bow: V Radcliffe, 2: Stella Peters, 3: Edna Twite, Str: Doreen Kamphfhenkel, Cox: Sylvia Pridham

2nd Albert Park Ladies - Bow: E Patterson, 2: I de Zoete, 3: F Thomas, Str: M deZoete, Cox: D Hassell

3rd Warrnambool - Bow: G Edwards, 2: A Marr, 3: L Cornes, Str: M Tray, Cox: A Rayner

The Championship was conducted on 13th February 1932 on Albert Park Lake at the VLRA regatta. At the quarter mile all crews were level. Preston then gained a slight advantage which it then increased to win by a canvas.

Champion Women's Junior Four

(Distance - Quarter mile)

Time: No time taken
Margin: Two feet

1st Essendon Ladies - Bow: M Smith, 2: A Matthews, 3: M Giles, Str: G Spiller, Cox: W Cahir

2nd Preston Ladies - Bow: L MacIntosh, 2: N James, 3: M Thomas, Str: D Langley, Cox: V Allander

3rd Albert Park Ladies - Bow: D Oldfield, 2: M Curran, 3: K Jensen, Str: G Knott, Cox: D Hassell

The Championship was conducted on 13th February 1932 on Albert Park Lake at the VLRA regatta.


Victorian Rowing Association, Reports 1903 - 1944.

Mercantile Rowing Club Annual Report

The Age, Monday 15th February 1932 page 5. Sourced from http://nla,

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