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1933 Rowing Victoria State Championships

The highlights of the Championships this year were the spread of Championship wins across the clubs including the Champion eights win by Hawthorn, the strength of Preston Ladies in the pair and four Championships and the disappointment of Stan McGorm in the Champion Sculls who capsized well into his race when he had a commanding lead. However Stan McGorm had the good fortune to pick up two other Championship wins this year.


Champion Men's Scull

(2 1/2 miles)

Time: 22:22.0
Margins: 1 1/2 lengths

1st C F W Peppler, Yarra Yarra

2nd James Barton, Richmond

3rd Ron Jelbart, University

Other competing crews

A R Duncan, Albert Park

B G T Kelly, Melbourne

Stan B McGorm, Ballarat - did not finish

Six scullers competed in the 2 1/2 mile Sculling Championship on Saturday, 18th March, 1933. An exciting race was won by C. W. F. Peppler, with J. Barton, one and a half lengths away, second. S. B. McGorm had a three lengths lead at 1 1/2 miles, when his “gate” opened and he capsized.

Champion Men's Pair

(1 mile)

Time: 6:29.0
Margins: 1 1/4 lengths

1st Ballarat – Bow: Ron Jelbart, Str: Stan B McGorm, Cox: G R King

2nd Footscray City

3rd Albert Park

4th Wendouree

5th Ballarat City

6th Bendigo

7th Hawthorn

Champion Pairs, Saturday, 21st January, 1933. Course, Lake Wendouree, Ballarat. Won by Ballarat Rowing Club. Won by a length and a quarter.

Champion Men's Four

(2 1/2 miles)

Time: 14:50.0
Margins: 5 lengths

1st Richmond – Bow: M Edmunds, 2: L J Thompson, 3: B S Thompson, Str: M Gardner, Cox: J Baird, Coach: G Hutton

2nd Footscray City

3rd Albert Park

4th Hawthorn

5th Mercantile - Bow: J E Guest, 2: J Clemens, 3: Fred Shore, Str: A Gibbs, Cox: J Cowling, Cch: R A Cooper

Champion Fours, Saturday, 17th December, 1932. Course 2 1/2 miles. Won by Richmond Rowing Club. Footscray City were five lengths away second. Richmond are congratulated on their second win in the Champion Fours.

Richmond's Champion Four

Champion Men's Eight

(2 1/2 miles)

Time: 13:16.0
Margins: 2 lengths

1st Hawthorn – Bow: C Bain, 2: J Connelly, 3: R Fraser, 4: G Brooke, 5: D K Wilson, 6: F Ruglin, 7: S V Elder, Str: V Barker-Hays, Cox: C Brennan, Coach: G Anderson

2nd Richmond

3rd Footscreay City

4th Essendon

5th Albert Park

6th Mercantile - Bow: A P Miller, 2: J E Campbell, 3: S S McKay, 4: R S Bolton, 5: T Fogarty, 6: Doug C Brooke, 7: Jack South, Str: J Bailey, Cox: J Cowling, Cch: Paul Wade

7th Melbourne

Champion Eights, Saturday, 18th March, 1933. Course 2 1/2 miles. Won by Hawthorn Rowing Club. Richmond two lengths away in second. A strong wind assisted the crews. Hawthorn Rowing Club are complimented on their win.

Champion Men's 2,000 Metre Scull

(2,000 metres)

Time - Not recorded

1st Stan B McGorm, Ballarat

2nd B G T Kelly, Melbourne

3rd George Anderson, Albert Park

4th W C Davis, Richmond

5th R S Bolton, Mercantile

6th E MacDougall, Hawthorn

2,000 Metres Championship, Saturday, 17th December, 1932. Won by S. B. McGorm (Ballarat Rowing Club). Mr. McGorm is congratulated on his victory.

Champion Men's Lightweight Eight

(1 1/2 miles)

Time: 8:49.6
Margins: 1 1/2 lengths, 1 length, 3/4 length

1st Banks – Bow: C Hayton, 2: R A Pearce, 3: J Cass, 4: K Crossley, 5: N F Wilkinson, 6: T Stephens, 7: C C Corney, Str: R C Hillard, Cox: J Connell, Coach: C J McCarthy

2nd Richmond

3rd Yarra Yarra

4th Hawthorn

5th Essendon

6th Mercantile - Bow: David Stirling, 2: B Barnard, 3: K C Kerr, 4: A Randell, 5: J Blight, 6: F Macrae, 7: A Rigg, Str: Norman W Cairnes, Cox: J Cowling, Cch: A P Miller

7th University - did not finish

Open Lightweight Eights (non-classifying), Saturday, 13th May, 1933. Course 1 1/2 miles. Won by Banks Rowing Club. The race was not without controversy with the University crabbing shortly after the start and appealed unsuccessfully to the umpire to restart the race. This was rejected by the umpire. Banks used their favoured lane to their advantage 

Champion Men's Junior Eight

(2 miles)

Time: 11:39.0
Margins: 1/2 length, 4 lengths, 1 length

1st Richmond – Bow: K H Millar, 2: M S Franzi, 3: W H Shepherd, 4: Jas. Martin, 5: W Donegan, 6: A Kelly, 7: J Sanson, Str: J Farr, Cox: T Croft, Coach: J R Sharples

2nd Essendon

3rd Hawthorn

4th Mercantile - Bow: A Sloss, 2: S C Macrae, 3: B King, 4: E F Johnson, 5: C F Raven, 6: G Stooke, 7: J E Guest, Str: P Radlich, Cox: C Lock, Cch: Fred Shore

Junior Eight-oared Championship, Saturday, 13th May, 1933. Course - Lower Yarra over two miles. Won by Richmond Rowing Club. The Australasian of 20th May 1933 reported: "Richmond gained a slight lead on the advantage of its position in the early part of the race, and though Essendon was rowing better at the finish, Richmond's gameness pulled it through to win a hard fought race by half a length, Hawthorn third four lengths away, with Mercantile another length behind. The time, 11.39, for the two miles was good, especially as the race was rowed on slack water."

Champion Women's Pair

(Distance - Not recorded)

Time: Not known
Margin: Not known

1st Preston- Bow: Stella Peters, Str: Doreen Kamphfhenkel, Cox: V Allander

2nd Essendon Ladies

The Championship was conducted on Albert Park Lake at the VLRA regatta on 11th February 1933. The result mirrored the fours championship with a win to Preston.

Champion Women's Four

(Distance - Half mile)

Time: Not known
Margin: 1/2 length

1st Preston Ladies - Bow: Edna Twite, 2: Nellie James, 3: Stella Peters, Str: Doreen Kamphfhenkel, Cox: V Allander

2nd Essendon Ladies

The Championship was conducted on Albert Park Lake at the VLRA regatta on 11th February 1933. The Essendon crew came back strongly toward the end of the race but Preston held them off to win by half a length.

Champion Women's Junior Four

(Distance - Quarter mile)

Time: Not known
Margin: Not known

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

2nd Albert Park Ladies

3rd Preston Ladies

The Championship was conducted on Albert Park Lake at the VLRA regatta on 11th February 1933.


Victorian Rowing Association, Reports 1903 - 1944.

Mercantile Rowing Club Annual Reports

Champion Four photograph from Richmond Rowing Club

Australasian, Saturday 18 Feb 1933, page 52 sourced from 

Record (Emerald Hill) Saturday 18 Feb 1033, page 2, sourced from

The Argus, Monday 13th February 1933, page 3 sourced from

The Australasian, May 20 1933 page 48

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