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History of AAGPS Head of the River Rowing Regatta

1920 NSW AAGPS Head of the River

The Kings School, one of the oldest Great Public Schools, entered the event for the first time with immediate success. However the Head of the River was full of incidents.

Scots', Shore and Grammar had become entangled with a quarter of a mile to go. One report states that the Grammar cox steered into Shore who in turn hit Scots'. St Josephs has a slight lead at this stage. The umpire, the esteemed W J Middleton, stopped the race and ordered a rerow on the next Monday. His actions became the subject of great argument as the race was almost over.

The rerow was a great race. Riverview led early, but by Mortlake all crews were together. This continued until almost the finish line. Kings went onto win by a quarter of a length from Grammar, with Shore half a length further back with the finla three crews all within a canvas.


Organising Committee and Officials

Organising Committee: AAGPS

Umpire: W J Middleton


Head of the River

Time: Not known
Margins: 1/4 length & 1/2 length

1st The Kings School - Bow: G V Stevens, 2: H L Ryrie, 3: E M Moore, 4: F O Thomas, 5: F G Cameron, 6: F A Goldsby, 7: A V Erby, Str: F O Martin, Cox: S J Nolan, Cch: T E D Marks
2nd Sydney Grammar School - Str: F H Ludowici
3rd Sydney Church of England Grammar School
4th St Josephs College
5th St Ignatius College
6th Scots' College


First Four

Time: Not known

1st St Ignatius College - Bow: S Best, 2: B Kelly, 3: D Strelitz, Str: W B Williamson, Cox: H Duff, cch: Rev H MacArdle


Second Four

Time: Not known

Results not known


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