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History of AAGPS Head of the River Rowing Regatta

1930 NSW AAGPS Head of the River

Great controversy surrounded this race. High dead heated with Shore in the heat, the first time this had occurred. There was nearly a dead heat in the other heat with the judges just able to separate St Josephs and Newington with St Josephs getting through.

High triumphed in the final in very rough conditions. In a sensational decision, both High and Grammar were disqualified. However some months later, the AAGPS declared the event a no race and the title lapsed for the year. However as High was the current winners from 1929, the Major Rennie trophy remained in their possession. The justification for the decision remains obscure. 

However there were comments that crews were spending too much time on rowing and insufficient time on studies. The headmasters were not pleased.


Organising Committee and Officials

Organising Committee: AAGPS


Head of the River

Time: 10 mins 20 secs 
Margin: 0.5 length

Declared a no race well after the regatta. However the race results were:
1st Sydney High School - Bow: J Mewton, 2: H Clay, 3: A Brown, 4: J Boughton, 5: T Pauling, 6: D Ferguson, 7: L Brennan, Str: J Budge, Cox: V Dearman, Cch: George Hancock
2nd St Josephs College 
3rd Sydney Church of England Grammar School
4th Newington College

Known heats results:
E1: Equal 1st: SHS and SCEGS
E2: 1st SJC, 2nd NC, 3rd SIC


Sydney High School VIII

First Four

Time: 7 Mins 27.5 secs 

1st St Josephs College
2nd Scot's College
3rd Sydney High School - Bow: G MacDougal, 2: B Kreuiter, 3: M MacDougal, Str: J Hanney, Cox: F Henderson
4th The King's School

E1: 1st Scots College, 2nd Sydney High School, 3rd St Ignatius College

Sydney High School First Four

Second Four 

Time: 7 mins 36.5 secs 

1st St Joseph's College
2nd Sydney High School - Bow: V Barnes, 2: H Willis, 3: R Spinks, Str: G Hancock, Cox: A O'Connor
3rd St Ignatius College
4th Scot's College

1st St Josephs College, 2nd Sydney High School, 3rd St Ignatius College

Sydney High School Second Four

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