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History of AAGPS Head of the River Rowing Regatta

1966 NSW AAGPS Head of the River

3ft win to Newington (Rod Humphries, Sydney Morning Herald, 17 Apr 1966)

The powerful Newington College eight, with history on its side, yesterday won a thrilling Head of the River.

Newington, the unbeaten G.P.S. crew this season, held off a strong late challenge from last year’s winner, Scots, to win by only a yard. Grammar and Shore, together all the way over the 1 ½ mile course, dead-heated for third, half a length behind Scots.

History certainly repeated itself in more ways than one when Newington crossed the finishing line yesterday. Scots has won the Head of the River only three times, and each year afterwards Newington got up to win.

It is coincidental, or history repeating itself again, that the boat which won yesterday was named after the coach of Newington’s last winning crew, Mr Tom Chessell. Though history was on Newington’s side yesterday, it still took a strong, well-conditioned ad well-disciplined eight to “pip” Scots in a gruelling race.

Th win for the conventional-style Newington crew halted the two-year success of crews rowing with the revolutionary European style. The victory by the favourite could also mean a reorganization of thinking on the part of schools which have been so quick to switch to the revolutionary style.


Senior 1st Eight

Major Rennie Trophy



½ length

Dead heat

1st Newington – Bow: J. Cooper, 2: D. Gay, 3: P. Purcell, 4: K. Postlethwaite, 5: W. Bradley, 6: K. Mackney, 7: G. Hartmax, Str: J. May, Cox: K. Amos

2nd Scots College

3rd Shore

3rd Grammar

Senior 1st Four

Yaralla Cup


4 lengths

1 length

1st St. Joseph’s College – Bow: R. Munro, 2: S. Perkowicz, 3: R. Beaton, Str: J. Nicoll, Cox: J. Stanton

2nd The King’s School

3rd Riverview

Senior 2nd Four


3 lengths

¾ length

1st The King’s School – Bow: D. Glasson, 2: A. Reynolds, 3: P. Basche, Str: D. Simmonds, Cox: J. Fielder

2nd Riverview

3rd St. Joseph’s College

Senior 3rd Four


1 length

1 length

1st           Newington – Bow: R. Burrell, 2: M. Chapman, 3: S. Tremaln, Str: L. Cornell, Cox: P. Stenner

2nd          High

3rd          Riverview

Senior 4th Four


1 length


1st           Grammar – Bow: E. Gardner, 2: M. Champion, 3: D. Stewart, Str: J. Turner, Cox: G. Downes

2nd          Riverview

3rd          High

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