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History of AAGPS Head of the River Rowing Regatta

1973 NSW AAGPS Head of the River

Eights double to Joey’s (Phillip Christensen, Sydney Morning Herald, 08 Apr 1973)

St. Joseph’s College made GPS history when they swept to two great victories in the first and second eights in the Head of the River regatta on the Nepean yesterday.

The St. Joseph’s first crew rowed an excellent tactical race to take the Major Rennie trophy from Grammar and the defenders, The King’s, by a quarter-length and quarter-length in 8m 9.3s.

It was the first time since the inception of the second eights event six years ago that a school has taken the double. St. Joseph’s were favourites for the premier race due to their excellent performances in lead-up regattas, and the executed their stroking in perfect accord with plans mapped for them by coaches Doug Bowden and Brother James.

They took to the water with alternative tactics of attempting to lead all the way or, if challenged early, to drop behind a canvas from the leading crew.


Senior 1st Eight

Major Rennie Trophy


¼ length

¼ length

1st St. Joseph’s College – Bow: M. Johnston, 2: G. Hilliard, 3: B. Hannaford, 4: M. Clough, 5: F. Carbone, 6: W. Rankin, 7: J. Lorincz, Str: S. McCutcheon, Cox: A. Kiely

2nd Grammar

3rd The King’s School

4th Riverview

5th Newington

6th Shore

7th High

8th Scots

Senior 2nd Eight


¾ length


1st St. Joseph’s College – Bow: M. Levy, 2: T. Quigley, 3: P. O’Connell, 4: D. Doyle, 5: M. Gallaher, 6: K. Woods, 7: M. Halter, Str: R. Wisemantel, Cox: A. Sarks

2nd Shore

3rd Riverview

4th Scots

5th The King’s School

6th High

7th Grammar

8th Newington

Senior 1st Four

Yaralla Cup


3 lengths

5 lengths

1st The King’s School – Bow: R. Baker, 2: Abram, 3: I. Paver, Str: R. Martin, Cox: S. Donnelly

2nd Shore

3rd Grammar

4th Riverview

5th Scots

6th St. Joseph’s

7th Newington

8th High

Senior 2nd Four


½ length

1 length

1st The King’s School – Bow: R. Mitchell, 2: D. Scott, 3: P. Hughes, Str: P. Symons, Cox: A. Maddrell

2nd Shore

3rd St. Joseph’s

4th High

5th Grammar

6th Riverview

7th Scots

8th Newington

Senior 3rd Four


2 ½ lengths

5 lengths

1st The King’s School – Bow: K. Musgrove, 2: M. McAlister, 3: K. Rikard-Bell, Str: R. Gault, Cox: A. Denison

2nd St. Joseph’s

3rd Newington

4th Riverview

5th Grammar

6th Scots

7th High

8th Shore

Senior 4th Four


1 ¼ lengths


1st Riverview – Bow: Chris Roarty, 2: Mitchell Chapman, 3: Jeremy Magee, Str: Anthony Curtin, Cox: Peter Sullivan

2nd The King’s School

3rd St. Joseph’s College

4th Shore

5th Newington

6th Scots

7th Grammar

8th High 

Riverview Fourth Crew
In this photo, showing Anthony Curtin in the two seat and Mitchell Chapman as stroke

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