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History of AAGPS Head of the River Rowing Regatta

1997 NSW AAGPS Head of the River

Sculling skills put to the test – and schools go to water. (Paul Sheehan, Sydney Morning Herald, 22 Mar 1997)

The 100th Head of the River, a rowing race that goes back 105 years, will begin today at 1.15pm when the eight heavyweight crews of the GPS row for glory.

“I think it’s become the best schoolboy race in the world, and I’ve coached winning crews in the United States and Europe” said the regatta’s convener, Greg Moore.

“I supposed we’d better say one of the best in the world, just to be balanced.”

Last year’s winner, Shore, beat the Olympic qualifying time for heavyweight eights. “I think winner will beat the [Olympic qualifying] time again this year,” Mr Moore said.

Spectators will get a taste of the 2000 Games with the regatta taking place on the new official Olympics course on Penrith Lakes.

“We had 20,000 people last year, and I think we’ll get more this year because the Olympic facilities are outstanding,” said Mr. Moore.

Today is not expected to be business as usual. For 11 of the past 12 years, business as usual has been Shore versus Newington, Garry Uebergang versus Michael Morgan, dynasty versus dynasty.


Senior 1st Eight

Major Rennie Trophy




1st Newington

2nd The King’s School

3rd St. Joseph’s College

Senior 2nd Eight


1st Shore

2nd The King’s School

3rd St. Joseph’s College

Senior 1st Four

Yaralla Cup


1st St. Joseph’s College

2nd Shore

3rd St. Ignatius’ College

Senior 2nd Four


1st Shore

2nd St. Joseph’s College

3rd Newington

Senior 3rd Four


1st           St. Joseph’s College

2nd          The King’s School

3rd          St. Ignatius’ College

Senior 4th Four


1st           Shore

2nd          Newington

3rd          St. Joseph’s College

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