1957 SATIS Head of the River
Saturday, April 13 - Derwent River before a crowd of some 10,000 spectators.
Although the races were rowed under perfect rowing conditions, rain threatened with overcast skies. However just before the first four race, the sun broke through the clouds.
There were 6 entrants in the 1957 race, who raced over 1⅛ miles with Hutchins narrowly taking the honours. They re-gained the Golden Fleece Cup which they last won 20 years earlier (1937).
A smooth Scotch College crew won the Second Four. It was the first win Scotch for several years.
Launceston Church Grammar took out the Third Four in 1957.
St. Virgil's College won the Fourth Four.Fifth Four:
Hutchins School won their first ever Fifth Four race.
1957 was the first time a Sixth Four was raced at the Tasmanian Head of the River. Hutchins School were victors in its inaugural year over St. Virgil's College in second.
Tasmanian Associated Public Schools (Southern Branch)
Starter: Ray Fagg
Umpire: N F Fazackerley
Judges: E S Elrick and D A Large
Clerk of Scales: C Needham
Commentator: R G Blundstone
Golden Fleece Cup
Approximately 1 mile
Time: Not known
Margins: 2 feet, 2 lengths, 2 feet
1st Hutchins School – Bow: P. T. Johnstone, 2: M. W. R. Weaver, 3: M. D. Gibson, Str: E. C. Chen, Cox: E. A. Downie
2nd St. Virgil’s College – Bow: J F Kelly, 2: B J O'Dea, 3: C V Northam, Str: J R Howell, Cox: D P Sulzberger
3rd Launceston Church Grammar – Bow: H R C Edgell, 2: R Rice, 3: R N Starling, Str: D W Cook, Cox: J L Hope
4th The Friends’ School – Bow: D Hallam, 2: R Taylor, 3: A Thodey, Str: R Mason, Cox: R Snow
St. Patrick’s College - Bow: J Joyce, 2: B French, 3: W Targett, Str: I Peacock, Cox: M Tehan
Scotch College - Bow: A L McLean, 2: A M Edison, 3: T L Beaumont, Str: M J B Tandy, Cox: T E Clarke
The newspaper reports of the race indicate that St Virgil's led for most of the race but were pipped on the line by the heavier Hutchins crew. The report was as follow:
First to show out was the highly fancied Grammar crew, first across the line for the last three years. Grammar were closely followed by St Virgil's, who were hitting a high rating even at that stage. St Patrick's were a disappointment right from the gun. They seemed unable to get going and as the race progresses dropped further behind.
After 300 yards, Hutchins had taken the lead but were being challenged by St Virgil's, Scotch and Grammar, who were almost on equal terms. Friends, a much fancied combination, were not working well and could not seem to get enough run on their boat.
At the half way mark, St Virgil's unleashed a terrific burst to draw level with Hutchins and gradually creep away to a half length lead. At this stage, Friends were running third, followed about half a canvas behind by Grammar and Scotch, with St Patrick's dropping further back.
Hutchins came again with a quarter of a mile still to go and settled down to a sterling struggle with St Virgil's. Friends in third place, began to tire about 200 yards from the line and Grannar ran into third place. Scotch could not seem to clap on the pace and remained in fifth position with St Patrick's last.
The struggle between St Virgil's and Hutchins lasted right to the line, with Hutchins gaining the decision by only two feet. Grammar held onto their slight lead to defeat Friends by the same margin for third position. Next came Scotch, with St Patrick's last to the finish.
Winners of the Golden Fleece Cup for First Fours in 1957 - Hutchins School
(Source: Hutchins School Magazine, July 1957)
Distance: ½ mile
Time: Not known
Margins: 0.5 length and 2 lengths
1st Scotch College – Bow: Robin L Gillard, 2: John V Ollard, 3: Keverall A Thompson, Str: Theo D Chilcott, Cox: Ian W Holman
2nd Launceston Grammar - Bow: T A Barrenger, 2: R B Winspear, 3: I H Tanner, Str: B A Scholes, Cox: E H Gee
3rd St Virgil's College - Bow: M H Kelly, 2: D N Poulson, 3: M C De Groot, Str: A P Bravo, Cox: D J Power
4th Not known
5th Hutchins School – Bow: J. G. P. Overell, 2: R. E. Gray, 3: H. J. P. Grownier, Str: G. H. Salmon, Cox: T. A. Francombe
Other competing crews:
St Patrick's College - Bow: R Gogus, 2: G Quinn, 3: F Maloney, Str: F Gibson, Cox: W Henshall
Friends School - Bow: M Moroni, 2: R Jacques, 3: R May, Str: R Hall, Cox: P Murdoch
The Scotch crew were reported to be a smooth combination. This was the only win for Scotch College that day and the first for some years.
Left to right: Str: Theo Chilcott, 3: Keverall Thompson, Cox: Ian Holman, 2: John Ollard, Bow: Robin Gillard
Scotch College second four
Time: Not known
Margins: 0.5 length, a canvas
1st Launceston Church Grammar – Bow: J N Tucker, 2: S A Burbury, 3: D P McGeachie, Str: R W Tilt, Cox: R W Bennett
2nd Hutchins School – Bow: W. R. P. Salisbury, 2: J. T. Johnstone, 3: R. S. Verrell, Str: R. K. Brodribb, Cox: B. J. Calvert
3rd St Virgil's College - G B Hooper, 2: D J Fleming, 3: I F Thompson, Str: A J Mattay, Cox: D K Wilson
Other placings are unknown.
Other competing crews were:
Friends School - Bow: R Tomlin, 2: A Hope, 3: M Chambers, Str: I Thiessen, Cox: D Smith
Scotch College - Bow: J M Salt, 2: L J Williams, 3: B M East, Str: A C Holmes, Cox: F J Holden
St Patrick's College - Bow: C Bogus, 2: L Bourke, 3: J Maloney, Str: P Stolp, Cox: T Carr
The race in the thirds was stopped shortly after the start after the Grammar cox appealed to the umpire for a foul. The race was restarted.
Time: Not known
Margins: 4 lengths and 0.5 length
1st St. Virgil’s College – Bow: P T Hynes, 2: B L Kelly, 3: D R McNeil, Str: M T Reilly, Cox: K R Power
2nd Launceston Grammar - Bow: J J Costello, 2: R J Salmon, 3: T B Ransom, Str: G F C Thomas, Cox: G J Humphreys
3rd St Patrick's College - Bow J Palmer, 2: K Richmond, 3: P Hollingsworth, Str: K Hudson, Cox: K Watkins
4th Hutchins School – Bow: J. L. Jones, 2: D. J. J. Hood, 3: P. H. Jones, Str: J. F. M. Grant, Cox: R. J. Dunsford
Other placings unknown.
Other crews competing were:
Scotch College - Bow: R B Millen, 2: C H Gladman, 3: A J Stevens, Str: K R Cox, Cox: E F Walters
Friends School - Bow: I Cashion, 2: R McGuinness, 3: K Wiggins, Str: C Tapping, Cox: T Willis
Time: Not known
Margins: 1.5 lengths and 4 lengths
1st Hutchins School – Bow: R. E. Drysdale, 2: M. J. Skeels, 3: H. K. Skegg, Str: P. N. Anderson, Cox: I. R. Chesterman
2nd St Virgil's College - Bow: J F Freeman, 2: A L Lange, 3: H T Lynn, Str: P J Cronley, Cox: D S Barr
3rd Friends - Bow: D Armitage, 2: R Brinton, 3: J Vaughan, Str: I Salmon, Cox: A Ibbott
Disqualified - Launceston Grammar - Bow: P Shackel, 2: A R Banks, 3: W Woolcock, Str: R Boag, Cox: R Seymour
This was a controversial race with Launceston Grammar being disqualified for "boring in" at the finish. They finished in first place.
Margins: 1.5 lengths and 2 lengths
1st Hutchins School – Bow: E. S. M. Parker, 2: L. D. Rex, 3: R. H. Lane, Str: J. A. C. Solomon, Cox: B. T. Edwards
2nd St. Virgil’s College – Bow: P R Ryan, 2: P F Morgan, 3: J F Redeker, Str: I W Gray, Cox: J C Pegler
3rd Launceston Grammar - Bow: J Dean, 2: W Woodwrad, 3: R Frith, Str: N R Gatenby, Cox: W Walpole
Hutchins School Magazine, July 1957
1957 regatta program
Launceston Examiner - Monday 15th April 1957
Keverall Thompson from Glen Osmond SA kindly provided copies of the program, newspaper reports and images of his crew.