The fifty-fifth Head of the River returned to the Upper Yarra with a remarkable set of circumstances to unfold.
Scotch and Xavier had a dead heat in their heat before 40,000 spectators. A re-row was called for 5.30pm but it was clear not all the rowers had recovered. Their schools withdrew the crews from the re row.
Following lengthy debates the next day when both crews had recovered, APS Rowing Committee declared that both crews had forfeited their right to race in the final. The race was to be conducted between the other two heat winners only. There was considerable disappointment by all schools.
The heats were conducted on 12th May with the final on 13th May.
Margins: 1/2 length
1st Geelong Grammar - Bow: S L S Jackson, 2: K W Kernot, 3: J J Fagan, 4: E L G Guest, 5: W H S Newman, 6: R L Wilkins, 7: R W M Onslow, Str: G C Northcote, Cox: J H Webb, Cch: L C Robson
2nd Melbourne Grammar - Bow: R R Webb, 2: L C L Murray, 3: J W Rhoden, 4: D C Mackay, 5: D Baillieu, 6: T R Lyle, 7: C E Alsop, Str: L K Corteen, Cox: J N S Harris
Other crews competing:
Scotch College - Bow: Reginald M Marquard, 2: Stanley G Hawthorne, 3: Robert E Chisholm, 4: Victor H Beament, 5: George B McKenzie, 6: Donald C Swanson, 7: Charles T Chapman, Str: Alexander T Park, Cox: William J McGregor, Cch: Alexander B Sloan
Xavier College - Bow: K W Murphy, 2: J R Thomson, 3: W G Brownless, 4: L V Lachal, 5: J F Dynon, 6: C M Quinn, 7: F E Gorman, Str: K E Whitehead, Cox: P T Lynch, Cch: Wilfred "Bill" Cahill
Geelong College - Bow: G F Waugh, 2: A J H Gray, 3: R B Ronaldson, 4: A L Rentoul, 5: R C McKay, 6: C R H Lockwood, 7: A D Sproat, Str: H A Anderson, Cox: I S M Murphy, Cch: H J Young
Wesley College - Bow: J J Richmond, 2: K P Bladen, 3: A H Barrenger, 4: G S Daley, 5: C L Lilburne, 6: A W Finlay, 7: T Standing, Str: N J Abernethy, Cox: F N Lee, Cch: Charles Donald
E1: Dead heat XC & SC - Time: 5:19
E2: 1st MGS, 2nd GC - Time: 5:16.2, Margin: 2/3 length
E3: 1st GGS, 2nd WC - Time: 5:06.8, Margin: 1/2 length
Margins: 1 1/2 lengths, 2 lengths and 1 length
1st Wesley College
2nd Scotch College
3rd Xavier College
4th Melbourne Grammar
Margins: 3 feet and 1 1/2 lengths
1st Melbourne Grammar
2nd Scotch College
3rd Wesley College