What an amazing day of racing at the 100th Head of the River on Saturday 19th March!
The event marked 100 years since the first ‘Head of the River’ in 1922 between St Peter’s College and Adelaide High School.
St Peter’s College had 25 boats compete in the 2022 Head of the River. The most entries of any school in this year’s event including 15 junior quads, 3 eights and 2 fours.
Saints concluded the day with victories in the Year 7/8 D, E, F, G, H coxed quads, the Year 8/9 C, D, E, F, G coxed quads, the Year 9/10 C & D coxed quads. The seniors finished off with a clean sweep including victories in the 1st & 2nd IV’s, and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd VIII’s (4th place in 2nd VIII race). The School therefore retains the Gosse Shield for the 1st VIII, the Wallman Trophy for the 2nd VIII and the Blackmore Shield having defeated PAC.
This means a staggering 17 out of 25 boats finished with a gold medal. This also marks the 7th consecutive Head of the River win for our 1st VIII. This would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication shown across all squads throughout the season.
At the Head of the River dinner in the Memorial Hall that evening, Philip Marshall (SHT 64), Blackmore Club President, presented Year 12 rowers with a Blackmore Club tie, whilst also presenting 1st VIII coach James McRae with a framed collage of photos and a Blackmore medal to acknowledge his significant contribution to the Saints rowing program and bringing the 2021 VIII to its peak in April 2021 to win the 2021 National Championships at Lake Barrington, Tasmania.
The 1st & 2nd VIII’s travel to Nagambie, Victoria on 25 March for the 2022 National Championships.
Philip Marshall (SHT 1964)