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The Head of the River rowing regatta in Western Australia is an annual rowing event held at the Champion Lakes Regatta Centre in Champion Lakes. There are two separate events. The boys regatta held in autumn, and the girls regatta held in winter.

Boys Regatta

The Head of the River regatta is the last rowing event of the Public Schools Association (PSA) calendar. The boys regatta held in early autumn is contested between the seven PSA boys schools: Aquinas College, Christ Church Grammar School, Guildford Grammar School, Hale School, Scotch College, Trinity College, and Wesley College.

The boys regatta for Head of the River was first held in 1899 between CBC Perth, The Church of England Grammar School (renamed Guildford Grammar School in 1906), The Alexander Scotch College (name shortened to Scotch College in 1908), and The High School (renamed Hale School in 1929).

Originally, the race for Head of the River was held between coxed fours from each school and the winning crew was awarded the Challenge Cup. When the PSA formed in 1905 rowing was one of the five inaugural sports of the competition and the Challenge Cup was awarded as a PSA trophy. In 1938 the Challenge Cup changed to the current race format between the first coxed eights from each school. Over the years the number of rowing events increased. In 1982 the Hamer Cup was introduced and awarded annually to the school which scored the most points for placings in each event at the regatta.

The course has changed many times. The regatta was originally held on the swan river. When Perth won the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, the regatta moved to the 6 lane Canning River course. In 1969 the event returned to the wider course on the Swan River at the base of Kings Park near the Narrows Bridge. Since 2009 the event has been held at the purpose built rowing course at Champion Lakes, Kelmscott.[1] Records have tumbled since the venue change with records set in 2009 and 2010. The current record time for the 2000m event is 5 minutes 48.2 seconds, set by Trinity College.[1]

Challenge Cup

1st IV winners 1899-1937 & 1st VIII winners 1938–present

Year Winner
1899 CBC Perth
1900 CBC Perth
1901 The Alexander Scotch College
1902 The Church of England Grammar School
1903 The Alexander Scotch College
1904 The Alexander Scotch College
1905 The High School
1906 The Alexander Scotch College
1907 The Alexander Scotch College
1908 Scotch
1909 CBC Perth
1910 CBC Perth
1911 CBC Perth
1912 CBC Perth
1913 Scotch
1914 The High School
1915 CBC Perth
1916 CBC Perth
1917 CBC Perth
1918 The High School
1919 The High School
1920 Scotch
1921 CBC Perth
1922 The High School
1923 CBC Perth
1924 Guildford
1925 The High School
1926 CBC Perth
1927 CBC Perth
1928 CBC Perth
1929 CBC Perth
1930 CBC Perth
1931 CBC Perth
1932 Scotch
1933 Hale
1934 Scotch
1935 Scotch
1936 Scotch
1937 Scotch
1938 Scotch
1939 Hale
1940 Scotch
1941 Scotch
1942 Aquinas (unofficial)
1943 Aquinas
1944 Hale
1945 Hale
1946 Aquinas
1947 Hale
1948 Aquinas
1949 Aquinas
1950 Hale
1951 Hale
1952 Hale
1953 Hale
1954 Hale
1955 Hale
1956 Hale
1957 Scotch
1958 Christ Church
1959 Christ Church
1960 Scotch
1961 Christ Church
1962 Guildford
1963 Christ Church
1964 Christ Church
1965 Aquinas
1966 Aquinas
1967 Christ Church[2] / Scotch
1968 Scotch
1969 Aquinas
1970 Aquinas
1971 Hale
1972 Aquinas
1973 Aquinas
1974 Aquinas
1975 Aquinas
1976 Aquinas
1977 Aquinas
1978 Scotch
1979 Christ Church
1980 Aquinas
1981 Christ Church
1982 Aquinas
1983 Hale
1984 Scotch
1985 Scotch
1986 Christ Church
1987 Aquinas
1988 Guildford
1989 Aquinas
1990 Scotch
1991 Hale
1992 Christ Church
1993 Guildford
1994 Aquinas
1995 Aquinas
1996 Trinity
1997 Aquinas
1998 Aquinas
1999 Trinity
2000 Hale
2001 Wesley
2002 Christ Church
2003 Christ Church
2004 Trinity
2005 Christ Church
2006 Christ Church
2007 Trinity
2008 Christ Church
2009 Trinity
2010 Trinity
2011 Christ Church
2012 Christ Church
2013 Trinity
2014 Christ Church
2015 Scotch
2016 Trinity
2017 Guildford
2018 Hale
2019 Christ Church
2020 † N/A
2021 Scotch

NB: † Denotes no race

Challenge Cup tally

Wins School
37 Aquinas
26 Scotch
24 Hale
19 Christ Church
8 Trinity
6 Guildford
1 Wesley

Hamer Cup

Overall points

Year Winner
1982 Scotch
1983 Aquinas
1984 Scotch
1985 Aquinas
1986 Aquinas
1987 Aquinas
1988 Aquinas
1989 Aquinas
1990 Aquinas
1991 Aquinas
1992 Guildford
1993 Aquinas
1994 Aquinas
1995 Aquinas
1996 Aquinas
1997 Aquinas
1998 Aquinas
1999 Aquinas
2000 Hale
2001 Guildford/Hale
2002 Trinity
2003 Trinity
2004 Trinity
2005 Christ Church
2006 Scotch
2007 Trinity
2008 Trinity
2009 Scotch
2010 Trinity
2011 Trinity
2012 Trinity
2013 Guildford
2014 Scotch
2015 Trinity
2016 Trinity
2017 Trinity
2018 Christ Church[3]
2019 Trinity
2020 † N/A
2021 Trinity
2022 Trinity

NB: † Denotes no racing

Hamer Cup tally

Wins School
15 Aquinas
14 Trinity
5 Scotch
3 Guildford
1 Hale
2 Christ Church
0 Wesley

Girls regatta

In the winter season several private Perth girls schools in the Independent Girls Schools Sports Association (IGSSA) race for the title.

1st VIII winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Refs.
1999 St Hilda's PLC MLC
2000 St Hilda's Penrhos PLC
2001 MLC Perth College PLC
2002 MLC Penrhos PLC
2003 MLC
2004 MLC St Hilda's MLC
2005 Penrhos MLC Perth College
2006 MLC Perth College Penrhos
2007 Perth College PLC MLC
2008 Perth College St Hilda's MLC
2009 MLC Penrhos Perth College
2010 MLC Penrhos Perth College
2011 MLC Perth College St Hilda's
2012 PLC MLC
2013 PLC MLC
2014 MLC PLC St Hilda's
2015 PLC MLC Perth College
2016 PLC MLC St Hilda's
2017 PLC MLC St Hilda's [4]
2018 PLC MLC St Hilda's [5]

Overall points score

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Refs.
2005 Penrhos Perth College St Hilda's
2006 Perth College Penrhos St Hilda's
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014 PLC Perth College St Hilda's
2015 PLC MLC Perth College
2016 PLC Perth College MLC
2017 PLC Perth College MLC [4]
2018 PLC MLC Perth College [5]

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Rowing | PSA". www.psa.wa.edu.au. Archived from the original on 2011-10-21.
  3. ^ Quartermain, Glen (2018-03-17). "Hale snares Head of the River title". PerthNow. Archived from the original on 2018-03-18. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  4. ^ a b Lacy, Bridget (2017-06-24). "PLC completes Head of the River hat-trick". The West Australian. Archived from the original on 2017-06-24. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  5. ^ a b "PLC snares Head of the River triumph". PerthNow. 2018-06-23. Archived from the original on 2018-06-27. Retrieved 2018-06-27.