Inter-'Varsity Event. Won by Sydney. HOBART. Sundav.
The interstate 'Varsity rowing race, which was held on the Huon River, at Franklin, about 30 miles distant from Ho- bart, yesterday afternoon, was won in
brilliant style by the Sydney crew. The race attracted an unusual amount of in- terest, and several hundred motors con- veyed people from the city to the scene. Ideal weather conditions prevailed, the water being quite placid with a fairly fast current flowing. Sydney, who had impres- sed the riverside critics with their form at practice, went to the line favourites, and certainly lived up to their reputation. They rowed a remarkably fine race, and going to the front shortly after the start they were never headed, although Mel- bourne threw out a strong challenge over the final stages of. the course. They were, however, unable to sustain their effort, aud Sydney crossed the line with three-quarters of a length to spare. Melbourne also rowed a great race, and made up a good deal of leeway over the last mile. Their length, however, was not as good as that of the Sydney crew, and a couple of the crew appeared to tire towards the finish. The Tasmanians were never dangerous after the first mile had been covered. They met with several setbacks in their training operations, and were only able to take to their races a few days before the event. It was found necessary to make several alte- rations in the seating of the crew, includ- ing that of stroke. The South Australians were the lightest crew of the race, and dropped back directly after the start. They finished a long way behind the third crew. Queensland and Western Australia were not represented. After the crews had gone about a dozen strokes a foul occurred between Tasmania and Victoria, and the umpire, Mr. Mc- Villey, stopped the crews. When pulling up, No. 7 in the Adelaide boat tore his thole pin out, and there was a delay of three-quarters of an hour while it was being repaired. The Race. Starting from moored punts, the crews struck the water simultaneously. Barely a canvas separated Sydney, Melbourne, and Hobart over the first quarter of a mile, but Adelaide commenced to fall back almost immediately. When the crews had settled down New South Wales, rowing with a perfect swing, were striking 34, Melbourne and Hobart 34, and Adelaide 37. Sydney then began to go ahead, and when half a mile had been covered held a quarter of a length lead from Melbourne, with Hobart half a length back, and Adelaide one and a half lengths in the rear, last. Both Melbourne and Sydney were giving a fine exhibition of oarsmanship, but the Hobart crew was sluggish, their slide .work being ragged. Adelaide lacked weight to pace it with the leaders, and dropped back at every stroke. At the mile Sydney were a length in front of Melbourne, with Hobart a length and a quarter away third, and Adelaide two and a half lengths in the rear. Hobart then began to drop back, and it was apparent that Sydney and Mel- bourne would fight out the finish. The first mile was covered in 5m. 25s. At the two miles' point Sydney still held a length lead from Melbourne, with Hobart three lengths away, third, and Adelaide hopelessly out of it. In the mile stretch the positions between Sydney and Melbourne remained unaltered, but Ho- bart had dropped further back, Melbourne made a game effort to overhaul the leaders over the last half-mile, and, amid great excitement, striking 32 to Sydney's 34, drew to within half a length of them. Sydney, however, finished in splendid style, and, staying off the challenge, went ahead again, Melbourne being unable to sustain their effort. Sydney won by three-quarters of a length, with Hobart six lengths away third, and Adelaide about eight lengths be- hind Hobart. The second mile was co- vered in 5m. 20s. and the course in 17m. 30s. _ The Crews. The crews were: — Sydney.-A.P. Blake, 10 st. 9 lb. (bow); L. O. Rutherford,. 11 st. 9 lb. (2); M. R. Morey, 11st. 12 lb. (3); W. Bloomfield 11 st. 12 lb. (4); G. E. Phillips 13 st. (5) E.M. Robson, 11 st. 12 lb. (6); C. K. Johnson, 12 st. 6 lb. (7) : R. N. McCulloch 11.st -6 lb. (stroke);. G. H. Robin, 8 st (cox). Melbourne.— M. R. Norton. 10 st 6 lb. (bow); L. C L. Murray. 11 st. 10 lb. (2); J. W. Barnaby. 11 st. 6 lb. (3); L. K. Cor- teen 12 st. (4); R. C. McKay! 13 st (5); H. L. Yuncken, 12 st. 4 lb. (6); O. A. Yuncken, 12 st (7); B. T. Keoncohen, 10 st. 10 lb (Stroke); J. S. N. Harris, 9 st. 2 lb. (cox.). Hobart.- F.M.Hamilton, 10 st. 5 lb. (bow); H.N.Smith, 11 st. 12 lb. (2); F. A. Cotton. 11 st. 11 lb. (3); M.F. Sorell, 11 st. 10 lb. (4); J. A. Ingles, 12 st. 10 lb. (5); G.F.Sorell, 11 st. 9 lb. (6); H.T. Wright. 12 st. 2 lb. (7) D.McD. Urqu- hart, 11 st. 5 lb. (Stroke); H.MvK. Free- burgh (cox). South Australia. - A.Walkley, 8st. 10 lb. (bow); M.R.J.Ryan, 10 st. 8 lb. (2); W.L.Reid, 12 st. 4 lb. (3); c.h.Smith, 11 st. 4 lb. (4); M.A.Trudinger, 11 st. 7 lb. (5); S. E. Terril. 11 st. 3 lb. (6)- M. Meachern, 11 st. 1 lb. (7); W.M.Morgan, 11 st. 6 lb. (Stroke); D.Scott Young, 8 st. 2 lb. (cox).