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William Potter

Above: Mercantile leading in the 1897 Champion Eights, Potter in the three seat

William Potter was a successful oarsman, administrator and selector for the Club. So much so that he was elected a life member of the Club in 1904.

 

His Championship wins at the Club were impressive.

1897 – Champion Eight

1898 – Champion Four

1900 – Champion Four

1901 – Champion Eight

1902 – Champion Four

1907 – Champion Four

1908 – Champion Eight

 

1897 Ch8#2

Above: 1897 Mercantile Champion Eight – William Potter back row right hand side

His Victorian record was also impressive with a career spanning some 13 years as an oarsman and promptly moving into a selector role.

 

1898 – Intercolonial Men’s Eight Championship – First

1901 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship six seat – First

1908 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship two seat – Second

1911 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship six seat – Second

1914 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship selector

 

1900 ChM4

Above: 1900 Champion Four

Potter also was Vice-Captain of the Club in the 1898-99 and 1899-1900 seasons.

 

Andrew Guerin March 2016

 

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