The Prince of Wales Present
The University Summer Eight-oar Races were begun at Oxford yesterday in ideal weather. The number of boats taking part is two less than last year. The Prince of Wales [future King Edward VIII] was present and ran down the towing path cheering his college crew [Magdalen]
The Prince of Wales was again present. The feature of the racing was the victory of University, who deprived New College of the headship, which they had held since 1911. It is 12 years since University occupied that position.
[Div I] University went off at a fast stroke, and, gaining rapidly from the start, bumped New College near the Long Bridges.
[Div I] There was an exciting race up Iffley Reach between Balliol, Merton, and Oriel. As the last-named gradually gained on Merton, so Merton drew on Balliol, and it was a question which would make the bump. The Balliol coxswain thinking that he was bumped by Merton gave way near the Long Bridges and at the same time Oriel ran into Merton. Later Balliol were told to row on, but by this time Trinity, who had had a clear course, came up rapidly and caught Balliol at the Red Post, thus making an over-bump. The matter will be considered later.
The chief events of interest in the week's racing were Trinity's claim for an overbump on Tuesday night, and the excellent racing between Magdalen I and Christ Church I. In the former case it will be remembered, Merton bumped Balliol and Oriel Merton almost simultaneously, so that all three boats stopped. Balliol going on again, were caught by Trinity, who claimed to have overbumped them on the ground that Oriel had caught Merton before Merton had caught Balliol.
Upon an appeal from the O.U.B.C. commitee to an extraordinary meeting held at the Boat House yesterday afternoon, it was held that Balliol should go down to Merton, the other boats maintaining their posts. By amending the rule by which the O.U.B.C. committee can disallow an overbump so as to cover at bump also [sic], it was held that Trinity did not bump Oriel.
There was fine racing between Christ Church I. and Magdalen I., the latter having, by fine racing, kept away from the former during thw two nights. Christ Church, however, caught them opposite the New College barge on Tuesday.
During the six nights' racing 46 bumps were recorded. Oriel and St. Catherine's were the most successful, gaining five places each ... Lincoln lost a place each evening.
Crews Below the Average
The eights this year, although they had enjoyed pretty good practice conditions, were both [sic] below the average. University College were a very ordinary college crew, and cannot be compared with the Magdalen and New College crews that have lately held the position of head of the river. Without wishing to detract from the merit of their performance, it cannot be denied that their success was not so much due to any particular pre-eminence of their own, as to the inferiority of the three head boats. New College never found their pace and seemed quite unable to row a fast stroke effectively. Magdalen did not fulfill the promise they at one time showed, as they never attained a firm, clean, and long stroke. Christ Church were an inexperienced crew, who lost their work when they were most in need of it through hurrying the slides and swings, and failing to get their work from the stretcher. University therefore disposed of the three obstacles to their success with considerable ease, and when they had achieved their position were never in danger.
The racing for the headship of the river was never an aduous nor exciting character. Although University cannot be classed with the good crews that have held the position of head of the river, they got there by honest work and are head again for the first time since 1902. No one can grudge them their success. If the head boats were not goodm the lower boats were distinctly bad, and this failure to reach the standard of Oxford rowing of the eights of recent years can be ascribed, both in the case of the higher and lower boats, alike to an almost entire loss of a hard beginning of the stroke, started with the legs from the stretcher and carried in one piece unhesitatingly to the finish.
Worcester and Oriel, who both had a fair beginning, achieved their success among crews who had none.
|B:||M. W. W. Matthews||11st 3lb|
|2:||A. C. Downe||11st 6lb|
|3:||W. B. Todd-Naylor||12st 2lb|
|4:||A. N. Bailward||12st 5lb|
|5:||A. L. S. Cope||12st 8lb|
|6:||J. J. Llewellin||12st 7lb|
|7:||C. Tinné||12st 6lb|
|S:||C. J. Rowlatt||11st 5lb|
|C:||J. F. Clapperton||7st 13lb|
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