...there are some seven crews above the average in pace, namely:— Magdalen New College Christ Church Merton Trinity Queen's, and Lincoln.
Magdalen have three Blues rowing at five, six, and seven respectively, namely, Earl, Durand, and Nickalls. They also have Irvine and Bathurst, both of whom rowed in their winning Grand Crew at bow and two. They are the prettiest crew of all to watch, having a nice steay swing and great uniformity and ease in their rowing; but they have not yet proved themselves a crew of workers, and they do not make their boat move fast enough at the beginning of the a stroke.
New College are a similar crew to Magdalen; they, too, are a pretty combination to watch. Their movements are easy, and their wrist work is very good, but they do not give the impression of power, and their blades go into the water slowly and do not stay there very long. Although there are no Blues in the crew they are stronger in the four bow oars than Magdalen, and have an exceptionally good seven in Parker, who rowed in last year's Eton Eight.
Christ Church are a typical Christ Church crew with the virtues imparted to Christ Church rowing by the late Colonel W. A. L. Fletcher in 1907. They are being coached by Mr. H. R. Barker, who rowed at that time; and he has given them a really good punch at the beginning of the stroke. They are a vigorous, if rough, crew; and do not stop their boat to any appreciable extent. E. Marjoribanks is a very valuable 7 and Paton at 5 a much improved oar. He weighs over 14 stone, but does his fair share of work in spite of it. Christ Church are probably slightly faster than any other crew, but it is unlikely that they will improve their position.
Merton have the inestimable advantage of possessing Raikes, the University President, as their stroke. He is the only Blue who is rowing really up to form, and his combination of body and slide-work could not well be better. It is entirely due to him that the Merton crew are as good as they are, and Merton presents an appearance similar to the Lady Margaret crews with Hartley stroking. The rest of the crew behind Raikes are not really with him, and the blade-time leaves much to be desired, but Merton, like Christ Church, are faster than their appearance indicates.
Trinity were at one time the fastest crew on the river, but they have not improved as was expected. They have no weak spot in the crew, and with Golden, a very neat oar at 7, who rowed in the Shrewsbury Eight, and Burdon and Lothrop, who both come from Harvard, at 5 and 6, they have the most promising material of any college crew. They have a long swing, and their blade work is effective, but they lack watermanship, and are not very sure of their sliding. Altogether they give one the impression of a University crew before it has got its final polish. Lothrop, who rowed 4 in this year's Oxford crew, is rather tired, and has developed a dip over the stretcher. This unfortunately has gone through the crew, who do not get the full benefit of their work on account of it. But they are a hard-working crew.
Queen's, at the head of the Second Division, are another crew crew of workers admirably stroked by Berrisford, who always shines in a College crew. Mallam, the University 2, is at 6, but he, too, is tired and is not the help he would have been if fresh. There is too much dirty bladework about the Queen's crew for it to produce a really good impressionm but they are fast enough to dispose of all the crews at the bottom of the First Division.
Lincoln are also a fast crew, and, if starting head instead of at the bottom of the Second Division would probably stay there. Coates, who so nearly rowed in the University crew, is excellent at 7, while Isaacs, who rwed in one of the Trial Eights, and Gluckstein at 6 and 5 help the boat enormously. It would be surprising if Lincoln did not secure a bump every night, for they are immeasurably superior to the average Second Division crew.
Magdalen lost the Headship of the River to New College almost opposite their college barge.
[Div II] New College II., when a long way in front of Keble, had the misfortune to break one of the rudder lines near the Boathouse, and the latter bumped them at Saunders Bridge.
Lincoln II made six bumps; ... Brasenose and Jesus lost five places each.
|B:||H. A. Haworth||10st 7lb|
|2:||C. E. G. Beveridge||11st 6lb|
|3:||J. T. Haydon||12st 2lb|
|4:||D. G. Lebey||12st 5lv|
|5:||P. S. Abraham||12st 6lb|
|6:||M. Beevor||13st 4lb|
|7:||C. A. S. Parker||11st 6lb|
|S:||J. R. Baker||12st|
|C:||D. C. Mac Gregor||8st 2lb|
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