This year, if there is no crew so good as
New College was last year, at least there are many nearly as good. New College itself, Magdalen, Merton, Christ Church, Corpus Christi, Magdalen II, Brasenose, and Lincoln are all good crews and are rowing in decent style.
New College are lighter than they were last year, and seem to miss Beevor, who rowed No. 6 last year. Their style is unaltered, but they seem to lack the power which they had last year. On the other hand, Baker at stroke is rowing better than he was a year ago, and is no longer late on his crew. He is, as usual, well backed up at No. 7 by Parker. The sliding in this crew is exceptionally good. Their boat never seems to pause at all at any part of the stroke, though this may, of course, be due to the boat itself, the result of several years' experiment on the part of Dr. Bourne. She is considerably shorter than an ordinary eight. The crew have until the last week been rowing with 12ft 6in oars, with 6½in. blades. As a result of cutting these down to 6in., they have gained extra liveliness, and it will need a fast crew indeed to catch them. Clear water is worth a good length over the course.
Magdalen have put on a heavy crew with a 14st. man in Olmsted rowing at No 6. Nickalles, the University President, is at No. 7, and two other Blues are in the boat. As far as material is concerned, Magdalen have an overwhelming preponderance, but their pace is not equivalent to their weight and experience. Until lately, they were a ponderous combination, but lately they have become much more lively. Their chief fault is one that was seen in both their Grand Challenge Cup crews, a tendency to snatch at the water the last few inches forward. Not are they really as long as they might be with advantage. They are, however, well together, and have a very good leg-drive at the beginning of the stroke.
Merton are unfortunate in having lost Raikes. With him they would have been a fine crew, and might have gone Head. As it is, they are handicapped by the absence of any good heavyweights and inexperience. They are well together and livelym but Irvine [of Everest fame], the University no.2, who is stroking them, is a better racer than he is a stroke, and there is consequently a tendency throughout the crew to tumble forward. They command a considerable turn of speed nevertheless, and look as if they would make a really good crew at Henley, when they have been longer together.
Trinity have rather a ragged crew to look at, but they created a surprise in Eights last year, and also in the University Fours, where, except for bad steering, they would have won. Eason, who stroked the winning Trial Eight, is giving them a good length, and Lewis, at No. 6, is rowing very well, as he has done during the past two years in Eights.
Christ Church, who follow Oriel, are being stroked by A. V. Campbell, the University stroke. They are a much better crew than they were last year. They are well together, and their blade work is, except for stroke himself, crisp and clean. Like Magdalen, they have a 14st. man in the boat.
Balliol are like Merton in suffering from inexperience. The two mainstays of the crew are Bingham at No. 7 and Thorneycroft at No. 6. A freshman can practically never carry a College crew on his shoulder, however good he may be, and although the Balliol crew is a better one that that of last year, it is lacking in life.
University are not a good crew, but Corpus, who follow them, are remarkably good for a light crew. They are practically unchanged since they did so well against the Norwegians at Henley, but they have improved since then. Their boat runs very well between the strokes, and they are well together.
Magdalen II., who follow Corpus, have the nucleus of the crew which was beaten by the Norwegians by a goot. They have a new stroke, however, and a new man in the bow thwart. They are undoubtedly the best crew on the river for their size; they average well under 11st. It would be extremely hard to cite so good a second crew at Oxford in recent years. Indeed at one time they were the fastest crew on the river, and even now there are only two or three as fast. The secret of their pace lies in an excellently timed leg-drive.
Although Exeter have Barter — who would have rowed in the Boat Race but for his accident — stroking them, they are not so good a crew as they were a year ago, and Worcester and Keble, also with Blues rowing, are not among the best crews in the Second Division, yet Brasenose and Lincoln are very good indeed as Second Division crews. In the Lincoln boat Coates is rowing particularly well at No. 7. Indeed, throughout the Second and Third Divisions the oarsmanship is evidently grounded on a more solid basis of good coaching than has been the case for at least two years.
[Div II] New College II. and Balliol II. were hampered by one of the boats, which had been bumped, and while in this position St Catherine's, the Sandwich Boat, bumped Balliol II., not only making their bump, but sinking the craft.
The Oxford Summer Eights were concluded yesterday.No crew list is given for the Head Crew, New College
[Div I] New College kept their position as Head of the River with ease, finishing a length and a half in front ot Magdalen.
During the six nights' racing fifty-two bumps were made, of which Wadham II. scored the full number... University lost as place each day.
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