Oriel succeeded in maintaining their position at the Head of the River, but, contrary to general anticipation, they had great difficulty in doing so, New College getting to within half a length at the finish. At one point Oriel appeared to have an easy task before them, but apparently they had taken too much out of themselves over the early part of the course, and New College gained tremendously after passing the Boathouse. Balliol, who were credited with being a very fast crew, bumped Worcester when the latter were near the winning post.
[Div V] Christ Church III. rapidly overhauled Jesus III., and bumped them near the Ferry, where the Jesus cox allowed his boat to swing across the river, blocking the way for Brasenose III., who, as a consequence, were bumped by St. Edmund Hall II.
The disputed bump on Thursday in the Fifth Division was decided in favour of St. Edmund Hall II., who followed up their success by bumping Jesus III., who were fined for the previous afternoon's fiasco half-way up Iffley Reach.
In the First Division those who imagined that New College would improve on their previous performance and bump Oriel must have been sadly disappointed, for although they got within a length at the Boathouse they made no further impression on Oriel, who, rowing well within themselves, finished their distance ahead. They may, however, have a harder task later on as Balliol, undoubtedly a very fast crew, bumped Magdalen at the half distance, and may very possibly bump New College this evening.
[Div IV] Lincoln II. [were] caught by Queen's II. coming through the Gut. They failed to draw into the bank and blocked Jesus II., who were, in consequence, bumped by Hertford II. The same fate befell St. Catherine's II., who succumbed to New College III. at the same spot... St. Catherine's subsequently lodged a protest against the bump by New College III. [not upheld].
[Div I] New College made a good effort to secure the Headship from Oriel and were within a quarter of a length at the Boathouse. After this, however, Oriel gained somewhat and were a third of a length ahead at the finish. Balliol gained on New College, but were never really dangerous, a length and a half separating them.
[Div II] Queen's, who had lost their No. 4 through a poisoned hand, and who were rowing an untrained man, fell victims to Jesus
There was a most exciting race for the Headship and, whether or not it was that Oriel felt the boisterous conditions more than their opponents, 200 yards from home they looked like being caught. The New College cox appeared to miss his mark, however, and Oriel got home by a very narrow margin... St. Edmund Hall provided the only bump in the Division by catching Magdalen II.
There was another exciting race for the Headship between Oriel and New College, the former of whom had just scraped home the previous night. Up to the Boathouse Oriel appeared to have every chance of getting home again, but along the Wall New College gained ground very fast and, after a futile shot at the Cherwell, they again drew up and the New College cox made another shot which apparently struck the Oriel rudder. The bump, however, was not acknowledged by the Oriel cox, and the subsequent claim of a bump by New College was disallowed by the O.U.B.C. Committee.
The racing in the Summer Eights was concluded at Oxford yesterday, when Oriel retained the Headship of the River...
In anticipation of another exciting race between Oriel and New College the towing path was packed with spectators at the First Division racing, but the result was a little disappointing after the brilliant effort of New College to secure the Headship on the previous evening. New College certainly proved themselves the better crew, but they hardly displayed the same dash on this occasion, and Oriel succeeded in maintaining their position with about a quarter of a length to spare.
St. Edmund Hall continued their victorious career with a bump over St. John's in Iffley Reach and this completed a record in gaining seven bumps in the six days' racing. St. Edmund Hall have been steadily gaining a reputation in other branches of sport although they only number 120, but this is the first occasion on which they have ever made their way into the First Division. Not satisfied with this their second crew, which started bottom but one in the Fifth Division, also made seven bumps, which put them well into the Fourth Division... This remarkable achievement was equalled also by Queen's II., who, starting fourth in the Fourth Division, finished ninth in the Third.
|B:||E. B. Stancer (Charterhouse)|
|2:||E. Starling (Radley)|
|3:||A. F. Martin (Bolton)|
|4:||E. G. H. Moody (Brighton|
|5:||G. E. Hadow (Haileybury)|
|6:||J. F. G. Sykes (Wellington)|
|7:||C. S. Reed (Shrewsbury)|
|S:||J. C. Cunningham (Sherborne)|
|C:||R. B. Lawrie (Fettes)|
|B:||A. D. M. Ross (Winchester)|
|2:||J. F. Dixon (Worksop)|
|3:||R. C. Stanley-Baker (Winchester)|
|4:||M. G. C. Ashby (Oundle)|
|5:||P. Hogg (Sherborne)|
|6:||M. B. Stubbs (Winchester)|
|7:||R. Hope (Eton)|
|S:||B. Hey (Radley)|
|C:||Chan Tha (Indian Civil Probationer)|
|St. Edmund Hall|
|B:||A. M. Urquhart (Shrewsbury)|
|2:||G. T. Brett (Durham)|
|3:||P. Witherington (Lancing)|
|4:||S. E. Bradshaw (Repton)|
|5:||T. M. F. Rogers (Bloxham)|
|6:||I. M. Sciottino (Cheltenham)|
|7:||G. S. Keen (Bradford)|
|S:||G. S. P. H. Rogers (Brentwood)|
|C:||S. A. R. Guest (Liverpool)|
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