No Outstanding CrewsIt cannot really be said that the crews which race to-day give any plain indication that at last Oxford has won the Boat Race [for the first time since 1923]...
Oriel start Head of the River for the fifth year in succession and they look less likely than ever before to be displaced. Although they have been unfortunate in losing the services of Hodgson, the University stroke, and the No. 3 through a motor accident, they are a far better crew than they were last year. They have more length, more power, and fewer eccentric oarsmen in the boat. This year they challenge comparison with a fair Jesus [Cambridge] crew. They are the fastest crew at Oxford because they alone are perfectly together, and this has been the secret of their superiority since they went Head. Huse is rowing at No. 5 with all the doggedness he displayed in Trial Eights at No. 7, and Pepys is a tower of strength at No. 6. He swings farther forward and farther back than anybody eve did outside American crews rowing in the old Annapolis style, but his bladework is perfectly solid all through and it is plainly he who has given the crew their length.
New College and MagdalenNew College are a very fair crew. There is, indeed, not much to choose between them, Brasenose, Trinity, Magdalen, and St. Edmund Hall, but they do not appear good enough to bump Oriel. New College rely chiefly on a good rhythm and a good swing. They are not particularly well together, but they can cover a lot of water at 34 to 36 and seem to be rowing a much slower stroke. Mynors is always a personality in a college crew, where his slight stiffness does not hinder him so much as in a University crew. He is rowing extremely well at No. 6 and so is Ashby, the University Secretary, at No. 7. Magdalen, who should have been a good crew, are even less well together than New College, and this defeats to a great extent their quickness and hard work. Stewart, who rowed at No. 3 in the University crew, shows considerable natural talent as a stroke. He gets back quickly off his stretcher, but is apt to shorten his finish when the crew are not together behind him.
New College have good pace over the last part of the course; Magdalen are only really dangerous as far as the Gut. They are capable of rowing 42 with a fair length for a minute, but after that they tend to get short. Garton is rowing very solidly at No. 6. but the most satisfactory thing in the crew is that Burnell, last year's Captain of the Boats at Eton, who was a disappointment at No. 7 in Trial Eights, has really found himself at No.5 and is rowing in a way that gives promise of his turning into a No. 5 of the same calibre as his famous father. He is smooth, steady, and long, and his wristwork is very neat. He should be watched for next year's University crew. Magdalen should be just fast enough to keep away from Brasenose, and thus the first four crews should row through as they did last year, but if there is to be a bump it is most likely to be here. Cherry, the new President, is rowing superbly at No. 7 in the Brasenose crew and is quite outstandingly the best man in that crew, or for that matter in any crew. He is well backed up by Wood, the old Blue, at No. 6, but it is obvious that the crew have modelled themselves upon him. Hence their length and rhythm.
Christ Church, without J. S. Lewes, are a colourless crew and unlikely to survive the attacks of Trinity and St. Edmund Hall from below. Balliol, who start behind Christ Church, have forsaken their old-time ponderous style and are rowing with the most exaggerated crouch expected of a leg-driving crew using swivel rowlocks. They lack power and length, although the four stern men are well together. Although swivel rowlocks, either of the normal or Lowe type, have been adopted by almost all the higher crews, it is exceptional to find a change of style to match the change of rig as with Balliol.
The Promise of CorpusTrinity, with Waldron at stroke and M. Rowe and Young in the middle of the boat, are a hard-working crew who should go up at least two places, and the same is true of St. Edmund Hall, a very neat crew coached by Brigadier Gibbon. Burrough, the University No. 5, is rowing admirably at No. 6. and two other St. Edward's School boys are rowing stroke and No. 7. This crew is unlucky to be behind Trinity. They row like a Third Trinity [Cambridge] crew, and they have both neatness and pace. Of the other crews in the first division Corpus, once more stroked by Winser, should go up at least one place at the expense of University College, who in spite of the presence of R. Rowe, the Blue, at No. 6. are very ragged and ponderous, and they [Corpus] may overtake Balliol and Christ Church. If so, Winser, who is rowing at his very best, will have brought his college crew up almost a record number of places. This year he has the assistance of a Trial Eightsman at No. 5, which he has not had before, but the crew are not so well together as in previous years, and more than ever is likely to rest on his shoulders. Of the other crews Exeter have some length and a good leg drive, and Magdalen II are stylish, with Jackson, who is very quick in at No. 7, imparting a good deal of life to the crew as a whole.
Lower down Pembroke look as if they might make their way into the First Division. They have a businesslike leg drive and some length. St. Catherine's are well together, but the best crews are New College II and Oriel II. Queen's are hard-working, but wooden and not very well together. St. Peter's Hall are neat, and may make bumps early on in the course.
Christ Church have built themselves a new boathouse on the corner plot near the New Cut behind the position occupied by Wadham [barge] who have moved into the old Christ Church mooring, some 200 yards nearer the winning-post. Appropriately enough the new boathouse has been designed by an old Blue, Mr. G. C. Drinkwater, who rowed for Oxford in 1902–3.
[Div V] Christ Church IV paddled over, University College IV having failed to start. [the next day's report explains that this was because their boat was badly damaged]
[Div IV] Lincoln II were bumped by Brasenose III at the Ferry, and the former crew, swinging across the river, blocked the passage of the following boats, with the result that Christ Church III bumped Jesus II and Hertford II bumped St. Edmund Hall III near the New Bridge [unusually, there is no mention of any re-row or appeal, and the bumps were allowed to stand]
[Div I] The race for the Headship of the river was one of the finest seen for many years, and the result was in doubt almost until the boats passed the post. Halfway up New College were very well placed and 200 yards from the finish Oriel seemed doomed to defeat, but Hodgson's substitute, K. J. Motz, pulled his crew together brilliantly and staying the better they got home with nearly a quarter of a length to spare.
New College go HeadThe race for the headship between Oriel and New College provided another very interesting struggle when the Oxford Summer Eights were continued yesterday, but the general opinion was that the boisterous conditions would favour the heavier New College [the report later refers to a high wind and 'lumpy water' at the start]... In the Third Division Trinity II and St. John's II claimed bumps simultaneously and the decision has been left to the Committee.
[Div I] From the start New College began to gain on Oriel and they were a length up on them entering the Gut. Reducing the gap still further along the Green Bank, New College eventually made their bump opposite their own Barge.
New College keep the HeadshipThere was a larger attendance at Saturday's racing in the Oxford Unversity Summer Eights, and fortunately for the crews the strong head wind of the previous afternoon had decreased. A re-row took place in the Third Division during the morning between New College III, Trinity II, and St. John's II, which ended in favour of Trinity, who went away quickly and bumped New College at the New Bridge.
[Div V] Exeter III also had poor luck as their rudder-line became entangled at the start and they fell victims to University College III after passing the New Bridge ... Exeter III made an appeal against the bump made by University III, but the Committee disallowed it [although see next day's report]
[Div II] Oriel II improved their position by bumping St. Catherine's near the Weir's Bridge in spite of the fact that two of their crew broke oars.
[Div I] New College paddled over, but there was a fine race between Oriel, whom they had displaced the previous night, and Magdalen. Going off with great resolution the latter soon began to come up, and gaining steadily all the way up the Green Bank eventually made their bump opposite the Corpus Barge.
First Three Crews Row Over[Div V] Exeter III, who had been bumped by University College III, on Saturday, lodged an appeal with the O.U.B.C. This was sustained and they rowed up in the old order.
[Div II] Hertford had a short struggle with St. Catherine's, bumping them just after passing the Launch Works. St. Catherine's made a protest against the bump made by Hertford on the grounds of obstruction and the crews will re-row this morning.
[Div I] New College fully justified their position, as rowing well within themselves they held Magdalen throughout and finished more than a length ahead without being extended at any point. There was a fine race between the three following boats, Oriel, Brasenose, and Balliol. At the Boathouse it looked as though Oriel might be overtaken by Brasenose, who, however, were in turn being hard pressed by Balliol. Oriel recovered after passing the Boathouse, at which point Brasenose were only a few feet in front of Balliol. Brasenose made strenuous efforts, but Balliol made a fine effort along the Wall and made their bump at the Magdalen Barge.
New College still HeadThe protest against the bump made by Hertford over St. Catherine's on the previous afternoon was upheld and two crews rowed again at noon yesterday when Hertford made their bump at the Free Ferry.
New College again retained the headship, finshing a long way ahead of Magdalen. Oriel, however, once more met with disaster although they made a great effort against Balliol and were not caught until within 100 yards of the winning-post.
New College Head of the RiverOxford was visited by a terrific thunderstorm on Tuesday night, an inch of rain being registered at Osney Lock. There were showers yesterday afternoon, and as a consequence the attendance was very poor. No fewer than 121 bumps were recorded during the six days' racing, which is a record, and the crews had by no means found their level, for yesterday six bumps were made in the Fourth Division and five in the Second.
New College finished head of the River, a position to which they were justly entitled, as after bumping Oriel they maintained their position without having really to extend themselves. Balliol had a very good crew and were probably second best, as they gained a lot on Magdalen, who, however, were never in any danger of being caught. Oriel, who started Head, went down four places. Christ Church experienced disaster every afternoon, and it was the same with University College. Pembroke did remarkably well for so small a college, having five bumps to their credit, and their second crew shared with Magdalen IV the honour of making seven bumps.
|B:||F. G. F. Bedingfeld (Oratory)|
|2:||A. N. Parker (Harrow)|
|3:||N. F. D. Graham (Eton)|
|4:||D. Nusbaum (Harvard University)|
|5:||J. M. Blair-Fish (Dauntsey's)|
|6:||D. R. Bingness (Eton)|
|7:||M. G. Ashby (Oundle)|
|S:||N. D. Watson (Bradford)|
|C:||A. Crawfurd (Dartmouth)|
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