Oriel crew ambitiousBy Jim Railton
Christ Church, with three winning Boat Race oarsmen (one from Cambridge) and two of this year's Isis crew, look unbeatable on paper for the head title in the Oxford Summer Eights, which start today.
This seems even more likely with David Sawyier, an American Olympic and Oxford stroke, on board, making his farewell appearance on Oxford's home waters. The Christ Church crew's other two Blues are Nevin, who will stroke his college eight from the bow side, and Lever, bow of the 1973 Cambridge crew.
Christ Church, however, are destined to be chased hard all week by an ambitious Oriel crew in their new Italian boat. It is difficult to see Christ Church being toppled from their perch.
Whereas the top of Division I is likely to see no change, crews expected to advance are Magdalen and University at the expense of Wadham, with Worcester also likely to lose ground this week.
Christ Church stay well clear of OrielBy Jim Railton
Oriel look destined for three more frustrating days in attempting to topple Christ Church from the head of Division I of the Oxford Summer Eights. On the opening day yesterday, Christ Church cruised home almost four lengths clear of Oriel, who were well clear of their immediate pursuers, Balliol.
Three bumps were made in Division I by Magdalen, St Edmund Hall and Lincoln at the expense of Wadham, Jesus, and Queen's. Keble and Wadham may be threatened today by Magdalen and University.
Some complications arose in Division VI after a storm of protests. In the course of the race, Wadham III caught Worcester III with both crews obstructing traffic. As a result Exeter III was unable to pass and was overhauled by Jesus III. After an appeal it was ruled that Jesus III and Exeter III crews should be promoted at the expense of Worcester III and Wadham III, which I hope explains to enthusiasts the unusual course of progress indicated by some crews in Division VI.
Christ Church continue to show authorityBy Jim Railton
Christ Church continued to stamp their authority at the head of Division I yesterday, the second day of the Oxford Summer Eights. Four crews advanced in the first division — Magdalen, St. Edmund Hall, Lincoln, and St John's at the expense of Keble, Worcester, Jesus and Queen's. Wadham gave a spirited performance, saving their skins with a late rally after University College had closed to within half a length.
Main interest in Division I today centres on Magdalen in pursuit of Balliol; University College's second stab at Wadham, with Keble threatened, and Lincoln, in spite of the absence of the Blue, Marsden, in line for their third successive bump.
Magdalen strive for place in first threeBy Jim Railton
Christ Church frustrated Oriel's third successive attempt to unseat them at the head of Division I on the second last day of the Oxford Summer Eights yesterday.
Accepting Christ Church's supremacy, interest at the top today lies with Magdalen's attempt to reach the first three. Yesterday Magdalen, stroked by the Blue, Rendel, came within a canvas of Balliol approaching the boat houses; but a late rally saved Balliol.
Division I bumps were made by University College, St John's and Lincoln, the last named for the third successive day. Those threatened in Division I are Balliol, Keble, Wadham and Worcester. The Worcester eight were weakened by the loss of their stroke, Jenni, who sustained head injuries in an accident on the bank, cycling down to take part.
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