Oriel catch leaders 100yds from finishBy Jim Railton
Oriel went head of the river on the first day of the Oxford Summer Eights yesterday dethroning the head crew, Christ Church, some 100 metres before the finish. Keble too predictably moved up to third position at the expense of Balliol but left their claim for advancement extremely late. Other bumps in an exciting first division with many near misses were University College over Magdalen and Lincoln on Merton.
Oriel's only threat to retain the headship seemingly lies with Keble, whose performance yesterday was disappointing. Keble might even find Christ Church hard to catch today to give them their chance for an attack on the head crew by Friday. University College will be expected to move up to fourth position today with Balliol toppling further.
The opening day of the Oxford races started with some chaos. In the first race of the day — division 10 — University VII were bumped by Worcester IV with the result that both crews interlocked and slewed broadside across the river halting the pursuing procession. The led to a rerow later last night. In the next division so many crews arrived ['late'?] at the start that the race was postponed until 8.0 this morning. The women had a division to themselves for the first time.
Keble leave it late to make their gainBy Jim Railton
Keble lifted themselves into second place in yesterday's Oxford Summer Eights to give them now two bites at dethroning Oriel, who went head crew on the first day. Today's competition promises at least some exciting racing at the top of Division I.
Yesterday Keble left it again desperately late to make their gain. Christ Church seemed secure in second place until the Keble stroke and Blue Wiggins unleashed a fierce finishing sprint to catch the House some 50 metres from home. Other first division gains yesterday were made by University College and Lincoln at the expense of Balliol and Worcester.
Keble's threat to Oriel fails to materializeKeble's threat to Oriel at the Head of Oxford University summer eights did not amount to much on the third day on the Isis. Oriel finished ahead, doubling their starting distance.
Lincoln registered the only bump in division one.
The women's division, being held at Oxford for the first time this year, rowed over with Wadham firmly set to get their names in the record books as the first women winners.
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