Life could be tough at the top for OrielBy Jim Railton
Oriel, who gained the Head title last year, in the Oxford Summer Eights, may find it tough at the top in their defence, which starts today. Keble should, with four Blues — Wiggins (stroke), Moran, Mason and Money-Coutts — be the fastest crew. But the question is whether Keble are fast enough to make up the starting difference between themselves and Oriel over the contest.
Oriel have two Blues in their boat — Wright and Beak, and two Isis oarsmen. But Oriel's bow four was judged to be the stronger over Keble's in the recent Wallingford Regatta. Oriel will be out to prove that a crew is only as strong as its weakest link. The performance of the two respective bow fours in their eights may well determine the outcome.
Keble take over at the top from OrielBy Jim Railton
Keble, with four Blues on board, overhauled the head crew, Oriel, on the opening day of the Oxford summer eights. Keble made ground steadily, swung wide down the finishing straight and coolly registered their claim at the beginning of the boa houses.
Other gains in the first division were made by St Edmund Hall on Magdalen, with Wadham taking St John's. The latter's bump led to an obstruction on the river leading to heated disputes among the tail crews in the division. Sadly, the last boat in the division, Merton, in taking avoiding action, went into the bank and their bowman, Nicholas, was injured after a branch of a willow tree struck him across the back.
Note: Lincoln, New College, Worcester and Merton are re-rowing today in division one, as are Somerville, St Anne's and St Catherine's in the women's division.
Vicious combat promisedBy Jim Railton
Interest at the top of Division 1 on the second day of the Oxford Summer Eights yesterday centred on third-placed Christ Church and their challenge on Oriel, who were dethroned by Keble on the opening day. The House crew with two Blues — Baird and the American international Brown — came within half a length of Oriel but just lacked the pace for promotion. There promises to be again a particularly vicious combat between these two crews today.
Keble should hold off challengeBy Jim Railton
There was no change at the top of division 1 of the Oxford Summer Eights yesterday with the leading four crews, Keble, Oriel, Christ Church and Balliol all rowing over. Christ Church's challenge on Oriel for second place faded rather dramatically in the finishing straight. Early on they closed considerably.
Keble again stamp authorityBy Jim Railton
The first six crews in division 1 rowed over on the final day of the Oxford Summer Eights on Saturday. Keble, who went ahead [sic] on the first day of the competition, with four blues on board, once again stamped their authority on the competition with an outstanding row before what must have been a near record crowd in carnival mood on a brilliant sunny day.
The overall standard of rowing at Oxford is presently high. This belle epoque is likely to be demonstrated when the Oxford University Boat Club now re-form and compete at Reading, Marlow and Nottingham before making their attempt on the Grand at Henley in July.
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