Oriel seek another Head titleBy Jim Railton
Oriel, going for their eighth successive Head title in Oxford summer eights, once again face fierce opposition from their immediate pursuers. Many think they are faster than Oriel. The question is whether they are one and a half lengths faster to catch Oriel from behind.
Oriel are dethronedBy Jim Railton
Oriel, after a seven years' reign, were dethroned by Christ Church on the opening day of the Oxford summer eights. The bump came as planned just before University Boathouse and Oriel's furtive attempts to evade almost left Christ Church spreadeagled across the river, hindering third-placed New College, but disaster was averted.
Other gains made in the men's top division were by University, Lincoln and the sandwich boat, Trinity.
In the women's first division, Osler House post-graduate medical students went head of the river, hunting down St Hugh's 50 yards from the finish. Other gains were made by the sandwich boat Wadham, St Anne's, Somerville and St Hilda's.
Oriel lose second placeOriel, who after a seven year reign lost their headship to Christ Church on Wednesday, slipped a rung further yesterday when the surrendered second place to New College (Jim Railton writes).
Today, the first round of the headship takes place with Christ Church defending their top position. They have this year's Oxford University Boat Club president, Lynton Richmond, on board; New College have last year's president, the Australian Graham Jones, not forgetting the Blue, Gavin Cartledge.
How Christ Church took titleBy Jim Railton
Christ Church went ahead [sic] on Wednesday in the Oxford Summer Eights. They held off two strong challenges from New College. The greatest threat to them came on Friday when New College rowed them down but failed to make contact. On Saturday, New College were again too close for comfort, but there was no overlap. New College will remember Friday with regret.
Oriel, who held the head title for seven years, dropped to third place.
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