New College ready to make amendsThe fifth week of Oxford's Trinity term once again embraces the Oxford Summer Eights, which start today (Jim Railton writes). The favourites for the men's head title are New College with a cautious eye on Oriel, who start in third place immediately behind them. The head crew, Christ Church, look ready for abdication while Keble, near the foot of the top division, are prepared at long last for a charge.
New College have a chip on their shoulders. Last year they overlapped Christ Church but failed to register the bump and have lived with it ever since. New College include in their crew the Blues, Clay, Jones and Cartledge, together with Peter Sudbury, of Isis. They are tutored by Oxford's coach, Steve Royle, and recently were faster than all the Cambridge Colleges entered in the Head of the Cam.
Oriel look slick and boast not only a brand new shell but also the American Blue, Livingston, together with Isis's Machin and Ward, who was unfortunate not to earn a Blue this year. They have been winning regattas and are coached by Jeff Jacobs, who was instrumental in Isis's most unexpected victory over Goldie this year.
Keble, who have been on the slippery slope for some years, start tenth today but with Isis's men on board are expected to climb the ladder on successive days.
Oslery House are fancied to retain the women's title. The challengers are likely to come from St Hilda's and Somerville, who start today in fourth and fifth places. These two will not only be chasing each other but also two St Hugh's crews. Somerville's head challenge may cease abruptly if they cannot overhaul St Hilda's today, who will be chasing St Hugh's second eight.
Christ Church go topOxford summer eights was full of surprises on Thursday (Jim Railton writes). New College had equipment failure at Donnington Bridge and Christ Church found themselves head crew once again.
Other bumps in the men's top division were Balliol at the expense of Trinity, Keble on Pembroke with Worcester overhauling Lincoln.
New retain headshipBy a Correspondent
New College, who became head crew on Wednesday and again on Friday, predictably retained their headship on Saturday. Oriel, who frustratedly rowed over for the first three successive days, finally made their gain on Saturday to climb to second place with Christ Church acknowledging they had been overhauled by their boathouse.
New College had a curious week. They overhauled the House on Wednesday to head the top men's division and then were hauled back by Christ Church on Thursday after an equipment failure.
Eight's Week last year was not blessed by outstanding weather: none of the days was entirely free of rain, and Saturday was a little spoilt by constant drizzle. This combined with the controversy surrounding the Headship to produce a rather strange atmosphere.
It was indeed sad that spectators were denied the chance to see what had promised to be a splendid race between Oriel and New College; these two were far and away the fastest crews out, the Head crew, Christ Church, having been convincingly beaten by Oriel at a regatta some weeks previously. They were quickly bumped by New College on the first day: on the second day, however, they were having a hard job holding off Oriel when they discovered that they themselves bumped New College, whom an equipment failure had forced to stop in the Gut. So close, indeed, had Oriel been to the House that they had for a moment thought they had bumped them, and missed a couple of strokes before powering off again. The third day was a repeat of the first, and on the last day Oriel rowed past Christ Church to take over second place.
Though not quite in the same class as the top three, University had little trouble in maintaining fourth place, and showed their worth at Henley where they pushed Marlow RC to record the fastest time of the day, in a very good race. Elsewhere in the First Division, Worcester won their blades: their third bump, Magdalen, were unlucky to go down again on the last day when their rudder gave out and they careered into the bank. New arrivals were Wadham, who also won their blades.
In the Women's First Division, Somerville rose, as their legend under Donnington Bridge states, from fifth position to Head in two days: this was achieved by an overbump on St Hugh's on the first day and a bump on the Head crew, Osler House, on the second. St Hugh's then found themselves behind their own second crew, St Hugh's II, but did not catch them until the last day, after they had both been bumped by St Anne's. In this division too the new arrivals were blade-winners, namely Pembroke, gaining their college a bump supper.
|B:||A. R. Reford|
|2:||B. D. Kent|
|3:||C. R. Power|
|4:||M. P. Taylor|
|5:||G. C. Cartledge|
|6:||G. R. D Jones|
|7:||P. R. Sudbury|
|S:||R. C. Clay|
|C:||L. E. Price|
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