Oriel's act tough to followBy Jim Railton
Oriel, who start head crew in today's Oxford summer eights, look as if they will be difficult to dislodge. Oriel have two winning Blues on board in Peter Gish and Richard Hull. The remainder of the Oriel crew appear to have excellent credentials and their overall strength should be sufficient in the defence of their headship.
Oxford's rowing is in an ascendancy and there is glittering talent abounding in many crews. New College, in second place, are coming on in leaps and bounds and are coached once again by Daniel Topolski. New College contain Tom Cadoux-Hudson, the world medal winner and Blue, together with Adam Brooks and Nick Watkin, the Isis oarsmen. University College, third, will rely on Sigurd Berven and Tony Maton, the Americans, and Justin Cheadle, another Isis oarsman.
But a crew with rising ambitions will certainly be Hertford, who start fourth in the second division. Hertford boast two Blues in Mike Gaffney, the Oxford winning stroke and American Rhodes scholar, and Paul Gleeson.
Osler House, starting in third place in division one among the women, are strongly fancied for the headship by Saturday. Altogether there will be 170 men's and women's eights competing over the next four days, representing over 1,500 competitors.
Oriel leave pursuers behindBy Jim Railton
On the first day of the Oxford Summer Eights on a smoother Isis, Oriel made a good start in defence of their headship of the men's Division I, rowing smoothly with well over two lengths to spare over their immediate pursuers, New College, who themselves had three lengths to spare over University College.
There were only two bumps in the men's Division I. Keble overhauled Pembroke and the sandwich boat St John's moved into the first division at the expense of Magdalen.
At the top of the women's first division, Osler House made a spectacular late charge to bump St Hugh's and move into second place. At the Oxford University Boathouse St Hugh's, in second place, overlapped the head crew, Somerville, and looked poised to go ahead [sic] with Osler House almost a length down. But St Hugh's could not make the bump and Osler House in a devastating late sprint reeled St Hugh's back to advance their claim on the headship.
Osler take over at the top and look unbeatable.By Jim Railton
Osler House medical students, rather than medieval students as reported in the local Press, predictably went to the top of the women's first division yesterday on the second day of the Oxford University Summer Eights.
Osler overhauled the head crew, Somerville, at the top of the Green Bank. On Wednesday, Osler, with a sprint finish, bumped St Hugh's, who nearly dislodged Somerville, and demoted them to third place. Osler look unbeatable and destined to rule the roost, accidents apart, by the end of the competition on tomorrow evening.
It should be a battle royal today in this division between Somerville and St Hugh's for second place.
Five crews were fined for disobeying marshals' orders and delaying the start in the men's first division. The rebels were eventually brought to heel.
The race pattern was much the same as on Wednesday, with a lively and talented Oriel crew defending their headship for the second day running. They opened up a good lead on their immediate pursuers, New College and University College. Hertford bumped Trinity to rise to second place in the second division in their challenge for a first division place today.
Oriel has comfortable row to bumps victoryOriel, the head crew, rowed over comfortably on the final day of the Oxford University Summer Eights on Saturday, leaving the four nearest challengers again involved in close combat which went unrewarded.
The article includes the final bumps chart.
Oriel lead the way on last dayOriel and Osler House rowed over comfortably on the final day of the Oxford University summer eights on Saturday to finish as head men's and women's crew respectively.
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