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.
Though the weather for Eights Week last year was not spectacular, the rowing at the top end of the Men's First Division was of some interest to the connoisseur. Oriel rowed over Head each day by about four or five lengths, tending to take this lead early on, and then settle. University, with a heavy if slightly unrefined crew, had an impressive week, harrying New College, the second-place crew, on each of the first three days: on the Saturday, however, New College pulled out all the stops and left University about four lengths behind at the finish. Oriel responded in kind by leaving New College, once again, a similar distance back.
There was, in fact, only one bump in the top six crews: that of St Edmund Hall on Worcester. Further down, though, there was more excitement. Hertford entered the First Division and got seven bumps in the process. On the last day they had to achieve an over-bump on Wadham, as St John's, starting ahead of them, had quickly bumped out on a rather slow Balliol crew. The required over-bump was obtained, not least due to a crab in the Wadham boat.
Blades were also won by Brasenose, in the Second Division, starting with a bump on Oriel II who had hit the bank in the Gut. This set them up for bumps on the rapidly descending Exeter and Queen's (both later bumped by Oriel II) and on St Catherine's.
The Women's Headship was taken with some ease by Osler House, who bumped St Hugh's and then the reigning Head Crew, Somerville, on the first two days, and they rowed over well clear, with seven lengths on the Saturday. A feature of the Osler crew was good technical ability and cohesion maintained at higher rates than the rest of the Division.
St Hugh's, who remained third, stayed together until ninth week, when they won one of the two Collegiate prizes on offer at the inaugural Henley Women's Regatta, beating University in the final, and recording a faster time than the winner of the other prize (Churchill Coll., Cambridge).
There was doubt in the minds of some onlookers over the relative speeds of Oriel, the Head crew, and Hertford, while the rash actually reported that the latter were in fact faster. A local publican even offered the money for a wager-match between the two: but apart from endangering the oarsmen's amateur status, this was thought to detract from the honour attached to the Headship itself, and the contest did not take place. Earlier in the term, however, Oriel had shown their speed by reaching the finals of the Leyland DAF 'Power Sprints', televised on Channel 4; they were, however, unable to compete due to the event's coincidence with Eights Week.
|2:||A. P. McNally||King's Coll, London|
|3:||A. Borer||King's Coll, London|
|4:||J. J. Whitting||King Edward VI Sch., Stratford|
|5:||R. A. Hull||Robinson Coll, Cambridge|
|6:||P. J. Mayne||King's Coll, London|
|7:||G. B. Blanchard||KCS, Wimbledon|
|S:||P. A. Gish||Dartmouth Coll, USA|
|C:||G. S. Radcliffe||Downing Coll, Cambridge|
|E. M. G. Pearson|
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