St John's may supply unexpected challengeBy a Special Correspondent
St John's are the dark horses in the Oxford University Summer Eights, which start on the Isis today and continue until Saturday.
Reputedly the fastest crew off the start, St John's could pose the greatest threat to University, even though they start three places behind them. To challenge University for the headship, St John's must overhaul Oriel and Christ Church, and with the top three crews evenly balanced, the confrontation could take place on Friday.
University are certain to be lifted by the reappearance of their college barge. Beautifully restored to its original condition at a cost of £400,000, the barge has been lent to the college by the owner, David Sherriff.
In the women's top division, Somerville, who include four blues, are in a class of their own.
University steer clear of troubleUniversity and Somerville safely rowed over in the top divisions of hte Oxford University summer eights, which began on the Isis yesterday and continue until Saturday (a Special Correspondent writes).
In the men's first division, University finished two lengths clear of Christ Church, who were threatened by Oriel early on. Oriel's excellent start moved them clear of St John's, rated the fastest crew off the start. The top six crews all rowed over.
Somerville's win in the women's first division was easier. Their closest challengers, Pembroke, were bumped by Osler House, and they finished seven lengths ahead of Brasenose, the fourth-placed crew.
Christ Church upset over Oriel decisionBy a Special Correspondent
Christ Church were the unhappiest crew on the second day of the Oxford University Summer Eights yesterday when Oriel bumped them in front of the University boathouse.
Christ Church claimed no contact was made and were incensed when the verdict whent against them. The race committee upheld the decision of an umpire on the towpath who said there was contact.
In the women's first division, Somerville finished four lengths clear of Osler House.
Pembroke make the one bumpThere was only one bump in the men's first division of the Oxford University summer eights on the Isis yesterday, Pembroke catching New College close to the University boathouse (a Special Correspondent writes).
No threat to river's top crewBy a Correspondent
University, never seriously threatened, either by Christ Church or Oriel, confirmed themselves as the best crew by retaining the headship of the Oxford University summer eights on the Isis on Saturday.
The Tuesday article also includes the complete bumps chart.
Oxford Summer EightsUniversity were never seriously threatened as they confirmed their position as the best men's crew on the Isis by retaining the headship of the Oxford University summer eights (a Special Correspondent writes).
An Oxford trebleFrom Mr Peter Waymouth
Sir, May I add to your comments about the University College barge reappearing on the Isis after 28 years (May 22). St John's also had their barge, recently restored by us, on the river to celebrate the barge's centenary, along with Tom Slocock rowing in the eight. He is the son of the president of the St John's Barge Trust, which has been responsible for the restoration of the barge, and the third generation to have rowed for the college.
The towpath pundits were anticipating a great tussle at the head of both men's and women's divisions, because of the abundance of squad rowers. University contaned two blues and one Isis, Oriel had two blues and two Isis, whilst St John's two blues and one Isis oarsman. It was the latter who were strongly tipped to take the Headship. In the Women's 1st division, Somerville looked vulnerable to challenges from Brasenose.
The first day saw University and Somerville row over comfortably leaving no change at the top of either the men's or women's divisions.
On Thursday Oriel bumped up to second in front of the boathouses, though Christ Church, not contented with stopping, rowed out the full course. St John's much touted campaign had floundered, and Pembroke revealed themselves as a potent force. Somerville continued to look confident at head, and Brasenose men broke into the 1st division.
There was little change on Friday at the top of the men's division with University now looking increasingly confident stroked by the 1992 President Jo Michels, though Oriel had lost a key oarsman to international duties. In the women's divisions Osler House were bumped out of second place.
On the final day both University and Somerville retained their headships, the former withstanding sustained pressure from Oriel, and the latter increasing their lead to over two lengths. Pembroke justified their talent and training by winning blades when they bumped a flagging St John's into their own raft. University second crew gained blades and challenge Oriel II this year , and St Hilda's won blades entering the 1st division.
|B:||D. J. Phillips||Aylesbury GS|
|2:||C. C. Hobbs||U. California, Berkeley|
|3:||M. H. Eddowes||Tonbridge|
|4:||J. C. Wateridge||Uppingham|
|5:||R. W. Martin||Durham Johnstone Comp.|
|6:||K. P. Jefferson||Downing, Cambridge|
|7:||J. D. Annan||The Edinburgh Academy|
|S:||J. G. Michels||La Salle Univ.|
|C:||M. Ross||Dr Chaloner's GS|
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