Pembroke's strength gives them air of authorityBy a Correspondent
With Oriel's dominance of the headship unlikely to be challenged, it is the women's first division which promises excitement in the Oxford summer rowing eights, which start today.
While Somerville's coaches are confident of their crew's form, they acknowledge the quality of the competition, and other observers feel that they are weak enought to fall victim to a strong Osler House. Pembroke, at three, though, are looking good and have the capacity to catch Osler House either today or later in the week.
The action today will be a matter of which crew can bump first, with nobody in the top five secure. New College, starting sixth, have also shown good form but will need an overbump to challenge for the headship.
The men's first division will have to rely on St Edmund Hall and Balliol, who both look set to rise, for some action in the middle ranks, while in the second division St Peter's are the crew to watch.
Heavy rain last week and over the weekend raised the spectre of possible further disruption to college racing, but though the ground is waterlogged, river levels are safe.
Oriel stay clear of the fieldThere were no surprises in the top divisions on the first day of Oxford University summer rowing eights on the Isis yesterday
Oriel, at the head of the men's first division, finished well clear of their nearest challengers, Pembroke. The only crews to move up were Christ Church and Brasenose.
In the women's first division, Osler House bumped Somerville to move to the top. Pembroke, expected to catch Osler before they made their bump, made no impression.
Pembroke make no impressionOriel comfortably rowed over at the top of the men's first division on the second day of Oxford University summer rowing eights on the Isis yesterday. They finished three lengths ahead of Pembroke, who were a similar distance clear of Christ Church. It seems unlikely the top three positions will change today or tomorrow.
In the women's top division, Osler House moved well clear of Somerville, who were bumped by Pembroke. New College and St Hilda's made their second bumps and St Catherine's caught Oriel.
Pembroke beaten by six lengthsIn the third day of the Oxford University rowing eights on the Isis yesterday, Osler House rowed over at the top of the women's first division six lengths clear of Pembroke who were under no pressure as third-placed Somerville were caught by New College.
In the men's top division Brasenose achieved their third success, catching University, and St Edmund Hall bumped Christ Church.
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Oriel rally to defeat PembrokeOriel and Osler House rowed over untroubled to finish head of the men's and women's divisions in the Oxford University Summer Eights, which ended on the Isis on Saturday.
Pembroke made a brief challenge to Oriel in the men's top division, which they could not sustain, and the Osler House first women's crew crossed the finishing line unchallenged when Pembroke were bumped by New College along the Green Bank.
New College bumped up each day but their assault on Osler House will now have to wait 12 months.
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