Oriel trust in dashing bladesPembroke and Oriel are expected to engage in an exciting tussle for the headship in the Oxford University Summer Eights, which start today on the Isis. Oriel are regarded as the faster crew, but must overcome Pembroke's advantage of a length and a half, and, more importantly, clean water.
In the second division, the Keble eight, which could easily be mistaken for an OUBC boat, must surely win their blades and end up in the lower reaches of the first division.
The race in the women's divisions is for second place behind an Osler House [sic] crew containing three Blues and three Osiris rowers.
Somerville crews enjoy day of mixed fortunesBy a Correspondent
There were the usual hiccups on the first day of Oxford University summer rowing Eights on the Isis yesterday and some outstanding performances on the river.
As expected, Osler-Green were in a class of their own at the top of the women's division one, finishing four lengths clear of New College, and there was much movement lower down. Somerville's downward spiral continued when they were quickly overhauled by St Catherine's, St Edmund Hall made the quickest bump, catching University, and Wolfson, who started at the bottom, bumped St Anne's.
Somerville's second crew also lost ground to Balliol in the women's second division. In contrast their two men's crews had the distinction of achieving overbumps.
In the men's eighth division, their second eight made up the 6½ lengths to catch Oriel VI after the two boats ahead bumped out, and the top crew firmly established itself in the fourth division by catching St Peter's II to move up three places.
Another of the lesser known colleges, Wolfson, also had a successful day. Their men's first crew emulated the feat of the women by making two bumps and both are expected to make further progress today.
Oriel returned to the top of men's division one, catching Pembroke along the Green Bank, and Magdalen, New College, University and Jesus all made bumps.
Two colleges, Keble and St Hugh's, were fined £50 each for not displaying the regulatory NRA certificate on their boat and the absence of umpires which are provided by the colleges also contributed to the £400 fines imposed throughout the day.
Oriel and Osler-Green rowed over unchallenged at the head of the men's and women's top divisions on the second day of the Oxford University Summer Eights.
In the men's sixth division, Magdalen III achieved the rare distinction of a double overbump, making up a total of 11½ lengths.
St Catherine's made their third bump in the women's top division of Oxford University Summer Eights and start third today.
Headship for Oriel marked by salute to supportersThree days of incessant rain gave way to sunshine, helping to bring a carnival atmosphere to the final day of the Oxford University summer eights on Saturday, which ended with headships for Oriel and Osler-Green.
The two top crews had contrasting outings however. With Pembroke and St Edmund Hall bumped out by Magdalen and New College, Oriel had the river to themselves and, following their tradition, they raised oars and easied alongside their boathouse.
In the women's top division, an unsuccessful attempt by New College to stop St Catherine's winning blades drove them to within two lengths of Osler-Green as the crews passed the university boathouse, but the leaders were never seriously threatened.
Overall Wolfson emerged as the outstanding college. Although lacking the resources of many of the more established colleges, their five crews — three men's and two women's — registered 13 bumps and not one boat was bumped down [see Statistics table above for correct numbers]
It was a pity that blaring music from the Worcester boathouse drowned the race commentary in the two top divisions. Worcester will plead that because there was so much noise they could not hear requests for the volume to be turned down.
|B:||T. D. Linford||13st 0lb||Hampton|
|2:||T. C. MacMillan||12st 9lb||Eton|
|3:||A. P. Dunton||12st 10lb||Challoners|
|4:||S. Reece||14st 5lb||Flint HS & Cambridge|
|5:||M. P. Brown||13st 10lb||Queen's Park HS|
|6:||T. B. J. Anderson||14st 2lb||Eton|
|7:||C. P. A. Humphreys||13st 0lb||Hampton|
|S:||A. R. A. Frost||14st 2lb||Eton|
|C:||T. D. Kristol||8st 6lb||Harvard|
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