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.
Deposed Oriel head the chase
Oriel College, who have started Head of the River in the Oxford Summer Eights many times in recent years, are one of the chasing crews today, starting second, having been deposed by Pembroke on the second day last year.
Pembroke's reign may be short-lived. Oriel, having remained Head in the Torpids last term, should regain the Headship as none of the other leading crews look serious threats.
Osler House look set to remain at the Head of the women's division for the third successive year.
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.
Oriel and Osler-Green cruised safely home on the second night of Oxford summer eights. Pembroke outclassed SEH, Magdalen swiftly caught Brasenose and both Christ Church and St John's were lucky to avoid being taken down a notch.
St Catherine's made their third bump in the women's top division of Oxford University Summer Eights and start third today.
Erb out to make waves
By William Gray
The top two places in the men's and women's divisions remained unchanged on the third night of the Oxford University summer eights.
Oriel and Osler-Green continue in unassailable form, but the slot behind them is up for grabs today.
Pembroke in the men's division, look vulnerable to Magdalen's continued advance. Likewise, the New College women will need to give their all to avoid falling to the progress of St Catherine's, coached by the irrepressible Susan Erb, from New England.
New College and Trinity men's crews made a third bump as did LMH, Merton and Lincoln women. All race today with the prospect of winning their blades.
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.
Eights Week opened with the prospect of Oriel regaining the headship lost to Pembroke the year before. Generally acknowledged to be the fastest boat on the river, and including the stroke and cox of the Blue Boat and the stroke of Isis, Oriel fulfilled expectations and bumped Pembroke just on the Green Bank. The Headship was defended with ease by Oriel for the rest of Eights. Other blades-winning crews in the first division were Magdalen, who included a thrilling bump outside the boathouses on S.E.H., and New College, who raced for barely five minutes over the four days of racing.
A surprise was provided by Keble, who, despite having a boat composed almost entirely of OUBC members (stern four all being 1996 Blues), bumped only twice. Balliol, having fallen sharply in Torpids, were unlucky to go down every day in Eights. L.M.H., one place up from the foot of the second division, was the only crew to row over every day, despite having an overlap in the Gut on Oriel II on the last two days. On the Saturday Oriel confirmed its dominance of the Isis by easying not only outside its own boathouse, but outside that of Pembroke also.
In the women's divisons Osler-Green rowed over head every day and thus won blades. St Catherine's also won blades and moved into second place behind Osler, promising some exciting rowing this year . In the second division Merton won blades; Wolfson moved into the first division, narrowly missing blades in the process.
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