The second division. — The Oxford Torpids, which were postponed last week on account of the condition of the river, begun yesterday in sunny weather. Our photograph, taken from the University Boathouse, shows Wadham leading the Second Division(with Corpus Christi in the background).
A Captains' meeting was held yesterday when it was decided to postpone the Torpid Races until March 1, provided that the river is clear of ice on the Monday, in order to allow four days' continuous practice. It was also decided to reduce the racing to four days. The last occasion on which the Torpid Races had to be postponed was in 1895, when the frost lasted several weeks.
The Oxford University Torpid Races, postponed on account of the weather, were begun yesterday. There was a very slow stream running and what wind there was favoured the crews. The racing was not very exciting and the three divisions only produced seven bumps.
[Div I] Balliol held their own against Magdalen without any difficulty coming out of the Gut, when they went very wide, and must have lost a length, which, however, they recovered along the Green Bank. In the meantime University had been gaining slowly but surely on Magdalen, and, when abreast of their college barge, Magdalen had to give in, Balliol being well away at the time.
[Div II] Pembroke were gaining on Hertford when the latter were unfortunate enough to be put out of their course by Corpus, who had failed to get clear. Pembroke were thus enabled to come up and bump them opposite Magdalen Barge. Hertford later lodged an appeal and the committee disallowed the bump.
[Div I] There was an exciting race for the headship. University whent off at a very fast stroke, and had gained a length at the Ferry. After going through the Gut they were almost within striking distance. Balliol now put in a fine spurt, and, keeping up their rate of striking, reached safety with a quarter of a length to spare.
After having narrowly escaped abandonment the Oxford Torpids were brought to a successful termination yesterday, the racing having been restricted to four days instead of six. Bumps were not as plentiful as usual, and in the Third Division the average was only one a day. Corpus were able to claim the record with four bumps to their credit, after having missed Wadham on the opening afternoon, when they had to put an entirely untrained man into the boat. Balliol, who started Head of the River, retained their position after some gruelling races with University, a much heavier crew.
[Div I] University went off at a tremendous pace and, after gaining a length in Iffley Reach, were right up with Balliol along the Green Bank. At the crossing there was next to nothing between the two boats, but Balliol struggled on in the most plucky fashion and, drawing away bit by bit, there was again clear daylight between the boats along the wall. University made a final effort at the Cherwell, but Balliol held them and, in a most exciting finish, passed the post a quarter of a length to the good. University in the meanwhile had drawn clean away from Magdalen, who followed four lengths in the rear.
|B:||D. L. D. Orr (Winchester)|
|2:||D. Halahan (Westminster)|
|3:||J. W. Snow (Whitgift)|
|4:||J. Hadow (Blundells)|
|5:||K. L. Douglas (Eton)|
|6:||R. G. Syme (Durham)|
|7:||P. N. L. Nicholson (Westminster)|
|S:||M .M. Mile Watson (Eton)|
|C:||R. Asburner (Sydney University)|
|B:||R. N. B. Cridland (University)|
|2:||J. E. Mitchell (Dalousie University)|
|3:||E. R. Silberhauer (St. Andrew's, Grahamstown)|
|4:||G. F. Rader (St. Andrew's, Grahamstown)|
|5:||Count Czerin Gononilden (University)|
|6:||R. H. Dutton (St. Peter's, Adelaide)|
|7:||J. M. Freeman (Charterhouse)|
|S:||C. F. Martineau (Harrow)|
|C:||H. C. Slessor (Haileybury)|
|B:||C. P. de F. Bigg (Shrewsbury)|
|2:||G. B. Neale (Wellington)|
|3:||M. H. Fyffe (Tonbridge)|
|4:||W. E. Stubbs (Radley)|
|5:||M. St. A. Woodside (Toronto University)|
|6:||R. R. MacGibbon (Fettes)|
|7:||E. C. Fieldsend (Oundle)|
|S:||G. O. Lace (Westminster)|
|C:||F. F. Lindsay (Charterhouse)|
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