St. Peter's Hall bumping Brasenose II. in the Torpid Races at Oxford, which began yesterday. The entry for this year is the largest on record.
There was a welcome change in the weather for the opening of the Torpid races at Oxford yesterday, and when the Third Division rowed there was almost a dead calm and the sun was shining brightly. There was, however, a strong stream running, the river having risen two or three inches during the night. Thirty-seven crews competed and this was the first occasion on which long slides have been allowed... Some doubts had been expressed at the ability of Worcester to retain the headship, but they did so although Balliol at one time caused them some anxiety. Balliol, in turn, had all their work cut out to escape Corpus and another fine race may be anticipated this afternoon between the three leading crews.
The weather was unpleasant at Oxford yesterday for the Torpids, there being a squally southerly wind, with a lot of bumpy water. Twelve bumps were made in the three divisions, and again the majority of them took place below the Long Bridges.
[Div I] Balliol soon began to gain on Worcester, although the latter were well clear of them at the end of Iffley Reach. Coming out of the Gut, however, Worcester took a very wide course, and Balliol, making a determined effort after passing the Red Post, overlapped. Worcester drew away slightly, but Balliol came again and made their bump opposite the Worcester College Barge, Corpus at the time being some distance in the rear of Balliol. Corpus had some difficulty in shaking off Magdalen, who came up splendidly in Iffley Reach. After leaving the Gut, however, Corpus recovered, and, leading by a length at the Red Post, finally finished two lengths ahead.
There was much better weather at Oxford on Saturday for the third day of the Torpid Races. The sun shone brightly, but there was a strong wind blowing, and the crews had a hard time with both wind and stream against them.
Five bumps were made in each of the three divisions, making a total of 15, which has seldom been equalled. Balliol, who had wrested the headship of the river from Worcester, kept their place easily, but Worcester were again bumped, this time by Corpus. They seemed to be troubled by the boisterous weather and failed to get past the Boathouse. Unfortunately for Magdalen the two boats drifted across the river. Magdalen were impeded and lost ground to Wadham, but did not seem to be in danger at the time. Wadham, however, promptly seized their chance and, making a fine effort along the Wall, bumped Magdalen just before reaching the Cherwell. Gut with a substantial advantage. Along the Green Bank Corpus made further headway with their long, telling stroke, and, putting in a fine effort at the start of hte Wall, made their bump just before reaching the Cherwell.
[Div III] Oriel [II] had bad luck, as their bow broke his oar and fell in the river. That allowed St. John's [II] to catch them near Haystacks Corner.
Corpus go Head
Delightful weather again favoured the continuation of the Torpid Races at Oxford, the sun shining throughout the afternoon, while there was not enough wind to inconvenience the crews, and they now seem to be finding their level, as only 11 bumps were recorded against 15 on Saturday. The headship again changed hands, much to most peoplee's surprise, Balliol being bumped by Corpus. Just before coming nto the line for home at the Long Bridges Balliol were well away and appearedin no imminent danger of losing their place, but they went all to pieces along the Green Bank and were quite unable to shake off the challenge of Corpus under the Wall...
St. Peter's Hall, however, gave their supporters a fright, as their bow caught a crab at the start and Magdalen II. got in very dangerous proximity. They recovered themselves just in time, and, rowing in determined fashion, made their way into the Second Division at the expense of Hertford.
Balliol Bumped Again
The fifth day's racing in the Torpids at Oxford was again favoured with fine, brilliant weather, but there was a bothering wind, which increased very much in force and was blowing half a gale when the First Division rowed up. There was, however, again an immense attendance, the towing path being crowded during the First Division racing...
There were some rather unexpected happenings in the First Division. Balliol, who had gained the Headship and then lost it again, experienced a second disaster, this time at the hands of Wadham, who went all out to row them down as soon as possible and effected their purpose at the Red Post. Balliol lost ground coming out of the Gut. The best race of the afternoon was provided by Worcester and Magdalen. The issue was in doubt right up to the finish, both crews struggling to the bitter end, and, in the result Magdalen got the better of the duel when Worcester were within a few feet of the winning-post.
Corpus at Head of the River
The Torpid races were concluded yesterday at Oxford. The weather all through has been most favourable during the races. There were 76 bumps made, and that is many more than usual.
Corpus finished Head of the River, a position they have not occupied since 1883. They well deserved their position, and although many anticipated their downfall yesterday at the hands of Wadham, one of the lightest crews on the river with five bumps to their credit, they were never in any danger of being caught and had practically a length in hand as the boats passed the winning post. The last day's racing has often proved uninteresting, but there were plenty of exciting moments yesterday, and in one instance it was a question of which boat bumped first, Christ Church II. claiming that htye had bumped Jesus before Balliol III. caught them. Balliol were given the verdict, and that was their fifth success, a fine performance for a third crew. Worcester oddly enough after maintaining their position at the head of the river went down foour places in succession, and the races will be memorable as the head place was in turn held by three different crews — Corpus, Worcester, and Balliol.
Oriel, who like Corpus have always been a keen rowing college, did best of all the colleges in the matter of bumps, making seven in the six days and finishing up with two yesterday over New College and Exeter. They thus firmly established themselves in the First Division. Three other successful crews were St. Edmund Hall, who are now taking a prominent place in every branch of sport at Oxford, Keble II., and St. Peter's Hall, who, after starting bottom of the river last year, have now worked their way into the Second Division, an achievement of which they may well be proud. Queen's, whose star has been very much on the wane for some years, did well to gain five places, and it was unfortunate for them that they had to start behind St. Edmund Hall, with whom they have intimate associations, and so miss a bump on the first day. New College, once a great rowing college, went down five places, and their second boat did even worse, while both University College crews did badly. Hertford and Jesus also fared badly, neither even getting the full length of the course. Although two or three of the leading crews were quite up to the standard, there were an unusual number who were weak.
The Corpus TorpidIt is unclear which "record" the author is referring to. Certainly there had been several previous occasions when the both the Torpids and Eights Headships had been held by the same college.
Sir, — May I, as an elderly Corpus cox, point out a slight error in your account of the Torpids? The C.C.C. "togger" went Head in 1883 and stopped there in 1884 and 1885. In 1885 the VIII. also went Head—a record, I believe, at that time (see Sherwood's History of Oxford Rowing).
Yours very truly,
J. C. Michell.
|B:||B. G. Bourdillon (Rugby)||11st 7lb|
|2:||J. P. Kent (Rondebosch)||12st 1lb|
|3:||C. P. E. Hawkesworth (Rugby)||11st 11lb|
|4:||J. W. Setten (Sherborne)||12st 2lb|
|5:||D. C. Quin (Bradfield)||12st 12lb|
|6:||E. S. Jackson (Bradford)||12st 10lb|
|7:||I. K. MacAlaster (Shrewsbury)||10st 9lb|
|S:||C. G. W. Blathwayt (Eton)||10st 7lb|
|C:||W. Merchant (Manchester)||9st 10lb|
|B:||J. A. Lang (Parramatta)||10st 1½lb|
|2:||A. W. Holmes (Liverpool)||10st 6½lb|
|3:||G. E. Hadow (Haileybury)||11st 5½lb|
|4:||A. D. Crow (Berwick)||11st 13½lb|
|5:||N. A. M. Lindsay (Wellington)||12st 7lb|
|6:||C. S. Reid (Shrewsbury)||10st 13lb|
|7:||A. C. Henley (Uppingham)||11st 10lb|
|S:||J. C. Cunningham (Sherborne)||11st 4lb|
|C:||A. W. Dawson-Grove (Sherborne)||8st 13lb|
|B:||R. V. Titus (Brunswick, U.S.A.)||10st 13lb|
|2:||F. H. Towie (Brighton)||10st 11lb|
|3:||C.S. Cree (Sedbergh)||11st 9lb|
|4:||H. L. Hensman (Emmanuel Sch, Wandsworth)||11st 5lb|
|5:||L. F. McLaren (Edinburgh Academy)||11st 7lb|
|6:||J. H. Mackay (Aberdeen U.)||12st 10lb|
|7:||A. T. L. Reed (King's Coll.Sch.)||10st 9lb|
|S:||E. Pakenham-Walsh (St. Edmund's, Canterbury)||9st 7lb|
|C:||P. Goldsmith (Malvern)||9st 7lb|
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