Exeter II. bumping University College II. in Division III. of the Torpid races, which were begun at Oxford yesterday in favourable weather. Thirty-nine crews entered, the same number as last year.
The Torpid races will be begun at Oxford to-day, the Third Division rowing first at half-past two. Thirty-nine crews have again entered....
Magdalen start Head of the River, and, although possibly not such a good crew as last year, they have been improving very much lately. Christ Church, who lost their stroke, H. J. R. Barker, early in their practice, have found a very efficient substitute in D. P. Paton. University College and New College are both represented by good crews, and of the lower boats Exeter may work their way well into the First Division. Brasenose, who are well down in the Second Division, look like recovering some of their lost prestige.
Few Bumps Recorded
From our Special Correspondent
The good luck that has attended the Torpids crews throughout their practice did not desert them yesterday, when the racing begain in a light north-easterly breeze which neither helped not hindered.
[...] The racing was not very exciting and only nine bumps were made in the three divisions, a very poor record for an opening day. Magdalen started Head of the River, and from the comparative ease with which they held Christ Church would appear likely to maintain their headship. New College must have worried University College coming through the Gut, but some indifferent steering enabled the latter to get away again. The best race of the day was between Corpus and Exeter. Corpus were well away at the Boathouse, but Exeter made a brilliant effort along the Wall and missed their bump by only two or three yards. There was something of a fiasco in the Third Division, when one of the University College II. crew lost his oar and they were bumped by Exeter II. Hertford were said to have hampered University College, and Queen's II. claimed to have bumped Exeter II. before the latter caught University College II. The matter was brought before the Committee, who awarded Exeter II. the bump.
There was again a big attendance at the Torpid racing yesterday, when there were several exciting races. The weather was delightful, with brilliant sunshine accompanied by a very light north-easterly breeze, and the crews had practically no stream to row against.
In the Third Division New College II., the head boat, held their own without difficulty but their third crew had a hard struggle with Merton II. who made a brilliant effort in the last quarter of a mile and, although they actually overlapped 50 yards from the post, just failed to make their bump by inches. On the previous afternoon, through one of their men losing his oar, University College II. went down before Exeter II., but they made amends for the mishap by regaining their position yesterday before coming out of the Gut. Exeter had a narrow escape of losing the headship of the Second Division to Oriel. Oriel at one time had lost considerable ground to Brasenose, who fell away again along the Green Bank. There was about a quarter of a length between the leading boats at the Boathouse, but half-way along the Wall Oriel appeared to steer a bit wide and Exeter got home by a margin of two or three yards. At the Boathouse Trinity looked like being able to hold St. Catherine's, but the latter made a determined effort along the Wall, and Trinity had to strike their colours opposite the Magdalen Barge.
In the First Division Magdalen were never extended and passed the post two lengths in front of Christ Church, who in their turn were in no danger of being overtaken by University College. University College, however, had to go all out to escape New College, for although they were a length to the good at the Boathouse New College finished strongly and, making up a lot of ground under the Wall, got within half a length at the finish. Balliol followed a long way behind, but Worcester provided the Balliol second boat with a bump just after passing the Boathouse. Keble had no difficulty in catching Wadham before coming out of the Gut.
Racing in the Torpids at Oxford on Saturday was in a measure spoiled by the weather, the river being covered in fog. Bumps were again few and far between, there being only eight in the three divisions.
Magdalen again finished Head of the River without unduly exerting themselves, although Christ Church certainly finished nearer than on the previous afternoon. University College failed to maintain the form that they displayed on Friday when they had half a length's advantage of New College. This distance again separated the two crews at the Boathouse, from which point New College slowly but surely crept up and made their bump about 50 yards from the Winning Post. St. Edmund Hall bumped Worcester after a hard race and are the only crew in the First Division to have made two bumps during the three days' racing. Wadham, on the other hand, were bumped for the third time, on this occasion by Merton, who had rowed through on the two previous occasions.
Exeter at one time looked like losing the Headship of the Second Division to Oriel, but they just managed to hold off Oriel's final challenge and reach home by less than a quarter of a length. Brasenose, in turn, made things very unpleasant for Oriel and were well on them coming through the Gut. From this point, however, Brasenose fell away to nothing, and Oriel had drawn right ahead again at the finish.
The Torpids were continued at Oxford yesterday in fine, but cold, weather. New College II. for the fourth time rowed up head of the Third Division, although at one point Hertford had gained considerably. University College II. scored their third bump with a comparatively easy victory over St. John's II., and Brasenose II. added to their winning sequence with an early bump over Wadham II. in Iffley Reach. There was a mix-up near the New College Barge, where Christ Church II. bumped Oriel II. Merton II, who were following some distance behind, failed to get clear and New College III., rowing past them, were able to claim a bump.
The Headship of the Second Division produced a most exciting finish between Exeter and Oriel, for although the latter were well behind at the Boathouse they made up ground rapidly along the Wall, and had their cox been a bit more patient they might have made their bump.
Magdalen again had no difficulty in retaining the Headship of the River, for although losing ground to Christ Church they never had to extend themselves. University College, after being bumped by New College on Saturday, showed much better form and finished well up on New College, after having had Balliol unpleasantly close on them coming out of the Gut. Keble and Worcester, by three quarters of a length, and the only bump in this division was achieved by Corpus, who bumped Wadham early on.
Some Keen Racing
From our Special Correspondent
There was brilliant sunshine for yesterday's racing in the Torpids at Oxford, but the weather was cold and the crews had a strong head wind and rather more stream to contend against. Eleven bumps were made in three divisions, the highest aggregate recorded so far.
Oriel at length succeeded in wresting the headship of the Second Division from Exeter. Exeter made a gallant but unsuccessful effort to avoid defeat, but to no purpose, and they had to strike their colours when within 50 yards of the winning post. St. Catherine's failed to maintain their position, which was rather surprising, as they had previously overtaken Trinity, who re-bumped them just before reaching the University Boathouse. Magdalen II. thus received a check, although they were well behind when Trinity made their bump. Queen's again experienced disaster, and New College II. at last established themselves firmly in the Second Division after a hard race by bumping Keble II. just after passing Saunders' Bridge.
The first nine boats in the First Division retained their position. Magdalen had an easy task in retaining the Headship and Christ Church, New College, University College, Balliol and Balliol II. finished at wide intervals apart. St. Edmund Hall however, made Balliol II. go "all out." and Worcester, after losing a lot of ground to Keble, got away again and led in by a third of a length. Corpus followed up their previous day's success over Wadham by bumping Merton, after a most exciting struggle. If they had been able to hold off for another 30 yards Merton would have escaped them. Corpus had to thank their cox, who showed excellent judgment and timed his shot to a nicety. Wadham went down to the Second Division, Oriel, in spite of their previous exertions, bumping them half-way up Iffley Reach.
Magdalen still Head of the River
From our Special Correspondent
After a long spell of fine weather the Torpid Races were concluded yesterday in brilliant sunshine The racing did not produce nearly as many bumps as usual, the total being 51 for the six days. Although six crews could have been described as well up to average, there were several in which the standard of rowing was very poor. Magdalen, who started Head of the River, maintained their position throughout the racing without any difficulty and developed into a really good crew, although, before the racing was begun, many expected their downfall.
After bumping University College, New College had some hopes of securing the Headship, but Christ Church, who were quite a good crew, never gave them much chance of attaining their object, and rowed through with a good margin in hand on all six occasions, when only two bumps were recorded among the leading six crews.
Brasenose II. had the best record in the racing and, as most of their crew consisted of Freshmen, they have cause to congratulate themselves. University College II. also had a good time, with five bumps to their credit, and so entered the Second Division. Exeter were fortunate in that, after losing the Headship of the Second Division, they recovered it in the last race of the series. Wadham, who had gone down with painful regularity, provided them with the necessary bump.
A remarkable feature of the final racing was that all of the 13 crews in the First Division rowed up in their starting order and, had the racing continued, it is doubtful whether there would have been any further changes in the order. Of the lower boats Jesus and Magdalen II. did well with four bumps each, but Wadham II. lost five places and Keble II. went down every day.
|B:||St. L. H. P. Van der Goes (Uppingham)|
|2:||A. K. Sibley (West Point Military Academy, U.S.A.)|
|3:||W. T. Fletcher-Campbell (Radley)|
|4:||T. H. Townsend (Winchester)|
|5:||M. T. Morris (Eton)|
|6:||G. Greene (Radley)|
|7:||B. Alexander (Radley)|
|S:||T. Sturrock (Winchester)|
|C:||J. A. Wail (Shrewsbury)|