The Torpid Races will be begun at Oxford this afternoon. The river is well within its banks and the stream normal. Forty-two crews are entered, two less than last year, New College starting Head of the River. The crews are, perhaps, hardly up to the average, but they have had difficulties during the early practices.
New College retain their position
The weather was beautifully fine when the Torpid races were begun at Oxford yesterday, but the attendance was much below average.
New College retained their place at the Head of the River after a good race with St. Edmund Hall, who were half a length behind at the finish. On the whole the racing was not very exciting and only 13 bumps were recorded — an unusually low number for the first day.
St. Edmund Hall's challenge
The second day's racing in the Torpids was marred by cold, cheerless weather. The racing was again unintereting, and not one bump out of the 12 recorded took place above the University Boathouse.
There was, however, a very fine race fo the Headship between New College and St. Edmund Hall. After leaving the Gut, St. Edmund Hall again and again raised the hopes of their supporters. They appeared to make a shot when abreast of the New College Barge, and at the Cherwell there was only a foot or so between them and so they battled on to the finish with the issue in doubt until the semaphore fell with New College leading by a couple of yards. Contrary to expectation, Pembroke, who had bumped Magdalen on the previous afternoon, failed to make any impression on St. Edmund, who finished more than their distance ahead.
A good race for the HeadshipFrom the Monday starting order, it seems that Jesus were given the bump on Queen's.
The Torpids were continued at Oxford on Saturday in fine weather, and there was an unusually large number of spectators.
New College retained their position at the Head of the River, but St. Edmund Hall gained rapidly on them over the second half of the course, and only a few feet separated the boats at the finish. Pembroke, the third boat, showed much improved form and got within two or three yards of St. Edmund Hall. Much confusion was caused in the Second Division when Jesus claimed to have bumped Queen's at the Boathouse. The Queen's cox failed to acknowledge it and Wadham then bumped Jesus at the Cherwell. The matter will come before the committee for decision. There were fewer bumps than on either of the previous days, only 11 being recorded in the four divisions.
The races will be concluded on Wednesday.
The Torpids were continued at Oxford yesterday in beautiful weather, the sun shining brightly during the racing, while there was an almost entire absence of wind.
The racing was far more interesting than on the previous days, and it was a red letter day for St. Edmund Hall, one of the smallest of Oxford colleges, who realized their ambition by wresting the Headship of the River from New College. St. Edmund Hall have always maintained their rowing traditions, notwithstanding the difficulties they have experienced in manning an eight, which on one occasion forced them to transfer their coxswain to the bow thwart. Pembroke, unlike St. Edmund Hall, failed to reproduce their previous form, and were well behind St. Edmund Hall when they made their bump. Trinity are evidently coming into their own again, for they bumped St. John's before half the course had been covered. Worcester also continued their victorious career, and Merton II gained their fourth success when bumping Keble II.
[Div I] Another close race was anticipated for the Headship between New College and St. Edmund Hall, but St. Edmund Hall getting well away at the start, wiped off the greater part of the starting distance in Iffley Reach, and coming out of the Gut were less than half a length behind. From this point St. Edmund Hall steadily reduced the lead and putting in a well sustained effort, after passing the Boathouse, made their bump at the Cherwell.
The Torpids were continued at Oxford yesterday, when there was a bitterly cold wind and a lot of lumpy water in the more exposed stretches of the river.
St. Edmund Hall, who had deprived New College of the Headship of the River on Monday, retained their position, New College being bumped by Pembroke after a good race.
St. Edmund Hall Head of the River
From our Special Correspondent
There was an unusually large attendance to watch the final day's racing in the Torpids at Oxford yesterday, although conditions were by no means genial and the crews again had to contend against a strong southerly wind. St. Edmund Hall succeeded in keeping their place ahead of Pembroke and thus, for the first time since the races were held, finished Head of the River. They had a very capable stroke in P. H. Mathews who, with three other members of the crew, only came into residence last term.
The racing did not produce nearly so many bumps as usual, only 71 being recorded in the six days. Worcester were the most successful crew with six bumps to their credit, and they might have further increased their record but for Corpus, the boat in front of them, catching Christ Church when they were well on to them. Their crew included no fewer than five freshmen. Brasenose II and Merton II both made five bumps, but St. John's II and Magdalen II each lost six places. [as did Oriel]
|St. Edmund Hall|
|B:||J. R. H. Merifield (King Edward's, Southampton)|
|2:||M. P. Whitaker (Repton)|
|3:||C. de N. Hill (Cheltenham)|
|4:||C. H. Jellard (St. Edward's)|
|5:||M. H. A. Boyd (Marlborough)|
|6:||R. C. T. James (Westminster)|
|7:||P. W. Smith (St. John's, Leatherhead)|
|S:||P. H. Mathews (St. Edward's)|
|C:||A. W. Fowler (Taverton's, Southampton)|
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