Entries for the Oxford University Torpid races, which will be begun to-day, are one fewer than last year — 48 against 49.
[...] For their preliminary training, which for some colleges began as early as the Michaelmas term, the crews have had to face rather trying conditions — strong head winds, lively tides, and even snowstorms. Riverside opinion is that the standard is rather above the average, no doubt due to Oxford's victory against Cambridge last year. There has also been a notable improvement in coaching methods. There seems likely to be an interesting struggle between New College and Worcester for the headship, while other good crews in the first division are Oriel and Magdalen
There were 15 bumps and one overbump on the first day of the Oxford University Torpid Races, rowed in ideal weather with little stream and no wind.
New College easily kept their position at the head of the river, Worcester finishing a long way behind them. Magdalen made an overbump. After Balliol had caught Trinity, Magdalen rowed on to catch St. Peter's Hall just before the New Cut.
On the second day of the Oxford University Torpid races there were 15 bumps.
The weather was less favourable than on Thursday, a strong wind proving very unpleasant for the crews. The most exciting race was that between Worcester and Merton, the second and third boats in Division I. Along the Barges Merton shot and missed and Worcester managed to get home by a few feet.
With 17 bumps recorded on Saturday the total of the three days went up to 47.
In the first division Worcester gave New College a harder race than before without looking like making a bump and kept more than their distance from Merton.
Merton move up
From our Special Correspondent
Nineteen bumps, the highest number in the four days' racing, were recorded in the Oxford University Torpid races yesterday. In the first Division Worcester, second on the river, had their colours lowered by Merton after evading them for three days. This bump took place coming out of the Gut. It remains to be seen if Merton are fast enough to displace the head boat, New College.
From our Special Correspondent
An exciting race for the headship between New College and Merton was the outstanding feature of the fifth day's racing of the Oxford University Torpid races.
Merton were gaining coming out of the Gut and near the Boathouse were only a few feet away. All along the wall the chased New College, who, however, finally reached home with almost three-quarters of a length to spare. There were 14 bumps during the day bringing the total up to 80, with one overbump. When Keble caught Wadham in the second division this was their sixth bump. The weather could not have been more favourable nor conditions more perfect for rowing.
New College stay Head
From our Rowing Correspondent
It seemed at Oxford yesterday that the quality of the weather must be as much above its usual run as was the standard of the rowing. Even the spectators were more numerous than usual, and they were rewarded by excellent racing in all divisions. It is true, of course, that some indifferent rowing in recent years had left a number of first division crews considerably below their habitual haunts, but there is no doubt that there were more bumps to be made even after the racing was over.
New College are to be congratulated on remaining head in spite of numerous assaults on them. They were rough, but worked hard and kept their heads. Merton were on their tails yesterday all up the Green Bank, but at the finish New College were drawing away a little. Worcester were outside their distance from Merton, and, indeed, it was touch and go whether St. Edmund Hall would catch them before being caught by Magdalen. By good steering, and by refusing to be panicked into making their attempt too soon, Magdalen got their bump at the bottom of the Green Bank. They were probably the fastest crew in Torpids and it must be many years since any college made an overbump in the first division [1886 was the previous occasion]. Balliol may well have been the second fastest crew, but were twice robbed of bumps though being behind Magdalen.
The main difference between most of this year's crews and their predecessors was that they were using their legs and were quite well together. The standard was the highest seen since the war, and several crews were probably better than some summer eights.
|B:||R. A. Care|
|2:||B. N. Parlett|
|3:||J. N. Fergus|
|4:||A. C. Enthoven|
|6:||E. H. Stokes|
|7:||D. B. Money-Coutts|
|S:||J. H. V. Sutcliffe|
|C:||F. H. Pierce|
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