Total of 55 crews
The Oxford University Torpids will be begun this afternoon, with 55 crews taking part. All colleges have entered at least two crews [...] and St. Peter's Hall four.
Torpids crews hard driven — Queen's narrow escape
The stream was almost back to normal for the first day of Torpids at Oxford yesterday though the crews had a stiff breeze against them. In the five divisions 16 bumps were made. There was plenty of excitement at the top of the first division. At the University Boat House, Queen's, Worcester, and Balliol were separated by their full distances, but along the Barges there was a great change, and at the finish Queen's were being driven hard by Worcester, who, in their turn, were even harder pressed by Balliol and got home with only 3ft. to spare.
Christ Church caught St. Edmund Hall along the Green Bank and that bump may have considerable effect on to-day's races. With Christ Church now behind them, Balliol will have to go hard, which may make them pull out the little extra to catch Worcester. Yesterday Hertford caught St. Peter's Hall at the New Bridge and Merton fell to Oriel at the Concrete Bridge. One of the best-looking crews were University, who, though they are in the second division, are one of the fastest boats on the river and should make a daily bump. Brasenose had a good day, as their first boat caught St. Catherine's and the second boat, with two bumps, climbed out of the fourth division to the comparative safety of the third.
Fifteen bumps in Torpids — Queen's never pressed
Only 15 bumps were made when the Torpids were continued at Oxford yesterday, and it would seem as if the top boats had found their level.
As the first eight boats came out of the Gut none had gained or lost any appreciable distance, and it was obvious that only something extraordinary would produce a bump. Queen's, at the head, were never pressed, and at the finish were at least a length and a half up on Worcester, who were a length ahead of Balliol. Christ Church, not showing the same drive as on the first day, never looked like improving their position. Hertford were the only first division boat to make a second bump, and they caught Merton going into the Gut. Hertford completed the discomfiture of Merton when, in the fourth division, their second boat caught Merton II.
Balliol catch Worcester — promise of exciting finish to Torpids
There is every hope of an exciting finish to the Oxford University Torpids to-day. Yesterday Balliol made their bump on Worcester to climb into second place and, even if they do not displace Queen's at the head, they will make them go hard all the way.
Balliol were quickly gaining on Worcester, being little more than half a length behind coming out of the Gut, and, getting two guns, they made a splendid spurt to make their bump near the top of the Green Bank, at the pink post. This left Queen's to paddle home in comfort.
Hertford made their third bump when they caught Oriel near the Concrete Bridge and the fall of Oriel got Exeter out of difficulty. Coming up to the Gut Exeter touched the bank and number four broke his oar, but with Oriel out of the way the other seven were able to take the boat home.
Balliol challenge easily held — Queen's stay Head of River in Torpids
Any ideas that Queen's might lose their place at the Head of the River to Balliol in the Torpids, which were ended at Oxford on Saturday, were soon dispelled. Balliol had certainly reduced the distance a little at the Gut, but their challenge was no more than a thin threat which Queen's faithfully dealt with along the Green Bank. At the University Boat House at least a length of clear water separated the crews and Balliol seemingly accepted the inevitable for, along the barges, they made no worthwhile spurt and Queen's deservedly stayed at the head.
This was Queen's best day. On the first two days they had seemed a little unsure of themselves and had even caused their supporters some slight anxiety, but on Saturday there was more determination, expressed in a stride and swing which in earlier races was not much to be noticed.
The other boats in the first division failed to provide any excitement. The first eight boats rowed through in unchanged order without even the hope of a bump between them. Nor is this a proof of a high standard. Rather it is that none of them, excepting perhaps Hertford, had real racing spirit. No crews managed to reach and maintain a high rate of striking from start to finish and very few had real leg drive. Notable exceptions in the matter of legs were New College and Brasenose and, to a less degree, Pembroke.
The number of bumps, 70 in the four days, was rather fewer than usual, and, most unusually, only one boat St. Edmund Hall II, managed to make a daily ascent. Brasenose II and New College II, by becoming sandwich boats and climbing into a higher division, each made four bumps.
In the past Merton and Trinity have been powers in Oxford rowing and it was disappointing that both failed so badly in Torpids to the extent that the two boats of both clubs were bumped every day. St. Peter's Hall, also bumped daily, lost their place in the first division and others who went down four places were St. Catherine's, Oriel II, Wadham II, and St. John's III.
Sir, — With a twinge of jealousy I noticed that the two boats at the head of the river at the end of Torpids last week were those of The Queen's College and Balliol. I believe that no other college in Oxford sets a higher intellectual standard than these two colleges.
J. C. Masterman
Worcester College, Oxford.
|B:||E. J. Hudson||King Edward's, Sheffield|
|2:||J. D. Hopton||Midhurst G.S.|
|3:||M. H. Harper||Bryanston|
|4:||J. G. Peel||Wellington|
|5:||O. R. Siddle||Hymer's, Hull|
|6:||M. T. Carter||St. Peter's, York|
|7:||J. P. Watts||Bryanston|
|S:||A. Barrett||George Dixon's, Edgbaston|
|C:||A. C. C. Ackroyd||Hanson|
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