Torpids prospects bleak
The first day of the Oxford University Torpids on the Isis today has been cancelled because of the swollen state of the river. With unfavourable weather forecasts there seems little chance of the competition starting, although organisers have planned a further meeting for tomorrow morning. In the unlikely event of conditions improving sufficiently for racing to start later in the week, the competition will be restricted to the top three men's divisions and top two women's divisions.
A swollen river again caused the postponement of the second day of Oxford University Torpids on the Isis yesterday. The river continued to be on red alert, but the race committee has not given up hope of a start being made today. St Catherine's Boat Club captain, John Haynes, said yesterday: "There is no Torpids today, but, if there is no more rain in the next 24 hours, we are very hopeful of racing on Friday"
After two blank days because of a swollen and fast-flowing river, the Oxford University Torpids got under way on the Isis yesterday, but only three divisions of six crews were staged — without significant incident. It is hoped today to stage 11 divisions, which will again be reduced to six crews. Coxes were ordered to wear lifejackets, and, in the men's second division, St Edmund Hall and Balliol were bumped down a place when their coxes were discovered not to be wearing them
Oriel pushed hard(The article is inconsistent with the reported bumps in W.Div I).
Oriel were pressed to retain the headship of the Oxford University Torpids on Saturday. The rowing was reduced from four days to two because of a swollen stream, and Brasenose pushed Oriel all the way on both days. There were no bumps in the men's first division, and only one in the women's, where Somerville were caught by New College and Wadham
On the eve of Torpids, many in Oxford believed that Oriel might be bumped off head for the first time in 23 years by a Brasenose crew that had been training at Wallingford, thus avoiding the red flag which kept many crews off the water unless they were prepared to migrate to other stretches of the Thames. The persistent winter rain and snow ultimately resulted in Torpids being reduced to two days of racing for the men's top division and women's top half division, and one day only for the top half of the men's second division and bottom half of the women's first division.
On the Friday Oriel held Brasenose at a length going past OUBC, when a Brasenose push brought them to within a canvas of Oriel. The situation was repeated on Saturday, but this time Oriel were ready for the Brasenose attack and responded with a push of their own to hold off Nose and retain the headship.
A relatively inexperienced Pembroke crew were bumped off third place by Univ on the Friday, but a sudden bout of illness weakened the latter crew to such an extent that Pembroke were almost able to bump back on the Saturday. In the bottom half of the first division, in the circumstances rowing as the second division Balliol received a technical bump on the Friday for failing to don their cox in a lifejacket, whilst Oriel II bumped back into the division, catching L.M.H. forty seconds after the gun. On the Saturday Oriel II closed to a canvas on Balliol by the gut, but then decided to take a detour through it and some time later emerged a length down. In the third division (usually known as the top half of the second), Lincoln quickly bumped L.M.H..
In the women's division Osler were heavily tipped to catch Somerville and did so on the Friday convincingly, leaving Somerville to defend itself from being bumped by New. This did not happen as New's cox attempted to T-bone Somerville along the green bank and missed. New succeeded on the Saturday. In the lower half of the division, racing only on Saturday, Univ succumbed to Pembroke early on, leaving the way clear for Oriel to achieve an impressive overbump, catching University at the end of the green bank.
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