Oriel will be looking to maintain the headship in the Oxford University Torpids, which start today, although Magdalen are likely to challenge them later in the week.
Oriel comfortably rowed over at the top of men's division one on the opening day of Oxford University's Torpids on the Isis yesterday. In the women's division one, Osler-Green, the leaders, held off a late challenge by St Catherine's.
Lincoln make progress
There was little movement by the leading crews in the men's and women's top divisions on the second day of Oxford University Torpids on the Isis yesterday. The first six crews in the men's first division rowed over. Lincoln and Oriel II were the only colleges to progress. Christ Church have dropped four places over the two days, as have Pembroke, who were bumped by University and Lady Margaret Hall in the women's first division.
Christ Church improve
Christ Church ended their downward spiral by rowing over on the third day of the Oxford University Torpids on the Isis yesterday. They held off Worcester in the men's first division, which produced only one bumpe — by Exeter, who caught St Edmund Hall approaching the Gut. Christ Church were, however, bumped out of the women's top division when they were caught by Lincoln.
Oriel and Osler-Green retained the headships of the Oxford University Torpids, which ended on the Isis on Saturday. Oriel were never seriously threatened by Pembroke, the nearest challengers, who finished well clear of Magdalen, the third-placed crew, but Osler-Green were made to work hard by St Catherine's in the women's first division.
Among crews tipped as potential headship material were, aside from Oriel, both Pembroke amd Magdalen, starting second and third respectively. In the event, there was no change in the top three positions, and after the first day, the top six positions, in the men's first division. Despite valiant attempts on all four days, Pembroke were unable to dislodge Oriel from the Head, while Magdalen, having been coached all year, will have been disappointed not to have moved up. New College, after a fine Eights performance, moved up only one place, having been held off by Brasenose, something of an unknown quantity this year and certainly not expected to gain a place, moving to fourth in the process. Queen's won blades and moved into the first division, while Oriel II, not content with being the only second boat in the top two divisions, moved up three places to ninth on the river. In the second division, Trinity and Jesus both won blades, Jesus bumping the same crew as Trinity each day. Merton joined these two in winning blades, leaving the third division in the process. S.E.H. II suffered the ignominity [sic] of the greatest fall, eleven places over the four days of Torpids.
The women went one better than the men and produced no change in the top four places, despite an assault on the headship by St Catherine's that must have had Osler-Green worried. Osler retained their position with rather more confidence on the following three days. Univ won blades and shot up five places, to fifth, while L.M.H. also won blades, although with the more traditional four bumps. Wolfson, ending up as sandwich boat, was one of three blade winners in the second division, along with S.E.H. and Keble. The largest fall seen in the women's divisions, as in the men's a collapse of eleven places, was that of Pembroke II.
|B:||F.F.A. LePetit||12st 11lb||Dulwich|
|2:||W.E. Breeze||12st 7lb||Charterhouse|
|3:||M.P. Brown||13st 7lb||Queen's Park HS|
|4:||J.C. Hubback||13st 8lb||Oundle|
|6:||A.R.A. Frost||13st 9lb||Eton|
|7:||H. Jayaram||12st 3lb||King's Chester|
|S:||T.C. MacMillan||12st 9lb||Eton|
|C:||J.A. Redfern||9st 2lb||Judd|
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