courtesy of Joshua Warwick (2013), M2 Stroke and captain .
We rowed between Mansfield M1, who were extremely quick, and Wadham M2 – who we knew were quick last eights. As expected Mansfield M1 bumped out early, leaving us to hunt down Corpus and push off Wadham. We put lengths & lengths into Wadham down greenbanks, but not quite quick enough to catch Corpus.
We were bumped by a fast Keble M1 just before Donny bridge, again we were left hunting down corpus – who managed to bump out. St. Peters were next for us to chase down greenbanks. We fought hard and were given a huge boost when at the end of boathouse island they caught a monster crab (ed: literally a pair of boatstopping crabs). We took the rate & pressure up before they had no choice but to concede. Success.
We knew that ahead of us there was a falling St hughs followed by Corpus, Keble then us. Corpus managed to bump Hugh’s before Donny bridge, and Keble bumped out in the gut, leaving them to us as we entered the gut. We closed to about a length through the gut, where we put in a big push out of it. Closing rapidly, we again took the rate up and within the power 10, they conceded. 2 bumps and +1, not bad.
On Friday, M2 hit a 5 year streak of not dropping a place in Torpids, which was at the time the 2nd longest streak on the river. Magdalen M1 had a day on us, but neither streak would last to the end of the week…
We held a pacey Oriel M2 to the middle of the gut, where they just had the inside canvas as we needed to turn: we had to concede else face a similar fate to the M1s. Coming out of the gut was quite messy, not the control we had the days before. We were being hunted by vengeful St. Peters M1 down greenbanks, they were gaining rapidly. We managed to get a better rhythm by boathouse island, with them about 1/2 a length off. We held this till halfway, where they put in a push to take it to canvas at the end of the island. At this point, we attempted a push – but to no avail and unfortunately they bumped us.
Overall not the best result (-1), but good experience of both pushing off crews, and being able to put down the power to earn a bump.