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And The Girls Are Head!!!

June 3, 2010 in Captain's Blog, Summer VIIIs 2010

For the first time in history the Women of BCBC are Head of the River in Summer VIIIs!

Yes, that’s right, for the first time EVER Balliol is now in pole position. And here’s how it happened…

After winning blades in Torpids, we allowed ourselves 2 weeks off (and I sat my exams!) before knuckling down to some hard graft. After some small boats work on the Isis over the vac, we had a physically challenging, but thoroughly enjoyable, training camp based at the OUBC boathouse in Wallingford. Unfortunately the Winklevoss boys didn’t see fit to show their faces, but we did have some fun side-by-side racing with Nick’s J15 boys from Teddy’s School. Many thanks to all the alumni who helped fund the camp!

We returned to our native Godstow with an ambitious training schedule drawn up by Zhan, the cox, and a deep rooted desire to win some pots. After strong performances at Wallingford and Bedford Regattas (winning the latter) we now had pewter tankards and ARA points: next to show Oxford what we were made of.

Unfortunately just two weeks before Eights disaster struck, and our stroke had to drop out for medical reasons. However, we were all determined to pull together and do even better for Christina’s sake. As Donald MacDonald put it “be strengthened by the knowledge that there are nine rowers in your boat”.

So as we lined up on bungline 2, with the elusive Teddy Hall girls behind us, we knew that every one of the girls in the boat would pull their utmost hardest, all the way to the cox’s stone. Luckily for us, this wasn’t really necessary. With a split of 1.13/500m (against the stream) off the start, and stroke rating of 42spm+, there was no where for the Hall to run. Or almost nowhere, anyway. Every source except the Hall cox maintains that we actually bumped them three times before they conceded. Nevertheless, by the end of green bank we were Head of the River.

We then had a relaxing three row-overs, on many occasions calling to ‘stride down’ so as not to exert ourselves too much, before we could finally carry a boat back to college to burn in the fireplace in hall on Saturday evening. I hope you get a chance to check out the video – it’s pretty surreal!

I think at this point it’s essential to remember that we only had to make one bump, as all of the hard work was done by previous years’ crews: in the last 5 years we’ve risen 22 places!

More importantly, needless to say none of this would have been possible without Nick Bevan’s inspirational coaching and support over the time he’s been here. My personal thanks also has to go out to Doug, Andrew and Peggotty for all their help, and to my vice-captain Kirsty for keeping me sane (almost).

I hope as many of our Old Members as possible can make it back for the Headship Dinner on Friday 5th November – it’s looking like it will be a really great night.

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Live From The Field

May 29, 2010 in Summer VIIIs 2010

Christ Church electing to sit in the rain before racing

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GO Balliol

May 29, 2010 in Summer VIIIs 2010

Nunc nunc insurgite remis! From the Bargee of 1964 in the wilds of Zummersett

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Summer Eights – come down to the river!

May 28, 2010 in Summer VIIIs 2010

The final day of Summer Eights is upon us – your support down by the river would be greatly appreciated!

There will be a bar (serving pimms etc) and a bbq at the Balliol boathouse, and loads of happenings all along the river.

Balliol crews are racing at the following times:

M3 and M4 10.55am
W2 13.55
M2 14.30
W1 17.15
M1 17.45

There have been strong performances from all crews, as well as some bad luck. Going into the final day, M2 are “on for blades” and W1 are hoping to maintain their spot at Head of the River – if they succeed they will be the first Balliol women’s crew ever to do so.

GO BALLIOL!!!

Thursday Christchurch Video

May 27, 2010 in Summer VIIIs 2010

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Photos

May 26, 2010 in Summer VIIIs 2010

Well, I would have lots of photos to share only my silly internet provider claims essential work was needed on my line (it was working just fine); so I can’t upload any. I even managed to get a little video of Christchurch paddling over at the head!

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From ChCh meadows

May 26, 2010 in Summer VIIIs 2010

Contrary to Chris’ speculation, there was some action at the top of div 1, with oriel (3rd) bumping pembroke, and univ (6th) bumping magdalen.

Balliol managed to put an extra length between them and magdalen while not letting oriel move away at all.

So tomorrow there’s a slower crew to chase and a faster crew looking to bump us. Should make for interesting watching on the first day the bar will be fully stocked. Come on down to watch W1 row over head and M1 challenge to take 3rd…

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Div 1

May 26, 2010 in Summer VIIIs 2010

Exeter wolfson and new all pretty close

Div 1

May 26, 2010 in Summer VIIIs 2010

And were off

Div 1

May 26, 2010 in Summer VIIIs 2010

Christchurch seem overrated to me, im sure theyll still row over head. everyone else looks pretty average. Dont expect much to go on at the top of this division.maybe some more sction at the bottom.

And theres the 1 minute gun