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Summer VIIIs 2017

 

It was an Eights week of ups and downs for Magdalen, and certainly a dramatic one.

 

Wednesday started with a bang - our Aussie-themed M3 (featuring on any day at least two thirds Australasian rowers) was unfortunately bumped following an ejector crab in the bow seat! Thankfully everyone involved was okay, and the crew, bemused and in one case very wet, returned to the boathouse in one piece. This scrape seemed to invigorate them throughout the week however - despite the crew's inexperience rowing together, they managed a row-over and a two bumps on the next three days.  (Final result +1)

 

W3 on the other hand, invigorated by a guest cox and coach from Hertford, had a week of gutsy rows. Despite the vast majority of the girls being complete novices at the start of the term, they rowed impressively and managed to avoid being bumped on two of the days, often against crews who had trained for far longer than them. (Final result -2)

 

M2 was looking to break a curse. After two years of successively being bumped, it was time for the streak to be broken, which they did on the Thursday of Eights with a row-over. Unfortunately the perils of the division order meant that they ended up behind a dominant Green Templeton M1 (who have been steadily rising through the ranks since their inclusion in 2009), so a second row-over was not to be. (Final result -3)

 

W2 was fighting in the bottom of Division III, where they had the added disadvantage of faster sandwich-boats to compete with. Still, they managed a determined defence, rowing over on Thursday, before disaster struck on Friday, where the boat was pushed up into the bank by a bump, the bow section was broken off, and Liv the cox just escaping injury. She was evidently undaunted: still rowing in W1 only a couple of hours later! With some hasty re-rigging of one of  our spare eights, they were out racing on Saturday, though were unfortunately bumped. (Final result -2)

 

W1 had had a difficult preparation period, and the crew had lost a number of key girls to finals. Still, they attacked spiritedly, but up against fast crews in Division I, the going proved tough, being bumped each day. It's a testament to their determination that they remained undaunted and raring to go every race, and they will be back to reclaim those bumps next year. (Final result -4)

 

M1, largely brought together from the previous year's Eights crew, was still smarting from a couple of the bumps they had received then, particularly against Univ. Yet the boys from up the High St remained elusive to them even now, despite three days of snapping at their heels. Rowing over twice, it came down to the final day and a do-or-die fight. Nobody could have predicted the carnage that ensued - being bumped by Balliol forced the boat into the bank, smashing a hole in the bows; and the Balliol bows themselves rode up over our stern, narrowly missing David our cox. And they said rowing wasn't dramatic. Thankfully everyone was unhurt, and the boat was sent for repairs in time for the start of Michaelmas Term. (Final result -2)

 

An eventful Eights, certainly, and with its own successes and failures. We're already training for next year...

 - WN -

 

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Any news about MCBC - race reports, club announcements and events - can be found here. Check back often for the latest information, and follow us on social media for more updates.

 

Summer VIIIs 2017

 

It was an Eights week of ups and downs for Magdalen, and certainly a dramatic one.

 

Wednesday started with a bang - our Aussie-themed M3 (featuring on any day at least two thirds Australasian rowers) was unfortunately bumped following an ejector crab in the bow seat! Thankfully everyone involved was okay, and the crew, bemused and in one case very wet, returned to the boathouse in one piece. This scrape seemed to invigorate them throughout the week however - despite the crew's inexperience rowing together, they managed a row-over and a two bumps on the next three days.  (Final result +1)

 

W3 on the other hand, invigorated by a guest cox and coach from Hertford, Joe Hitchen, had a week of gutsy rows. Despite the vast majority of the girls being complete novices at the start of the term, they rowed impressively and managed to avoid being bumped on two of the days, often against crews who had trained for far longer than them. (Final result -2)

 

M2 was looking to break a curse. After two years of successively being bumped, it was time for the streak to be broken, which they did on the Thursday of Eights with a row-over. Unfortunately the perils of the division order meant that they ended up behind a dominant Green Templeton M1 (who have been steadily rising through the ranks since their inclusion in 2009), so a second row-over was not to be. (Final result -3)

 

W2 was fighting in the bottom of Division III, where they had the added disadvantage of faster sandwich-boats to compete with. Still, they managed a determined defence, rowing over on Thursday, before disaster struck on Friday, where the boat was pushed up into the bank by a bump, the bow section was broken off, and Liv the cox just escaping injury. She was evidently undaunted: still rowing in W1 only a couple of hours later! With some hasty re-rigging of one of  our spare eights, they were out racing on Saturday, though were unfortunately bumped. (Final result -2)

 

W1 had had a difficult preparation period, and the crew had lost a number of key girls to finals. Still, they attacked spiritedly, but up against fast crews in Division I, the going proved tough, being bumped each day. It's a testament to their determination that they remained undaunted and raring to go every race, and they will be back to reclaim those bumps next year. (Final result -4)

 

M1, largely brought together from the previous year's Eights crew, was still smarting from a couple of the bumps they had received then, particularly against Univ. Yet the boys from up the High St remained elusive to them even now, despite three days of snapping at their heels. Rowing over twice, it came down to the final day and a do-or-die fight. Nobody could have predicted the carnage that ensued - being bumped by Balliol forced the boat into the bank, smashing a hole in the bows; and the Balliol bows themselves rode up over our stern, narrowly missing David our cox. And they said rowing wasn't dramatic. Thankfully everyone was unhurt, and the boat was sent for repairs in time for the start of Michaelmas Term. (Final result -2)

 

An eventful Eights, certainly, and with its own successes and failures. We're already training for next year...

 - WN -