Summer Eights: Oriel's Men Head of the River for Third Year Running

  • Oriel's Winning Summer Eights Crew
    Oriel's winning men's 1st VIII
  • The men's 1st VIII in action
    The men's 1st VIII in action
  • The women's 1st VIII on the river
    The women's 1st VIII on the river
  • The women's 1st VIII celebrating their return to Division I
    The women's 1st VIII celebrating their return to Division I
31 May, 2016

An eventful week on the river resulted in the Oriel men's 1st VIII fighting off a determined challenge from Christ Church to be crowned Head of the River for a third year running!

The team were cheered on by a large and vociferous Oriel crowd on Saturday afternoon as they rowed to victory once again. Huge congratulations to the team on their impressive achievement! 

There were mixed fortunes on the river for Oriel's other crews. The women's 1st VIII bumped Worcester and Somerville on day one, moving up from 2nd place in Division II to 13th in Division I. They then bumped New College on day two to move up to 12th, but a penalty bump was unfortunately awarded against them on day three and they finished in 13th place in the end (although they came within inches of bumping New College in the final race). Overall, it was a fantastic competition for the women's 1st VIII, and they will start in Division I next year.

The women's 2nd VII, men's 2nd VII and men's 3rd VIII were all bumped in the first three days of rowing, but all three crews finished strong on the last day. The women's 3rd VIII were unlucky in their Division VI races and were bumped down four places to finish 6th.

It was another great Summer Eights competition, and it has been another successful year for Oriel on the river. Congratulations to all of the Oriel crews, who showed great commitment and team spirit and put in so much hard work and training. Floreat Oriel!

Photos of the final day of racing (above) were taken by David Archer.