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Mich Term 2003

2nd women's novice VIII

Queens' Novice Ergo Competition (2nd division)

Time: 16:02
The girls put in a sterling performance. Abi gave us a flying start and had the cheek to make it look easy, Sanjeet recovered brilliantly from coming off her seat, and Anna powered us up through the ranks. Munro took Maggie from behind with style, and Lydia calmly closed the gap to downing (whose first two rowers had ~1:43 splits!). Anastasia closed the gap further, and supersub Louise brought us to within 150m of Downing. We'd come right back from behind, but 150m is quite a lot to make up over 500m...
Well try telling that to Fish, who brought us in 1st in our heat, pipping downing to the post.
Overall we finished 2nd, 5s behind Homerton C... who beat Homerton A by the same margin and Homerton B by 1minute. As far as I'm concerned, today's result was a win, and a well deserved one. (jo)
Our second QEs crew put in an amazing performance last night, stealing the limelight with a resounding win in their round, finishing a close second to a dubiously placed Homerton 'C' boat. We were screaming ourselves hoarse but the girls stayed calm and we gradually overtook Maggie (oh yes!)and Downing who were keeping the pressure on us until with 150m down Fish took the hot seat and blew them all away, finishing a fantasic set of performances convincingly. The girls looked strong and infinitely more stylish than many around - and Louise Bloom did herself proud with a first ever 500m, holding her own against tough competition. An excellent evening - with more than a little victorious feeling after learning of Homerton's strangely successful 'C'-boat. Apparently they're hopeless on the water though - we look forward to a storming season from all our novice boats! Ra ra First and Third! (Danae)

1. Ergo monsters!
2. Abbie waiting for th...
3. Waiting for results...

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Cambridge Winter Head (Novice VIIIs)

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2. Bow 4 being a bit ea...
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Clare Novice Regatta

1st round
Beat Sidney Sussex C (easily)
A slightly frantic start in which Sidney looked strong soon gave way to long, powerful strokes from the team and the other boat began to recede into the distance. A long initial push gave 1st & 3rd a comfortable lead and a gradual wind down "Down four... down two... down two" at around half distance led to a very gently rowed cruise to victory, to the accompaniment of the "Hi ho" song and much merriment all round. (Daniel)
2nd round
Beat Newnham B (very easily)
Our girls looked professional and unphased from the start, despite Lilie going a worrying shade of blue as Newnham faffed about trying to line up for about 20 minutes. The 2nds proved to be made of stronger stuff though and rowed a convincing and powerful race, bringing the rating down about 12 by the end, as we paddled across the finish line over 20 lengths ahead. The girls were disapointed to have had no real competition in either round - but onto tomorrow where they will be put to the excellent day of superb rowing - keep it up! (Danae)
Quarter finals
Beat Robinson by 1/2 length
This was a difficult one as the conditions on the reach were shocking. The first start was great, Daniel holding a brilliant line despite their proximity to the bank, and the crew pulling away smartly from 'Binson. Unfortunately Binsons start drove them straight into us, and a restart was ordered. The crew were taken somewhat by suprise by the second start, but edged away despite not rowing their usual calm best. By the railway bridge Binson looked like they might take it back, but a determined push for the finish and a Binson crab secured us the win. (jo)
Semi finals
Beat New Hall (easily)
There isn't much to say. The girls rowed well, and were able to row over half the course at sub race speed as New Hall C (who deserve credit for getting into the semi's) never really got away from the bank. They were able to cross the line comfortably with no-one rowing... (jo)
Very good race, really - after a VERY dodgy start in which Lilie was backing up to straighten the boat, the cox's (Daniel's) hand was up and he was calling to the marshals, and the yellow vest dude called the start anyway... The team soon settled down after a panicked flurry and produced some top-notch rowing.

New Hall had an intimate encounter with the bank and so the last 100m of the race was taken on stern four, with stern pair giving us the final push before we easied over the line (much to the lack of amusement of the marshals).

It was unfortunate that the race wasn't as gripping as the one before or after, but New Hall had some bad luck at the start and deserve congratulations for making it through as a C team. (Daniel)
Beat Clare (~2 lengths)
A very convincing row, against a very good Clare crew. The crew combined the calmness of the semi final with the grit of the quarter, and refused to let Clare take back the length that they had taken over the course of the reach. This win was well deserved and well earnt. Well done! (jo)

1. Round 2
2. Round 1
3. Stern 5 and Daniel

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Novice Fairbairn Cup (2nd division)

15th, 2nd Second VIII
Time: 14:19
Fairbairns was in some ways something of a disapointment for a very strong second team with oodles of talent, fantastic teamwork and a gorgeous and talented coxswain. A polished start and committed opening push led to some excellent rowing and a strong attack. By the middle of the race, however, composure suffered a little and the hardworking crew were unable to achieve the kind of speeds to which they had become used in practice.

An overall result of 15th and a placing of 2nd among the 2nd boats was good but not quite the fulfilment of the potential of a fine group of rowers who will hopefully go on to do tremendous things in the months and years to come.

Next term, of course, should be, well, marvellous. (Daniel)

1. At Chesterton
2. Speeding away from t...

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