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20th Feb '11Bump ITby PC
Our bumps predictions game is now into its fifth year. See here for details of how to play. There are two versions of the game: 4-day, for predicting the complete men's or women's bumps charts, and Daily, for predicting each of the five days of the Lent Bumps.

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2nd Jun '10Bump ITby PC
Our bumps predictions game is now into its fifth year. See here for details of
how to play. There are two versions of the game: 4-day, for predicting the
complete men's or women's bumps charts, and Daily, for predicting each of the
four days of the May Bumps. Because of the changes to the number of Bumps
divisions this year the bottom 10 crews in the men's charts and the bottom 4
crews in the women's charts were chosen alphabetically but will be updated once
the GoR has taken place. Please leave your bottom division predictions until
then.

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for you. If not, or if you have any other problems, then please get in touch
with me at webmaster at firstandthird dot org.
13th May '10Electionsby PC
All club members are invited to vote at the election of next year's committee, to be held at 7.30pm sharp on Sunday May 16th in the Winstanley Lecture Hall.

To read the candidates' manifestos, please click on Committee and then Elections in the menu on the left hand side.
17th Feb '10BumpITby bjg
Our bumps predictions game is now into its fifth year. See here for details of how to play. There are two versions of the game: 4-day, for predicting the complete men's or women's bumps charts, and Daily, for predicting each of the five days of the Lent Bumps.

If you're a user of www.firstandthird.org, then an account should already exist for you. If not, or if you have any other problems, then please get in touch with me at webmaster at firstandthird dot org.
17th Feb '10Mich summaryby RJF
Men's side

As the incoming captain one is never sure how things will look come the start of Mich term as senior members leave and a new intake arrives. It quickly became apparent that the majority of last year's M1 weren't around any more, so we looked forward with some uncertainty as to how the term would play out.
The new intake saw a large number of people who had rowed before join the upper boats squad. We gained three schoolboys, two rowers from other universities and one from another college. When mixed in with old FaT hands ranging from M1 to M4 standard it became clear that the focus of the term needed to be getting people rowing in the same way and developing less experienced rowers if we were to perform not only during Mich term but also over the year.
It was therefore decided to run the term as a squad system. Scratch fours were the order of the day, and crews seldom had more than one outing together before races. In the short term this did probably hinder performance and may have contributed to disappointing Uni 4s results, but looking back I believe it was the right call in the longer term. It is an important skill to be able to quickly adapt to new crews and individuals have come on a long way in that respect.
We set crews two weeks before Fairbairn's, and both M1 and M2 felt progress quicken. With more consistency between outings boat speed began to come, spurred on by a 17 second defeat by an impressive Queen's boat at the Winter Head which also placed us 5 seconds behind Downing. Fairbairn's saw M1 finishing second, just ahead of Downing and only 8 seconds behind Queen's. It was obviously disappointing not to win but we had halved the deficit from Winter Head over twice the distance so great progress had clearly been made. All credit to Queen's for a very impressive term.
The result of the day on the men's side came from M2, who finished 13 seconds clear of the next second boat and beat eleven college first boats. A great result, setting the crew up well on their campaign to break into the first division come Lents.
A strong note to end on. Morale is high, and we look forward keenly to next term. Aint't nothin' to it but to do it.

Richard Fletcher
Men's Captain

Women's Side

I don't know what to say really,
Term began with a mix of experience in the women's squad, from frequent W1 rowers to those that had never dreamed of rowing W1 before. We made the eight the focus of term from the very beginning with the intention of having a good crew as a base for Lent term's attempt to regain the headship.

Things you want get taken from you, but you only learn that when you start losing stuff.
Results at University IVs were mixed, with disappointment for the top four losing to rivals, and eventual winners, Downing in the first round, while the second four demonstrated they were competitive in W1 division by beating Caius, before going out to the eventual winners in the semi-finals. However it was becoming apparent we had a squad of competitive rowers, which might be capable of matching other colleges in an VIII.
The W2 four entered into the second division was unfortunate to draw the winners in their first round.
Shortly afterwards the novices were doing the Queens Ergo Competition and NW1 came a creditable 8th, while NW2 were 6th in their division.

You find out that life is just a game of inches, and the margin for error is so small.
By Winter Head it was clear that our novices were progressing well and that W1 were beginning to gain the confidence and belief that they could win, and the drive to ensure this, losing by just 2 seconds to Christ's

At the Clare Novice's NW1 went out early to the eventual winners, while W2 lost to the same college, Jesus' W2 beating them in the second round.
Fairbairn's a week later NW1 did excellently to come 4th overall, while W2 came in a very creditable 35th beating several other colleges NW1s.

When we add up all those inches that's going to make the difference between winning and losing.
The next day NW1 rowed the full Fairbairn's course, beating NM1 in the process. However the day really belonged to W1, who buoyed on by coaching from Neil Talbott and Peter Summers, were convinced they could win the event. They did so in an emphatic style, a first for the Women's boat club, losing to only the top two CUWBC crews. The first IV followed this by defeating all opposition in the IVs category to avenge the Uni IVs defeat and retain the title.

I was very pleased with the successful term for the club, but we still have targets yet to be achieved.
Thomas O'Neill
Women's Captain
16th May '09Electionsby CRNF
All club members are invited to vote at the election of next year's committee, to be held at 7.30pm sharp on Sunday May 17th in the Winstanley Lecture Hall.
To read the candidates' manifestos, please click on Committee and then Elections in the menu on the left hand side.
22nd Apr '09Small Boats Regattaby ECL
Congratulations to all winners and competitors in this year's CUCBC Small Boats Regatta. First and Third fielded a number of strong crews from both the women and men's clubs.

Miles Galloway, Tom Coker and Peter Ford are all to be congratulated, after winning the Bushe-Fox Sculls, Fairbairn Junior Sculls, and Lowe Mixed Doubles respectively. The women's pair(Overington-Robson) also put in a fantastic show to make it the finals, after the Fairbairns and Magdalene competitions were combined. Many of the races were close and the number and standard of entries was high.

Thanks also to Peter Brandt for coming along to support the club on the bank, and for presenting the trophies.
19th Feb '09BumpITby bjg
Our bumps prediction game is now into its fourth year. See here for details of how to play. There are two versions of the game: 4-day, for predicting the complete men's or women's bumps charts, and Daily, for predicting each of the five days of the Lent Bumps.

I'm not planning to award any prizes this year, partly because I never get round to doing it until it's so late that any enthusiasm the winners had has entirely disappeared, and partly because it generally seems to be the same few people winning more and more BumpIT clothing. If Mercury (King's), Rich (Sidney Sussex), Phil (1st & 3rd) and Simon (Christ's) wrote the predictions at the front of the bumps programme then there'd be no point running bumps. But if you feel strongly that there should be prizes then post below and I'll go begging for some money.

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17th Feb '09Lents dinner 2009by CRNF
The final deadline to get tickets for the Lents dinner is 8pm this Thursday (19th Feb). Most of the places have now gone so please book soon or you may be disappointed. To reserve a place, just email me at secretary@firstandthird.org stating any special requirements.

A reminder of the menu:

Sherry reception
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Orkney Smoked Salmon with Onion Rings and Lemon
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Roast Sirloin of Beef, Yorkshire Pudding & Horseradish Sauce
Roast Potatoes
Selection of Vegetables
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Trinity College Lemon Tart with Vanilla Cream
* * *
Coffee and Mints

A vegetarian alternative is also available and there is a discount for non-drinkers.

Tickets cost £30 and are charged to your college bill. The dinner will begin with drinks at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

Connoisseurs will tell you the Lents dinner is often the best of the year, so don't miss out!

Charles
17th Feb '09Lents Bop in the Union!!by KSS
Dear all,

it is out great pleasure to invite you all to this term's end Bop after the Lents Dinner on February 28th. It will be held in Union with Jesus College Boat Club and Lady Margaret Boat Club.

We have booked the first floor of the Union (for those who know the Bar, Extension and the Blue Room). Drinks will be served at the bar (we are still negotiating a discount on some cocktails/shots/drinks). The usual mix of party and cheesy music will be played and there is no entrance fee for the night.
The Union will be open for us from cca 9pm till 1am but hopefully we might manage to negotiate that till 2am.

I will send out an e-mail with more details closer to the date especially about rules of conduct ie. what not to do in the Union. I hope you are all excited about this turn of events spicing up the usual routine in the WPR.

Your Kit and Social Secretary,
Sonya Milanova

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