Town Bumps 2014 - Wednesday (Day 2)

Another great day of Bumps action, lots of row-overs today, with several crews setting up for a pivotal night tonight (Thursday).

In brief: One up, One Down, and four row-overs, so overall: a big fat net zero, but that doesn't begin to describe the hot action underlying it, so read on:

 W3 - Up Again! (Photo: Katie Bolt)

W3 - Up Again! (Photo: Katie Bolt)

  • W3 (up): A second batch of Willow for W3 last-night, after they managed to Bump-up again after catching Cantabs W7. Well done them. I gather that it was harder work than yesterday. Tonight they will be chasing 99's W5, can they catch them before they catch Champs W7?
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  • M3 (down): It was another unfortunate night for M3, who were down again alas, by the law of balance. That leaves them with the fun of being sandwich boat at the head of the M4 division today.

 

 W2 - Showing some good rotation (Photo: Kate Freeland)

W2 - Showing some good rotation (Photo: Kate Freeland)

  • W2: Rowed-over successfully as head of the third division ahead of Rad W2, but then everything ahead of them bumped out in the second division. They have an excellent prospect of getting Tabs 5 today, and hence back into the second division, if they can hold off the Rad again. Good luck!
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 M2 approaching Grassy Corner (photo: Michael Prior-Jones)

M2 approaching Grassy Corner (photo: Michael Prior-Jones)

  • M2 (row-over): A seat-falling-off incident after 20 strokes slowed them down, and it took them a while to get back to speed. They recovered to be very very close at the line, and should have a good chance of going up tonight. Stay calm boys: row faster not harder.

 

 

 

  • W1 (row-over): St Neots W1 bumped Champs W1 ahead of them, which looks like it makes for good prospects for W1 tonight (it would be nice and symmetrical if our W1 could catch Champs W1 just like in the men's division!).
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  • M1 (row-over): Press demolished Champs behind us in short order as expected, which left us a free shot at Tabs 2, but it didn't happen. We got a whistle before First Post and were maybe 3/4 of a length down at the entrance to grassy, but lets draw a discrete veil over what happened next. A video from Grassy is available here for those who wish to savor the event, or my "RiggerCam". Since we're now in the Big League we get Top Finish, and St Neots looked surprisingly good steaming up the Reach for the over-bump, but didn't get close enough to be worrying. For Thursday we have Tabs ahead again, and Press behind us, which should prove exciting.