Tim Koch writes:
Yesterday, in my report on the 2014 Oxford Summer Eights, I mentioned that I was the guest of Jack Carlson, coach of the Men’s First VIII. This second report from Oxford is a ‘picture diary’ focusing on Oriel and their final day of racing. Calum Pontin, Captain of the Oriel College Boat Club, was kind enough to show me around college. The boat club’s website says:
For the past 35 years Oriel has dominated the Oxford intercollegiate rowing scene, topping the Easter bumps races (Torpids) for 25 consecutive years and the Summer bumps races... more than any other college. The astonishing ascent up the bumps chart of Oriel’s women’s crews, following their admittance to the college in 1986, saw Oriel take the first ever Double Headship in Torpids in 2006.
The progress of Oriel Men’s rowing, 1980 - 2013 can be seen on the red lines on this bump chart. Less importantly, Oriel is 9th out of 30 in the most recent Norrington Table which ranks the undergraduate degree results of Oxford Colleges.
The vital bump that secured Oriel’s Headship in 2014 was recorded by this bow camera:
hammerbeam roof. The large portrait above the High Table is of Edward II (1284 - 1327) who gave permission for the college to be established. The picture to the left of this is of alumnus, Sir Walter Raleigh (1554 - 1618). The place calls to mind a verse from “He Fell Among Thieves” by Henry Newbolt:
He saw the dark wainscot and timbered roof,
The long tables, and the faces merry and keen;
The College Eight and their trainer dining aloof,
The Dons on the dais serene.