Henley update – Day 3 Briefing

The third instalment of the Henley Briefing, by John Wiggins:

The Teddies machine rolls on, picking up speed with every outing. A better row on Thursday morning, despite the early start, made sure of victory over a determined KCS Wimbledon who refused to roll over.

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The reward for this is a showdown with the National Schools gold medallists, St Paul’s on Friday at the prime time of 3pm.

While not as overwhelming as the incredible crew of 2018, these boys are still a crew to beat should a win at Henley remain in your plans. The boys will need to be at their best and some to achieve this but will do just that and certainly give them their toughest race.

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Katie Greves’ Headington Alumni crew looked strong but were just short of the speed needed to overcome the Tideway Scullers/Imperial crew in the Remenham Cup heat on Thursday. Other casualties included Charlie Gosling’s Marlow four and Stewart Innes in the Diamond Sculls. Stewart was up against the Norwegian international, and losing finalist from the 2018 Regatta, K Borch, and while clearly having pace, was not able to stay with the more established single sculler. We wish Stewart every success in his continued comeback from injury.

Meanwhile, Max Thompson continues in the Brookes A Temple Cup crew with a win over University of London on Thursday evening setting them for a tough fixture at 10.30am on Friday morning – but let’s face it, all Friday races are tough! Also through to the quarter-finals (at 11.05am) were the OSE duo, Dave Wilcox and Sam Shuker whose Newcastle University eight beat Edinburgh in the first race of the day on Thursday, just ahead of our School eight.

The Prince Albert crews didn’t race today so we wish Oscar and Campbell the best for their St Andrew’s crew on Friday morning (racing at 10.45 am).

And to round it all off we have the OSE (and Friends) tea in the afternoon at the Henley Cricket Club car park. All are welcome.

See you there.
John Wiggins

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