Posted: Friday 15 June 2012, 12:10AM by Olivia Duffield
W1 ended the first day of bumps with a solid row over, pushing onto Pembroke W2 around Grassy Corner and Ditton but unfortunately not quite catching up.
Our practice starts were strong and we were well prepared when the gun went off. Emma W2 behind us stood no chance and we pushed off them quickly, leaving Murray Edwards to bump them out.
Day 2 started with a number of non-ideal circumstances. Sadly our 7, Natalie Tapley, is unable to row for the rest of bumps due to illness and Lois Overvoorde is (again) heroically subbing in. This did, however, mean that we were starting a difficult day without a full crew and we all knew that it was going to be hard. Murray Edwards caught Emma W2 quickly the day before, so our start had to be absolutely air-tight. We pushed off well to begin with, but lost balance and confidence around the corner as Murray Edwards started gaining and eventually bumped us out.
Tomorrow we're expecting a hard row-over, and hopefully after a pre-bumps outing to get the new crew settled we'll be able to get back what we lost by Saturday.