Love Eight Relationship on Isis

first_imgSummer Eights 2004 After last year’s historic double headship, Pembroke College came down to earth with a bump or two during this year’s Summer Eights, with New College W1 and Magdalen College M1 sitting at the top of the tables come the close of racing on Saturday. Magdalen M1 had started fourth on the river on Wednesday, and some thought that despite the obvious speed in the boat, the inherently unfair nature of bumps racing might deny the Blue-stacked crew the headship. Magdalen proved all doubters wrong by bumping Exeter, Pembroke and Oriel on successive days, to go head for the first time in fifty years, with a day to spare. Pembroke had lost the headship on Wednesday to Oriel, having been bumped well past the boat houses on the opening day. But despite bringing Theology finalist Basil Dixon into the boat for the rest of the week, Pembroke could neither gain revenge on Oriel nor hold off Magdalen as they dropped to third. Whilst the decidedly iffy weather meant that tow-path support was not what it might have been, Magdalen’s bump on Oriel was met by scenes of jubilation on the banks and boat house island, with Magdalen supporters and neutral observers alike happy to see a crew other than Oriel or Pembroke at the top of the table. Of course, it could have all been very different – Magdalen, along with Catz men and Somerville women, had failed to enter their boats into Eights on time, and the college captains could have voted to bar them from racing or impose penalty bumps – but in the end the fastest men’s crew on the river finished head, something that all too often does not occur. Oriel M1 have often been accused of arrogance, and are certainly not the most popular crew on the river. However, the entire crew, led by captain Alisdair Robbie, made a trip to Magdalen boat house after racing on Saturday to congratulate the headship holders (along with many other first division rowers), an action that deserves acknowledgement and commendation. Further down the men’s first division, renowned for the number of row-overs normally recorded, there were a surprising number of bumps, with both New College and Balliol moving up three places, although New’s bump on Christ Church on Thursday was marred by a pile up on the Green Bank which left the House’s cox Charles Thorogood in the Isis. Although everybody involved appeared anxious not to apportion blame for the incident, Thorogood had a very lucky escape as the rest of the racing boats thundered towards him before the division was eventually klaxoned. Balliol captain Andrew Crawford was overjoyed with his crew’s success after they bounced back from gaining spoons last year, demonstrating how quickly fortunes can change. Much the same could be said for Christ Church, who gained spoons to end up ninth, only three years after they had gained blades after starting in that position. Captain Lenny Martin was obviously upset by his crew’s fortunes, but took heart from Balliol’s comeback. With college stalwart Robin Bourne-Taylor returning from Olympic duty next year, the House should find it easier to persuade their other men’s Blues back in to college boats, something that they had been unable to do this summer, and real improvement is possible. But as a member of this year’s crew noted, ‘Whilst we are all obviously disappointed that we have gone down, other events this week have helped us to keep things in perspective. We’ve got spoons. It’s hardly the end of the world, compared to what happened to that poor girl from Catz.’ Indeed, a one minute silence before men’s division one on Thursday, in memory of Emilie Harris, a rower from St Catherine’s tragically killed the day before, was kept by one and all, with crews still on the river from the previous division easy-ing to show their respects. If women’s rowing ever takes second place to men’s, it certainly was not the case during this year’s Eights. In the women’s divisions New College kept us biting our nails, having to wait three days to gain the headship. Osiris coach Karl Offord reported that New had come within a foot of bumping Pembroke on the first day, and the girls in pink did not have an easy ride on Thursday either. Their downfall was to come on Friday however, when a crew member crabbed off the start and New took advantage of the mistake to make an easy bump. They then rowed over comfortably on Saturday. Other performances of note in the women’s first division were that of Teddy Hall who won blades and moved up six places on the river, including an overbump on St Hilda’s on day one, after the Christ Church and Catz had bumped out in front of them. Christ Church were also extremely quick throughout the week, moving up three for the third year in succession. With only two women’s crews achieving blades, the competitiob was fierce at every level. As one observer noted, ‘Good crews go up three, lucky crews win blades.’ Queen’s also moved up from the seconds division, putting in an excellent performance. In men’s division two St John’s, Worcester, and LMH won blades, the latter moving up from the third division, and looking assured in their new Stampfli. No blades were won in the women’s second division, although both Oriel and Worcester were impressive. Worcester’s chance of blades were foiled on the first day by a klaxon while they were chasing an overbump on LMH – the first time LMH had not been bumped in Eights for over two years. At the end of the week, the top divisions of Eights had been seriously shaken up. Whilst Oriel and Pembroke are unlikely to be on the back foot for long, it was refreshing to see change and the top of both first divisions. Almost as refreshing as that pint of Pimm’s. racing on Saturday. Magdalen M1 had started fourth on the river on Wednesday, and some thought that despite the obvious speed in the boat, the inherently unfair nature of bumps racing might deny the Blue-stacked crew the headship. Magdalen proved all doubters wrong by bumping Exeter, Pembroke and Oriel on successive days, to go head for the first time in fifty years, with a day to spare. Pembroke had lost the headship on Wednesday to Oriel, having been bumped well past the boat houses on the opening day. But despite bringing Theology finalist Basil Dixon into the boat for the rest of the week, Pembroke could neither gain revenge on Oriel nor hold off Magdalen as they dropped to third. Whilst the decidedly iffy weather meant that tow-path support was not what it might have been, Magdalen’s bump on Oriel was met by scenes of jubilation on the banks and boat house island, with Magdalen supporters and neutral observers alike happy to see a crew other than Oriel or Pembroke at the top of the table. Of course, it could have all been very different – Magdalen, along with Catz men and Somerville women, had failed to enter their boats into Eights on time, and the college captains could have voted to bar them from racing or impose penalty bumps – but in the end the fastest men’s crew on the river finished head, something that all too often does not occur. Oriel M1 have often been accused of arrogance, and are certainly not the most popular crew on the river. However, the entire crew, led by captain Alisdair Robbie, made a trip to Magdalen boat house after racing on Saturday to congratulate the headship holders (along with many other first division rowers), an action that deserves acknowledgement and commendation. Further down the men’s first division, renowned for the number of row-overs normally recorded, there were a surprising number of bumps, with both New College and Balliol moving up three places, although New’s bump on Christ Church on Thursday was marred by a pile up on the Green Bank which left the House’s cox Charles Thorogood in the Isis. Although everybody involved appeared anxious not to apportion blame for the incident, Thorogood had a very lucky escape as the rest of the racing boats thundered towards him before the division was eventually klaxoned. Balliol captain Andrew Crawford was overjoyed with his crew’s success after they bounced back from gaining spoons last year, demonstrating how quickly fortunes can change. Much the same could be said for Christ Church, who gained spoons to end up ninth, only three years after they had gained blades after starting in that position. Captain Lenny Martin was obviously upset by his crew’s fortunes, but took heart from Balliol’s comeback. With college stalwart Robin Bourne-Taylor returning from Olympic duty next year, the House should find it easier to persuade their other men’s Blues back in to college boats, something that they had been unable to do this summer, and real improvement is possible. But as a member of this year’s crew noted, ‘Whilst we are all obviously disappointed that we have gone down, other events this week have helped us to keep things in perspective. We’ve got spoons. It’s hardly the end of the world, compared to what happened to that poor girl from Catz.’ Indeed, a one minute silence before men’s division one on Thursday, in memory of Emilie Harris, a rower from St Catherine’s tragically killed the day before, was kept by one and all, with crews still on the river from the previous division easy-ing to show their respects.ARCHIVE: 5th week TT 2004last_img read more

Ust Luga Dredging Operations Underway

first_imgThe FSUE “Rosmorport” North-Western Basin Branch is carrying out scheduled dredging operations in the water area of the seaport of Ust Luga.At present, the dredging is being done by FSUE “Rosmorport” own dredging equipment – the WAKA NAMI GO cutter-head (backhoe) dredger with the Usva barge being used to carry soil to the disposal area.The Kronshlot suction hopper dredge and the Rabochaya trailing suction hold dredge of the North-Western Basin Branch are expected to arrive in July.Under the project, in 2019 a total of 747.970 cubic meters of bottom soil are expected to be extracted and carried to the areas of disposal.FSUE “Rosmorport” dredging equipment will remove a total of 247.970 thousand cubic meters of bottom soil.Another 500 thousand cubic meters of bottom soil are expected to be extracted by using equipment of a contracting organization, which will be determined based on the results of a contest.From July to December 2019 the branch is also planning to carry out maintenance dredging operations in the amount of 46.5 thousand cubic meters in order to keep project seabed levels in the water area and channels of the seaport of Ust Luga.last_img read more

Tighter defence will be Jurgen Klopp’s first priority at Liverpool

first_img “You cannot just think about offensive things – up to now we have not scored enough goals but you have to feel stability,” added the former Borussia Dortmund boss. “When you feel this you are free for creativity and that is how football works. “A good example is the Aston Villa game (a 3-2 victory) where we scored a goal after two minutes and everything changed in that moment. “It is not the only way to get free in a game when you score a goal in the first few minutes. “Nil-nil is an absolutely normal score. You will find a way if you are patient enough to wait for the next situation and not think ‘This is like last week, last year’.” Klopp has wiped the slate clean with the players he inherited from Rodgers, giving everyone every chance to prove their worth to him as he moulds his side. “It is not so interesting what they did last week, two weeks ago,” he said. “It is more interesting for me what are they able to do on their best day. That is what I am looking for and how I try to make the starting line-up for Tottenham. “Now if nothing happens in the next training sessions I know how I want to play and we have to use these two sessions to understand a bit more. “But at the end it is only football. All these guys are able to play really good football – that is the reason they are here.” Press Association No clean sheets in the last eight matches proved particularly costly, especially when in five of the last six they had taken the lead. The limited amount of time Klopp has had to work with his players after their return from international duty – and the fact the last time Liverpool scored more than once in an away game was February – means he has concentrated primarily on making his team difficult to beat. “We have to be compact, close together in the game, and if you are always close enough with your players you always have options to help,” he said ahead of the trip to Tottenham for his first match in charge. “If you prepare for problems in the game and you are strong enough to handle this situation then you can stay in the game and win the game. “It is not the time to change many things – only to turn the screws a little bit in the right way and that is what we tried to do. “I expect to see that we have worked together, although not too often, and we can be very well organised after this short time.” Klopp intends to establish a defensive platform from which he can build a team playing in his preferred, high-tempo pressing and counter-attacking style. He also believes shutting the back door will help restore the players’ fragile confidence which has contributed to them throwing away leads and then losing their way in matches they had been dominating. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp identified defence as his priority but the untimely injury to striker Danny Ings has emphasised how much of a necessity it has become. The German’s attacking options have been reduced to Daniel Sturridge and the raw Divock Origi, who has not scored in his last 10 matches. Christian Benteke, the Reds’ £32.5million summer signing, is still at least a week away from recovering from a hamstring problem and Ings will be sidelined for a minimum of six months after a cruciate knee ligament injury. Ings, another summer arrival, is the club’s top scorer with three goals but the team as a whole have managed just 11 in 13 matches this season and that contributed to the demise of Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers, who throughout his three-year reign at Anfield never got to grips with a leaky defence. last_img read more

Tipp clubs hoping to get UBL play-off places

first_imgBoth matches kick-off at 2.30pm. The North Tipp side sit fourth in the Division 2A table while the Spafield-based team are one place below them.Ormond also have a better points difference – +52 as opposed to Cashel’s +49.The latter face relegated Thomond at home this afternoon while Nenagh travel to take on 3rd placed UCC in the Mardyke in the final round of regular season fixtures.last_img