Shrewsbury School

Bumps 2011: Riggs win Head of the River for third consecutive year

Friday 8 July 2011

Rigg's
Thursday 7th July

On the final day of bumps the sun decided to come out, and a large crowd were treated to some high quality racing.

The bump of the day (and of the week) has to go to Ridgemount I who bumped Severn Hill I in the dying stages of their race, bumping with Severn Hill just one foot from the safety of the suspension bridge!

School House had a barn-storming final day, with 6 bumps in all 6 races - which may have made up for being the first house to be bumped by a girls' crew on day one this year.

The Head of the River was fiercely fought over between Rigg's and Moser's (1st and 2nd respectively at the start of the day). In round 3 Moser's had a strong start, initially closing on Rigg's, but ultimately Rigg's were able to squeeze away to set up a nailbiting finale. In round 4, Moser's tried a tactic not seen at Shrewsbury for a number of years - a rolling start. The risky - but perfectly legal strategy - means that two members of the crew can start rowing before the hooter sounds, as long as the cox does not let go of the rope until the start. Rigg's were not fazed, and whilst Moser's closed initially, Rigg's were able to pull away and record their 3rd consecutive year as Head of the River. A fitting tribute to the outgoing housemaster Mr Mostyn from the men of Rigg's Hall. (It is worth noting that Rigg's were without their top 2 oarsmen for the whole of bumps - Fred Day and Sam Lapage - as they were busy with GB junior trials).

In the all important Staff-Postors race, the Common Room VIII won by the narrowest of margins - 1 foot.

After racing was complete the Headmaster presented the following prizes:

Head of Division 3 medals - Rigg's III
Head of Division 2 medals - Churchill's II
Head of Division 1 medals and Head of the River Trophy - Rigg's I
3rd and 4th Bumpers Cups (tied) - Oldham's and Ridgemount
1st and 2nd Bumpers Cups (tied) - Rigg's and School House
The Leadbitter Trophy - Rigg's

Confirmed bumps were as follows; please also see the latest Bumps Chart:

Round 3

Division One
Rt bpd S
O bpd Rb
SH bpd G
I bpd PH

Division Two
Rt bpd PH
SH bpd Rb

Division Three
Rt bpd O
SH bpd G

Round 4

Division One
O bpd S
SH bpd Rb
PH bpd I

Division Two
O bpd M
Rt bpd S
SH bpd PH

Division Three
Rt bpd PH
M bpd O
SH bpd I

 

Wednesday 6th July
On day two of bumps, the high quality of racing continued. Severn Hill were today's "top bumpers" moving up in all three divisions. Moser's moved within one bump of Rigg's in Division One after a controversial bump on Churchill's.

Confirmed bumps were as follows:

Division One
M bpd Ch
S bpd Rt
O bpd G
SH bpd PH

Division Two
O bpd I
S bpd PH
Rt bpd Rb

Division Three
Rt bpd M
S bpd S
SH bpd MSH

Tuesday 5th July
The 143rd Bumping Races are relatively unusual; as Henley was last week the 1st VIII are available to their houses, this not only raises the standard a little, but is also making bumps even more competitive than normal.

Bumps 2011 Round One

Notable performances on day 1 came from Oldham's who bumped up in all three divisions, and Mary Sidney II who bumped School House III to lift the girls off the bottom of the chart for the first time in their short history. Rigg's and Churchill's still occupy the top 2 positions in each division.

Confirmed bumps were as follows:Bumps 2011 Round One

Division One
M bpd Rt
Rb bpd G
O bpd PH
SH bpd I

Division Two
Ch bpd R
O bpd PH
Rt bpd SH

Division Three
R bpd Ch
O bpd M
Rb bpd I
S bpd G
MSH bpd SH

Bumps 2011 Round One

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