Undeterred by miserable conditions and other colleges’ poor costumes, our novice mens' braveheart-themed first boat stormed ahead yesterday to an auspicious finish.
The crew was quick to destroy Christ’s in the first round leaving the boys facing Trinity in a grudge match to end all grudge matches. Calm and collected (after a tasteful amount of flashing and bad Scottish accents) they were ready to go. Yet, for these warriors, winning begins before the race begins and in an elaborate display worthy of William Wallace himself, we caught a crab rowing up to the start to lure them into a false sense of security. The tactic worked perfectly, for the all-too-English-looking Trinity quickly raced ahead of our half-naked Homerton highlanders but this was soon to change. Halfway down the reach Trinity were thrown into disarray by Homerton’s steadfast refusal to lose to a better, faster and fully-dressed crew, bringing all eight to a stop. It’s safe to say they were too enthralled and frightened watching us – perhaps even a tad aroused. At this point the guys came screaming through and, with one last freedom call, managed to win by half a length. Just as we’d planned.
On to the semi-finals where against Jesus we lost by a couple of inches after owning the river for what seemed like the entire race. However, with the very pride and character of the boat in question, Homerton was not going without a fight. In the fight for third place they pulled ahead and won by a boat length. Ever modest, however, the crew were willing to give some charity crabs so the margin wasn't too painful for the other boat.
All in all a solid performance resonating with a new found determination within HCBC men to avenge the defeats of last year.
Jack Struthers Lower Boats Captain 2014/15 (Well, one of the two LBC's anyway. Don't want the other jack to feel left out)