Exeter takes IWL by storm
Yesterday saw the third round of the Isis Winter League (IWL) with almost 70 crews across colleges taking to the river. For this round, only ECBC’s M1 entered, but one crew was more than enough to make a statement on the club’s progress.
Tenth on the river really cements ECBC as an upcoming powerhouse on the ISIS, and with training continuing under the guidance of our new and fantastic coach, Simon Mungall, progression is inevitable.
The pictures to the left are for the Torpids crews’ positions as of last year. Left – unedited; Right – edited with results of last IWL: red highlight and white dot, ECBC faster, white dot, ECBC slower.
It is important to remember that IWL crews are never the same as the final Torpids crews, however a lot of encouragement can still be taken from the results with ECBC clearly putting pressure on some top clubs.
Furthermore, the results sit very comfortably with Exeter M1 sat in front of Corpus and Oriel II, and within bumping (blades) distance of Merton and Queen’s.
As it stands, ECBC is long overdue a rise to the top. The history books show how the last time the club dropped from 4th on the river to the 3rd division, it was followed by 9 years of never dropping a place to the club’s peak of 2nd on the river in 2003.
Now we find ourselves back in division 3 after a strikingly similar fall in 2012 to that back in 1988. Let the rise of ECBC commence!
(To track ECBC’s progress over the years, please find all the bumps information on the OxBump website).
Watch part of the ECBC M1 IWL C race below: