ROWING: Oxford Brookes bring Temple Cup back home

The Oxford Times: The successful Oxford Brookes’s eight with the Temple Challenge Cup and medals presented by Olympic gold medallist, Sir Ben Ainslie. Callum Jones (St Edwards) is far left, next to Abingdon’s Jamie Copus, whose brother, Rory, is far right. The successful Oxford Brookes’s eight with the Temple Challenge Cup and medals presented by Olympic gold medallist, Sir Ben Ainslie. Callum Jones (St Edwards) is far left, next to Abingdon’s Jamie Copus, whose brother, Rory, is far right.

Oxford Brookes University displayed their dominance of student rowing by comfortably defeating Brown University, USA in the final of the Temple Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta.

The event was hotly contested by crews from Japan, Holland, Canada and several from America, but only Cornell University, USA came close with a margin of half a length in the semi-final.

This title has gone overseas since Brookes last won it in 2006.

Three of the Brookes crew attrended local schools – Callum Jones from St Edward’s, Oxford, and, from Abingdon, brothers Jamie and cox Rory Copus.

Jones rowed for Teddies in last year’s final of the Princess Eliz-abeth for schoolboy eights losing to Abingdon.

St Edward’s again made it to the final beating Radley along the way and, though popular favourites, were confounded by Eton College.

Having beaten Abingdon School in the semi-final to halt their impressive run of victories, Eton came from behind in Sunday’s final to beat the exhausted Teddies by just over a length.

Of the many local crews competing at the 175th Royal Regatta only a few made it to the semi-finals.

Those who went out at that stage include Brookes’ second boat in the Prince Albert, coxed four and Headington Girls School in their quad scull.

Also knocked out in the semis was a newly-formed GB lightweight quad crew with two Wallingford scullers, Ellie Piggot and Brianna Stubbs, unfortunately drawn aga-inst the GB open-weight women’s quad that went on to win.

Both these crews will race in their separate weight events at the final World Cup Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland this coming weekend.

Team GB will send a full team and include other Henley winners with local crew members.

The men’s eight, who won the Grand Challenge Cup have been changed. Oxford University Blue, Constantin Louloudis comes in to join Brookes’s Matthew Tarrant.

The women’s eight, steered by the Dark Blues’ Zoe de Toledo, had a confidence-boosting Henley, beating national eights from the Neth-erlands and Australia to keep them in medal contention for the world championships.

The unbeaten men’s coxless four with Oxford’s Andrew Triggs Hodge at stroke, won the Steward’s Challenge Cup for the second successive year and should again take gold at Lucerne.

Other local contenders hoping to make a mark will be Frances Houghton (double scull) and Olivia Carnegie-Brown (coxless pair).

Meanwhile Headington School’s under 16 quad scull have been selected for the GB v France match to be raced later this month.

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