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The Spike or Victoria University College Review Silver Jubilee 1924

Annus Mirabilis

Annus Mirabilis

The old brigade whose five years of active representation finished with the tournament of 1906 watched with deep interest and no little pride the tournament of 1907 at Auckland. In tennis G. S. Prouse, G. V. and A. H. Bogle, and in athletics the Bogle brothers, supplied the leaven of experience. For the rest the team was the younger generation, making its first serious tournament effort. It was a triumph. Brian Goodbehere won the hundred, furlong and quarter with Ashley Duncan runner up in the hundred, and T. N. Holmden won the 120 yds. Hurdles. For the athletic shield V.C. was a close second to Otago with 12 points to 14. The relay race fell to us and Goodbehere won the Ladies cup. B. E. Murphy and H. F. O'Leary (one of the best balanced debating teams in the whole history of the tournament) won the debate, and all five tennis championships journeyed back to Kelburn. Miss J. Scott was the Victoria Victrix. She won the Ladies Singles, with Miss M. E. Cox the Ladies Doubles, and with G. S. Prouse the combined doubles. Prouse won the men's singles, and the doubles with G. V. Bogle, as well as the combined doubles.

In 1908, at. Dunedin V.C. won the Athletic Shield for the first time.

The 1909 meeting in Wellington ran with the utmost smoothness from start to finish and resulted in a credit balance of over £50—the first in the series to produce any substantial balance.

Space will not permit of my following down the years in detail, but a summary of V.C. achievements will not be out of place.