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SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1936. Volume 7. Number 17.

Dixon Trophy to Auckland

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Dixon Trophy to Auckland

Te Aute Outing

For the third inter-College race for the N.Z.U. Cross-Country Championships, a team of six men, with two individual competiors, made the trip to Auckland. The tradition of bad weather which has dogged the event sice its inception was continued in the northern city. On Friday afternoon the four teams walked over the course in pouring rain. which continued until after the race, twenty-four hours later. On Saturday afternoon Avondale race-course was largely under water in places—indeed, the trail let through water a foot deep.

Twenty-seven started on the slippery racecourse, Hasyard (A), Stevenson (C). Stephenson (A), Francis (A) and Cairns (A) and Cairns (V) making the pace. Positions changed little throughout the rack; about halfway around the first lap hasyard was leading easily from Stephenson, while Cairns had caught Francis and Stevenson; at about this time Bagnall (V) and Horsley (V) came through to Cairns, and these three kept close together for the remainder of the distance. In the soft going Francis and Stevenson had drawn away from Cairns, whose shoes were not holding on the mud. At the end of the first round the runners were fairly well spread out, in the order Hasyard (A), Stephenson (A), Stevenson (C), Francis (A), Cairns, Horsley, Bagnall (V), and these positions did not change during the second lap. The finish included threequarters of a mile around the race-course, along which distance the men had to splash through several inches of water under a torrential downpour. Hasyard was leading on the straight, with Stephenson gradually creeping up on him. In the last twenty yards Stephenson made as amazing burst. considering the conditions, drew level with his captain, and passed him ten feet from the finish, Hasyard collapsed into a pool of water just as Stephenson passed the post; Hasyard gamely struggled up to finish in second place, but had to be carried to the dressing shed. Meanwhile Stevenson, of Canterbury, had come to third place, with Francis (A), fourth; with the Victoria trio, Cairns, Horsley and Bagnall, fifth, sixth and seventh respectively. Stephenson's time for the race was 37min. 55sces.

Auckland scored an easy win for the G. F. Dixon Trophy, with 15 points to Victoria's 32, with Canterbury third, otago fourth.

After the race the teams were entertained by the Auckland Club at a dinner and the theatre. At the dinner, Mr. G. F. Dixon, who had travelled up from Wellington, presented the trophy to the Auckland team, and all present rose in a spontaneous expression of appreciation of Mr. Dixon's interest in athletic activities.

The Victoria College team were; D. Cairns, A. Horsley, A. C. Bagnall (capt.), D. Farquhar; P. Porter, A. Stewart (individuals). The trainer, Mr. G. C. Sherwood, and Club President, Mr. G. F. Dixon also made the trip.


"Smad's" Waipukurau reporesentative has forwarded the following notes on the annual match against Te Aute College, played for the Pickett Cup:—

The team travelled up by the express on Friday, August 21, and were met by celebrated Waipukurau residents. They had a short run in the afternnon and, without opposition, looked a promising team. Friday night saw several members don their dinner suits and make for the Walpawa Hunt Club Ball, a social fixture of which no one can state with any accuracy what happened after midnight. However, everyone seemed agreed that it was wonderful show. The remainder of the team must have favoured early bed, for the manager made anxious enquiries at the Hospital next morning, but the Matron advised that, although the Nurses' Home was expectant, no one had been received either officially or unofficially. Saturday morning saw a welcome shower of rain, and a gradual clearing produced a real Hawke's Bay day in the afternoon. Te Aute were at full strength and gave a display which only Te Aute can give. V.U.C. were never in the hunt, the forwards being very poor. This was unfortunate, as one always had the feeling that the backs could have done something had they received their fair share of the ball. Half the forwards were obviously done after the first five minutes, and this made twice as much work for the remainder of the forwards, who obviously could not keep up the pace, and the whole pack petered out after half-time. Jackson showed quite a lot of dash, while Gates Fraser and Adams toiled solidly, the last-mentioned hooking well while the weight lasted. Parker played a loose game and was a thorn in the side of Te Aute. He had a good sense of anticipation and almost scored several times. Lane was sound at half-back, while Kissel did some good work at first five-eighth, He scored our only try, coming round the blind side from a loose scrum and running twenty yards to score well out. Anderson was undoubtedly the best attacking back, and in the first spell he cut through beautifully several times. He has a natural style, which was handicapped slightly by the abovementioned ball. Richards, at centre, was marking one of Te Aute's stars, and had a day's tackling practice. His vis-a-vis, however, could not get past him. The wings, Harp and McMenamin, did not get many runs. The latter was always dangerous when he received the ball, and he ran determinedly, being unlucky in not scoring on one or two occasions. The play did not run to the former's wing on attack, but he did his share of defence. Ngata was a solid last line of defence. He fielded well, kicked well and tackled perfectly. It was no fault of his that the score steadily mounted up. Te Aute gave a beautiful exhibition of the open football we all like to see, but which very few teams play to-day.

Both teams were the guests of the Sub-Union at a dinner, after which Te Aute entertained with songs and hakas. It is worthy of note that we were treated to a full war haka, such hakas being given only on rare occasions. Rain on Sunday spoilt all chances of a drive to Napier and a visit to Te Aute College. The team duly assembled on Monday morning, Jackson looking strangely pleased, while Gibbons and Holmes were also surrounded by local talent. There was also an anxious voice calling, with a sob, "Where's George?" So it looks as though "a good time was had by all."

At Palmerston North it looked as though the team would leave the train "en masse" to visit "friends." However, a glimpse of the H.B. basketball team brought back the wanderers, and the train had not gone far from Palmerston before Morrison led recruits to this carriage. Lack of long tunnels nnd a ten-minute stop at Packakariki appeared to be the reason for the exodus from the carriage, and an hour later the team disbanded for better or worse. Once again Jackson had a happy smile as he walked off with the spoils.

Thanks are due to the Central Hawke's Bay Rugby Sub-Union for the splendid time it gave our team.

Ruru Shield.

The finale of the football season was enthusiastically staged in what is becoming the traditional manner on Saturday. First, there was a seven-a-side competition between lower grade teams. handsomely won by the junior team. At 3 p.m. the opposing teams in the Ruru Shield game were piped on to the field where they were inspected by Mr. Brook who, in due course, kicked off. The Weir team was splendidly fit and played with great gusto, but it was up against almost the full first XV and went down by 21 to 7. In the second spell, particularly, roused by the pipes and their supporters, they fought hard and had the better of the play, but the College's first spell lead was too much for them. For the College, Reid, Wild, Simm, Tricklebank and Fitzgerald scored tries, three of which were converted by Rae. Anker scored for the House and Turnbull snapped a fine field goal. After the game Captain Blacker accepted the Shield from Professor Kirk.

At half-time the carrying of a grease torch round the field heralded the arrival of Hitler and his staff, together with a selection of Olympic winners who held a carefully planned meeting to the intense delight of the crowd. A combined dinner for the Junior A and Third C teams, nd the smoke concert ended a memorable day. The Club. and particularly the Weir House members, are to be congratulated on the arrangements.


V.U.C. v. Victoria House.

Victoria House challenged V.U.C. Women's Hockey Club and a very enjoyable game was played at Kilbirnie on Saturday. Both sides battled with gusto and did likewise with afternnon tea in the gym.

Varsity won, 2—1.

Mr. Kean was the referee.

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