The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, 1939
Tournament this year was as usual a great success. Thursday night's trip over on the ferry was uneventful, and we arrived without loss of morale in Dunedin where we were welcomed by a large haka party and our hosts. That evening 4ZB broadcast the hakas of the four Colleges.
Saturday opened with brilliant weather and as Otago had arranged a good preliminary to the rowing, namely the N.Z. Inter-Provincial eights, we spent a pleasant morning. Otago won the event brilliantly from Canterbury, our eight being effected somewhat by rough water in the wake of a cruising motor boat.
The swimming was very disappointing to Victoria due to a large number of disqualifications in the breaststroke events.
The rendezvous at Allen Hall was well attended, the rowers and swimmers being well in evidence.
We were entertained on Sunday afternoon by Lady Sidey, and in the evening by Knox College. The Knox College museum is to be recommended.
Monday provided thrills in the athletics when Victoria scored more points than she has done for many years.
The basketball team carried off the trophy after very strenuous battles. This team seems to be establishing a tradition at Tournament. The boxing gave us two very good wins; cheering by this time was showing signs of wear, so boxing was not as well supported as in previous years, when held on the Saturday.
After this very strenuous day, we welcomed the Pukekiki Cow Byre Ball, which defies description. We can't say everyone had a good time, but certainly an enjoyable one.
Tennis and shooting were the highlights of Tuesday, We retained the tennis cup by one point from Otago in a series of marathon matches. The shooting, held much too late in the Tournament, proved a grave disappointment. A victory to V.U.C. had been announced and celebrations begun when a recount gave the match to Otago by two points.
Tournament Ball was all that could be desired and made a fitting climax to a great week. Our congratulations must go to Otago for their win and also the splendid way in which they entertained us.