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The Spike: or, Victoria University College Review October, 1920



Sketch of boxer

Boxing is booming all over New Zealand at the present time and the College has taken its part in the boom.

With the revival and inclusion of boxing as part of the Easter Tournament the "pugs" of the College became interested and a fair number went into training under the tuition of Mr. Heenan, Sen. Practices were arranged in the Gymnasium for Tuesday and Friday nights, and some willing bouts were witnessed. Black eyes were a common sight in the College corridors.

A week before the Tournament arrangements were made for preliminary bouts with a view of selecting the College representatives. "Tommy" Uren, the ex-middle-weight Australian champion, kindly consented to referee, and afterwards gave an exhibition of skipping, of which art he is undoubtedly a master. His brother Havilah also gave an exhibition spar with Scott, the College welter.

The bouts were as under:—

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McRae v. Brooker—Brooker showed plenty of pluck and an inclination to mix it, but McRae's reach and form proved too much for him. Brooker may be heard of at the next tournament.


Hutchison v. Nancarrow—This was a walk-over for "Hutch," the referee stopping the fight in the first round.


Scott was returned unopposed.


Haigh v. Watkins—This proved a very interesting go. In the first and second rounds Haigh got in some good foot work and a few good upper cuts. Watkins, however, did not take it all lying down, and replied with good body punches and an occasional one on the jaw. The third round was in Watkins' favour, but Haigh had established too big a lead in the first two rounds. The referee gave Haigh the decision.

Dickson v. Sapsford—"Dickson proved too forceful a fighter for his opponent."—"Dominion." Sapsford will probably shake things up next Easter.

The final for the Light-weights between Dickson and Haigh was fought on a subsequent evening, Dickson being declared winner.


Keesing v. McClelland—From the sound of the gong this was a willing go, both exponents being willing boxers. Keesing was sounder en defence than McClelland (who by the way has a beautiful left) and gained the decision.

Keesing unfortunately sustained an injury to the nose and had to withdraw from any further bouts.

McClelland defeated Knell later.


Pringle was the only entrant in this class.

The following was the team selected to represent the College in the Easter Tournament:—Heavy, McRae; Middle, Hutchison; Welter, Scott; Light, Dickson; Feather, McClelland; Bantam, Pringle.

Dickson sustained an injury to the nose at the eleventh hour while sparring with Scott, and was replaced by Haigh.

It is seldom that women students have anything bigger to do than cut sandwiches for social teas, hence it was a pleasant surprise to be circulated about an International Federation of Women Graduates. Unfortunately, so far, Victoria College has been unable to do her bit to "internationalise." The first step will be, of course, to form a New Zealand Women Graduates' Association. This in itself will be an excellent thing if it but accomplishes the establishment of a scholarship for women on the same lines as the Rhodes. It will be very useful, too, if it can act as an intelligence bureau and introducing agent to universities overseas.

The first annual conference of the International Federation of University Women has been held this week at Bedford College. Professor Caroline Spurgeon took the chair at the inaugural meeting on July 12th, when Lord Grey was the chief speaker. The value of such a Federation is best summed up in the words of Lord Grey: "I asked when in America what were the chief obstacles to a thorough understanding between the two countries. One of the most interesting replies give to me was from an American University woman. 'I think,' she said, 'that the two chief obstacles are—in England— ignorance of the United States, and in the United States misconception of England.' The answer applies not only to the relations between America and Great Britain, but very much to international relations generally. . . . The cure for ignorance is knowledge, and the cure for misconception is truth.

.....You will not have good relations and which secure peace of any two nations unless the Universities of those two nations are in touch and friendship with each other."