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The Spike: or, Victoria University College Review, June 1924

Rifle Club

page 64

Rifle Club

This season the Rifle Club did not commence operations until the end of January, but subsequent fine Saturday afternoons saw members journeying out to Trentham by the 12.15 train. of course, the membership has not, so far, been large, but it is now over 30 and is steadily growing in preparation for next season. The Club has been carefully examined by the powers-that-be and finally gazetted as a Defence Rifle Club, so that we can now take our rightful place among the rifle clubs of Wellington.

On February 16 the Club entered a team for the Wellington Rifle Association Junior Shield Contest, and succeeded in gaining third place-quite a good performance for Wellington's youngest rifle club.

In this year's tournament our luck was out, but next year we are going to put up a big fight for the Haslam Shield.

When the Special Service Squadron was in Wellington, a rifle match was arranged between the naval men and a representative team from the local rifle clubs, Victoria's two representatives being Pres. W. J. H. Haase and J. B. Yaldwyn. Despite the miserable weather, the shoot proved a great success and an easy win for the local team.

The Club Championship match was held on April 12, and was won by Pres. W. J. Haase with a brilliant 112 out of 120, A. W. Free being runner up with 102.

During the winter a team is to be entered for the Imperial Universities Rifle Match, in which a shield, presented by the Australian Universities, is competed for by Universities throughout the Empire. It is hoped next year to enter one team from the four Colleges in New Zealand, but this year each College will enter a separate team.

At the annual general meeting of the Students' Association the Blazer Scheme was amended to include the Rifle Club, and accordingly the following members have been nominated by the Club for blazers this year:—
Percentage of Possible.
W. J. H. Haase 74.7
J. B, Yaldwyn 67.5
F. H. Jennings 66.6
H. V. Scott 65.7
A. W. Free 63.5