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



During the past year the "Noble Art" has continued to maintain its proud place amongst the leading branches of sport at the College. Training operations for the Easter Tournament were entered upon in January, and carried on right up to Easter.

One lamentable feature this year, however, has been the lack of enthusiasm displayed by the younger members of the Club. And this is especially unfortunate at the present time, as of the previous boxing representatives at least four will be ineligible to represent the College next year. With these vacancies to fill from entirely fresh material in the College, it is up to as many students as are able to join the Club, so that a strong team can be selected to send to Christchurch next Easter.

Although the bulk of training for the Easter Tournament is put in from January onwards, if the numbers and enthusiasm of the members warrant it, it is intended to continue training operations through the balance of the second term into the third term of this year. Boxing has of late years been steadily coming to the fore in the realm of sport, and is now a feature of the sporting life of almost every secondary school of any standing. The College has the services of one of the best coaches in New Zealand, and an exceptional opportunity is here offered to get tuition in the art.

In connection with the selection of the team to represent the College at Easter, there was only one challenge, which was in the middle-weight class, the challenger being S. E. Baunie, and the fight with Miller, the present champion, was held in the College Gymnasium on the evening of Wednesday, 9th April. The fight was an interesting one, Baume using his reach effectively against his more sturdily built oppoinent during the first three rounds. By the fourth round, however, he had tired considerably, and Miller gained a very close decision.

The men selected to represent the College at the Easter Tournament page 65 were:—Heavy-weight, A. D. McRae; Middle-weight, E. C. Miller; Welterweight, V. F. Coningham; Light-weight, N. J. Lewis; Feather-weight, C. E. H. Ball; Bantam-weight, J. W. Wilby.

It was found before the Tournament that Wilby was, owing to a technical objection, ineligible to represent. Of the remainder of the team, Coningham won in his weight, and is to be heartily congratulated

This year a new departure has been made by the Club. The Executive of the Students' Association has granted a sum of money to found a Library in connection with the Club, and this money is being expended in the purchase of a few standard works on boxing, which are being made available for the use of members.