The Spike: or, Victoria University College Review, June 1924
- H. McCormick
- R. R. T. Young
The Otago and Canterbury teams arrived by the ferry boat from Lyttelton on Friday morning, while the Aucklanders arrived by the mid-day express the same day. The visitors were met by our Tournament Delegates (Messrs. H. McCormick and R. R. T. Young) and a small but enthusiastic band of Wikitorians, and wore quickly dispatched to their respective billets.
In the afternoon most of them attended the unveiling of the Memorial Window at Victoria College, in connection with Victoria's Silver Jubilee celebrations.
On Saturday the real work of the Tournament commenced. A civic reception was given the visiting representatives in the Town page 15 Hall at 9 a.m., after which they adjourned to the Wellington Club's courts, where the tennis championships were commenced. In the afternoon the tennis championships were continued, while the boxing preliminaries were held in the Town Hall. A large crowd witnessed the finals of the boxing on Saturday night.
On Sunday morning the visitors were taken for a motor-drive up the Hutt Valley, some in private cars, others in char-a-bancs; while in the afternoon many took the opportunity of attending the Silver Jubilee church service at St. Paul's Pro-Cathedral, with afternoon tea at the Girls' College afterwards.
On Monday the athletic championships were held at Athletic-Park, while in the evening the debate took place in the Town Hall.
The tennis finals were decided on Tuesday, an interruption to the proceedings taking place when Canterbury's Easter Egg, neatly dressed and painted, appeared on the scene. The annual "scrap" took place, and the egg suffered much the same fate as Humpty-Dumpty.
The Otago bun hats proved an added bone of contention, and many of them came to the same end as Canterbury's egg.
The Tournament Ball was held in the Town Hall on Tuesday night. During the evening the various cups were presented to the winning teams, and hakas were given unstintingly. The ball was a great success, and brought to a close a Tournament which will for long be remembered. The visiting representatives described it as the "best yet," and letters of congratulation were received by our delegates from the other Universities. The thanks of all are due to that willing band of "Wikitorians who did all in their power to make the Tournament such a great success.