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The Spike or Victoria University College Review June 1925

Rifle Club

Rifle Club.

"Blood is more easily shed than tears, by men."



The 1924-25 season has been a busy and successful one for the Rifle Club, fifteen shoots being held altogether.

Practices commenced in October, and on the 25th of that month a team was entered for the British Imperial Universities Rifle Match. The weather was unfortunate, there being a strong wind and heavy showers of rain. However, despite this handicap, the team shot well and put up a total of 1148. The names of the team and their scores are as follows:—

Application Rapid 300 yds. 600 yds. 200 yds. 500 yds. Total E. Hogg 34 44 41 43 162 W. J. H. Haase 37 37 40 40 154 A. W. White 46 36 41 20 143 I. Bertram 33 28 43 37 141 J. B. Yaldwvn 42 36 31 31 140 G. E. Parker 38 43 31 26 138 A. T. White 39 29 36 32 136 A. Ainslie 36 2828 42 134

The results of the match, when the eventually came out, greatly surprised and pleased the members of the team. V.U.C. had gained third place for the whole British Empire. The Challenge Trophy was won by Sydney University with a total of 1,247, while Cambridge was second with 1.199. This year we are going to try again if the weather is kind to us.

At the end of January, fired with our success in the Empire match, and remembering that last year we gained third place, we entered a team for the Wellington Rifle Association Championship in the junior division page 73 and succeeded in winning the Shield. The following are the scores, only ten points separating the first and last man:—
W. J. H. Haase 95
E. Hogg 94
F. R. E. O'Connor 93
H. V. Scott, 93
I. Bertram 91
J. B. Yaldwyn 89
G. E. Parker 89
A. W. Free 85

On the 14th March an attempt was made to shoot the Haslam Shield match, but the weather conditions were so bad that the match had to be postponed until the following Saturday. Whether this postponement had some evil influence on the nerves of the team or not is unknown, but the fact remains that a team which had been shooting consistently well at practices put up a very disappointing score and only managed to gain third place.

On the 11th of July the Rifle Club, in conjunction with the Boxing-Club. are holding-a dance, at which the Wellington Rifle Association Junior Shield will be presented to the Club, and members will receive their trophies.

The Club Championship Trophy, presented by Pres. Fellingham, of the Karori Rifle Club, was won by Pres. W. J. H. Haase with a percentage of possible for the season of 83.3. This is the second time that Pres. Haase has won the Championship.

Pres. Haase's Trophy for the highest scorer in matches fired during the season goes to Rifleman G. E. Parker with a total of 316 out of a possible 410.

The 1925 Aggregate Trophy was won by Rifleman J. B. Yaldwyn with 454 out of a possible 530.

Blazers for the year 1925 were awarded to the following (percentage of possible given in brackets:—

W. J. H. Haase (83.3), G. E. Parker (S1.9), J. B. Yaldwyn (81.6), F. R. E. O'Connor (80.3), I. Bertram (77.5), A. Ainslie (77.0). H. V. Scott (74.9), R. R. T. Young (70.0).