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The Spike: or, Victoria University College Review, June 1929

[Review of the tournament]

Athletics.—100yds., J. N. Goodson; 220yds., E. K. Eastwood, J. N. Goodson; 440yds., E. K. Eastwood, E. B. Smith; 880yds., R. Leech, E. B. Smith; 1 mile, R. Leech, J. C. K. Fabian; 3 miles, J. C. K. Fabain; 120yds Hurdles, F. S. Ramson, J. D. Mackay; 440yds. Hurdles, F. S. Ramson; Long Jump, F. S. Ramson, J. D. Mackay; High Jump, F. S. Ramson.

Tennis.—Men's Singles Championship, G. N. T. Goldie and C. E. Malfroy; Men's Doubles Championship, R. McL. Ferkins and C. S. S. Plank, C. E. Malfroy and G. T. N. Goldie; Ladies Singles Championship, Miss M. Line and Miss M. Carty; Ladies' Doubles Championship, Misses V. Dyer and K. Ziesler, Misses M. Carty and M-Line; Combined Doubles Championship, M. Carty and G. N. T. Goldie, M. Line and C. E. Malfroy.

Boxing.—Heavy-weight, L. E. Sowry; Middle-weight, F. C. Moore; Welter-weight, M. E. Mahoney; Light-weight, H. Petrie; Feather-weight, D. G. Edwards; Bantamweight, J. K. Logan.

Basket ball.—Misses M. Carty, E. Hardy, M. Line. P. Metson, M. Patterson, D. Pillar, D. Roberts, I. Scarfe, V. Wilson. Emergency, Miss Z. Askerman.

Debating.—G. R. Powles and W. J. Mountjoy.

Shooting.—H. F. Bollard, T. G. Hislop, J. D. Mackay, E. W. Mills, P. S. Page, R. Grant, J. A. Singleton, W. S. Harris.

Delegates.—G. B. Richardson and G. J. Sceats.

The Aucklanders arrived in Wellington on Thursday at mid-day and were entertained at tea at the Y.M.C.A. The majority of our team left by the Lyttelton ferry on the Thursday night, making, with the Auckland team, a party of over a hundred. The trip down, fortunately, was smooth, and our spirits still high when we were met next morning by our Canterbury hosts on the Christchurch station. After receiving the various packages and meeting our billeters, we were conveyed to our various destinations. The remainder of the day was spent in preparation for the coming conflicts, or at the "rendezvous" where dancing, music, girls, suppers, books and many other delightful things were to be obtained all through the Tournament. The boxers, after the weighing-in ceremony, in preparation for which they had duly fasted since leaving Wellington, made tracks for the nearest victuals.

On Saturday morning, everyone was up bright and early to avoid the rush on the cars for Wilding Park, where the official welcome was being held. The Hon. G. J. Smith, Chairman of the Board of Governors of Canterbury College, and Dr. H. G. Denham welcomed the representatives in a few well-chosen words. The tennis preliminaries were then proceeded with, and at ten o'clock the boxing preliminaries were also commenced at the Municipal Concert Hall.

The afternoon was devoted to tennis and the evening divided between boxing and debating. Whether the debate was held at the same time as the boxing to exclude the more riotous spirits from the former, or not, we cannot say for certain, but judging by what happened at the debate, it would seem that some few of these spirits found their way there all right.

On Sunday afternoon, we assembled at Canterbury College for the Tournament photo, which was taken after the customary delay, and after this we had a delightful motor drive through Tai Tapu to Sumner, where afternoon tea awaited us. We left Sumner for Bishop Court to have another tea, which could not be resisted even by the athletic team, and after tea we listened to an address by a gentleman whose name we have forgotten, but certainly not his eloquence. At 7 p.m. the Cathedral service was so well attended that many of those who had tarried overlong at Bishop Court were compelled to stand throughout the service.

Monday's programme began with the basketball at 9 a.m. on the College courts, followed by the athletics at 11 a.m. at Lancaster Park, and ended (perhaps we have omitted some unofficial activities here) with a dance at the Rendezvous by way of training for the Tournament Ball.

Most of the tennis finals were decided on Tuesday, and on Tuesday night came "the piece de resistance," the ball, held at Winter Gardens, and to say that it was a sparkling affair is to say very little indeed. Only pleasant memories remain.

Wednesday saw the tennis finals concluded, and farewells were exchanged when the Otago team departed on the south express, and later when we left with Auckland on the good ship "Maori."

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Canterbury are to be congratulated on running a most successful tournament, for the arrangements in the hands of Messrs. F. J. Bennett and D. J. Macdonald left little to be desired.

V.U.C. sent the smallest team. Its policy of including only those of a definitely high standard was again justified by the results. Four men did the deed for us. Of these, and indeed of the whole field, Ramson stood out as the most classy performer. His wins in the 120 and 440 hurdles were anticipated, as also the long jump, but' his performance in the high jump came as a pleasant surprise. Leach's mile cracked him up. although Taylor was only a bare 5-10 yards to the good, after a clinking race run for him by Bain. His effort in the 880 championship was prejudiced by the strenuous mile. He made amends, however, in the relay, holding up well. Fabian is not in championship class yet, but a season or two should see him more in the running. Mackay's leg troubled him on the long jump and fixed him for the 440 hurdles. Goodson did well to land a second to Morgan. Eastwood did all the good things recent form had made us expect. His double success was the result of beautifully judged wins. Harley was a big surprise in the half. It was a great performance, and on a lighter track would easily have broken two minutes.

E. B. Smith was not his old self. His shift to Auckland's humid climate resulted in loss of weight and consequent loss of form.