SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1934. Volume 5. Number 6.
Apart from the tragic blow of Jack Ruru's death, which is dealt with elsewhere in this issue, we look back on the season's achievements with satisfaction. The Seniors have made the First division; the Fourths have romped home at the top of their grade; the Third's, mirabile dictu, have won their's just as decisively; all other teams have done their bit so well that we are fourth in the Club championship; and a very keen spirit has been manifested amongst all members. The stage is all set for even greater things next year.
A very pleasant trip was made to Te Aute College for the annual game which was won by 9 to 7, and we brought the Pickett Cup back with us.
We had a very excellent "finish-up" of the season, on September 15th. As a curtain-raiser the Fourths settled a long-standing difference of opinion when they beat the Juniors by 12 to 3. The chief match was between Weir House and the Rest of the College and it was a very exciting and very good game. Weir rattled on 9 points while the day boys were still finding their feet, but towards the end the weight of the Varsity team began to tell, and the game resulted in a draw, 12 all. Scorers were for Varsity, Rae (try and penalty), Hislop and Cormack; for Weir, Bradshaw, Wild, and Powell (two penalties). Mr. Brook performed the kick-off, and Lord and Lady Bledisloe inspected the players and planted a tree in the middle of the ground. We then helped to eat the Third C dinner, a very special and exclusive show at the Masonic, and were in good form for the grand finale—the Smoke Concert at the Ritz, which was a roaring success, especially after the Free and Easy when no one would listen to the speeches. And so we ring the curtain down on a very memorable season.
Tennis Season Opens.
The Annual Meeting was held on the 13th September. Mr. Plank (in the Chair) moved the adoption of the Annual Report and paid a tribute to the long and valued service of Professor Wilson who was retiring from the position of Patron after being connected with the Club since the beginning of the century. Mr. S. Eichelbaum was elected to succeed Proessor Wilson. The following officers were elected. Chairman, Mr. C. S. Plank, Hon. Secretary. E. G. Budge, Honary Treasurer, Mr. L. O. Desborough, Committee, Missess D. Briggs, Cook, Gill, and Hurley; Messrs. Burns, Donovan, Hutchison, and Sivyer.
The opening day was postponed owing to the page 12 weather. Last Saturday was very boisterous but a large number of members were present and a successful Yankee Tournament was held. Members who intend to play in matches this year should sign their names on the list on the Notice Board, and challenges on the ladder should be issued as soon as possible to assist the selection committee when matches start. Most of last years players will be in action again, and competition should therefore be keen.
Batting Gloves Again!
The Annual Meeting of the Cricket Club was held at the beginning of the term when the following officers were elected. Club Captain, H. R. C. Wild, Hon. Secretary, A. G. Wicks, Hon Treasurer, A. F. Wilton, Committee, D. K. Carey, D. S. Dean, G. S. Sains bury, and J. R. Stevens. Mr. R .W. Osborn was unanimously elected a life member in recognition of his great services to the Club.
The coming season promises to be a very successful one. All the seniors, with the exception of Ken Struthers, who is leaving to take up a position in Palmerston North, will be turning out again . The team is one of the youngest which the Club has fielded for many years, and after the run of successes at the end of last season, everyone is very keen. If the batsmen give Tricklebank and Dean a little more support than last season, very good results may be expected. We are informed that the Student's Association will present a brand new pair of batting gloves to the first member of the 1st. XI to score a century. The lower grades should be stronger than last year (we hope the Junior C's will be stronger anyway) and Ted Blacker's team is already in training. The following teams have been entered in the Competitions. Senior, Second Grade. Junior B1, Junior C, and 3rd Grade. Matches start on the 20th October, and net practices about the 17th. Indoor practices will be held on Saturday afternoons before matches commence, and members should watch the notice board for particulars of these. All members should keep the Christmas Tour in view. Games are played against Wanganui, Rangitikei south and North Taranaki. Besides being a delightful, and inexpensve holiday, it is a splendid opportunity to develop talent and gain confidence in matches. (For an account of last Tour buy a copy of " Smad," Vol. I. 1934).
We hear that the N.Z. University Cricket Council almost an accomplished fact, and "Smad" congratulates John Carrad (the originator of the scheme and last year's Committee on their succesful efforts The selection of a N.Z. University XI should give an added interest to University cricket, and be an incentive to keen play.
Review of year : The Club won the Heenan Baton, was second in the Dewar Shield contests and the Kitto Shield, and third in the Wellington Provincial Champonshps.
Blues : The following members were awarded blues for the 1933-4 season : S. G. Eade, A. S. Henderson, H. M. Mcintosh, R. C. Morpeth, T. A. Rafter, F. H. Stephenson and J. B. Stephenson.
N.Z. Blue : S. G. Eade received the N.Z. Blue for the one-mile walk.
Cups : The following cups were awarded :
Dunbar Cup for most points in open competition —T. A. Rafter, Heenan Cup for most improved athlete—L. S. Black, Oram Cup for most points at inter-faculty—P. T. Bowie, Ladies' Cup for most points at the Clubs own meeting held on Kelburn Park—T. N. Bush and F. J. Donovon.
Training : This will be on every week night after the Examinations at Kelburn Park between 5 and 6-30 p.m.
There was a large and enthusiastic attendance at the Annual Meeting of the Victoria University Rowing Club, held on Thursday, 20th September.
The executive officers elected for the coming season are:—
Club Captain—H. M. Mcintosh.
Secretary—D. F. McLeod.
Committee—J. F. Eggers, G. Milne, W. M. Will's. This was the biggest meeting held since the Club came into existence in 1927, and was due no doubt to the increasing interest shown by students since we purchased our own eight a few months ago.
The chief object of this article is to remind University men that the greater part of the rowing season takes place during the long vacation, and that the necessary condition for rowing at the Easter Tournament can only be got by settling down to consistent training during the summer months. The "eight" for Tournament is not yet picked, bill the selection of the final crew will be determined in large measure by the fitness and enthusiasm shown by Club members during the early part of the season. You can't row a three-mile race on a month's training.
The Committee has in hand proposals for the establishment of our own Club-house. Those men who are not members of rowing clubs are urged to get in touch with the Secretary, who will advise them of the arrangements made for their special benefit to enable them to get actual rowing experience during this summer. Do it now before your brain gets befogged with "swot." Don't run the risk of missing a chance for the Tournament at Dunedin next year.
Printed at the Printing Works of Messrs White and sons, Printers and Bookbinders, Aitken Street.