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The Spike or Victoria College Review 1936

Defence Rifle Club

Defence Rifle Club

The Victoria University College Defence Rifle Club is an officially recognised body supported by grants of money from the V.U.C. Students' Association and by grants of ammunition from the Defence Department. It is affiliated to the Wellington Rifle Association, and is a member of the newly-formed N.Z. University Shooting Council.

The season 1935-36 saw more activity than for several years past. Weekly shoots were held at Tren-tham from the end of November onwards, and a team was entered for the annual W.R.A. Inter-Club match. The upshot was that by Easter time, V.U.C. was able to make a serious bid for the Haslam Shield, and did indeed, by putting up a leading score in one practice and thus gaining a Tournament Shooting point, break the spell which had bound her and which had made her for three years the only College entirely without success in Tournament shooting.

At Easter time there was an Inter-College competition between four skeleton teams of two men each (won by O.U. with V.U.C. second), and later a match between the eight University men and a team of eight drawn from outside Clubs affiliated to the W.R.A., an event won by University by a small margin.

C. T. Ryan won the Perry Aperture Cup and the Club Championship, while A. A. Gawith, who put up the highest individual score in the College Haslam team, won the Mills Vase.

College Blues in shooting were awarded to G. T. Ryan, A. A. Gawith, J. B. C. Taylor, and B. D. A. Greig. These were the first Shooting Blues awarded since 1932-33.