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The Spike or Victoria College Review 1937

Defence Rifle Club

page 75

Defence Rifle Club

The 1936-37 season has been a most successful one for the Defence Rifle Club. An increase in membership, together with a considerable improvement in the standard of both aperture and service shooting have combined to place the Club on a very sound footing for the coming season.

As usual, weekly shoots were held at Trentham from November onwards, and a team was entered in the Junior Division of the W.R.A. Annual Inter-club Match for the Union Shield. This year, for the fust time, so far as is known, in the history of College shooting, a team was entered for the N. Frank Albert Trophy Match, which is open to teams representing the Universities and University Colleges of Australia and New Zealand.

For the first occasion since 1932, and for the fifth time since the Shield was presented in 1909, the Club was successful in winning the Haslam Shield in the match held in conjunction with the Tournament at Easter.

At Christchurch, at Easter, a match South Island v. North Island was organised by the C.U.C.D.RC. in which four representatives of the Club took part. The match was won by South Island.

The Club Championship was won by R. J. Corkill, who also won the Mills Vase for the highest individual score in the College Haslam team. The Aperture Cup was won by J. B. C. Taylor, and the Musketry Trophy by A. A. Gawith.

The only N.Z.U. Blue in Shooting to come to V.U.C. for many years was won by R. J. Corkill, who also received a College Blue. College Blues were also won by C. J. Gates, T. R. C. Muir, and J. B. C. Taylor.

Important changes have been made in the method of firing the Haslam Match, and the abolition of the unsatisfactory system of each team firing on its home range has meant not only that V.U.C. riflemen will in future travel to Tournament Centre as full representatives, but that the entering of University teams for Imperial Matches has been made possible. The N.Z. University Shooting Council, of which the Club is a member has been granted affiliation to the N.Z.U.S.A.