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The Spike or Victoria College Review 1938

Boxing Club

page 71

Boxing Club

Once again the apathy of the members of this Club was very apparent until two weeks prior to our annual College Tournament, when most pugilists at Victoria commenced their (yearly) training.

This Tournament, held in the College Gymnasium, proved a great success, unearthing much unknown talent, especially among the fresher-boxers. This augurs well for next year, when this pugilistic prowess will be employed to further the honour of Victoria at Dunedin, where in 1935 the College collected the shield in boxing. It is to be hoped that some of the youthful retired boxers of past tournament fame will shake off their inertia to become once more participants in the College team.

The following were selected to represent Victoria at the inter-Varsity Tournament in Auckland:—bantamweight, W. A. Armstrong; featherweight, K. Coveney; lightweight, C. Trillo; welterweight, V. L. Carroll; middleweight, A. E. Arnott; light-heavyweight, J. M. Frazer. Coached by trainer Roy Brien, they were welded into a formidable team, and although only one N.Z.U. "Blue" was won, they acquitted themselves in the true Victoria fighting manner.

The Club congratulates Ken Coveney on his meritorious performance in collecting the N.Z.U. Featherweight title. It was unfortunate that several of the local title winners were not eligible to represent the College at Auckland this year.

Training for the 1939 Tournament is to commence as soon as possible in the new year, and we urge all intending competitors to contact the Secretary for further details.

We owe a sincere debt of gratitude to our enthusiastic trainer, Roy Brien, whose name has long been associated with College boxing; to the officials of the Wellington Association for their practical aid and guidance; and to all those whose support and assistance was freely given throughout the year, and who made our activities so successful.

Our congratulations to Otago University for their splendid performances in winning the Boxing Shield, and we end with a note of warning that next year Victoria promises to repeat its Dunedin performance of 1935.