The tradition of the annual Inter-Collegiate sports dinner was revived in 2010, at St John’s College. This year, it was St Andrew’s turn to host the event, which celebrates the year in college sport.
Guests from all six colleges, including the various heads, enjoyed a very traditional St Andrew’s feast, including plenty of bag piping and an address to the flaming haggis. Australian (and University of Sydney) cricketer Stuart Clark spoke thoughtfully and entertainingly about the importance of genuinely enjoying one’s sporting endeavours, rather than simply striving to improve.
Of the sixteen official inter-college sports (eight male and eight female), St Andrew’s was successful in thirteen in 2011, which is unprecedented. Accordingly, the captains of each St Andrew’s team were formally presented with a great many trophies, including, at the end of the evening, the Rawson Cup and the Rosebowl.
When the party finished at around midnight, only three trophies left with our guests, St John’s having won the men’s soccer, St Paul’s the men’s tennis and Women’s the softball. Congratulations to these colleges, and to St John’s and Wesley, for joint wins in two of the sports also won by St Andrew’s men.
For each sport, a Most Valuable Player was named and, again, St Andrew’s was dominant, although not quite to the same extent as in the sporting contests themselves.
Rawson Cup sports
Cricket - Liam Robertson (St Andrew’s)
Rowing - Ed de Carvarlo (St Andrew’s)
Swimming - Dylan Curtis (St John’s)
Rugby - Tom English (St Andrew’s)
Tennis - Mike Power (St Andrew’s)
Soccer - Josh Holmes (St John’s)
Basketball - James McAnulty (St Andrew’s)
Athletics - Luke Harborn (St John’s)
Sportsman of the Year - Mike Power (St Andrew’s)
Netball - Sophie Holdstock (St Andrew’s)
Rowing - Bea Sheldrick (St Andrew’s)
Hockey - Kate Johnson (Wesley) & Gillian Bennett (St Andrew’s)
Swimming - Megan Ramsey (Wesley)
Tennis - Rachel Assef (St Andrew’s)
Softball - Jocie Gulliver (Women’s)
Basketball - Kelsey Gardiner (St Andrew’s)
Athletics - Anna ? (St John’s)
Sportswoman of the Year - Bridget Burns (St John’s)
Congratulations to all these winners and, especially, to those from St John’s, who are clearly the rising force in Intercollegiate sport. St Andrew’s will need to keep improving in order to stay ahead of St John’s and thereby, to match Wesley’s feat, a decade ago, of winning both the Rawson Cup and Rosebowl for three years in a row.
Vice Principal, John Sergeant
Photos courtesy of Warden St Paul's College, Dr Ivan Head