As 2016 winds down, best wishes from the College for summer and all that it entails......exam results, work, holiday, time with family and friends and hopeful...
Harry Potter dress up dinner!
A good bit of fun before mid-semester exams.
Photos by Nathan Lea (AKA Colin Creevey)
Athletics is usually held closer to the start of the year, so before summer ended Selwyn and Knox had assembled together to face off on the race track. We run 100m, 200m, 300m and 400m relays for each gender, and the spectators are roaring in every one of them. Selwyn won overall as we dominated the men’s races and draw in the woman’s.
The social rugby round robin is well supported by the lads of Selwyn. Games are split into four 15 minute quarters, and there’s rolling subs and golden oldies scrums. At lot of boys in Selwyn and Studholme knew each other, and brought both a strong competition, but also a respect to the game. Studholme boys were hitting us hard - and they strained our confidence as they scored two tries in the first quarter. The Selwyn team didn’t lose confidence though, and the we took the scoreboard back before full time, securing a close victory.
For all the grandeur and history of the college buildings and grounds, Selwyn is not truly itself over the summer break without the laughter and life brought by its students.
2016 has been pretty hectic so far, but it has been great to see everyone settling in well. Orientation week provides a great chance to get to know everyone without the constraints of lectures and there are quite a few social functions on as well!
At the time of writing Selwyn had a slight edge over Knox in the annual Cameron Shield and Neville cup events. Taking out the cricket and chess, the only event that had just not gone our way was debating; in a close fought affair. It’s been great to have so many supporters along to see some of our talented residents in action.
What has really impressed me is the way in which everyone has got stuck into the college’s traditional events. Leith Run, College Haka, Waiata and Amish April – more on that later. The enthusiasm and dedication of the first years coupled with the engagement and warmth of the returning students bodes well for the rest of the year. It’s great to see how these shared experiences unite us as a college and to know that such old traditions are as relevant and well received as ever.
The rest of the Semester promises to bring even more excitement, the annual exchange with College House and the Selwyn Knox rugby match, are sure to be highlights of May. Even more imminently the month of [Amish] April brings with it the 100-year-old tradition that the girls each knit a scarf and the boys go the month without shaving – which promises to help all the lads become more entertaining, if less attractive. Finally we are in the middle of that niggly mid-semester exam/assignment period. So we can look forward to hearing great results.
After all in amongst the aforementioned, the odd beach trip, hit of tennis or casual game of footy in the Quad. There has also been a great deal of work done too. Selwyn is first and foremost an academic college. Whilst we play hard, when the time comes we follow through and do the business.
Vitai Lampada Tradunt,
S.C.S.A President 2016
Selwyn v Knox Cricket 2016
The revered Selwyn vs. Knox cricket match began with Selwyn’s captain Hugo Fletcher proving for the first and only time in the entire year that he is not a tosser, as Knox won the coin toss and sent Selwyn into bat on a blisteringly hot day. Opening up, Fletcher and Sam McConnell sought to weather an aggressive if erratic start from the Knox bowling attack. Through a glorious 28 from Chris Page, a swashbuckling 11 from Sam “Spud” Lambert and a painstaking 19 from the captain, Selwyn were sitting pretty at 91/3 after 15. But a collapse to 6/112 required gritty shepherding of the lower order from local boys Charles Darling and James Logie, who scored 21 and 25 respectively to keep Selwyn in the hunt. Thanks to the calm head of Campbell Burns, Selwyn were eventually bowled out in the 49th over with a highly competitive 185 on the board.
Selwyn struck early in the second innings, with Jamie Laycock dismissing Knox’s opener in the first over thanks to an athletic diving catch from Eric Munro. Knox looked to be aggressive and despite the loss of both openers, had progressed to 60 after just ten overs. However, the introduction of wily seamer James Logie derailed their chase, as he snared the Knoxie’s geriatric captain and number three within two overs to spark a collapse that would see last year’s victors crumble in the face of gold and maroon pressure. Lucien Burt combined incisiveness with parsimony on his way to collecting two wickets, Fletcher spun out three batsmen and Charles Darling’s leg spin cut a swathe through the lower order, finishing with the remarkable analysis of 3 wickets for two runs. Aided by two stumpings from talkative ‘keeper Josh Williams and three outstanding catches from physical specimen Eric Munro, Selwyn had extinguished the Knox innings for just 91. The resounding 94-run win thanks to outstanding home support for the tight-knit unit marked an impressive result for the college and a perfect start to their defence of the Cameron Shield.
By Hugo Fletcher