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Myers and Bramwell having been beaten by Lucas and Wood, had now, by some extraordinary law of custom, to play the odd men, and a good match was anticipated, the odds being, according to general opinion, slightly on Pruen, and for some time it appeared that this expectation would be realized, as Pruen and Evans were 17 to their opponents' 10; the spectators, who were numerous, supposed that the game was virtually won; but, amid applause of the loudest and most frequent, by dint of thoroughly good play and gallant resolution Myers and Bramwell were game-ball to Pruen's 18, and a mistake on their opponents part, dropping the ball on the board, amid much cheering the game was won. Better play than that which got Myers' number up from 10 to 21, we have not seen in these matches, and the spectators testified their cordial admiration as became them.

Lucas, Wood, Myers, and Bramwell now drew again, and with provoking pertinacity Lucas and Wood again drew one another. Of course the match was done before it was begun, and although Myers and Bramwell made a good fight for it, it was naturally of no use, and the winners of the Fives Matches were

W. S. Lucas

C. Wood. It will be remembered that Lucas was one of those who gained the first prize last half. It is gratifying to think that, with all the chances that beset the Fives Matches, the prize has fallen to a couple probably inferior to none in the College. We congratulate them very heartily.

The Single Fives Matches were drawn thus for the Third round:

IG. G. Pruen
W. Lawrence

A. Baines

{w. Bullock

Odd man H. Porter. We need not notice Matches No. 1 and 2; Myers won his match even more easily than might have been expected. Wood and Bullock proved a very close and intensely exciting affair, the game standing at game-ball all for a horribly long time, until at last after a really first-rate game, Wood got his deserts; Bullock deserves much praise for the very hot game he made of it, hotter there could not have been. The Fourth round was drawn as follows :W. Lawrence

I C. Wood
A. Myers

{ů. Porter
Odd man G. G. Pruen



3. (A. Guthrie

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A foolish piece of work in more than one way gave Lawrence a victory; nevertheless he played thoroughly well and above expectation.

The concluding drawing has not yet been made; Wood v. Pruen will probably be the end of all.'

The Third round of the Racquet Matches for the Championship seemed as if it had been specially arranged for the convenience of the better players. There were four good players and three inferior; three good drew three inferior, and one good was odd man. T. Y. Bramwell

J.J. Reid
J. Bramwell

{A: C. Bradley 3. G. N. Wyatt
C. R. Filgate

Odd man.
The next found was the real crisis. The draws were:
IT. Y. Bramwell

J.J. Reid
C. R. Filgate

(A. T. Myers Reid and Myers had twice played before on even terms, once for the Championship of the College a year ago, when Reid won two games out of the three, again for the Championship of the Classical, last half, when Myers won the first two games. Twice also when Reid has been obliged to give three points, Myers has beaten him-once for the Silver cup, this time last year, and once again for a Handicap, last half__so that each had their supporters, and in fact the match showed that the difference between them was not very great. The games went thus :


15 7 15

Myers 7 10 13 Reid got into the court first and so wore off what nervousness he had and got warm. This partly accounted for his winning the first game, which he did with some ease. making 14, principally by good services, to Myers's 4. Myers then made a stand and got 3 more points before his opponent made 15. In the second game, curiously enough, the fortune was exactly reversed, Myers making 14 by some obstinate play, whilst Reid stood at 4. The third game was an exciting one, as throughout they ran neck and neck and were seldom separated by more than two points. Hard hitting was the order of the day, somtimes too high to be effective; both , players made some good strokes, Reid some specially brilliant ones. At 11 all they stuck for some time—at last Reid by some fine play made 3 more points and then got out, and then no more points were made for 8 or 10 rounds. Myers made 2 at last and

again the game hung for a while; at last after a good round, Reid won by a drop in the left corner, almost the first drop he had dared

to try.


The other match of this round was an easy victory for Bramwell, Filgate making it and 9.

The final round was not expected to be a very hard match, and turned out almost easier than was expected. Bramwell made a few most perfect strokes, but knocked too many down to have any chance of winning. Reid's serving was very good and so indeed was Bramwell's, though of a very different kind. The points made were :


15 15 Bramwell.

9 This is the fourth time a Reid has been Champion, and we doubt not if J. J. Reid stays another year it will not be the last.

It remained now to settle the second best player, and accordingly Bramwell played Myers, but only succeeded in making two and three in the first two games.

The Silver Cup, given by C. C. Turnbull, E. J. Croker, W. A. Turnbull, L. H. Shirley, and A. E. Dobson, attracted 32 competitors, of whom the Champion is obliged to give three points to all. The first round presents nothing of interest so we omit any detailed account.

The pairs for the second round were:

C. R. Filgate
{^: T. Bramwell

3. { B. Ku Turner

R. E. Hamilton 4. { A. Ellershaw 5. {


J.J. Reid
D. T. Savary

1 c. Taylor
7. {G. Griperuen

M. Croston Bramwell made 2 and 4 against Myers.

The whole set has not yet been played. We trust people will be quick with them, for Racquet Matches lose half their interest when they come in the Cricket season.

The Racquets under Sixteen has been going on for some time, but it has attracted singularly little notice. The Third round consisted of :R. E. Hamilton

{ K. M. Smith

(F. Johnson Montresor, who won last year, was the favourite, and the result justified the expectation, as he beat R. E. Hamilton in the final match by 7 and 13 points, though Hamilton won the second game.



{ R. Money





We are glad to be able to inform our readers that the Rifle Corps is now in a very flourishing state, both as regards its numbers and also the proficiency of its shooting eleven, at least so far as we are yet able to judge. The new Rifles kindly granted to the Corps by the College Council, have turned out quite as well, if not better, than they were expected to do.

Another Cup has been presented to the Corps by Mr. Felton, to be competed for by 15 members who have shot best this half year. The Principal also has kindly offered a prize for the fellow who makes most points between April 1 and June 13 inclusive.

Most of the past month has been given to the shooting off of the scratch fours.' The following is the result of the 2nd draw :A. Baines

W. H. Sim.
E. P. Johnson

F. Johnson


J. W. Godfray.






Odd Four.
G. Browne.
R. Rodick.

The competition for the Challenge Cup will take place on Saturday, April 25th. There will be two prizes given (1) The Challenge Cup, for the highest aggregate score; (2) A Pewter, for the second best score.

By order,

J. W. GODFRAY, March 30th.



On Wednesday, the 18th, a race was rowed over the Classical and Modern course at Tewkesbury, between the College boat and a crew from Trinity College, Oxford, kindly brought down by A. Crofton. The Oxonians having won the toss, chose the outside station. A good start was effected by Mr. Wood, who kindly officiated on this occasion. Cheltenham at once went ahead, and continued to increase the lead down to the bridge, winning eventually by about three lengths. The time was not accurately ascertained, but was good on account of the strong stream which was running. The crews were

1. R. Crofton.
2. W. E. Lowther.
3. J. Cameron.

4. W. N. Beauclerk.
Cox. G. Isaac.

Cooke, Iost. 1o.

Iost. 12.
Wise, IIst. II.

A. Crofton lost. 7.
Cox. Tichell.

The Gymnasium.

The competition for the Gymnasium Challenge Cup commenced on Monday last, March 30th, and continues every day till Wednesday, the 8th of this month, without any intermission. The Gymnasium will then be closed for the Easter holidays, till Wednesday, the 15th, when College re-opens, which is fixed for the grand finale. The hardest exercises have been reserved for that day, twelve for the captains, and six for the next best three of each. eight. The final result will be made known, and the Prizes—viz., a Pewter to each member of the winning eight, and an extra Silver Medal, kindly given by Mr. Griffiths, as there is at present no champion of the Gymnasium, for the boy who obtains the highest number of marks—will be given away then, the Challenge Cup itself being reserved for the distribution at the Races. We are requested to give notice that visitors will be admitted by tickets, which may be obtained by application to Mr. Bain, at the secretary's office; and also that the performances on the 15th will commence punctually at 2.30 p.m. It may be interesting to know that the competition this year promises to be the most exciting that has yet taken place in the Gymnasium, and productive of a keen and severe struggle, both as regards the Challenge Cup and the Medal.

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