september memories / 2

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

2nd September, 1907 : Is there a mania for sport? The question was raised at the national meeting of the Trinity College Dialectic Society held in Melbourne tonight. The chairman, Professor Tucker, took the negative view, declaring that the pursuit of sport was an enthusiasm rather than a mania, at least with Victorians. Professor Tucker considered, however, that sport was treated with too much reverence in school life. He related the story of a speech night at a public school, noting the air of graceful condescension with which the audience of schoolboys applauded the successful scholars. Then came a diversion. When a lad stepped forward to receive the prize of a cricket bat he was greeted with a salvo of cheers. The lad had averaged 43 on the cricket field. The Age thought it lamentable that Australian youth did not trouble itself with sport after quitting school: “Hence we see thousands of the manhood of Australia thronging our football and cricket grounds in the belief that the spectator is the truest sportsman.”

 

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