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School 824 : Memories, Official Sports
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These were the days set aside for the Preston and Northcote Annual State School "sports" -
One report surviving from the Northcote Leader in 1951 set the attendance at a total at around 7,000, of which "more than 5,000 came from ten surrounding schools who lent a gala atmosphere to the ideal sports ground as they clapped, screamed or yelled interjectory remarks at opposing athletes".
This was a year fairly typical of the times.
Some 60 events were conducted; the most successful Preston State School in Tyler Street, their pupils winning eleven events (this was pretty much standard -
The team events included relays (run face-
There were also a couple of marching events, usually to give kids without a lot of athletic ability a chance to participate in the sports.
For the record, the competing schools in 1951 were : Bell, Helen Street, Miller Street, Pender's Grove, Reservoir, South Preston, Tyler Street, Wales Street, East Preston and West Preston -
South Preston by this time was one of the smaller schools competing : the double-
The Annuals Sports Day appears to have inaugurated around 1917 with both Northcote and Preston schools noted as competing at Northcote Park, but this may have been a one-
They may have remained in some form, but the earlier sports appear to have had a few more individual events -
There were also swimming sports, again Preston and Northcote.
Given the more restricted accommodation at swimming pools, I think these were held at both Northcote Baths (then in Frederick Street) and at the Preston Baths in St. George's Road, the place-
There was also a makeshift football competition played only between the six or seven Preston teams. South Preston played using portable goalposts on Bell Park (now the G. H. Mott Reserve, corner of Bell and Patterson streets) which had been set aside for many years as exclusively for women's sports.
Strangely, I cannot remember a cricket competition -
There were trials held at South Preston in preparation for the school athletic sports, but no other intra-
The "houses" at Preston Tech. were Boronia, Kurrajong, Waratah and Wattle. I have no recollection as to how kids were assigned -
Preston so dominated the technical school competitions during the 1950’s and 60’s that for football and cricket, it fielded two teams, "A" and "Z", and unlike the houses, allocation was based on a simple, but ultimately flawed system.
"A" comprised those with surnames A to M, i.e. the first half of the alphabet; "Z" the rest. The flaw was that in those days of almost exclusively Anglo-
As a result, "A" finished up with about 60% of the students and almost invariably played off of in most of the finals, as often as not against the outnumbered "Z" who probably had no idea as to why they were always playing second-
Maybe somewhere out there is someone who attended Northcote High that can supply some feedback on the sporting life in St. George's Road. Both venues were probably somewhat blessed by having a ready-
Other than the School Swimming Sports, there were also regular summer trips to Preston Baths, the minimum objective your Herald Learn-
For some it was easy, for others like me with the natural buoyancy of a house-
For the more aquatically-
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