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Rawson Cup History[1]
Prior to the donation of the Rawson Cup there was sport played between the men's colleges on an informal basis from about 1892.A110351.jpg
The "Intercollegiate Challenge Cup" was presented in 1906 to the Sydney University Sports Union by Admiral Sir Harry Rawson, GCB, KCIG, Governor of NSW (1902-1909). The cup is awarded annually to the college obtaining the greatest number of points in intercollegiate sport.


Sir Harry Rawson was a most lovable governor and threw himself wholeheartedly into the life of the state. He was an avid supporter of all sport and attended all the sporting fixtures that official duties allowed him. Trophies bearing his name are to be found at Sydney Grammar School, the University Regiment and the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. The Rawson Cup was valued at £150 in 1958.

The system used to determine the winner of the cup has a rather tangled history. Intercollegiate delegates have argued for many years over the interpretation of the word "challenge". Prior to 1922 the holder was determined on a first place only basis, though half a point was awarded to each of the two colleges involved in a tied win in a sport. From 1922 seconds were taken into consideration in the event of two colleges obtaining an equal number of first places. In 1948, after consulting the Sports Union, Intercol introduced the 5:3:1:0 scoring system, where points are shared in case of a draw.

The challenge principle was held to be still preserved in that the college holding the cup had to be defeated on points to relinquish it. In 1960 and 1978, when St Andrew's and St Paul's were equal on points, St Andrew's retained the cup although both names were inscribed on it. The award of the cup is considered valid even if all the sports are not contested, such as in 1946 when rowing and shooting were not contested.

During the two world wars there were self imposed restrictions on college sports and so the award of the Rawson Cup during those years was discontinued, although some informal sport did take place.

The Rawson Cup has long been marked by intense rivalry as it generates an extraordinary enthusiasm which outsiders seldom understand, and which is unique among university colleges in Australia.












Past Winners of the Rawson Cup

Year

Winning College

Year

Winning College
1907

St Paul's College

1965

St Andrew's College
1908

St Andrew's College

1966

St Andrew's College
1909

St Andrew's College

1967

St Paul's College
1910

St Andrew's College

1968

St Andrew's College
1911

St Andrew's College

1969

St Andrew's College
1912

St Andrew's College

1970

St Andrew's College
1913

St Andrew's College

1971

St Andrew's College
1914

St Andrew's College

1972

St Paul's College
1915

discontinued

1973

St Paul's College
1916

discontinued

1974

St John's College
1917

discontinued

1975

St Paul's College
1918

discontinued

1976

St Paul's College
1919

St Andrew's College

1977

St Andrew's College
1920

St Paul's College

1978

St Andrew's College & St Paul's College
1921

St Andrew's College

1979

St Andrew's College
1922

St Andrew's College

1980

St Andrew's College
1923

St Paul's College

1981

St Paul's College
1924

St Andrew's College

1982

St Paul's College
1925

St Andrew's College

1983

St Andrew's College
1926

St Andrew's College

1984

St Paul's College
1927

St Andrew's College

1985

St Paul's College
1928

St Andrew's College

1986

St Paul's College
1929

St Andrew's College

1987

St Andrew's College
1930

St Paul's College

1988

St Paul's College
1931

St Paul's College

1989

St Paul's College
1932

St Andrew's College

1990

St Paul's College
1933

St Andrew's College

1991

St Andrew's College
1934

St Andrew's College

1992

St Andrew's College
1935

St Andrew's College

1993

St Andrew's College
1936

St Andrew's College

1994

St Andrew's College
1937

St Paul's College

1995

St Andrew's College
1938

St Paul's College

1996

St Andrew's College & St Paul's College
1939

St Paul's College

1997

St Andrew's College
1940

discontinued

1998

St Andrew's College
1941

discontinued

1999

Wesley College
1942

discontinued

2000

Wesley College
1943

discontinued

2001

Wesley College
1944

discontinued

2002

Wesley College
1945

discontinued

2003

St Paul's College
1946

St Andrew's College

2004

Wesley College
1947

St Paul's College

2005

St Paul's College
1948

St Paul's College

2006

St Paul's College
1949

St Andrew's College

2007

St Paul's College
1950

Wesley College

2008

St Paul's College
1951

St Andrew's College

2009

St Paul's College
1952

St Paul's College

2010

St Andrew's College
1953

St Paul's College

2011

St Andrew's College
1954

St Andrew's College

2012

St Andrew's College
1955

St Paul's College

2013

St Andrew's College
1956

St Paul's College

2014

St Andrew's College
1957

St Paul's College

2015

St Andrew's College
1958

St Andrew's College

2016

St Andrew's College
1959

St Andrew's College

2017

St Paul's College
1960

St Andrew's College & St Paul's College




1961

St Andrew's College




1962

Wesley College




1963

St Paul's College




1964

St Paul's College










Total Rawson Cup Wins

*Where the win is shared it is counted as 0.5

College
Number of Wins
St Andrew's College
54.5
St John's College
1
St Paul's College
38.5
Wesley College
7

101
St Andrew's College has won the Rawson Cup more times than all of the other colleges combined.

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    This history and the table is paraphrased from "The Andrew's Book", Ian Jack 4th Edition 2013