Rawson Cup

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Admiral Sir Harry Rawson caricatured by Spy for Vanity Fair, 1901

The Admiral Sir Harry Rawson Cup, commonly known as "The Rawson Cup", was presented to the Sydney University Sports Union in 1906 by Admiral Sir Harry Rawson, GCB, KCIG, Governor of New South Wales (1902–1909). The Rawson Cup is the pinnacle of male intercollegiate sport at the University of Sydney. The cup is fought for by men representing each of the four colleges with male undergraduate students; St Andrew's College, St John's College, Wesley College and St Paul's College.

It is contested over the academic year and consists of 8 sports:

  • ‍Rowing
  • ‍Swimming
  • ‍Athletics
  • ‍Rugby
  • ‍Basketball
  • ‍Tennis
  • ‍Cricket
  • ‍Soccer

Previously Shooting was a Rawson Cup sport but this was replaced by Basketball in 1975.[1] Soccer was introduced as a Rawson Cup sport in 1993.[2] At the conclusion of each sport points are awarded with 5 for first place, 3 for second place, 1 for third place and 0 for fourth place.[3] At the conclusion of the last sport the leader in the points score wins the Rawson Cup.

St Andrew's College has won the Cup more than all other colleges combined and possess the longest continuous winning streak of 8 years (1991 to 1998).[4] St John's College have only won the Cup once, in 1974.

Prior to the donation of the Rawson Cup there was sport played between the men's colleges at the University of Sydney on an informal basis from about 1892.

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 second places were taken into consideration in the event in the event of two colleges obtaining an equal number of first places. In 1948, after consulting the University Of Sydney 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.


Total Rawson Cup Victories
College Number of Wins
St Andrew's College 53.5
St Paul's College 37.5
Wesley College 7
St John's College 1


Past Winners
Year Winning College
1907 St Paul's College
1908 St Andrew's College
1909 St Andrew's College
1910 St Andrew's College
1911 St Andrew's College
1912 St Andrew's College
1913 St Andrew's College
1914 St Andrew's College
1915 discontinued
1916 discontinued
1917 discontinued
1918 discontinued
1919 St Andrew's College
1920 St Paul's College
1921 St Andrew's College
1922 St Andrew's College
1923 St Paul's College
1924 St Andrew's College
1925 St Andrew's College
1926 St Andrew's College
1927 St Andrew's College
1928 St Andrew's College
1929 St Andrew's College
1930 St Paul's College
1931 St Paul's College
1932 St Andrew's College
1933 St Andrew's College
1934 St Andrew's College
1935 St Andrew's College
1936 St Andrew's College
1937 St Paul's College
1938 St Paul's College
1939 St Paul's College
1940 discontinued
1941 discontinued
1942 discontinued
1943 discontinued
1944 discontinued
1945 discontinued
1946 St Andrew's College
1947 St Paul's College
1948 St Paul's College
1949 St Andrew's College
1950 Wesley College
1951 St Andrew's College
1952 St Paul's College
1953 St Paul's College
1954 St Andrew's College
1955 St Paul's College
1956 St Paul's College
1957 St Paul's College
1958 St Andrew's College
1959 St Andrew'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
1965 St Andrew's College
1966 St Andrew's College
1967 St Paul's College
1968 St Andrew's College
1969 St Andrew's College
1970 St Andrew's College
1971 St Andrew's College
1972 St Paul's College
1973 St Paul's College
1974 St John's College
1975 St Paul's College
1976 St Paul's College
1977 St Andrew's College
1978 St Andrew's College & St Paul's College
1979 St Andrew's College
1980 St Andrew's College
1981 St Paul's College
1982 St Paul's College
1983 St Andrew's College
1984 St Paul's College
1985 St Paul's College
1986 St Paul's College
1987 St Andrew's College
1988 St Paul's College
1989 St Paul's College
1990 St Paul's College
1991 St Andrew's College
1992 St Andrew's College
1993 St Andrew's College
1994 St Andrew's College
1995 St Andrew's College
1996 St Andrew's College & St Paul's College
1997 St Andrew's College
1998 St Andrew's College
1999 Wesley College
2000 Wesley College
2001 Wesley College
2002 Wesley College
2003 St Paul's College
2004 Wesley College
2005 St Paul's College
2006 St Paul's College
2007 St Paul's College
2008 St Paul's College
2009 St Paul's College
2010 St Andrew's College
2011 St Andrew's College
2012 St Andrew's College
2013 St Andrew's College
2014 St Andrew's College
2015 St Andrew's College

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Rawson Cup since 1906". St Paul's College, Sydney University. Retrieved 2013-09-30. 
  2. ^ "The Rawson Cup since 1906". St Paul's College, Sydney University. Retrieved 2013-09-30. 
  3. ^ "The Rawson Cup since 1906". St Paul's College, Sydney University. Retrieved 2013-09-30. 
  4. ^ "Intercol Sports". St Andrew's College, Sydney University. Retrieved 2013-09-30.