The Armidale School claimed the overall spoils but the honours were shared when Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School hosted them in seven different sports for the Dick Hodgson Shield last Friday.
The two schools fought it out in rugby, soccer, basketball, tennis, chess, debating and clay target shooting, with the points accrued going towards the shield, which is named after former TAS sportsmaster Dick Hogdson.
With the absence of several players due to rep rugby league duties, a depleted Farrer First XV went down to TAS 64-0 in the Opens rugby, the visitors with the win also retaining the First XV Challenge Shield. TAS also won the 2nd XV 21-10 and the 15As, 14As and 13s, with Farrer getting up in the 16As, 16Bs and 15Bs.
On the soccer field, the TAS First XI won 4-2, the 16s won 3-0 while Farrer was victorious in the 13s.
Farrer dominated the tennis winning eight matches to two.
They also took out the clay target shooting at Loomberah Clay Target range (573-530) and got up in the Firsts basketball 68–53.
In other tournaments, the hosts won the chess two boards to one, with a draw on the fourth. Added to the competition for the first time in many years, TAS secured narrow wins in the Year 7 and Opens debates to wrest the silverware back from Farrer.
“The Shield has been contested since 2011 and it continues to be a highlight on the sporting calendar of both schools who value the opportunity to give opportunities to students in a breadth of opportunities,” TAS Director of Co-Curricular Will Caldwell said.