Society Games & what they are all about
Members of the Hamilton Swiss Club started the ball rolling in 1964 with the Society Shooting Competition. Arthur Müller the Rifle Master in 1969 introduced the Society Games, as they are known today. The competition includes 50m Shooting, Kegeln, Steinstossen and Jassen.
The top 20% of each category received a medal. If you were in the top 20% in one category you got a medal like the one in this photo. If you won medals in two categories the plate was gold, with three categories the medal had a gold frame around it and if you received a medal in all four categories the kiwi was in gold as well.
To this day, each club holds these annual Society Games and then enters the interclub competition, called the “Cowbell Competition”. This takes place with Taranaki v Wellington and Auckland v Hamilton. The winner of these 2 groups then fight it out in the final at the Society AGM held every year on Queens Birthday Weekend.
We encourage you to take part in these sports games in your club and join us also at the yearly final. It’s a fun and competitive atmosphere and, should your Club reach the final, you get the chance to meet and compete against members from another club.
The Taranaki Swiss Club won the Cowbell competition after a good battle against members of the Hamilton Swiss Club, winning 3 – 1.
Download a PDF copy of the Society Sports Rules