Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 14. July 12, 1939
Senior A v. S.P.C.O.B.
The Seniors save a very indifferent display on Saturday, what few bright movements there were coming from occasional breaks by the forwards.
Hansen and the two Shannons played particularly fine games in a pack which appeared tired and somewhat bored, although McVeagh showed up occasionally in the loose. McNicol seemed content to play on his reputation and was frankly, lazy. Given a fair share of the ball from scrums and lineouts by Burke and Thodey the backs. Rae excepted, were hardly up to Senior standard. Their passing was bad and tackling lamentably weak. It is high time the old maxim "miss your man, miss your place" was applied to Varsity football; and the selection committee might well consider the promotion of Ekdahl and Mahood from the Junior A's for the second round.
In one of the best games seen on Kelburn for years the Seconds went down to Training College 6-8. Varsity were superior in the forwards. Webb in particular playing a fine game, while Mahood's vigorous tackling and splendid backing up, saved the side on numerous occasions. Corkill gave his backs a feast of the ball from the scrums but with the notable exception of Ekdahl they lacked initiative and could not penetrate. The tackling of the backs was good. Hay being outstanding, but McVeagh was too slow in getting up on his man, thus allowing T.C. to gain the overlap. The forwards, when the ball was shot back from passing rushes into the blue vanguard, seemed nonplussed and in this respect their defence was weak. Both sides, however, played excellent football and "Salient" congratulates Bryers and his men on a meritorious but hard earned victory.
Defeating Athletic 19-17 after being down 17-3 at half time, the third B enjoyed their second consecutive win of the season. This team was none too successful at the beginning of the year but extraordinary keenness and splendid team spirit allied to enthusiastic coaching by Ken Hoy has worked wonders. The Side should have its share of success from now on.
In the forwards Dix has proved a capable hooker while Jessep's weight and experience has effected a big improvement. Scott too is playing well. Martin, half or five-eighths, is showing promise and Power, a hard-running three-quarter with a splendid boot—he scored 16 points on Saturday—should be heard of again.
Of the remaining teams, Junior B defeated Institute 16-6, but the Social team had to lower its colours to Petone to the tune of 19-6. The Colts found to opposition at Silverstream, losing to College 13-6.