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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 15. July 26, 1939

Ted Blacker — An Appreciation

Ted Blacker

An Appreciation

Looking at the Wellington College first fifteen against Otago Boys' High School, and prompted by the excel lence of the Wellington College team's play, memories of the 1926 Wellington College fifteen came quickly to mind. For that fifteen was one of the best fielded by the College for many a day.

Lacking the [unclear: serum] in that 1926 fifteen was Ted Blacker who showed even then the ability that afterwards gained him representative honours on numerous occasions and also his New Zealand University [unclear: Hue].

From the 1926 Wellington College team came two Varsity's stalwarts in the team came two of Varsity's stalwarts in the team which first won the Championship for the Club—F. S. Ramson and Ted Blacker.

In 1927, when he joined the Club. Ted Blacker played Senior B. for the luck of the Senior A fifteen was the famous Bob Martin-Smith, then at the end of a long and meritorious Rugby career. But from the Senior B team Ted Blacker gained Welling ton representative honours and the next season when Bob Martin-Smith retired he looked the Varsity scrum in the team which won the championship, and again represented Wellington. When Varsity won the championship again in 1929 he was the man that held the diamond scrum together and he locked the scrum for the New Zealand University in the Tests against the visiting Australian Universities team.

Eleven Seasons

Ted Blacker played for the University side through all its ups and downs of the last ten years. He was therefore a member of the Senior A side from 1928 to 1938—eleven seasons. When other players less noted than himself deserted the Club to chase the fickle Goddess of Personal Fame on Varsity's relegation. Ted Blacker stuck by the ship even although the vessel didn't seem too seaworthy at times, and personal recognition in representative sides for Ted Blacker suffered accordingly. Despite this Ted Blacker represented Wellington during four separate seasons.

To Victoria College the name of Ted Blacker must always recall one who above all others stood for what is necessary to enable any club to prosper—loyalty. His interests were wide and extended to many spheres of University life; he was a member of the executive, the captain of the famous social cricket team since its inception, and a performer in Extrav: The Club and the College would therefore be assured of success in most of their activities could they be assured of a supply of men of the calibre of Ted, and now that he leaves Wellington it is fitting to say that Ted Blacker truly departs with the best and sincerest wishes of every Wikitorian for his success in the future.