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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 9, No. 12. September 25, 1946

Soccer Score Well

Soccer Score Well

This year tournament honours were shared with Auckland and Otago, each team winning three games and losing one.

Arriving in Auckland about 9 a.m. and averaging two hours sleep, the Victoria team had its game at 1-30 p.m. against the fresh Auckland side. VUC played a stubborn game till half time, then leading 2-1, but in the second half the pace was too fast, telling particularly in the defence who faced the fast Auckland forwards. Auckland won 5-2.

Next morning saw some fine football in the VUC-Otago game. Giles, in goal, tossed himself around the goal to save in fine style and his clearances were strong. The unor-thordox defence of Sutton-Smith and Dickson with Richardson playing a brilliant defensive centre-half game, had the Otago forwards worried and only once did they look like scoring. This they did.

The left and right halves, Spiers and Johnstone were superior to the opposing halves and had command of the centre of the field assisted by Simmonds who worked very hard and Mackie who made fine solo efforts. On the wings, Edwards and Weir moved fast, and centred efficiently, one from Weir being nodded into the net by Simmonds who was backing up well. Walls at centre-forward fed his men well and his was a fine shot to give VUC a 2-1 win.

During the game Simmond's leg was injured and he was unable to play in the later games, thereby missing selection in the NZU team. His place was taken by Johnstone while Redely took over at right-half.

Victoria beat Lincoln 12-0 after a light lunch of ribo and hop extract.

With Johnstone not available, Piper filled his berth in the game against Canterbury which was won comfortably 8-1. On the same day Otago had an easy win against Auckland, 5-0.

Of those who played in the NZU team which lost to Auckland reps. 4-2, Sutton-Smith, Dickson and Johnstone were awarded NZU blues, Spiers, Walls and Edwards missing for no apparent reason.

Richardson, first choice for centre-half, was unfortunately unable to play.