Salient: Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Vol. 32, No. 13. 1969.
Varsity team rises from bottom
Varsity team rises from bottom
University, by virtue of its 4-2 victory over Wellington Diamond United at Evans Bay, lifted itself off the bottom of the First Division league table.
University took an early lead with goals by Jock McNaught and John Gallagher; however, Wellington Diamond United replied with two goals, and at half-time the score was 2-2.
Midway through the second half, coach Ray Rayment's gamble of playing former left back John Mehl as striker paid dividends, when John put Varsity back into the lead with a fine goal.
Four minutes later John Mehl again scored to put Varsity further in the lead.
In the remaining minutes of the game, although both teams had several chances they were not accepted, and the final whistle sounded with no additions to the score.
For University, John Mehl was outstanding in his new position of striker, while most other players had sound games.
The second team had only itself to blame for losing 4-3 to Waterside at Macalister Lower.
University was leading 3-2 with five minutes left to play when slack defensive work allowed Waterside to score two goals, and turn what looked like certain defeat into victory.
University missed many scoring chances, and would have taken at least one Championship point had skipper Peter Murchison not missed a penalty.
Scorers for University were Robin Fox (2) and Dale Reddish.
The third team, after being 3-2 up at half-time against Karori Swifts at Kelburn Park, made no race of it in the second half and scored a further six goals.
Scorers for Varsity were Huroon Lateef (3), Allen Atkins, Arthur Baysting, Ian Brown, Jeff Walls, Dick Wood and a Swifts defender.
The score at full-time in the Fifth Division team's KO Cup game with Raumati Hearts was 4-4: however, Varsity scored two corners to Raumati's nil during extra time, and so advance to the semi-finals.
Goal-scorers for Varsity were Doug Beagle (3) and John Rees.
All players agreed that the trip to Paekakariki was worthwhile if only to play on Queen Elizabeth Park, which was considered by most to-be the best ground in the Wellington district.
The Sixth Division team, after being narrowly defeated by Wellington Working Men's Club the previous week, disappointed by being thrashed 7-0 by the same team in a KO Cup game.
The Eighth Division learns made an inauspicious start in their new grade. The "A" and "B" teams lost 8-1 and 3-0 to Waterside and Stop Out respectively, while the "D" team beat the "C" team 5-1 to win its third game in as many weeks.
Results and goalscorers in the games played on Saturday, June 14th, 1969:—
Senior First Division team beat Wellington Diamond United 4-2 (J. Mehl (2), J. Gallanher, J. Mc-Naught). Senior Second Division team last to Waterside 3-4 (R. Fox (2). D. Reddish). Senior Fourth Division team beat Karori Swifts 9-2 (H. Lateef (3), A. Atkins, A. Baysting, I. Brown, J. Walls, R. Wood, o.g.). Senior Fifth Division team beat Raumati Hearts 4-4 (K.O. Cup)—University won 2-0 on corners after extra time (D. Beagle (3) J. Rees). Senior Sixith Division team lost to Wellington Work-ing Men's Club (K.O. Cup) 0-7. Senior Eighth Division A team lost to Waterstde 1-8 (Derek Smith). Senior Eighth Division B team lost to Stop Out 0-3. Senior Eighth Division C team lost to University D 1-5 A. Langford). Senior Eighth Division D team beat University C 5-1 (D. Quinn (3). C. Laking, A. Morse).