The Spike: or, Victoria College Review 1912
"With all my heartstrings I
love the lovely bully."
Men's Hockey Club.
Another season has drawn to a close, so far, at least, as the Senior Championship is concerned. There still remain two games in the Junior and Third-Class grades. The Club is to be congratulated on a very successful season. The Senior team again occupies the position of runners-up. IIA are third in their championship, IIB hold nth place, and the thirds win the wooden spoon.
Seniors.—Bowler has filled the vacant place in the team, and has fully justified his inclusion. The play of the season has on several occasions been disappointing, and though the personnel of the team has been often severely criticised, the Committer feels certain that without exception it was the best team available at College. C. and G. Strack again filled places in the Representative team, while Burbidge and Thompson played for the B Representatives, Burbidge being also emergency for the Representative team. Hogg and Cleghorn are to be congratulated on obtaining places in the Junior Representatives.
Juniors.—IIA have held together well, and, but for hard luck, would have been higher up the ladder. The play on the whole has been very good, and there are several promising recruits for next year's Senior team.
IIB have battled manfully, and towards the end of the season developed into a very strong combination.
III.—One might write "Least said," but all honour to those, the valiant few (for Hockey accounts an average of eight men a match a very few), who Saturday after Saturday, under Edwards the Indomitable, laced overwhelming odds.
Summary of Matches.
v. Metropolitan.—Won 4—3. College had by far the better of the game, but bad shooting by our forwards and speculating by the backs kept the score down. Griffiths, Salek, Beere (2), scored.
v. Wesley.— Won 9—0. A clay out. Beere (3), C Strack (2), Griffiths (2), G. Strack and Salek, scored.
v. Wellington.—Won 12—4. Pouring rain through most of game. The forwards played splendidly, and overran Wellington. College played one short. G. Strack (4), Griffiths (4), C. Strack (2), Salek and Beere scored.
v United.—Lost 4—2. College and the Referee were both bad. Also missed Burbidge. Smith and Griffiths scored.
v. Wellington.—Won 5—2. In the rain again. The forwards did not repeat their form of the first round. The backs were safe, but should remember it is their duty to direct the ball to the forwards, who ordinarily have enough running to do without having to get the ball from the halves. G. Strack scored twice; three times C. Strack.
v. Government Life.—Won 2—0. Hush! G. Strack and Griffiths scored.
v Wesley.—Won 4—1. "An uninteresting and unscientific display" till the second half, when College awoke, to play well. C. Strack (2), G. Strack, and Beere were the scorers.
v Mets.—Lost 1—0. A hard, exciting game, of which we had decidedly the better. Mets were dangerous on two occasions only. Towards the end, College made frantic efforts to score, but the superb defence of Cleave and Baker thwarted our efforts. By the loss of the game came the loss of a chance for the Championship, re-won by Karori.
v. Hutt.—Won 7—0. Hutt Park is more suited for hide-and-seek than for hockey, and when a pass develops into a succesful putt large scores are impossible. Delamore (3), Hogg(2), Foden (2), were the scorers.
v. Government Insurance.—Won 6—1. McDowall and Castle were the men. Goals to Cleghorn (3), Delamore (2), and Foden.
v Wellington.—Lost 4—3. Forwards bunched affectionately and lost unaccountably. Delamore (2) and Foden scored.
v. Karori.—Lost 4—0. A glorious defeat. Two men short, but the game was even and scoreless until the last 20 minutes. But then we had Thompson.page 82
v. United.—Won 6—0. We managed without our emergency necessitated by the commercial leanings of the foe, who counted and objected, Cleghorn (2), Foden (2), Delamore and Watson scored.
v. Wesley.—Won 11—0. Result of 1st spell. We were 9 men and Eichelbaum, and Wesley relied unwisely on 5 men and a boy.
v IIB.— Won by default. Kind IIB.
v. Wesley.—Lost 4—3. This was Wesley's only win. Nothing like being unselfish. Kelly and Eager scored.
v. K.Y.M.I—Lost 4—2. Also the only game K.Y.M.I. won. Burgess was our mainstay.
v United.—Lost 7—1. Winder scored.
v St. Mark's.—Lost 4—2.
v Govt. Insurance.—Won 3—2. The other side were 3 short. Eager and Hawkins scored.
College has won two other games, but the modest Captain has sent us no report of these.
v. Greggs.—Lost 18—1. College with 7 men. Lennard scored.
v. Wellington.—Lost, II—1. Lennard scored.
v. Kilbirnie.—Lost 5—1. We're tired of Lennard's name.
v Greggs.—Lost 3—1. Great improvement, and Lennard again.
v. Wellington.—Won by default. Our first win.
v. St. Mark's.—Lost on protest. Ask Foden of IIA.
v. St. Mark's.—Won 20—2. Paying off old score.
Senior (position Second).—Matches played, 10; Won, 7; Lost, 3. Goals for, 42; against, 21. Points, 34.
IIA (position Third).—Played, 10; Won, 7; Lost, 3. Goals for, 56; against, 17. Points, 14.
IIB (position Eleventh).—Played, II; Won, 3; Lost, 8. Goals for, 1 2; against, 43 Points, 6.
III. (position Sixth).—Played, 10; Won, 2; Lost, 8. Goals for, 34; against, 68. Points, 4.
During the year a visit was paid us by Auckland University College, and, in the ensuing game at Duppa Street, the visitors (six of whom were in the Auckland Reps.), defeated us by 3—1. Our Club billeted the team during its stay, and combined with the Association in entertaining the visitors. Victoria must return the call.
Again we have no hesitation in recommending to all students the game of Hockey, not as being the best game, but the best me for students.