Other formats

    Adobe Portable Document Format file (facsimile images)   TEI XML file   ePub eBook file  


    mail icontwitter iconBlogspot iconrss icon

The Spike or Victoria College Review June 1914


"How is this reason (which is their reason) to gauge a scholar's worth

By casting a hall at three straight sticks and defending the same with a fourth."


There are some optimists in the Cricket Club. At the beginning of each season they anticipate with confidence a match with the Professorial Board—which is another way of saying that the Senior Eleven will win the Championship. That match has not yet been played, but with the team we had in the field last season, it should have been.

During the season we met Otago 'Varsity at Dunedin, and Canterbury College in Wellington. At Easter the first inter Island 'Varsity cricket match was played in Christchurch. We were represented in the game by Atmore, Broad, Dempsey, and Caddick. Dempsey skippered the North Island team. After the match, a meeting of delegates from the four colleges was held. It was decided to make the fixture an annual one, and rules deciding eligibility of players were drawn up.

page 65

The Senior Eleven has been disappointing during the past season. It was probably the strongest eleven we have ever put in the field, and yet it succeeded in winning only three games. Bad fielding was noticeable. Indeed, the match against Petone was thrown away by wretched mis-catching at the most critical stage of the game. Practically no fielding practice was indulged in last year, and we have seen how disastrous the result has been. Given the same tram next year, and provided that the members practice seriously and steadily, we shall have that match yet. Frank Joplin and G. Howe are to be congratulated on winning places in the Wellington representative team. Joplin played against Canterbury, Southland, Otago, Auckland, Australia; and Howe against Auckland, Hawke's Bay, Australia (twice), and Canterbury. We have been greatly helped during the season by the advice and example of Mr. Arthur Fenton, whose untiring energy and unfailing persistence have given us an example of the way the game should be played.