The Spike: or, Victoria College Review September 1921
"With all my heartstrings I
love the lovely bully."
Versus Karori. Won, 3—2. A game in the mud the first spell of which Karori had the advantage In the second spell we attained surprising combination and notched three goals per Whitehead, A. Cousins, and Beere. Our thanks are due to Messrs. Beere, Eichelbaum, Kean, and Gaze, old students who filled the gaps during the vacation, and who turned out at the shortest notice.
Versus Wellington. Drawn 1 all. Owing to vacation, we were handicapped and our team disorganised. Nevertheless we did not play up to standard, and were lucky to draw. Wellington showed much better combination. Whitehead scored for us.
Versus Huia. Won 5—1. A decisive win and a good game. Several of our players "found themselves, and our forward line showed to advantage. Gardner played a good game, scoring two "beauties" Miles notched two and Cousins the other.
Versus Wesley. Won . 8—4. The game, as the score indicates, was mostly confined to the forwards, It was fast, clean, and open; but the Wesley halves were weak owing to the absence of members. Goals were obtained by Eager 2, Miles 3, Whitehead 2, and Kirk.
Versus United. Lost, 3—1. We met our old rivals and had the best of clean games. The experience of United told in the closing stages, although we attacked practically the whole of the second half. We had the hardest of luck. but the better team won. Miles scored a good goal.
Versus United. Lost. 6—1. United, profiting by their match with us the previous Saturday, knew our weak spots, and also played better hockey. We did not play up to standard and lost "dozens" of chances. The better team won but we had had two good clean games with our old rivals.
Versus Ramblers. Won. 4—I. A surprise—for Ramblers. We had much the better of the game and disorganised our opponents by our open play. The paper said we were unlucky not to score more goaIs, and turned what was a foregone conclusion of victory for Ramblers into a decided win. Cousins 2. White-head and Kirk scored for us.
Versus Hutt. Lost. 3—2. Hutt had their revenge, and on the day's play served their win. Our backs were smothered and lacked cohesion; had they played up be standard there is every probability we should have won comfortably. Williams was hurt for the third time, and Gaze very kindly and ably filled the gap.
This concluded our series of matches. Owing to an unfortunate misunderstanding and the alteration of the fixtures we were Compelled to default to Petone. Our match with Wakatu was postponed on account of our annual match with Auckland University College It is hoped that our match with Wakatu will eventuate later, but it is doubtful.
Versus A.U.C. at Auckland. This year we journeyed to Auckland and the weather was atrocious. The ground which was in use the whole week prior to our match was literally a quagmire. Good hockey was impossible. On a dry ground we should have made a much better showing. Auckland adapted themselves to the condition better than we did, and won 4—0. According to the paper: "Grant in goal had a strenuous time, Kirk, Cousins, and Hood were the best of the forwards, Harper and Burton were very safe, particularly the former, and Whitehead played a good defensive game at half." However the whole team put up page 44 a very creditable fight, and it is considered that it was impossible to singularise under the conditions of the ground. We were right royally entertained and we congratulate Auckland on their win, They thus hold for one year the "stick," a very suitable and symbolic trophy presented for competition by Mr. G.. H. Seddon, our old captain. We are looking forward to the visit of the Auckland team next year, when we promise them a real good time and a good game.
On our way home we played a game with the Pakeha Club of Feilding. The ground was heavy and heavy rain stopped the match in the second spell. We were victors by 3—0 after a one-sided game. Hood (2) and Gardner scored for us.
In conclusion we wish to thank Messrs. Gaze (who helped us out of many scrapes), Beere, Eichelbaum, Kean, and Seddon for the sportsmanlike way in which they turned out for us during the vacation and at suchshort notice.