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SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1936. Volume 7. Number 9.

Men's Hockey

Men's Hockey.

The game against Karori A on Saturday was hard and fast and ended in a draw-2 all. Territorially, Varsity had the better of the game in the first half. Webb (centerforward) opened the score with a fine shot into the top of the net. Varsity fordced several corners and from one of these a hard shot from Shaw was stopped by the Karori goal kepper. The whole team was combining very well and the forwardes were unfortunate in not scoring again.

In the second half karori evened the score but Eggleton secured the lead again for Varsity by following in quickly on a rebound from the goalie. A few minutes later Karori made the score 2 all, but although they continued to press hard with a series of corners towards the end of the game, no further score was added. Robinson (full-back) stopped a hard shot. The final score, 2 all, was a good indication of the play.

The three full-back formation which has again been adopted was put to a severe test and it is evildent that it has greatly strengthened the defence. In the two matches played, since it has been put into practice only two goals have been netted by opposing teams. Abraham, formerly left wing, is now filling the third full-back position very well, his extra speed being more useful there. With Foster and Robinson as the other full-backs, and Newcombe filling the difficult position of fourth half, the team has a very strong defensive combination.

On Thursday the team will play their annual fixture with Massey College at Palmerston North. In view of the approaching tournament, this match should give indication of Masseys' strength, and also demonstrate the success or otherwise of the new system against a similarly speedy and scientific team.

The Juniors have an unbeaten record to their credit and capped it on Saturday by defeating Karori by two goals to nil. They are now equal with that team as leaders of their competition. Training College in the same grade, are also playing well, being in second place despite the vacation.