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



On Saturday the Seniors met St. Pat's Old Boys in the early game at Athletic Park, and after an evenly contested game were defeated by 8 points to 3. It was Varsity's best performance for the season. The forwards still lack the fire and ginger of a first-class pack, but could remedy this by concentrating on fitness and speed in the loose. Of the backs, Rae was by far the best, his defence and covering up of mistakes being excellent. Tricklebank's tackling was soiund throughout and his penalty goal from fifty yards out, which gained Varsity's only points, was a magnificent effort. We only wish he coiuld get the leather over the bar more often.

The inside backs are still very weak. Reid showed promise as an attacking back but again, as in Auckand, his defence was not all that it should have been. Ted Blacker played his best game for many a day, leading the pack well. Burke was the outstanding forward, being in the limelight not only for his hooking, but also for good following up and solid defence. Eade, too, was prominent, particularly in lineouts and stopping rushes.

From Saturday's from it appears that Varsity may be able to make their customary mid-season burst. A fact that should help guarantee this is the acquistition of Canterbury's brilliant five-eighths, G. A. Parsons, who has been transferred to Wellington. Last season he captained the Canterbury team in some representative matches and was captain of the N.Z.U. team on its successful tour of Japan. He can be expected to fill the gap so noticeable at present in our black line.

On Thursday, the team will meet Massey at Palmerston North. We wish you luck, Green, and another good Capping Ball-you lucky beggars!