SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1936. Volume 7. Number 9.
1st XI's System Clicks. Basketball Has Goods But..
1st XI's System Clicks. Basketball Has Goods But...
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.
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!
Admirable conditions favoured the harriers on their run for the Sherwood Cup over three miles of varied country from Rongotai on Saturday. Sixteen started. fifteen completing the course. The run for the cup was under handicap conditions, Gabites being the winner with the nett time of 18.77 minutes. Porter, 18.90 mins. was second, and Kairns, 18.91, third. With an actual running time of 19,41 mins. and nett time of 19.09, Horsley gained fourth position, and also fastest time for the race.
The Varsity team is suffering from a holiday complex-a different team for every match. Accordingly combination is weak and lack of training at the beginning of the season is also taking its toll.
On Saturday, in T.O.G., the team encountered a very scientific set of players, and what with commeneing two short and having no centre-forward till half-time, the result was very encouraging. It was Varsity's best game to date.
The team has that common fault of women's hockey, the halves' positional play is weak. They evidently prefer to hang back in lingering admiration of their attacking forwards.
Notes on the Players:—
A. Hunter.—A dependable winger who centres well.
N. Goldsbury.—A right inner with good combination and stick-work
M. Nelligan.—Must speed up her shots. The team needs a snappy goal-getter.
G. Kean.—Shows dash on occasons and is improving.
M. Johnstone.—New to the left wing and must learn to centre sooner. We know it's hard.
N. Bayfield.—A dependable right half.
C. Robertson.—Must watch positional play and back up her forwards.
B. Ball.—Keep your position Beris.
E. Chatfield and J. Bacon, fullbacks, are hard workers, but must learn to support the team on attack.
H. Maysmor.—Don't trust your stick too much Helen. Kick more.