SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1936. Volume 7. Number 10.
Football and Hockey Lose to Massey But Bag Saturday's Bacon
Football and Hockey Lose to Massey But Bag Saturday's Bacon.
They Massey Match.
Despite the fact that Ekdahl was the only member of the Senior SV.'s backs who could make the trip, and with the team well-nigh incapacitated by a huge three-course dinner, V.U.C.'s representatives put up a fine showing against Massey College. Although defeated by 12 points to 6, the score is not an exact indication of the game. Victoria scored two tried to Massey's one, the latter's remaining points being from penalty kicks.
After heavy rain, the ground was very heavy, but a good display of Rugby was given. Both sets of forwards worked valiantly, while the backs were not deterred by a greasy ball from indulging in frequent bright passing movements. The green forwards had much the better of the first spell and saw Burke and Wilson go over for tries, making the half-time score 6-3 in their favour.
In the second spell, Victoria's forwards were unable to maintain the pressure as effectively as in the first, but the backs defended well and but for a brilliant run by Orgias, kept Massey from crossing our linek. If Victgoria had had a good kicker with them, the result might have been different; as it was they were by no means digraced.
An Easy Win.
On Saturday, the Seniors won comfortably from Oriental by 28 points to 3. Play was fast from the outset, later slowing up considerably and finally brightened by some snappy back movements.
For Varsity, tries were scored by Wild (3), Fitzgerald (2), Ekdahl (2), and Reid, Fitzgerald converting two.
Most of Varsity's tries came from thee passing movements in which backs band forwards combined. Both sides, however, made mistakes and University's line was more often in danger than the score would indicate, but Oriental failed to make good their opportuniteis and crossed only once.
v. Massey College.
With two forwards and two halves from the regular team missing, together with heavy going on a sodden ground, the V.U.C. combination was seriously disorganised in their match against Massey. Nevertheless it was an exciting game and keenly contested all the way. The pace throughout was fast and produced some fine movements.
Massey's superiority lay chiefly in their long, hard hitting on a sodden ground, and the outstanding brilliance of individual players. Victoria did well to hold the home team as well as they did. Depending as they do essentially on the concerted effort of all eleven men, the loss of four of them was bound to result in a decided weakening of the side. The final score, 4-2 against them, shows a very creditable performance under the circumstances. Shaw scored both V.U.C. goals.
Two fine goals scored in the last two minutes by Robinson pulled the game out of the fire for Varsity, giving them a 4-3 victory. The team did not appear to be playing up to standard, perhaps on account of Thursday's game and festivities at Massey. Erratic shooting and delay in handling in the first half cost the forwards many opportunities, at least six shots passing harmlessly by the goal. Also the defence was not as solid as against Karori I., the preceding week, perhaps chiefly owing to the very uneven nature of the ground.
By half-time, Tech. had scored thee fairly easy goals, and Shaw had found the net for Varsity.
From the opening bully of the second half Shaw, who was playing well, scored again from a solo effort. Although the team had improved considerably, they failed to equalise until Robinson came up to the forwards to put in two hot shots in as many minutes.
In the lower grades, Varsity had field day on Saturday, the Senior B. Junior, Training College and Third A teams all winning their matches. Junior and Training College are running second and third respectively in their grade.