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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, 1939

[Review of the activities of the football club]

To players and supporters alike of the Victoria College Football Club, a review of the 1939 Rugby season must provide considerable gratification. The most cherished hope of recent years was realised when the first fifteen assumed once more its status as a senior team in the Wellington Rugby Union Competition. The team's record, though not perhaps spectacular, has been more than sufficient to justify promotion, as evidenced by the fact that of the sixteen matches played seven were won, one drawn and eight lost.

A pleasing aspect of the year's activities has been the keenness and devotion to training shown by all players, and, with the prospect of retaining the services of practically every member of the side for the 1940 season, we can with good reason be optimistic regarding the future.

We have been singularly fortunate in our coaches—Jim Parker, the famous 1924 All Black, and his able assistant. Dick Wild. The credit for the team's improved showing is largely due to the splendid work of Jim and Dick, and to the inspiring leadership of our popular captain, Dick Burke.

In conclusion, our congratulations are cordially extended to Dick Burke, Roy Hansen and Stew McNicol for gaining places in the N.Z. University team, and to the same three players, together with Jim Eastwood, on their selection in Wellington representative sides.