The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, 1939
This year the arena's gong has sounded louder than in many previous years for it announced the re-awakening of the fighting spirit, the re-birth of boxing enthusiasm. Even prior to the formal opening of the College, the Club had commenced its activities which have continued throughout the year.
In common with all students, we deplore the lack of facilities, for we know that this is the sole drawback to the establishment of a thriving club. At present, teams for inter-University competition are forced to train in local gymnasiums because space and facilities cannot be found inside their own College. Full boxing equipment, including a ring, is left to the borer, and is tacked outside the College gym., because of lack of space. Is it any wonder then, that we complain that we find it difficult to enthuse a 'Varsity spirit into a Club that too many students seems to have barely University recognition.
Yet, despite this, we prosper. Our local tournament was again a grand success and proved that we can produce boxers of class. Three of the Victoria winners, P. H. Ryan, D. Muir and P. J. Sheehan, competed in an open Wellington tournament and it is pleasing to record that all were victorious.
Although the tournament team was weakened through Bryers and Sheehan receiving injuries during training, yet they managed to win two New Zealand Blues. To these successful competitors, P. H. Ryan and J. McLaren, we extend our sincere congratulations.
To all who have assisted us in any manner we tender our sincerest thanks. Particularly we must thank our trainer, Roy Bryan, under whose eye we soon showed potentialities of real champions. To the Wellington Association also for its co-operation we are much indebted, and lastly to all participants of this manly sport we tender our thanks for their enthusiasm and trust that next year it will be more greatly evidenced even than this year.