The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, 1939
During the past season the membership of the Rowing Club increased considerably and with an ample supply of new talent available, prospects for the future appear bright.
Although circumstances did not permit of the entering of crews in the local regattas, individual members of the Club rowing under the colours of other clubs acquitted themselves well. That the standard of rowing in the Club has now reached a high level is evidenced by the successes of these men during the season.
The personnel of the eight selected to represent the College at the Easter Tournament held in Dunedin was as follows: T. S. Mahood (stroke), R. P. Hansen (7). J. B. Bullock (6). R. G. Bannister (5), G. T. Ryan (4). J. R. G. Jack (3), N. M. Rose (2). W. A. Bryan (bow), A. Crane (cox).
Although favoured with weight and experience, the crew did not quite fulfil expectations, and had to be content with third place, Otago winning the race and thus becoming the possessors of the Hebberley Shield.
During the year Mr. F. M. Spurdle once again acted as coach and selector, and thanks are due to this gentleman for the generous manner in which he made his services available on all occasions.