The Spike or Victoria College Review 1947
Although the Club has gained in numerical strength since last year, entries in the local competitions were reduced to six teams. Even with this limitation, most of the lower-grade teams have had difficulty in fielding eleven men every week. A further handicap for these teams is the lack of goal-keepers, and it says much for their enthusiasm that they have registered quite a few successes despite the empty goal behind them. The second eleven is stronger than it has been for many years, and should give a good account of itself in the Winter Tournament to be held in Wellington this August.
At the beginning of the season, the Senior Eleven could field only three members of last year's team, and consequently it has taken some time for an effective combination to be evolved, although the coaching of Gil Johnstone and Hec. Lawry, who have both won senior representative honours this season, has already resulted in an improvement in tactical play.
The annual match against Massey was won by Victoria 3—2. The lavish hospitality shown to our team on that occasion will long be remembered.
In the 1946 Tournament, under the leadership of Harry Scott, who gained an N.Z.U. Blue for his fine performances, Victoria fielded an untried team, yet succeeded in coming second equal. This year the Tournament team will be substantially the same as has been fielded in the Senior competitions.