The Spike or Victoria University College Review 1948
Rugby Football Club
Rugby Football Club
The early date of going to press for the 1948 Spike makes it difficult to offer any real comment on the Club's activities for the present year. So far all that can be said about this season's Rugby is that the first two playing days of the competitions have seen a very good start made by Club teams in every grade, and that for the first time for many years eight teams have been entered in the Union's contests. Shortage of coaches may be a handicap in the later part of the year.
The First XV group at present consists of: F. Buckley, J. D. Dillon, R. W. Berry, I. V. Dalgleish, R. G. Wilde, D. Dickson, M. F. Radich, H. Jaeger, R. Jacob, R. E. Barraclough, O. S. Meads, A. W. Grayburn, P. Grayburn, J. Corkill, R. T. Shannon, C. Shannon, B. Philpott, R. P. Hansen, R. Jermyn, J. R. Battersby.
Since these notes are written so early in the season, it may be as well to comment on one or two features of last year's work which did not appear in Spike 1947.
In late 1946 the Club bought from the War Assets Realization Board five floodlights, which were finally erected last year and used when the supply of electricity allowed it. They have been a great help towards adequate practice facilities, but a good Rugby gymnasium is still needed. Last season also the Club bought a set of jerseys for hire to the First XV, but the quality of this gear was most disappointing, and the togs are now useless for their original purpose.
The following were awarded College Blues for 1947: A. S. Macleod, R. W. Berry, J. D. Dillon, M. F. Radich, R. Jacob, R. T. Shannon, C. B. Burden, O. S. Meads, J. A. L. Bennett, R. B. Burke, S. S. Kurtovich.
Patron: Sir Thomas Hunter. President: Prof. H. B. Kirk. Club Captain: Mr. H. E. Moore. Deputy Club Captain: Mr. R. T. Shannon. Teams' Officer: Mr. W. J. Treadwell. Assistant Teams' Officer: Mr. V. H. Peters. Hon. Treasurer: Mr. R. G. Wilde. Hon. Secretary: Mr. J. B. Trapp. Committee: Rev M. Sullivan, Messrs R. Jacob, C. A. Macleod, M. F. Radich.