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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 4, No. 9. July 30, 1941

A Well-Built House

A Well-Built House.

The Football Club has had a difficult year. But it has been beyond all doubt a successful one.

In reviewing the past four or five seasons we are compelled to admit that the selection of the First Fifteen has not always been a happy choice. Promising youngsters—Rose, MacGowan, H. MacVeagh and Fitzpatrick are names that spring to mind—were compelled to look elsewhere for promotion. Those who stayed on had their enthusiasm blunted by being pointedly overlooked when a "reputation" man from another centre made claim to a vacant position.

All this has now been changed. The Senior Fifteen has come "up through the grades" and shown that it can deliver the goods. Webb, Rowell, Cuming, Innes and MacLennan have proved their ability against the very best opposition. Men have made the Seniors this year solely on their merits, and the promotions of Murphy, Swinburne and Kilpatrick have been more than justified by results.

This policy has paid us a handsome dividend; not so much in champion points—they will arrive later on as a matter of course—but in a remarkably enthusiastic team spirit right throughout the grades. This is the most valuable asset the Club can ever possess.