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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 8, No. 8 June 27, 1945

Soccer Tournament in offing?

Soccer Tournament in offing?

Inquiries into the possibility of a soccer tournament this year have shown that Auckland, Victoria and Canterbury are very keen, whilst no word hat been received from Otago to date. Travelling arrangements are, of course, the main difficulty, but it is hoped that all will be finalised in the near future. This is the first year in which all four centers have had soccer teams, although the Victoria dab is now in its third year. In the meantime the club has secured on loan from the WFA a series of films on association football and these will be used to demonstrate and correct many of the points about which players are not too confident.

The A team lost to Miramar Rangers 3-4. As the Rangers were second in the competition, this was a fine effort indeed. Playing against a strong wind, and with the exception of a few sporadic bursts down the wings, play in the first spell was predominantly in our half, but Walls netted well for Varsity. At half-time, as the result of a penalty kick and a corner, Rangers led 2-1. Varsity began the second spell with two swift rushes on the Rangers' goal, Priddey and Sherani scoring. This led, perhaps, to complacency, and the backs, whose play had been exemplary during the first half, were often caught out of position, and the Rangers netted two further goals, bringing the final score of 3-4.

During the game at least half of the team were warned that on repetition of offences they would have to leave the field. A careful study is being made of the rules and it is hoped that this will throw some light on what the team regarded as unfair decisions. A protest lodged with the WFA brought no satisfaction.

The wing-halves, Priddey and Mackle, played good football. Richardson played his usual solid game at centre-half. Of the forwards, Williams probably played the beat game.