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

VUC Footballers will play Massey at Palmerston

VUC Footballers will play Massey at Palmerston

Victoria is to send a team to play Massey at Palmerston North on Wednesday, July 14. It will be a one-day trip, the team leaving Wellington probably by the Napier express, and returning by the 5.12 train from Palmerston. Any supporters who wish to make the trip please get in touch immediately with the secretary. The team will be posted on the notice board on Thursday morning, June 28.

Seniors.—Since the last issue this team has been soundly beaten by Navy, has lost unluckily to Johnsonville, and scored a good win over Seatoun. The backs, because of injuries to some members sustained in the AUC game, have had to be rearranged, and scarcely struck form until the Seatoun game, but there is every hope that in the next few weeks we shall have a set of backs equal to any in the Hardham Cup. Watson, ex-Otago, proved an acquisition last Saturday, and Paki and Langley are also playing well. Of the forwards. Murphy and Shannon continue to stand out, while Dun, Bennett and Benseman toll very hard indeed.

Juniors.—This, the "hard-luck" team of the club, has added another two losses to its record, which would seem to argue a weak team. This, however, la not the case: the material is there, but that last bit of sting and understanding which makes a side is absent. Since Berry came up from the thirds he has made a vast difference to the backs, and Paterson, though he has not had many opportunities, seems to be making a good fist of his new position. Orr, Mullins and Wilson, the last named especially, are an energetic trio in the forwards, but the chief factor lacking in this department is that usual with Varsity teams—weight.

Third A.—This team put up a really fine performance in holding the unbeaten Marist side to 0-8, but lost to Hutt 3-13. Godman's play on the wing, that of Wilde at second five-eighths, Batterby's hardworking displays in the forwards, and the general liveliness of Catley, are bright spots in the team. The "rest of the club could well take a lesson from the members of this team in attending practices.

Third B.—Lost to Seatoun 3-5 and Miramar 3-13, though in the Miramar game the score was 3-3 until 10 minutes from time. Tanu Jowett is, however, very pleased with his men, who seem to enjoy their footbalt more than most. In fact, one member who had to be talked into playing his first game, now asserts that he "wouldn't miss a Saturday for quid's." Congratulations to Pix Hurrell and Brian Bridges in outplaying the redoubtable Nig. Taylor and Ray Hannan at the smoke concert.

Third C.—This, the lower grade side showing the best results, has given an extremely good account of itself so far. The backs are a very good set, speedy, and good on defence, but the forwards in a few cases do not go hard enough. Exceptions must be made at least of Gamble, a fine tackier, Parsons, Ornberg and Mason, consistent at tenders at practice, who are well up to standard. Gilchrist at half despatches the ball promptly and plays a fine all-round game, and the Rea-Watson-Bogle combination has proved very hard to stop. Harry Bailey, the coach, is up every Wednesday to practice, and his attendance, combined with that of his team, is reaping its reward.