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Salient. The Newspaper of Victoria University College. Vol. 19, No. 7. June 16, 1955

[Soccer]

Second XI Notes

Though beaten narrowly in most of its games this team has done reasonably well this season. Because of too many changes—a fate which seems inevitable for a reserve team—teamwork and understanding have been missing. In spite of all this one or two players have been showing excellent form. Ivor Jones appears to be the only forward with shooting ability as well as positional sense and a willingness to hunt the ball if necessary. The shooting of the other forwards is pathetic. Some of these players although endowed with sufficient football skill are sadly lacking in tackling ability and keenness to challenge an opponent.

Most Improved Player

This distinction falls to spidery Michael Clements, eager to learn, tenacious and tireless. His improvement since the start of the season has been tremendous, yet it was only achieved by training and intelligent application as well as a love of the game.

The Third Team

The situation here is sometimes embarrassing with five or six more players every week than can be accommodated. This is an encouraging sign as in previous seasons both the Second and the Third XI's seldom fielded a full team.

Jim Denton captains the side in an efficient manner and he has improved his own play substantially. So has Alan Quinn who has speed, tenacity and tackling ability. Paul Compton plays a cool game at full back though his tendency of dribbling out of trouble often [unclear: lands] his team in difficulties. He must learn to clear "first time" when in danger. Eastgate and Lienert are two players who should go a lot further if they paid more attention to correct kicking methods. The former does not use his exceptional speed to advantage. Alan Holland at centre forward would do well to realise that it is useless to try to execute too many fancy moves before a reasonable mastery of the basic Soccer skills has been acquired.