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Salient. Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Volume 31 Number 14. June 25, 1968

Vic's Soccer Jolt For Suburbs

Vic's Soccer Jolt For Suburbs

Vic's recent effort of almost putting Western Suburbs out of this year's Chatham Cup must rate as one of the best-ever performances by a university soccer side.


At the time Western Suburbs were unbeaten in the Central League Competition and were expected to have a comfortable match against Varsity, who do not play Central League and are not high up in the Wellington competition.

But from the whistle Vic showed they were not overawed by the opposition and settled down to play intelligent football against a team who had obviously underrated their opponents.


The first shock came when Chris Ryan nodded a magnificent header past the Suburbs 'keeper.

Vigorous defending by Vic proved highly effective and at half-time they still held a slender lead.

The Suburbs' forwards were having difficulty finishing off and, in an effort to inject some fire into the attack, player/coach Imre Kiss, recovering from a leg injury, returned for the second half.


During this half Vic continued to play stirring football, repulsing attack after attack.

Finally, with only 10 minutes play remaining, Dave Wallace netted for Suburbs. The game ended at one-all.

But the varsity side wilted a little in extra time and allowed Suburbs to score two more goals.

After 120 minutes of football the final score was 3-1 to Western Suburbs.


Varsity 'keeper Rod Bustard was hero of the match. He played brilliantly and repeatedly stopped certain goals.

It is hoped that with this brilliant display he will receive some of the recognition due to him for several seasons.

The rest of the team all played well and they can be satisfied that their performance caused one of the biggest stirs in Chatham Cup football for many seasons.