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The Spike or Victoria College Review, June 1903

[Review of Football club activities]

"Held we fall to rise, are baffled to fight better."




VVictoria College has at last a Football Club. In A 1902 an attempt was made to raise a team, but it fell through. At its last meeting in that year the Students' Association Committee appointed a sub-committee to go into the question of football generally, and to consider the proposal of the Sydney University Football Club to hold annual matches with the New Zealand University. This Committee consisted of S. W. Gawith, F. A. de la Mare, D. Matheson, and H. H. Ostler. The direct outcome of its work is the formation of the Victoria College Football Club. Negotiations with Sydney University are still proceeding.

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The inaugural meeting was held at the Girls' High School as soon as possible after the beginning of the term. There were 17 men present, as against 3 at the first meeting of the Hockey Club. Mr. S. W. Gawith was voted to the chair. H. H. Ostler kicked off, so to speak, by moving "That in the opinion of this meeting the time has arrived when a football club should be formed." After some discussion this was carried, and a subsequent motion, "That a Victoria College Football Club be formed," was enthusiastically carried by 11 votes to 4, despite the efforts of the Chairman. A committee was next appointed "to foster the interests of the Club," consisting of G. V. Bogle, W. Gillanders, A. H. Johnstone, F. A. de la Mare, It. Mitchell, H. H. Ostler (convenor), A. G. Quartley, R. G M. Park, and A. Tudhope.

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The First Annual General Meeting was held on 2nd April. Professor von Zedlitz was voted to the chair, and the business was despatched with great promptitude. A constitution was adopted, and the first officers, a list of whom appears in another place, were elected. The question of the arrangement of the College colours for the jersey was left to the Committee, which afterwards decided on a light-blue jersey with maroon fringes at the waist and sleeves. There were only 16 men present at this meeting. Some of them were cripples—but they were all enthusiasts.

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As the result of an active canvass in the College it was found possible to enter two teams, one for the Junior, and one for the Third-Class Championships.