The Spike or Victoria College Review, June 1906
"Her grace of motion and of look, the smooth And swimming majesty of step and tread Set the soul afloat."
Again the opening of the new season finds the Ladies' Hockey Club in a flourishing condition. In spite of the loss of a number of our old supporters the membership has been increased by half, among the new members being many promising players.
We must congratulate the Ladies' Hockey Clubs of Wellington upon the formation of a Ladies' Hockey Association. The need of such an association has been long felt, and this Club has given the movement its most hearty support.
Another matter on which the Club has to congratulate itself is that at last our hopes of putting three teams in the field have been realised, and we hope that each team will give a good account of itself in the coming club contests.
We would point out to the secretary of the Men's Hockey Club that a combined team might be more successful than IIIB. in its present state.
Wanted.—A good-looking (this is indispensable), good-tempered gentleman to undertake to coach the members of the Victoria College Ladies' Hockey Club in the art of hockey. No one over forty need apply.page 33
At the beginning of the year we said farewell to one who was formerly a most enthusiastic member of the Club. We hope Miss Griffiths will be as successful in her new sphere as she was on the hockey field.
On November 30th last year the Hockey Club carried out most successfully a scheme which has long been talked of—that of holding a College picnic. About eighty students drove to Tawa Flat. The original arrangement was to drive to Lowry Bay, but an unfortunate slip on the line caused an alteration in our plans, and most unkindly deprived us of the company of Professor von Zedlitz, who was to have joined us at the Hutt. However, aided by the most beautiful weather, and the chaperonage of Professor Easterfield and Mr. Joynt, we succeeded in passing a very pleasant day. It is to be hoped that the picnic will be an annual one.
The annual General Meeting was characterised by its extreme quietness (of course by comparison with some we know of), there being little business except the election of officers. The meeting broke up early.
A most successful dance was held on the top floor of the Building on May 24th, which we hope will only be the first of a number of equally enjoyable functions. Contrary to the usual rule the chaperones were sitting in complete darkness, while the dancers had plenty of light. The thanks of the Club are due to Messrs. Benge, MacDougall, Sargeant and Smith for the assistance they rendered on the morning of the dance.
If members continue to get sprained ankles, &c., at the rate they have begun, the Club will have to appoint an honorary medical adviser. Four different members have been seen limping round the College during the last three weeks.
Following is the result of matches played so far:—
First Eleven v. Girl's College. Won, 2—1 More good luck than good hockey. Played at Day's Bay in the mud. Team only partially recovered from Easter.
First Eleven v. Kiwi (a practice match). Lost, 5—0. Forwards want to learn to shoot straight.
Second Eleven v. St. John's I. (at Miramar). Won, 4—0. Victoria College knew little about hockey, St. John's less. C. Murray scored (4).
Second Eleven v. Kiwi. Lost, 4—1. A good game. College wants to practise clean, hard hitting. C. Murray scored for College.