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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, June 1910

Second Fifteen

Second Fifteen.

This season we were able to enter our Second Fifteen for the Junior Cup, and so far the team has been fairly successful. For the first two matches the team was a strong one. but accidents to members of the First Fifteen have deprived it of the services of most of the backs at various times, but it is a matter for congratulation that the First Fifteen have plenty of excellent material to fall back upon. The strength of our junior teams augurs well for the success of the future first fifteens.

The following matches have been played this term:—

V.C. v. Athletics. Lost by 11 to 6. College were leading at half-time, but lack of training told its tale in the second spell. The combination among the backs was good at times, and the forwards worked hard throughout. Burgess scored a try and Stainton kicked a penalty goal.

V.C. v. Old Boys. Lost by 9 to 8. We were very unfortunate in losing this game, scoring two tries, one of which Stainton converted. All the backs played well, and of the forwards Lyon, Turnbull and Kennedy were the pick, but their off side play cost us the match.

V.C. v. Oriental. Draw, 6 points each. This was perhaps the best game the team has played so far. The game throughout was fast and open. Burgess and Kennedy scored for College. Amongst the backs the most prominent were Howie, Stainton, and Auton, but all were good on the defence. Of the forwards the pick were Lyon, Daniell, and Morris.

V.C. v. Petone. Lost, 30 to nil. A fortnight's spell and an unfamiliar ground were chiefly responsible for our defeat. The play of the whole team was extremely disappointing, as it was outclassed from start to finish.

V.C. v. Poneke. Won, 21 to 3. This was our first victory, but as our opponents had only 12 men we were robbed of a certain amount page 82 of its glory. In this match we had to fall back on several members of the Third Fifteen, all of whom acquitted themselves well. Dobbie, Daniell, Morris, and Kennedy scored tries. Papps converted three tries and kicked a penalty goal.

V.C. v. St. James. Lost, 36 to nil. Another crushing defeat, Our opponents were far too good for us in all departments of the game. We were considerably weakened owing to several players being required by the First fifteen.