The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, June 1913
[Review of the activities of the Football club]
"Oh my stats!"
—Marlowe's "King Edward II."
During every of the seven years, and probably before then, our First Fifteen has started the football season with excellent prospects and with hopes strong, and yet the best performance was the one registered in 1910, when we finished up half-way down the list in the Senior Championship.
The fact is difficult to account for, but there it is none the less. We can take comfort only in the fact that this season the scores against us, except in the Oriental match, have been low ones, but one trembles to think what is in store when the cracks are away in Sydney with the N. Z University Team, and that in the vacation. Even now, at the end of the first found only St. James save the First XV. From the wooden spoon.
In the last issue of the Spike the Club captain had occasion to enter an emphatic protest against the lack of interest displayed by students in the inter-College games. Let us hope that there will be no grounds for a similar complaint in respect of the match against Auckland University, to be decided on King's Birthday. On Saturday it is unquestionably better to be a player than a mere onlooker, and the team does not cavil at the lack of support received from the side lines on these occasions, although there must be something more than a mere handful of students who play neither football nor hockey, and are not watching our hockey matches After the Poneke match a local newspaper, suggesting a bid for the Championship, remarked that if we won "Capping Night would be nothing to it." While loth to damp the ardor of our very good friends the daily press, we are regretfully compelled to express a contrary opinion. About 10 per cent. Of the College would actively rejoice, 20 per page 68 cent. would be mildly interested, and 70 per cent. would remain blissfully ignorant. Perhaps the formation of a "Barrackers' Club," as in Canterbury College, would effect an improvement.