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The Spike or Victoria College Review June 1914


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Last season the Club was successful in annexing the Senior Cup, and there is every prospect of this season being a successful and an eventful one for the various teams.

The Club this time decided to have an opening day at Karori Park. This took place on 18th April. The players were honoured by the presence of several of the Professors and their wives, while many 'Varsity enthusiasts of the stick game rolled up to see the fun. The Ladies' Club kindly took part in the day's sport, and generously assisted at the afternoon tea arrangements. Professor Brown, in a neat speech, declared the season open. A team of men players, attired in the latest tango colours and hobble skirts, did battle with the ladies' eleven. The score was forgotten in the general amusement and excitement which this game created.

At last our Club is known as th University Club. No longer will the cry of "College! College!" echo across the fields.

The ranks of the Senior Eleven remain practically the same. Salek is again in the forward line, while Cockerill replaces Morice as the guardian of the net. Castle fills the vacancy in the half-line, and has fully justified his inclusion. We are still uncertain as to who is to fill the vacancy in the forward line caused by the loss of Griffiths, who now plays for Wellington. S. I. Jones filled it for the first Saturday, but Hostick will take his place in the next match.

Alas! for our once redoubtable Senior Eleven. What was wrong with the machinery when Mets. romped over them to the tune of five goals to one? Too much colour, no doubt, and perhaps the sticks—those artistic sticks—were not yet in working order. Wake up, Seniors; you must retain the cup at all costs this year!

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The Junior A Eleven won their first match, after a good spectacular game. No wonder, when they are captained by that renowned war-horse, Rawdon Beare.

The Junior J; Eleven, captained by Ewart, were, after the first match, in a position to sympathise with the Seniors in their defeat. Mutt Valley vanquished them by 7 goals to 1.

The Third-class team is proving a very strong combinatibn. The first match was easily won, and all the members are enthusiastic over their chances. In fact, there is already a fine esprit de corps established amongst this team of young, keen players.

On Saturday, May 9th, while several of our players were away doing time at Takapau Camp, a seven-a-side tournament was held. The A team is still in the semi-final. Let us hope they will win. The Club usually has had luck at seven-a-side tournaments.