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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, June 1915



We started off in high hopes, in spite of the loss of George and Karl Strack from the forwards, in spite of the loss of Cockerill as goal-keeper, in spite of the loss of Castle and McDowall from the halfline, and in spite of the fact that most of the team had to perform a route march just before playing the first match. V.C. men are not the ones to get down-hearted, so we played our first game against last year's champions, and—

v. United:—Lost, 1—4. Everybody missed everybody else, but it was an even game.

v. Insurance:—Won, 4—0. Forwards were feeling more at home, Foden showing great dash. Scorers were Foden, C. Strad: (2), Hostick (1).

v. Wellington:—Won, 4—1. We started two men short. Great jubilation, however, when both Stracks—Karl and George—raced on, both on leave from the camp. The tide turned, first one scored, and then the other "soldier" got a thrust home. Hostick put in a beauty in the second spell. George Strack finished up with another charge.

v. Karori:— Drawn, 4—4. A "great go," one of the best. Karori evened the score by a poor goal right on the whistle. Forwards jubilant and in good form, as George Strack (the bully) came in from camp to play. At one time they were three ahead of us, but the "soldier" pulled himself together, and with the help of Hostick, put us ahead. Gaze and Bowler got special mention for their excellent work in defence. Morice saved some beauties.

v. Saint Augustine's:—Won, 4—1. We were without the aid of Gaze and Rowntree. We shall value them more highly in future. The forwards were in a mood for at least 10 goals, but the Saintly goalkeeper was wonderful. Everyone applauded him. Our opponents, however, have a wonderful habit of removing skin from us. Ask Foden, Hostick, and G. Strack. We are fast learning first aid.