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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, June 1915

Athletic Club

page 89

Athletic Club.

This year the record of the activities of the Athletic Club is not a very extensive one. The chief reason for this is that many of our best members were absent on active service with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force at Samoa. In fact, this year our membership was so small, and so little interest was manifested that we were obliged with regret to drop our annual sports meeting, and with it the Inter-faculty contest. This was the only available course, though the selection of the Easter Tournament Team was somewhat handicapped thereby. As Easter drew near some of our members roused themselves, and with the chance of representative bars in sight, began to do some training. But the weather god did not shine on them and all but a few soon had their enthusiasm damped. As a result our Tournament Team was not as strong as usual, but we had great hopes of losing the Wooden Spoon, which had fallen to our lot at Christchurch last year. Alas, as is only too well known, we again brought back with us, that little-coveted trophy. We are hoping for better luck (or better runners) next time. The only wearers of the green singlet, to distinguish themselves this season were Sievwright and Williams, who between them annexed no fewer than live championships, including two New Zealand Championships. Other junior members who showed promise, and incidentally disappointed us at Auckland, were O'Sullivan, Luke, Maxwell and Robinson.

One redeeming feature about this year's record is that we had developed competitors in the field events, and we are certain that in future, this will not be the weak point in our teams, that it has been in late years.

This year, owing partly to the slackness of sport in Wellington, our club did not hold an evening meeting, but it is highly desirable, in order to maintain our good name among kindred clubs, that a special combined effort should be made in this direction next season.