The Spike: or, Victoria University College Review October, 1920
Summary of Matches
Summary of Matches.
v. Karori; won 4-2. Karori, who were the runners-up in 1919, got the first goal, but we evened up before half-time. Condition told in the second spell. Whitehead, Cousins, Marine and Kirk scored.
v. Old Students; won 5-2. This match was played on Kelburn Pork, where the grass was long and the going heavy. Gaze turned out for Present Students and proved a thorn in the attacks of Con Strack, Dave Smith and Hogg. Beere and Eichelbaum were full of vim and everyone got bruises; in fact, quite a nice friendly game. Whitehead 2, Stainton 2, Seddon 1, were the offenders.
v. Wakatu; lost 1-3. Feeling effects of Old Students' match. Forwards lacked cohesion. Opposing forwards too fleet. Whitehead, Gaze and Castle played well. Cousins broke our duck.
v. Ramblers; lost 7-2. The "Post" called it a plucky fight. Another case of fast forwards breaking clear through our defence and scoring. Forwards showed more combination, and at the commencement of the second spell made a deliberate effort to equalise matters. Halves Kean and Whitehead shot both goals. Inclined to think the better team won.
v. Central; lost 6-2. Play was scrappy. Individual work was good, but wings failed to centre. Too much tapping and not enough wood. Seddon stopped Kean's best hit of the season. Grant in goal was kept quite warm. Gaze at full-back played a rattling game. Cousins and Kirk netted for us.
v. Wellington; lost 2-1. Team played with better combination and plenty of vim. We gave our opponents a surprise and were unfortunate not to get a win. Cousins side-stepping at left-wing was u treat to watch. Stainton scored our orphan.
v. United; lost 2-0. We missed Castle. Ground very muddy, and in consequence there was much hard work with very little result. Whitehead secured a black eye. Shooting poor; Grant saved well.
v. Hutt Valley; lost 4-2. Whitehead played inside-left and improved forward line but seriously weakened our backs. Rain came on and made the ground very slippery. Whitehead and Cousins were the scorers.
v. St. Augustine; lost 4-2. Thought we were going to win this time. Whitehead absent. Forwards passed well but missed many chances in the circle. Both Cousins found the net.
v. Huia; won 4-2. Put up a lead of 2 to nil in the first spell. Forwards then rested on their glory and Huia kept our backs busy, but we awakened again. Grant in goal complained of the cold. Shooting improved.
v. Karori; lost 5-2. We led at end of first spell by 2 to 1. Castle and Cousins notched ourpoints. In the second spell they romped down our right side and gained the victory.
We finished the season with the wooden spoon; however, we still philosophically sip our pints, smoke our pipes, and moralise. We have played the game and played it cleanly, and our opponents never had an easy time.
v. A.U.C. Played on Victoria Park in sloppy conditions. A fast and well-fought game, in which Auckland showed to advantage, securing the victory by 3 goals to 1. Wilson, Whitehead and Burton played brilliant hoekey.