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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review September 1921

Women's Hockey Club

Women's Hockey Club

One Club regrets that this season—even with its increased number of members—it has failed to succeed in adding some new cup to the case in the main hall at College. The Senior team was not even successful in retaining the position it gained in the cup matches last year—it' has been most unfortunate on the whole one number has been unable to play since her hand was injured in the first match played at Petone. The second match played on these grounds was one of the most interesting and unusual—two members of the team had not arrived on the field when the referee blew his whistle, so two 'Varsity barrackers took up their sticks and played. This most amusing game ended in a draw when both teams scored one goal—on those grounds, Did someone call them hockey grounds? What an error ! Yes, they could be rendered suitable for such by the aid of a little pressure, for which one might suggest the use of a roller.

The third and last match the seniors were to have played out that way still remains unplayed. About noon rain began to fall somewhat heavily, so several members said unto themselves that 'Varsity would not play on such a day. When the first afternoon express left for the Wairarapa the members of the team ready to play were five in all. They waited till the 1.20 p.m. train and still no other members arrived so they, for the time being, amalgamated with the newly formed. Tramping Club and tramped for an hour or two.

Matches played by the senior team at Karori showed much interest in the game, yet combination of the whole team was lacking; we account for this as the result of several members being, unable to play on account of their health.

The juniors at the beginning of the season played very well, retaining a high position in the cup matches. About the middle of the second term an outbreak of measles began to make itself felt among members of the team. The relief came primarily through the visit of the Springboks; this was followed by an unsuccessful attempt to collect more than six members physically fit, so no hockey was played that week. On the third Saturday a man's team from Wanganui visited this city, and tickets were sold in aid of the Ladies Hockey Association Tournament Fund. Again no hockey for anyone.

For the last week of the term the seniors drew a bye while the juniors played their hardest match—against Girls' College. Four of the team were still unfit to play and, though not surprising, the result were disappointing. There had flown the last hope for distinction.

The Club this year wishes to the members who join next year every success, and hopes that in the future they will succeed in doing those things which we have not done.

During the term we have had no social activities to aid the finances of the Club in any way, but we are hoping to have s dance early in October.

Before closing we wish to convey to Mr. E. K. Lomas and Captain Morice our thanks for the donations which they recently forwarded to the Club,