The Spike: or, Victoria University College Review, June 1924
Wellington weather has this year excelled itself; but despite the fact that so far we have had only one fine Saturday, all players have turned out and thoroughly enjoyed the mud fights which have been the order of the day. Although none of the four teams entered have done exceptionally well, the Senior team has been very unlucky, and should have won four out of its five matches to date. The committee has this year decided to give every encouragement to the Juniors, and hopes to raise the standard of play by creating keen competition.
Fitness and combination are the two chief factors which lead to success in football, and it is most unfortunate that we have so few facilities for training, and so little opportunity of working up combination. However, the fine sporting game for which 'Varsity has become famed is always in evidence wherever 'Varsity teams assemble, and if success does not always come our way it is not from want of trying.
The retirement of Albert Jackson from active participation in the game has robbed the playing field of one of its most familiar figures. Percy Bryden, who for two years has been a most energetic secretary, as well as a most conscientious forward in the Senior team, has also retired this year, and will mean a big loss to the Club.
The Senior fifteen is this year captained by A. D. McRae, who has represented Wellington and the New Zealand Universities for the last two years, and who is again playing as well as ever. On the whole, the team page 70 has shown an all-round improvement on last year's form, and with many juniors knocking at the door, it should do better still. Results of matches to date are as follows:—
Senior Fifteen.—(Captain, Mr, A. D. McBae.)
V. Selwyn. Lost—8 to 6. Played in pouring rain, which did not suit our style of play. However, 'Varsity were very unlucky to lose on the trend of the play. Riggs scored a good try and Blathwayte kicked a penalty goal for us.
V. Old Boys. Won—15 to 4. Our men, both backs and forwards, played a great game, and the score might easily have been greater. Riggs, Walpole, and Britland scored tries, one being converted by McKay, and Wiren potted a fine goal.
V. Poneke. Lost—18 to 0. Another very bad day, on which Poneke were superior, both back and forward.
V. Berhampore. Lost—5 to 3. This game proved a great fight in the mud, and Berhampore were very lucky to snatch a last-minute victory, scoring as the final whistle was blown. Hart scored for us.
V. Hutt. Won—15 to 6. A fast and exciting game, which was sternly contested. Riggs, Mackay, and Pope scored tries, and O'Regan kicked two fine penalty goals.
Junior A Fifteen—(Captain, Mr. P. M. Brooker.)
V. Poneke. Lost—12 to 0. Our team was short, but put up a good fight in the mud.
V. Hutt. Lost—14 to 8, Hutt were a vastly-improved team to that defeated by the B's the previous Saturday. Leadbetter scored two fine tries.
V. Eastbourne. Lost—11 to 0. Eastbourne owed their victory to their combination, which was very good.
V. Training College. Drawn—3 all. Training College put up a good fight, and a hard game resulted. Goodwin scored for us.
V Porirua. Lost—15 to 8. The Porirua backs showed good form, and were instrumental in bringing victory to their team. Goodwin and Ellis scored tries, and Stewart converted one.
V. Marist Lost—16 to 3. Marist were a little too good for our men. Stewart kicked a penalty goal.
Junior B Fifteen.—(Captain, Mr. N. P. Cress.)
V. Hutt. Won—9 to nil. Played in pouring rain, with only 12 men, but backs played a fine game. Goodwin, Arndt, and McParland scored tries.
V. Eastbourne. Lost—23 to 3. Again only 12 men turned out, but our men made a fight of it. Davies scored a try.
V. Training College. Won by default.
V. Porirua. Lost—16 to nil. A good, even game, with the Porirua backs a little better than their opponents.
V. Marist. Lost—34 to 3. The Marist backs were too good for our men, who were short. McParland scored a brilliant try.
V. Oriental. Lost—8 to 3. Our team was unfortunate, as two men had to retire injured. Kells scored a good try.
Third Grade Fifteen.—(Captain, Mr. R. A. Barns.)
V. Athletic. Lost—17 to nil.
V. Institute. Won by default.
V. Old Boys A. Lost—22 to nil.
V. Technical Old Boys. Lost—8 to nil.
A Junior seven-a-side team, captained by P. M. Brooker, competed in the Palmerston North Tournament on the King's Birthday, and after winning two games were eliminated in the semi-final by a Feilding team. The team played good football, and McParland played brilliantly, scoring five tries.