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The Spike or Victoria University College Review June 1925

[introduction]

"Long as I had some kind of wicket
'Twas never the wrong 'un. fast or slow;
An' I thank my stars I look to cricket
Seven-an'-fifty years ago."

—Norman Gale.

The past season has been probably the most important that the Club has ever passed through. The battle for senior status seems at last to have been fought and won, and the winning of the Junior A championship for two years in succession is no mean achievement. A fine team spirit and an enthusiasm second to none have, however, pulled us through, and, after all, inexperience is perhaps not such a great handicap as at first sight appears. With youth and enthusiasm on our side the battle was half won.

The standard of play during the past season showed an all-round improvement except in fielding. At times the work of the team in the field bordered on brilliant, whilst at others it showed an astonishing reversal of form, due, no doubt, to lack of concentration and over-confidence. The previous year's success, whilst giving some the confidence necessary for success in any sport, gave to others what seemed very much like an excess of it. It would perhaps be as well to remind players here "that a game is never won until it is over." The previous year's team spirit was. to a small degree, lost—the clinging together for moral support so conspicuous the previous year, when, easily the youngest team in our grade, we started rather nervously to show that youth will prevail—was almost wholly replaced by confidence. A notable exception to this falling off both in the team work and in the field work was found in the match against Kilbirnie, page 63 when the whole team rose to the occasion magnificently and adminstered severe drubbing to a team composed practically of ex-senior players.

The carrying-off of championship honours two years in succession by such a young team is an achievement the merit of which may be seen when it is stated that never before has a university eleven succeeded in carrying off championship honours. Although probably the youngest team that has ever represented the 'Varsity, the team prides itself on having set a new standard for 'Varsity cricket and on having upheld the best traditions of university sport and sportsmanship.

All the members of last year's team are young enough to have all their cricket' before them, and it is hoped that those 'Varsity men who have been playing for outside clubs will rally round the old colours and help to carry off the senior championship and, more especially, the Club championship. The prospects for the coming season are of the brightest, and the Club hopes to continue its policy of encouraging young players and of fostering that team spirit which has made a happy family of the Club's adherents during the last two years.

It is very pleasing to record the success which finally attended the persevering efforts of the Junior B team, which was very unlucky in not defeating the undefeated champions in their grade.