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The Spike: or, Victoria University College Review, June 1929

The Tournament

The Tournament.

The Annual Inter-'Varsity Hockey Tournament was held at Christchurch this year on 31st May and 1st June. Victoria, after drawing with Otago in the first game, in which they were unlucky not to win, met and defeated Canterbury in their second game. Otago also defeated Canterbury, and accordingly Victoria and Otago were declared joint winners, and each Club will hold the Seddon Stick for six months. This is the first time the Club has won the tournament, and we trust that we shall be able to win outright next year, when the matches will be played in Wellington. Owing to the fact that Auckland could not get a team away, the tournament was this year a triangular affair.

The V.U.C. team which played in the tournament was as follows:—Goal, L. H. page 63 Davis; full-backs, W. F. Vietmeyer and H. B. Massey; halves, C. S. Plank, P. D. Wilson and W. P. Cumming; forwards, H. C. Read, A. J. Ferris, G. S. Simpson (captain), J. L. MacDuff and N. J. Lewis.

On Monday, 3rd June, a team picked from the three Colleges played a Canterbury representative team, and was defeated 2—0 after a good game. V.U.C. players who were selected for the New Zealand 'Varsity team were:—H. B. Massey (full-back), P. D. Wilson (centre-half and captain), G. S. Simpson (centre-forward), and G. J. Ferris (right wing). We wish to congratulate these players on their inclusion.

We wish to remind members that the Club has the use of the Gymnasium on Tuesday evenings, from 8 p.m., for training purposes. All members are asked to turn up and endeavour to reach that standard of physical fitness which is necessary before the game can be played properly. A pleasing feature is that the new players are turning up every Tuesday. They will soon begin to realise the benefit gained from this regular training.

The main weakness in the Club, as in the past, is the weakness in shooting. All the teams possess forwards who are good in the field, but far too many scoring chances are lost in the circle. This weakness is, of course, primarily due to the lack of field practice, which is more or less unavoidable. If all the Club's forwards would follow the example of one of their number, this weakness would soon disappear. His idea is to obtain the help of a small brother or sister to roll the ball hard at him, so that he can practice quick stopping and hitting. The amount of success achieved may be gauged by the fact that the summerhouse (which is used as a goal in this system of manoeuvres) has several slates broken and cracked off the back. We regret that, owing to family opposition, this scheme cannot be exercised more frequently, but even occasional use will make it valuable. We recommend other players to this scheme.