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The Spike or Victoria College Review October 1929


The Football Club has to record a very successful season's activities. The actual membership creates a numerical record, and the number of teams now taking part in the local competitions is seven, consisting of one Senior A team, a Senior B, a Junior, three Third Grade and a Fourth Grade team.

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The outstanding feature of the season has been the success, for the second time, of the First XV. in winning the senior championship. The form displayed throughout was very consistent, and though perhaps the team was not as bright on attack as last year, its defensive qualities were very sound, thanks especially to the excellent work of Mackenzie, at five-eighths, and Cormack, at full-back.

The team trained assiduously during the season, and their success is no doubt largely due to this fact. Altogether the team was a very happy family and pulled together excellently. It was a well-balanced team, especially among the forwards, all of whom worked well. It must be noted that Ramson did excellent service with his boot accounting for well over 100 points for the season—a truly remarkable performance. The following players represented Wellington Province in one or other of the representative teams: Mackenzie, Mackay, Ramson, Leys, Eastwood, Diedrich, H. Cormack, F. Cormack, Blacker, Edgar, and Dixon. Leys also won his All Black cap, and is to be heartily congratulated.

The lower grade teams have for the most part done quite well; indeed, better than in previous seasons.

The most important event of the year was the visit of the Australian 'Varsities' team, when we had the distinction of being the only College to be beaten by the visitors. It speaks much for the true spirit of hospitality at V.U.C. It gave us great pleasure to entertain this team, and many will look forward to renew acquaintances in Australia in 1931. The following of our players represented the New Zealand Universities team against the Australians: Diedrich, Blacker, Edgar, Leys, Mackenzie, Ramson, and Mackay.

A team consisting principally of Senior B players journeyed to Nelson and played the Nelson College 1st XV. A report on the match is below.

The thanks of the Club are very much due to the following, who gave unstintingly of their time in the capacities of coaches to the various teams: Messrs. Martin-Smith, Glasgow, Whiteman, Turner, Goodwin and Paetz.