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The Spike or Victoria College Review October 1929

Te Aute Game

Te Aute Game.

On the 28th of August a team comprised of Junior and Third Grade players played their annual match with the Te Aute first fifteen and were successful in winning a hotly-contested game by 9 points to 6. The teams were as follows:—'Varsity: Read, Hislop, Mulcipell, Gully, Webb, Osborne, Turner, Steele, M'Lure, Sykes, Banks, Foote, Davies, Henderson and Thomas. Te Aute: Thompson, Hunter, Ruru, Kihi, Heperi, Durie, P. Gemmell, Tibble, White, Keritene, Karaka, Paenga, Aupouri, Paerata, Pohokura. The match was played as the curtain-raiser to the Wellington-Southland game on Athletic Park, and was generally considered to be a better game than the later match. The game was fast and open, and our team was lucky to keep Te Aute out in the later stages of the game. Still, the defence was great, and our men showed that they were as good as Te Aute in attack. The forwards packed well, which is a thing they never bother to do in club matches; while the backs, from full-back to half-back, showed that they were well worthy of their places. Gully on the wing played well, scoring two tries while Read, at full-back, played soundly and made some good openings with his kicking. Henderson, M'Lure and Davies were outstanding amongst a fine pack of forwards, while Steele, at wing-forward, was a constant source of trouble to the Te Aute backs. The pick of the Te Aute backs was Ruru, who played a very clever game. He made the most of two excellent wing three-quarters. The Aute's two tries were real beauties. No one on our side seemed to be able to catch the man with the ball. Their short passing movements were wonderful to watch and terrible to cope with. For V.U.C., Gully (2) and Dyer, who replaced Hislop, scored; while for Te Aute, Durie and Keretene scored tries. All our tries came from movements on the blind side, while Te Aute's came from passing movements in which the whole team participated. After the match Te Aute delighted the crowd with a haka. A dinner was given to both teams at Barrett's Hotel after the game. After a short introductory speech by Professor Murphy, Turner proposed the health of the Te Aute team. This was replied to by the captain of the Te Aute team, who also lead the team in singing several Maori songs, which were greatly appreciated. Mr. Sharpe, the master in charge of the boys, made a short speech and stated that he hoped our team would be able to come and stay at the college on the occasion of the next match. The evening was passed by both teams at the De Luxe Picture Theatre, where the Te Aute team heard its first "talkie."