The Spike or Victoria College Review October 1929
The Cricket Club promises to have a very successful season. At the annual meeting of the Club plenty of enthusiasm was shown by prospective members, and with the influx of new talent available, we should find all the teams occupying higher positions on the Championship ladders than last season.
Should the Wellington Cricket Association's proposed coaching scheme be adopted, and one of the three coaches be seen in action on Kelburn Park at least once a week, then our lower grade players should show much improvement in form.
It is to be hoped that the wickets on Kelburn Park this season are improved somewhat since last year, as the batsmen of the Club are handicapped considerably when all their practice must be done on such poor practice wickets as existed last year on Kelburn Park.
The Senior Team will probably not differ much from that of last year. Mackenzie, who was in such good form with the bat and gloves last year, will be again out, while McLeod, Bagge, Leys, Osborn, Bailey, Nelson, Peter Caldwell and Wilson are amongst those of last year's eleven who will be playing with us again. Hollings, who has been associated with the Club for years, and ever since it has been raised to senior status, will not be with us this year, and he will be greatly missed both on the field and off. He has done much for the Club, and he takes with him the Club's best wishes for the future. Greig, too, has left us, being transferred to Palmerston North, and Vietmeyer will probably not be playing in Wellington this season, as it is on the cards that he, will be transferred to parts unknown. Chances are, too, that A. C. Tripe will be playing with us only till Christmas, when he will probably be leaving the country.
New players who are joining up with V.U.C. are: R. E. Tripe, who is now back from Auckland; MacAllan, of Parnell, Auckland, who is a good dashing bat; Kirkcaldie, of the Wanganui Collegiate School First Eleven, and who is said to be a very promising bowler; Cowan, of the High School Old Boys' Senior Team, Napier; Rae, of Eastman's Colts' Team in Dunedin; and Walker, who played senior for the Eltham Club in Taranaki. These players should make up for those we are losing, although the Club sadly needs a good fast bowler.page 50
Junior players likely to be promoted are: Dormer, who batted really well for the Junior A Team last year; Robinson, who was in the Junior Representative Team last year; Paetz, a good bat and a good field; and Chadwick, who played some fine innings last season.
The other teams should be very much the same as last season in strength. Most of last year's players will be again out, and there is every indication of a good Junior A Team being fielded. Last year's team started with a rattle, but finished poorly. However, this year, if the vacation does not play havoc with the team, there is no reason in the world why it should not finish up the winner of the grade.
The Third and Fourth Elevens will probably not differ very much from those of last year either, although there are several young players who will be after a place in them. We would remind all University men that this is the University Club, and if they are going to play cricket during the coming season that this is the club they should join. There are plenty of opportunities of a game every Saturday, and there is the game against Auckland University College to be looked forward to each year. A letter in the rack at College, addressed to the Secretary, will always get you in touch with the Club's officials, who will be only too pleased to explain anything to you.