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SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1934. Volume 5. Number 6.

Keen Kuts for Kricket Kids

Keen Kuts for Kricket Kids

Dear "Smad,"

And thus with the advent of a new cricket season, we find ourselves faced yet once more with the fundamental fallacy that the Victoria College Cricket Club can make its presence felt in Wellington cricket by the inopportune introduction of greyheaded grandfathers who passed and pounded on the pitch before most members of the College Club were conceived.

Most members who missed making material progress last year, this year at least, expected that with the stepping out of some of our seasoned six-sloggers. they might segregate themselves for the Senior XI and thus accomplish the anticipated ambition of graduating into the graced grade of cricket. Bright-eyed boys, culled from College cricket are enterprising enough to expect them to enter a team attuned to their attainments having simply as their sole rivals for selection sophisicated students.

But, meritorious old member, and naive newcomer, your humble hopes will be sadly squashed. With the continual conventional custom of courtesy, you must accede to the aspirations of age. Yours to parade regularly at practice; yours to scoop in sumptuous scores; yours to bowl your battering barrage; yours to field with fastidious fidelity. But also yours to be relentlessly and ruthlessly reminded that the aim of University cricket both at the first and now, was and is, to furnish feeble fathers with the satisfying Saturday afternoon's entertainment.

For myself, the prospects for the present are putrid and petrifying. But I have to face the future without fear, knowing as I do that with the advent of my advanced old age, I shall wend my way without difficulty to the crown of College cricket.

"Adolescens"

(Editor.—We gather from this letter that it is a complaint that the Cricket Club is going outside the Varsity for older men to make up the 1st XI.)

"The above letter was referred to the Secretary of the Crickst Club who advises that in view of the lamentable weakness in batting displayed last year by the Club especially in the Senior and second grade teams, it was obvious to the Committee that some immediate remedy was necessary if the Club's senior status and second grade status were not to be imperilled. The Committee has therefore decided to invite Mr. Jacobsen to play for the Club in the capacity of player-coach. This gentleman will devote his efforts, especially at practices to improving the batting of Club members. It has not been decided what team he will play for, but if it is for the Senior eleven it will certainly not be to the exclusion of a young player who is anything like worthy of a place in that team, now or in the future."