The Spike or Victoria University College Review 1935
While we are unable to record a repetition of last year's successes we may say that the Football Club has had an enjoyable season, and all teams have played fairly steady football. We have it on the authority of older members that a much keener spirit is shown than was the case some years ago—this is demonstrated by the general attendance at practices. Even if we have won only one championship this year it is satisfactory to reflect that we are enthusiastic about the Club and that we enjoy our football.
As usual seven teams were entered in the Competitions and we append a short account of their performances:—
With only three forwards and three backs from last year's side the team took some time to work into a combination and did not gain promotion to the First Division at mid-season. From then on, however, the team played quite well, finishing third on the Second Division ladder, with a record of 183 points for, 102 against, played 14, won 9, lost 4, drawn 1. Trickle-bank and Rae played splendid football in the backs, and Blacker, Eade and Chesterman were outstanding forwards. The following played regularly for the team during the year: Tricklebank, Harpur, O'Regan, Mc-Elwain, Wild, Overton, Paul, Rae (captain), Gibbons, Lima, Wilson, Russell, Eade, Blacker, Armour, Chester-man and MacKenzie.
This team took the place of the former Senior B's and had a very successful season, playing 16 games, winning 8, losing 8 and drawing nil: points for 208, against 146. Both forwards and backs played strongly throughout the season. Jackson's hooking was uniformly good, and Patrick, Missen and Mules were outstanding backs. The team was captained by Wilton.
This team also had a fairly good season, particularly towards the end when it scored some good wins. Of the 16 games played, 4 were won, 8 lost, 4 drawn: points for 169, and 129 against. Hoy, Tremewan and Mannering were the best of the backs, with McGill, Porter, Buddie and Andrews showing up in the forwards who were a hard working lot, deserving of better support from the backs. This team was captained by P. Buddie.
On the whole this team had a good season, playing 16 games, of which 6 were won, 8 lost, 2 drawn: 146 points for, against 148. In the backs B. Campbell and Black formed a good combination, and D. Campbell's speed was of great assistance to the team. Meek, Archibald and Ward were the best of the forwards. B. Campbell was the captain.
The Third B's had rather a lean season, which may to some extent be accounted for by the old trouble of higher teams drawing on its players. Of the 12 games played 2 were won, 10 lost, nil drawn: 46 points for, and 195 against. Aimers, Christensen and Morpeth were the best of the forwards and Palmer and Ross played well in the backs. The team was captained by Fraser.
Most of the stalwarts of last year's Third C's had retired on their laurels and with a number of new men it was late in the season before the team had a run of success. Towards the end, however, the team played very good football, being ably led by Parker. The recovery was remarkable in that the team finally annexed the Championship. We congratulate them on this splendid achievement. The team's record to date is played 15, won 10, lost 3, drawn 2: points for 230, and against 87.
Though not equalling the fine record of their predecessors of 1934 the Fourths have had a very good season—played 15, won 7, lost 8, drawn nil: points for 167, and against 155. The captain was Buddie.
We must record the very fine work done for the Club by the coaches of our teams—Messrs. Mackay (Senior), Stannard (Junior A), Eckhoff (Junior B), Bansgrove (Third A), Roberts (Third B), and Moore and Wicks (Fourth).
During the season the usual annual matches were played with other Colleges, as follows:—
Massey College at Palmerston.
A mixed team of Senior and Junior players met Massey on June 13th and were well beaten by 24 to nil. The team had a thoroughly enjoyable trip, being entertained by Massey at their Capping Ball.
Massey College at Kelburn.
The return fixture was played at Kelburn on July 17th when we fielded our First Fifteen. Again, however, our visitors were too good for us, defeating us by 10 to 3. We entertained the Massey team at Weir House and afterwards at a dinner.
This annual game was played at Christchurch on July 24th. We made a two-day trip of it and were able to get away practically a full strength side, the game being in the nature of a trial for the Japan tour. In the first twenty minutes while our team seemed still to be finding its feet, C.U.C. rattled on 19 points, but from then on we actually scored one more point than the winners, the final score being 32 to 14. The team was very hospitably entertained by Canterbury.
Te Aute College.
The annual Pickett Cup match was played at Waipukurau on 10th August and was won by Te Aute, the score being 13 to 3. Once again the game produced the brightest of football and aroused the interest of the whole district. The team was very well looked after by the Central H.B. Rugby Union to whom our thanks are due.
Auckland University College.
An effort is being made to arrange a match with A.U.C. to take place at the end of the season.
In memory of the late Mr. J. H. Ruru the committee has procured by voluntary subscription from Club members a very finely carved shield, the work of Mr. Hebberly of the Dominion Museum. By resolution of the committee this has been allocated to the annual Weir House v. The Rest match and it willpage 73
remain in the College as a perpetual memorial of Jack Ruru.
The N.Z.U. Council having successfully arranged a tour to Japan in the summer of 1935-36, this season had a special interest for University footballers. Mr. Martin-Smith, the selector, watched our team on several occasions, and we are proud of our four members who have achieved representative honours. They are Triclclebank, Wild and Rae in the backs and Eade in the forwards.
Wellington Colts Team.
Several of our senior players played in trial matches for the selection of the Wellington Colts team. We congratulate Chesterman on his inclusion in the final choice.
The late Mr. L. J. Watson.
Club members were shocked to hear on May 5 th of the death of one of our players, Lindsay Watson, following an injury received on the field the day before. Lindsay had been a member of our Club for some years and had become one of our best known and keenest players. The sympathies of all Club members are extended to Mr. and Mrs. Watson in their time of sorrow.