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The Spike or Victoria College Review 1936

First Eleven

First Eleven.

Starting off well against Kilbirnie in a match in which rain on the second day probably deprived V.U.C. of the game, the eleven had a similar exasperating experience in the next game against Petone. The ill-luck which had thus attended the opening games seemed to dog the team throughout the season, and apart from a handsome win against the champions, Midland, no other victories came the side's way, although on two further occasions rain interrupted play when the eleven was in a winning position. The Team thus finished last on the senior championship table with one five-point win, four drawn games, and five losses. The team was handicapped by the absence of Tricklebank in Japan with the New Zealand University Rugby Team for the greater part of the season, and the frequent absences of Blandford from the side owing to Representative and Test games. Vietmeyer, a century scorer, was in particularly good all-round form, and Blandford was as consistent as usual both with the bat and gloves. Wiren was a tower of strength both in batting and fielding, and Harding, a newcomer, played several fine innings. McMillan, another sound bat was a consistent all-rounder, and the side was ably captained by J. R. Stevens. The eleven should do well this coming season as most of last season's team are again available.