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The Spike or Victoria College Review 1937

The Year's Sport in Review

The Year's Sport in Review

Victoria College is on the ascendancy in the realm of sport. A startling statement perhaps, but none the less true. In comparison with the general low standard prevailing throughout all branches of sport in the College, the level reached this year shows that Victoria is once again on the up-grade.

To many, sport at V.U.C. means Tournament and its ancillary contests. But. even though V.U.C. has moved forward one step nearer her ultimate aim in Tournament honours, we must still look beyond this. Perhaps it was the departure of the Tournament Wooden Spoon, so long a cherished emblem in our hallway, that moved Victoria and Victorians to greater endeavours.

On home fields, Victoria has proved herself a formidable rival. The Athletic Club has brought home two provincial championships, the cricketers finished their competition with creditable success. Highlights in the summer season, these are evidence of the growing ascendancy of V.U.C.

Old Man Winter brought in his train further laurels for Victoria. The Football Club cannot claim the annexing of any grade championships, but a glimpse at the various ladders shows the Varsity teams well-placed in each division. The Seniors were promoted to the First Division, a fitting reward to their early-season efforts. A light team, they managed to hold their own against better teams. Hockey, fast counterpart of football, produced a Wellington men's representative and two women representative players. Ski-ing, a newcomer to the ranks of Victoria's sports' parade, gave the Tramping Club the opportunity of bringing honour to Victoria by their second place in the Wellington Clubs' championship. The recent success of the Harrier Club in carrying off the G. F. Dixon Trophy in the N.Z.U. Cross Country Championships was particularly pleasing after they had run a close second for the last three years. In local events, the Harrier team not only ran third in the Vosseler, but came very near to filling second place in the Provincial Championships against much older and numerically stronger clubs.

Tournament this year saw Victoria's 9 points of '36 leap to 16¾ points this year. This was in the main due to the rowers, the basketball players and the marksmen, each of whom swept the field in their respective branches of sport. We seem to have lost our complex of "Wooden Spoon minded," and that influence routed, a subconscious trend to do better things has exerted itself.

Perhaps, of some effect to sport at V.U.C. was the schism in sport by Training College forming its own particular entity. No doubt Victoria would have done even better with her aid on the sporting fields.

Of particular importance to all sporting enthusiasts is the proposed Sports' Section in the College Library. When it becomes a reality, may all avail themselves of it, to improve their sport, and to do their bit for V.U.C. May it be a power of good, a fount, as it were, from whence shall come a flow of glorious results, a harvest of glowing rewards for Victoria.