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The Spike or Victoria University College Review 1948

Soccer Club

page 47

Soccer Club

During the 1947 season the Club entered three teams in the local competition—one in each of the senior B, second, and third grades. The standard of play in the senior and third grades was good, both teams finishing the season more than half way up their respective grades.

Last year also we acted as hosts at the third Winter Tournament, and with true hospitality shared the Soccer Shield with two of our guests—Auckland and Otago. This is the third occasion on which our Tournament team has tied for this trophy, which we firmly intend to bring back this year from Christchurch with the name V.U.C. engraved upon it.

The Club extends congratulations to K. R. Johnstone who was awarded an N.Z.U. Blue, and to E. J. Simmonds and J. Y. Walls who gained representative honours.

This season the club once again has entered teams in the same three grades. While the third grade standard has dropped somewhat the second grade and senior teams are much stronger than in previous years. The senior team in particular has developed a well-balanced combination based upon the strong half line comprising F. C. Richardson, K. R. Johnstone and M. J. Spiers, who have played in that position for the past three seasons. Most promising is the fact that from goal to forward line there are no weaknesses.

The club had much pleasure in welcoming back two of its originals, Keith McLeod and Dave Bateup.

A bright 1948 season portends if a meritorious win in the first round of the Chatham Cup is any indication.


Club Captain: G. Robinson. Club Vice-Captain: B. K. Reddy. Secretary: J. Y. Walls. Treasurer: F. C. Richardson.