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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 7, No. 7 July 26, 1944

Massey Down the Drain — Weir Up The Pole

Massey Down the Drain

Weir Up The Pole

Seniors.—This team now stands third in the Hardham Cup competition, one point behind Training College and five behind Navy, but has played one game less than either of these two. On July 8 it defeated No. 2 Port Depot by 16-6, and on July 15 the game with Miramar was postponed owing to bad weather. Four of the team, three forwards and a back, were chosen to represent North Island Varsities at Christchurch on July 22. Lewis, the back chosen as emergency, has been playing particularly well as centre, full-back or five-eighths, and fully deserved his selection as emergency back. Of the forwards, Grayburn, Cutler and Cornick, also chosen for the team, are all well worth their places.

It is noticeable that the forwards of the senior team are packing much better, as many as five at once having on several occasions formed into a scrum.

Juniors.—This team was very unlucky in losing to Navy 9-12 on July 8. The backs during the second spell redeemed themselves in the eyes of the forwards by making excellent use of their opportunities. Paki at half played his usual solid game and was well supported by Macalister and Goldfinch. Among the forwards Orr again played well, and was ably helped by Meek and McKee.

Third A.—This team defeated Wellington 23-10 on July 8, and drew with Petone 0-0 on July 22. A feature of the Wellington game was the polished play of the backs, who scarcely made a mistake. Berry, as second five-eighths, is probably the best back in the team, though Ackroyd and Watson are very little inferior. Of the forwards Shires and Dowrick are outstanding throughout all play, while Todd performs ably in the loose.

Massey v. Weir

This game was played in wet conditions on the sports ground, Palmerston North, on the King's Birthday. The game was confined mainly to forward play but nevertheless some very fine football was seen and the match resulted in a win for Weir 16-0.

The first try came after about 25 minutes, when, following a scrum near the Massey line Paki dived through to score an unconverted try. This was the only scoring in the first spell, but as soon as the second spell began the Weir forwards began to assert their superiority and were soon pressing in Massey's twenty-five. Following a nice opening by Smith, Charteris scored and Mataira added the extra points. Soon after Stewart collected the ball and dashed about 15 yards to score. The kick failed. Several times the Weir backs made determined efforts but the deadliness of the Massey tackling held them up. The final try came when Stubbings, following up well, dribbled the ball over to score. Mataira converted and the final score was 16-0.

While the Weir team greatly pleased the crowd, it must be remembered that Massey were unable to field their strongest team owing to some of their players suffering from injuries. The Weir boys were also ably led by Doug. Goodwin and it would indeed by unfair to make special mention of any one player without complimenting all the others on their play.