Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol. 34, No. 18. October 6 1971
1971 Winter Tournament must be regarded as the most successful ever for the Rugby League Club. Going up to Auckland as "Another" side Victoria were unlucky not to draw first equal.
First game up was against Canterbury. Down at half time Victoria came back to lead but was beaten 11-10 in the last moments.
Otago in the next game was allowed too much room; consequently Victoria was beaten 24-11.
At this stage it appeared Victoria would take the Wooden Spoon but a great performance the next morning against the 'guns' of N.Z. Rugby League, Auckland, saw Vic win 12-9 and follow it up in the afternoon with 27-15 victory over Massey. It was a great day. As for the night....!?
All the team gave a 100%, but Victoria's outstanding individuals were Cyril Martin and Brian Smith. John Bailey too was rewarded for his good forward play with a place in the N.Z.U. team to play Australian Universities.
The Sports Dinner night saw Victoria dominate proceedings with Cyril Martin receiving a presentation for Tournament top try scorer and Harold Mill take the Emraldi trophy for the Tournament's outstanding sportsman.
After a disappointing club season this year Tournament was a great boost and points to a good season for 1972.