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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, October 1913

[Review of the activities of the men's hockey club]

image of men playing hockey

The season which has now practically closed has proved an unprecedented success for our Club, and a record has been established which will take some living: up to. The Senior team has again received the laurels of victory, winning the Championship Cup by the handsome margin of 7 points. The win has been a popular one, and is calculated to stir up enthusiasm for next year. An interesting feature of the season's play was the meeting of the Otago 'Varsity team during the visit of the Otago representatives. This game was most en-joyable, the local team winning by 3 to 2. Unfortunately, it was found impossible to get a team away this season to accept Auckland 'Varsity's kind invitation, but Auckland wish it to be known that they expect a visit next year.

The Committee this year have been somewhat enterprising, and have decided to import, ready for next season, a number of specially designed sticks. These are to be bound (Ye gods!) with green and gold binding, and will be called the Victoria College stick. Needless to say, these should be in great demand next reason, and those desirous of purchasing a new stick should make further enquiries.

The appeal, Mr. Editor, through your last issue for financial assistance towards the securing of a Club-house at Karori did not prove as fruitful as we had anticipated, but, nothing daunted, we again say the advantages of such a building are perfectly ovbious, and the Committee confidently expects the erection of this to be an accomplished Fact in time for next season. While on the suestion of finance, this year the raising of ground fees and other charges by the Association has caused an unusual demand on the coffers of the Club, but page 61 thanks to generous donors, the burden has been considerably lightened. It is hoped, by means of the proceeds from the break-up dance, which is promoted under the auspices of the Hockey Clubs, that all Liabilities will be met.

The Club has pleasure in congratulating Messrs. G. Strack, C. Strack, Burbidge (now unfortunately departed), and Griffiths on securing Senior Representative honours; Messrs. K. Strack, Thomson and Gaze for emergency rank, and Messrs. Cleghorn and Rowntree in gaining a place in the "B" team. In Junior grades, Messrs. Cockerill, Salek, Fossette and Collins are to be congratulated for getting into the Junior Representatives. The Junior teams have maintained their high standing all through, and deserve credit for their display. Junior "A" have still a chance for the premiership in their grade.