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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, October 1913

Inter-'Varsity Football

Inter-'Varsity Football.

Victoria College v. Auckland 'Varsity. Drawn, 8—8.

On the 3rd June Victoria College met the Auckland University team at the Athletic Park. The Northern College, though not represented by its strongest team, had a speedy, clever, and hefty set of representatives to do battle with us. V.C. kicked off with the wind, and attacked smartly. From a scrum near the line Stainton shot the ball out to Faire. who was pushed into touch. Shortly after this, L. Beard broke away, beating several opponents badly. hie was tackled, however, and a scrum followed. The Auckland team then came down the field with a good rush, but the College backs, stopped it well. Brosnan commenced a good dribbling rush, which was completed by Quilliam, who was just beaten for the ball as it went over the line. Just before the spell ended T. Beard kicked a penalty goal.

Almost immediately after play was resumed, L. Beard made a magnificent run for fully fifty yards, and when close to the line passed to Paulsen, who scored. T. Beard converted. Then page 68 the Auckland backs woke up, and began to attack. A pretty passing rush completely beat the V.C. backs, and Gray scored a splendid try. The Aucklanders renewed the attack; the ball came out again to the backs, and Gray, cutting in cleverly, scored again, but Macky missed an easy kick. At this stage a well-known V.C. supporter was heard to murmur "Bliicher or night!' Night it was; and the game ended in a draw. For Auckland, Gray, Geddes, and Macky played well in the backs, especially Gray. Our forwards were good; the backs were not up to form, though L. Beard played well.

Victoria College v. Canterbury College. Lost, 11—23.

This game was played at Lancaster Park, Christchurch, before a large crowd. We were not at our full strength, the forwards being weak, and in no way a match for our opponents, who time after time pushed our pack over the ball. Our backs were therefore smothered before they could get going. We were further handicapped by a series of accidents. In the second spell the forwards played with greater vim, and Quilliam, East and Faire scored tries, one of which Sandel converted. Our opponents scored 23 points.

We were splendidly entertained by the Canterbury College men, who met us at the station and drove us to our hotel. After the match, a dinner was held, and we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly, being exceedingly sorry to have to catch even the late boat.