The Spike or Victoria University College Review June 1917
Again the Club has had to pass through a crisis in its existence owing to the absence of those stalwarts who once so ably supported its activities and who are now employed fighting bigger battles. Even so, it is heartening to note that the club still survives and that an interest is still taken in the problem of how best to defend oneself in adverse circumstances.
It has ever been rumoured that some of our most ardent pugilists were "at it" during vacation, sometimes at an hour too early to remember, but always with good results, as the mottled canvas on the gym floor, flecked with many a hero's blood, will bear evidence. Though participation in tournaments and inter-club "spars" has been sadly in abeyance during the war, it is gratifying to know that some men are still keeping fit in order that they may give the returning members a hearty reception when they once more don the gloves.
Though no competitions were held, through lack of sufficient competitors, many useful bouts were participated in last season, under the watchful eye and able supervision of Mr. Tim Tracey, the Club's instructor. This year has started with every prospect of a good season, and it is to be hoped that new men will come forward and give their whole-hearted support in all matters appertaining to the Clubs' activities.
It is with the greatest regret that the Club has to chronicle the death of Athol Hudson, once New Zealand University Lightweight Champion, and of several other fine boxers who have "taken the count."page 61
The Club also feels the loss of its chairman, L.D. O'Sullivan, and several useful committee members, who have gone into camp and to whom it extends its heartiest good-luck and a hope that they will successfully "side-step" any impending "jabs" at the Front.