The Spike or Victoria University College Review June 1926
"Janet has filled her green kirtle
A little abune the knee;
And she has snooded her yellow hair
A little abune her bree."
This year the Basket Ball Club has endeavoured to progress in the direction of improving the quality of the game, rather than in increasing the number of players. Even so, the Committee found it difficult to select the Senior A team, and it follows that the Senior B team, which goes under the name of Victoria, has many good players. The Intermediate team have not been very successful so far; but their keenness and regular attendance at the weekly practice held in the gymnasium, ought to stand them in good stead for future matches.
'Varsity Senior team has been fairly successful so far. There are some, including the selector of the Wellington reps, who consider 'Varsity will come first or second in the Senior Championship, but as the team has still two big matches to play in the first round, the matter is still in the hands of the gods. The team includes three members who were picked for the Wellington rep. team this year, viz., E. Scarfe, M. Maclaurin, and D. Crumpton. The latter was also selected for the North Island representative team.
The Senior B team—Victoria—have two good players in M. Downes and G. Hawthorne. A little more combination would improve this team a great deal.
The finals of the Seven-aside Tournament, which was held on June 3rd, have still to be played. The Senior A team, with three other teams, is still in the competition. It is hoped that here, too, 'Varsity will be successful.
It was perhaps unfortunate that this year Varsity was not able to send page 79 its strongest team to take part in the New Zealand University Basket Ball Tournament, which was held at Dunedin. This was owing mainly to the fact that the New Zealand Tournament took place the week after, and players could not spare the extra time from their duties. It is hoped that next year Victoria College will be able to send its best players, and so justify the action of the Tournament delegates in voting for the inclusion of basket ball as an official part of the Inter-University Tournament.
During the holidays the Committee spent a pleasant afternoon at the residence of Mrs. Florence in Kelburn. This interest of the officers in the club's activities undoubtedly helps to keep alive the enthusiasm in the game.
In conclusion, we take the occasion of quoting from the "Times ":—"The new Varsity uniforms are distinctive and neat. Their example might be followed with advantage by those clubs wearing similar uniforms to other clubs." Here, again, Wikitoria leads.