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The Spike or Victoria College Review 1947

Women's Hockey Club

Women's Hockey Club

Judging by competition points this season 'the game's the thing' seems to be the motto of the Varsity Club. Considering that it has the second largest membership in Wellington it is perhaps surprising that our teams do not top the grades. But it must be realised that very few of the Freshers joining the Club each year have played hockey before and secondly a large percentage drop out of regular Saturday play owing to pressure of work. And thirdly, until this year it has been the custom for the more experienced players on graduating to leave the Club and either drop out of hockey or complete their career in another Club. The decision of the Club this year to amend this state of affairs has been a wise one and should bear fruit in the coming season. With success adorning the efforts of the present keen players, enthusiasm may be awakened in the more dormant members.

Four teams have been entered in the local competitions with varying degrees of moderate success. Were the May vacation, Kings Birthday weekend and Mid-term break to be eliminated, I feel sure hockey in the College would thrive. Perhaps someone with initiative will put forward a motion at the next A.G.M.

While local competition hockey must of necessity be the life-blood of the Club, our duty and pleasure to sister Colleges have not been neglected. A team travelled to Massey College where it was entertained royally and rewarded Massey's efforts by defeating their team 5—2 in the best display of hockey put on by any Victoria hockey team this season. During Mid-term break Canterbury College sent a team to play our Third grade team, over whom they were the victors by 2 goals to nil. It was very pleasing to see the way in which our team entertained their visitors. We understand the Canterbury team enjoyed themselves as much as we did having them.

Although we have been unable to procure a regular coach for the season, our thanks are due to Miss Charles for her encouragement and advice on Saturdays, Ralph Keen for helping beginners on Tuesday afternoons and Mr Jacobson and his hockey boys at the Sports' Centre who have made hockey a more exciting game than we have previously known it.