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THE FIRST XV Back Row: (L. to R.) Mr. D. W. Hyde-Lay, S. Heffelfinger, B. Kenny, K. Gunning, D. Peel, T. Pratt, R. Donahue, J. Kitson, D. Scbieldrop. Middle Row: (L. to R.) H. Ware, J. Hayes, R. Girotto, M. Collver (Captain), D. Coalman, A. Croft, G. Boyd Front Row: (L. to R.) T. Seeger, R. Emery Frequently a very small margin exists between victory and defeat, as this year ' s side discovered. Their final record of seven wins and seven losses certainly did not flatter them. Two of the wins were rather one sided but all the other twelve matches were closely co ntested - our heaviest defeat was 4-14 by St. Michael ' s University School and our biggest win 14-6 over Oak Bay Secondary School. Lack of a reliable place kicker proved our undoing in a number of these games as a record of only six penalty goals and nine conversions in 14 matches will attest. Nevertheless, all was not gloom and despondency and much good rugby was played. The team under the leader- ship of Mark Collver, maintained a good spirit and positive attitude despite their frustrating results. The pack was a good one and was only outplayed in the first Brentwood match. It was big and mobile and nearly always gave the backs more that their share of the ball from both the tight and the loose. The front row of Mark Collver, Bruce Kenny and Jeffrey Hayes was very solid. In addition, these three were very good in the loose play too, especially Hayes. Darcy Peel and Trevor Pratt formed the second row, the former a big mobile player of much promise and the latter a hard grafter - a good pair! The back row too were sound without being spectacular. Jamie Kitson at flanker was quick and aggressive onto the loose ball while Glenn Boyd on the other flank was a safe tackier and a sound defensive player. David Coalman at number 8, played some very outstanding games, especially early on in the season. He is by nature a very constructive player and was also our best lineout forward. The backs were erratic and did not make the most of their chances, looking, at times, very ordinary. It was not until it was almost too late that the introduction of Bill Chisholm, promoted to the 1st XV from the Colts, and a switching of positions between Ronnie Girotto and Steven Heffelfinger, had a stimulating effect and the backs began to look danger- ous in attack. If we were to begin the season again tomor- row, a very different set of results would be achieved, I feel sure. Nevertheless, every single member of the backfield had some excellent matches, but were unable to develop into a smooth unit until the changes already mentioned were tried. Tom Seeger, at scrum-half, had a good season. He has a good service from both scrum and lineout and is a dangerous runner in the open field. His tactical kicking is not a strong point at present and needs his attention. His partner at half-back, Ronnie Girotto, is by nature a defen- sive player and found the decision-making required at the fly-half position inhibited his play. Once he moved to full-back he immediately looked at home and all his many good points rose once more to the surface. Andrew Croft 12
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was an excellent centre both in attack and even more so on defence where his tackling, falling, covering and mauling were all first rate. At the other centre position, Robert Donahue had the inside track, (although Kevin Gunning also played a number of games), but when Donahue was injured, Bill Chisholm was given a trial and immediately fitted in smoothly, running strongly and tackling well. At full-back, or perhaps it would be more accurate to refer to the position as third centre, was Steven Heffelfinger, a player of ability and attacking flair, who developed well as the season wore on. As already mentioned, he switched to fly-half for the final three games of the season and came through with three good performances showing that he has a good feel for this most demanding of all positions. On the wings were Harley Ware and Roland Emery, Harley with his shortest-distance-between-two-points-in-a-straight- line running, (a couple of his efforts had to be seen to be believed) and Roland with his much more elusive style. Harley was undoubtedly one of the strongest running wings we have had in recent years but Roland was erratic, playing some excellent games but guilty of some curious lapses in concentration. In defence both players were unsure when called on to deal with high attacking punts and neither was at all confident in his own kicking ability. The results in the Independent Schools League Matches were as close as they have ever been and although we ended up by sharing the wooden spoon with Brentwood College, all the four schools were very evenly matched. Indeed, apart from one game, the largest number of points conceded by any of the four schools in any game was 13 and in seven of the matches neither side could reach double figures. 1st XV RESULTS vs. Hillside S.S. (H) W 10-4 vs. Killarney S.S. (H) w 55-0 vs. St. George ' s (A) L 3-7 vs. Caribou Hill S.S. (H) W 20-6 vs. U Vic Jutes (A) L 3-10 vs. Cowichan RFC (H) W 30-0 vs. Brentwood (A) L 4-9 vs. St. Michael ' s (H) L 8-9 vs. Pt Grey S.S. (A) W 7-3 vs. S.L.O.B.S. (H) L 4-10 vs. St. George ' s (A) L 0-10 vs. St. Michael ' s (A) L 4-14 vs. Brentwood (H) W 10-3 vs. Oak Bay S.S. (H) W 14-6 P 14 W 7 L 7 DO 172-? )1 In our opening fixture against St. George ' s we were unlucky not to get at least a draw having had as much of the play overall and being much the better of the two sides in the second half. We also had the referee, from his vantage point well infield, disallow Peel ' s scoring attempt in the corner and we missed two easy penalties attempts. At Brentwood we went down 4-9, a defensive lapse in the centre permitting an easy try to be scored. It was in this game that our lack of a place kicker was really emphasized, for although we did not deserve to win, three very kickable penalties were missed. Fortune did not smile upon us in a close 8-9 loss to St. Michael ' s at home. It was an even game until the last ten minutes or so when we were hammering away at their line keeping them penned up well inside their 22m line. However, a strong defence and the lack of a cool head during these critical minutes allowed them to escape with a win. Incidentally our conversion attempt from fairly well out in our second try, struck the cross bar squarely in the middle - another inch! We lost 0-10 to St. George ' s again having to play away from home in foul weather conditions of strong wind and driving rain. St. George ' s used it in the first half very much better than we did in the second. Nevertheless, we should never have allowed St. George ' s the cushion of a second try scored late in the match during one of their few forays into our half of the field. The forwards who had completely outplayed their opponents in all phases of the game were not pleased. W e came up with a rather flat performance in our away fixture at St. Michael ' s University and lost by 4- 14. Once again we did not make use of the strong wind blowing up and down the field. We paid the price in the second half when our oppenents seldom allowed us to get out of our half by their judicious use of the 13
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