The Spike or Victoria College Review, June 1903
"O heavens, what some men do, While some men leave to do !"
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"Perseverance, dear my Lord, Keeps honour bright."
—Troilus and Cressida.
The Spike" does not publish the story of the Second Easter Tournament in any boastful spirit. We do not flaunt our "spoils" before the world as barbarians did of old. In the first place it would be unbecoming and in the second place we have none to flaunt. The "joy," for us "lay in the pursuit." Of course we would have done better, and we might have won—if Canterbury, Otago, and Auckland had not been so good. As things are, however, we do not feel ashamed of being beaten by such teams, but rejoice that, as we had to go down, we went down to such good performers and such good "sports."
There is no better place to be beaten in than Auckland. From one point of view we make these trips to win races and to enjoy ourselves. If you cannot do much of the one it is an advantage to make the most of the other, and Auckland certainly gave us no lack of opportunity. The weather was perfect, the grounds were excellent, and the hospitality of the people left nothing to be desired. There is said to be much rivalry and jealousy between Auckland and Wellington. The rivalry will long whet the energies of both cities but, as far as the University Colleges are concerned, the jealousy does not exist.