Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 4 March 30, 1938
A Strong Tennis Team
A Strong Tennis Team
|1.||B. M. O'Connor|
|2.||F. H. Renouf|
|1.||F. E. MacLean|
|2.||L. Mete Kingi|
|1.||N. A. Morrison and H. J. Hartley|
|2.||B. M. O'Connor and F. H. Renouf|
|1.||K. Pears and L. Mete Kingl|
|2.||P. M. P. Edwards and M. L. Fletcher|
|1.||N. A. Morrison and Miss F. K. MacLean|
|2.||H. J. Hartley and Miss P. M. P. Edwards.|
Requested by "Salient" to review the players, "Forehand," well-known tennis critic for "The Dominion," comments:—
N. A. Morrison's chief fault is carelessness, or more probably lack of concentration. His strokes are well produced and his knowledge of the game sound. He is often in too great a hurry to win the point and takes the net too often on the wrong ball. His are [unclear: volleying] and smashing are most uneven sometimes excellent but most often uncertain. His doubles play is greatly superior to his similes play.
B. M. O'Connor is a very keen player who does his best at all times. He has improved in his game considerably in the last two seasons. He produces his strokes freely and easily and with rhythm, and uses the court well: his service is well placed. When playing he keeps his mind always on the game.
F. H. Remout has the makings of the best player it ill the, Varsity team. He has splendid ideas on the game. He shows that he knows the right stroke to play in particular circumstances, and he goes always for the lines. But his strokes are too laboured, too stiffly produced. He serves far too many double faults. With his height and reach and general build, combined with free and easy hitting, he would develop into an outstanding player, for he has a wide variety of strokes, and an excellent knowledge of the tactics to be employed against a particular opponent.
H. J. Hartley is the Bitsy Grant of the team in build, and emulates that worthy in activity. There is no slacking with Hartley on the court. He is a real trier from first to last. He makes innumerable retrieves because of the speed with which he gets about the court, and he hits a hard ball, particularly in smashing. He strives to play the all-court game. Although he is too often caught about mid-court for effective volleying. His service is [unclear: well] placed and calculated to make the opponent move to [unclear: take in]. He plays his strokes correctly, with due regard to footwork.
Miss Ellzabeth MacLean has game so well founded that considerable improvement is possible with more practice. She hits accurately and her footwork and court position are good. She is prone, at times, to hold her racquet too loosely, and this makes for slovenly hitting. Attention to this point alone would improve her game. She is not afraid to play for the lines.
Miss Lorna Mete Kingi has a free style but she is rather careless. She is inclined to hold her racquet too loosely and is too slow in starting after the ball. However, there is no reason why, provided she sharpens up her game in these respects, site should not develop to senior standard.
Miss Pat Edwards is very quick about the court, but her game is not aggressive enough. She is more inclined to hit down court rather than risk the side-lines. She, too, could very well learn to keep a firmer grip on her racquet, and play the ball with a locked wrist. She is inclined, too—and it is a very common fault-to let the ball fall too low before hitting it. She should have her weight going forward into the ball, especially on the backhand. This is a criticism that could he applied to all the women players in the team-there is too much playing off the back foot.
Miss Kathleen Pears plays the most studied game of the team. She strives to play all her strokes in the correct manner, and to a large extent, succeeds she is a very determined player who never gives in until the last point is played. She places the ball well and is not afraid to take the net to volley.
Miss Marie Fletcher, I have not seen in action.