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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 18 August 3, 1938



N.Z, v. Wellington

The Victoria College patrons of the game at the Town Hall on Saturday between the New Zealand basketball team for Australia and the Wellington Representative team saw the unexpected occur. Outplaying the All Blacks in every department of the game, the local lasses trounced them to the tune of 22 to 13. For no more than Five minutes did Wellington lose complete command of the game. Especially in the forward third did they give an exhibition of speed and combination that augurs well for the Timaru Tournament this month.

Leading 3-2 after five minutes the Blacks seemed to be superior, as would naturally be expected. The N.Z.U. Blue, Meg Matangi, who captains the New Zealand team, appeared to have the edge on Wellington. But then a change came about. Wellington rapidly ran to a 10-3 lead! Our own Janet Grainger, captain of Wellington, showed up to great advantage and the other V.U.C. player. Marie Walker, was doing her share in keeping the New Zealand forwards away from the goal. A change of position of two girls somewhat strengthened New Zealand, and the spell finished 11-7.

The second spell was a repetition of the first except that Wellington increased its lead by five more goals.

Defence Plus Speed.

The whole same was a lesson in the essential factors of good Basketball. Based on sound defence and having greater speed, the Wellington girls had to win. Fancy touches such as jumping spectacularly after receiving the ball and odd flashes of brilliant individual efforts can never make a team really successful. The basic ability to stick to the girl in defence was illustrated by Wellington, whereas the occasional speedy intercept was more typical of New Zealand. Again, the local team was faster through the centres and between thirds. There wns some holdup, on one wing of the Wellington forwards that made us wonder if Erice Overton would not be an old, but only further trials and the hard games in Timaru will determine the final best nine.

Certainly the New Zealand team will have to get more practice together and concentrate on becoming a well-knit unit rather than a collection of very brilliant girls. In the forward third they have shooting ability, but lack real combination. This will come, and we confidently hope that they will meet with considerable success in the Australian Tournament. The team leaves on Thursday. Kia Ora!

V.U.C. v. W.E.O.G.

On Saturday next those interested in seeing first-class basketball will have an opportunity when Victoria meets Wellington East Old Girls at Mount Cook School. In the first round the Greens went down 27-23 in a spectacular game. They are expected to turn the tables this week. "Salient" will be there hoping so, anyway. The Greens are practising against the New Zealand team this week and may benefit considerably. Good luck. Victoria!

(Per N.Z.U. Press Bureau.)

At the annual meeting of the New Zealand Universities' Hockey Council. Mr. A. W. Sutherland (Otago) occupied the chair.

The report and balance-sheet were adopted without discussion.

After a discussion on the question of the position arising when two teams were level at the conclusion of a tournament, it was decided that, in such an event, the teams concerned should play off. If a draw resulted no extra time should be played, but the colleges should hold the trophy for six months each.

Appreciation was expressed at the success attending Otago's efforts to arrange a match between the Universities' team and the touring Indian team.

It was decided that the Otago B team should be allowed to compete officially in the tournament, but without creating a precedent in this connection.