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



The Senior B1 team have been unfortunate in being unable to keep its members together week by week, chiefly through sickness and the fact that the Senior A draws on it when necessary. This was particularly the case on Saturday last, when we found we were four short; luckily we were able to draw on the Thirds for three players, but the team-work suffered as a consequence. Two members who had advised that they would be available failed to appear, with the result that three of the Thirds played a second game. They did well, particularly O'Donnell and Bowyer.

Allan, in goal, returned after sickness, was unreliable, but made some good saves. MacMurray was a tower or strength at left full-back, particularly in the second spell. Dale played well in patches, but should vary his play more. The left-half played a sound game, but generally the half line lacked strength and often failed to keep contact with the forwards. Long and Bryan played well, although up against superior players. Both are keen and are conspicuous in fast following up. With more accuracy Bryan would have scored on several occasions. Topp played a much improved game, but must further improve his positional play.

The score 10-0 against us was a fair indication of the run of play. Wellington were sound on defence and attack, although in the second spell 'Varsity looked like scoring on several occasions, but the movements always seemed to break down in the circle. The ground was heavy and badly cut up. This made accurate hitting difficult and flick shots almost impossible.

'Varsity lacked cohesion and understanding and will continue to do so if it falls to keep its team together. Members of Senior Bl, take this to heart!


In sport, what ball travels the fastest? Probably a golf ball, when driven from the tee. 'Americans have timed tennis balls in matches to travel up to 131 miles per hour. Very fast shots in table tennis will cleave the air at speeds up to 100 miles an hour. The speed of fast deliveries by Larwood, the great English fast bowler, was computed at 90 miles per hour and crack baseball pitchers would probably achieve that speed, too.