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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 19 September 6, 1938


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The Beginning and the End

The opening of the final term marks the turning of thoughts to summer sport again—rather vaguely at first, for exams, are a rapidly darkening cloud on the horizon. Numerous annual general meetings will be held within the course of the next few weeks. Probably the largest of the summer sports clubs are the Cricket Club and the Tennis Club, but the Athletic Club, the Swimming Club, the Rowing Club, the Defence Rifle Club, and the Tramping Club are all popular and flourishing.

Features of V.U.C. sport during the vacation were the victory of D. R. Scrymgeour in the N.Z.U. Cross-country Championship race at Dunedin; the appointment of Janet Grainger as captain of the North Island Basketball representatives; and the selection of Burke, McNicol and Eastwood in the Wellington representative Rugby team for the southern tour.—L.B.S.

Scrimgeour First

On Wednesday, August 17. V.U.C.'s harrier team, consisting of D. R. Scrymgeour (captain), F. D. O'Flynn, A. R. Burge, G. S. Farquhar. M. J. Hoffman, and S. K. Newall left for Dunedin to defend the Dixon Trophy at the New Zealand University Crosscountry Championship. On arrival at Dunedin the visiting teams were met by Otago representatives and taken to billets. On Friday a trip was made to Wingatui so that the visitors could walk over the course before the race. Of two laps, it was found to be dry and fast, the starting point being the bend coming into the front straight. From there the course led down the straight to continue over a gate and fence to turn left down a road for several hundred yards and then over a gate into a paddock with a gradual upward slope. After crossing two more fences it dropped to cross a ditch. A very steep climb was on the other side. At the top of the incline the course turned sharply to the left down a long gradual slope which led to half a mile of road. A left-hand turn, followed by 400 yards of railway and a similar distance of open field and a water jump, brought the course on to the back straight of the racecourse. The finishing point was in front of the grandstand.

The Race.

The race itself started at a fast pace, with all the Victoria team well to the fore. Taylor of Canterbury led the field on to the road, with Kofoed of Auckland close behind and Scrymgeour handy. As the race proceeded the superior team-work of the Otago team was noticeable. Anderson of Canterbury, handicapped by late arrival and lack of knowledge of the course, sprinted hard at the end of the first lap only to find that he had another round to go. In the circumstances he ran a fine race. The battle for individual honours soon developed into a duel between Kofoed and Scrymgeour, but the N.Z.U. 3-mile champion proved too good for the young Auckland runner.

Scrymgeour Takes Lead.

At the top of the first rise on the second lap Scrymgeour took the lead and on reaching the road, quickly drew away from Kofoed. Along the railway his easy bouncing stride carried him still further ahead and he reached the racecourse with a commanding lead. Kofoed was unable to make up any leeway and Scrymgeour won by 120 yards in 37 mins, 40 secs.

There was a stirring battle for third place, Adamson just falling to catch Ford of Otago. Anderson of Otago and Taylor of Canterbury won the two remaining N.Z.U. Blues.

Dixon Trophy to Otago.

The splendid team-work of Otago, who filled 3rd, 5th, 7th, 8th and 9th places, secured for them the Dixon Trophy with 23 points, Auckland (34) being next, Victoria (44) third, and Canterbury (49) fourth. Of the Victoria men gaining points, Scrymgeour finished first, O'Flynn 12th. Burge 15th, and Farquhar 16th.

Otago are to be congratulated on the excellence of the arrangements made for the comfort and entertainment of the visiting teams. The functions in particular went off very smoothly.


End of the season play in the basketball world was crowded with interest. Victoria finished the winter with a flourish by beating Kia Ora in the last game. The championship had already been decided when Wellington East accounted for V.U.C. by 30 goals to 17 in a most disappointing game and then beat Kia Ora the following Saturday. That may have been the reason for the free-moving exhibition when V.U.C. beat Kia Ora 24-23. It was basketball at its best, with a fluctuating score and the cleanest of play. Victoria's form was at its peak. Oddly enough the previous Saturday they had managed only a draw with Awatea, 18-18.

The V.U.C. Senior A team finished the season with 8 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses, being third out of the seven computing teams. This is a very creditable performance, and, given a fair proportion of this year's team, the 1939 team should do even better. In fact, championship honours should be within their reach.


The three Wellington reps, from V.U.C.—Janet Grainger, Marie Walker and Erice Overton—did their part in Timaru, where Wellington halved the first grade cup with Canterbury. The first-named was again selected for the North Island team, the high point of basketball achievement each year.

New Zealand's first overseas team of basketball players, which was captained by the A.U.C. player and N.Z.U. Blue, Meg Matangi, had reasonable success in Australia. They were unable to beat the leading Australian teams under their rules, and it does seem that some real synthesis of rules should be soon adopted. There have been discussions and alterations to rules recently which will give some difficulty next season, but it is hoped that uniformity will result by 1940. In that year it is expected that there will be an Inter-Empire Tourney in Wellington, and similarity of rules is essential for that.

It is too early to predict next year's N.Z.U. Tournament team. At present it seems that most of the 1938 Easter team will be eligible in 1939, with one or two of this year's freshers knocking hard for a place. The Basketball Shield and the [unclear: 63] Tournament points should come to V.U.C. for the third time next year.

Mt. Holdsworth

Skiing Trip

The Tramping Club's trip to Mt. Holdsworth last term was scheduled as a skiing trip, but only two very determined and slightly unbalanced trampers braved the appalling winter conditions and attempted the gentle art. A few trampers ventured above the bush line to the skiing field, but did not stay long ; while the majority ambled up to the bush line, poked their heads out, and immediately slid off back down the hill to the Mountain House. The snow was very deep and soft, and a high wind was blowing, making it almost impossible at times to stand up.

On the Saturday, the party of sixteen left Wellington about 9 o'clock (one hour late), and began the ascent to the Holdsworth Mountain House at mid-day. The snow was very low down, and the weather perfect, so that good time was made. A few stalwarts ventured to break trail from the Mountain House to the skiing field after a meal, but the sun was setting, and the atmosphere was very cold, so that they were unable to proceed very far above the bush-line. The evening was spent in eating and singing, the former preponderating. The hut was over-run with members of the Pawa Tramping Club, but, in spite of this, everyone slept with tolerable comfort on the muddy floor. Especially appreciated were the endeavours of the leader and Mr. Gurth Higgin to entertain the party with "There's an 'ole in my bucket," and the strange tale of the three old ladies who were incarcerated in the monastery.

Spasmodically arising, the party set off the next morning for the skiing field, but owing to the strong and bitter wind, as described above, not many reached it. Still, a pleasant though puerile hour was spent in snowballing and sliding, and a snowman representing a well-known University Lothario was greatly admired, until it was demolished by an incautious tramper who collided with it in turning the corner.

Despite the fact that the lorry on the return voyage was encumbered with Pawas, whose conveyance had apparently broken down, the trip back to Wellington was very pleasant, with a stop at Featherston for the hungry—and thirsty. The last interesting episode on a very enjoyable trip was a further rendering of "There's an 'ole in my bucket" by the leader and Mr. Higgin, who managed to finish their song against tremendous odds.


Finishing the season with two convincing wins over Pirates and Oriental, the Seniors won the Senior A 2nd Division championship by a margin of five points. Of the other teams, the Senior B and Third A finished in good positions on the championship lists. The Third A team had the satisfaction of twice beating Athletic, the ultimate winners of the grade.

Kissel, Wild, Bryers, Burke, McNicol and Hansen secured places in the North Island team for the inter-island Universities match.

North v. South

The inter-island Universities game was played at Palmerston North on August 27, and provided a very bright exhibition. For the third time, South were victorious, the score being 21-17.

The packs were well matched and all the forwards went well. South were superior in the tight work, the North forwards playing a looser type of game. The hooking honours were evenly divided between Wall (O.U.) and Burke (V.U.C.), although a bit more hard pushing by the North forwards might have given them an advantage in the set scrums. Drake and Foreman, both of Auckland, were the best of the North forwards, while the Otago trio—Vosailagl, Trott and Mack—were prominent for South.

The backs turned on fast and entertaining football. The standard of wing-three-quarter play was very high. Although closely watched by the opposition, Eastwood (V.U.C.) was the star and scored two brilliant tries. Watt (O.U.) also showed plenty of speed in scoring his two tries. Hadfield (C.U.C.) had a heavy day marking Eastwood, but gave quite a good display. Hayman (A.U.C.) received few opportunities but ran with determination. His handling, however, was not too certain. Hunter (C.U.C.) was subdued and did not show any particular brilliance. The absence of Martin (A.U.C.) was a severe blow to North, as Guild (Massey) who replaced him, was too slow and failed to run his wings into position before giving them the ball. When Martin withdrew from the team, the logical choice for the centre position was Tricklebank (V.U.C.), whose speed and penetration would have given the wings the opportunities they needed. Wild (V.U.C.) and Overton (C.U.C.) were the pick of the five-eighths. Howden (O.U.) played a sounder all-round game at half-back than Edwards (A.U.C.), who was inclined to fumble at times. Kissel (V.U.C.) was right on his game at full-back and did not make a mistake all day. Egan (O.U.) also played a very sound game. In fact, there was little to choose between the full-backs, and both kicked excellently.

The following were picked as the N.Z.U. team for 1938:—Kissel (V.U.C.). Eastwood (V.U.C.), Hunter (C.U.C.), Watt (O.U.), Overton (C.U.C.), Wild (V.U.C.), Howden (O.U.). Gomer (C.U.C.), Burke (V.U.C.), McNicol (V.U.C.), Drake (A.U.C.), Lange (A.U.C.), Trott (O.U.), Vosaigali (O.U.), Mack (O.U.).

N.Z.U. v. Waikato

On Tuesday, August 30, the N.Z.U team met Waikato representatives at Hamilton, Waikato winning by 13 points to 6.

The 'Varsity side was not of full strength in the backs as the players had taken part in a strenuous game on a particularly hard ground at Palmerston North three days previously. Nevertheless their display was a very disappointing one. Full credit for the 'Varsity defeat must be given to the Waikato forwards, who, by reason of their height and weight, dominated the line-outs and set scrums; but in the loose, where the 'Varsity forwards might have been expected to make the most of their opportunities, they were sluggish. Had the backs received as much ball as the Waikato backs, the game would undoubtedly have been much more closely contested.

The game, which was one of the cleanest seen in Hamilton for some time, was rather marred by numerous stoppages for injuries, as a result of which New Zealand Universities lost the services of Egan, Lange and Foreman.

Inter-College Hockey

The game played between Massey College and a representative Victoria College team at Massey College last Wednesday resulted in a win for the home side by three goals to two. On a somewhat rain-sodden ground, fast play provided an exhibition of exciting hockey. The Massey team excelled in the forward line and demonstrated [unclear: rat] the best defence la attack. Lawrey [unclear: at] centre-forward gave a splendid display of brilliant anticipation and speed. The men on his left, Shand and Sill, formed the spearhead of the attack, while the Massey combination was superior to that of Victoria.

dribbled the ball into fatal proximity

The game was a relatively even contest, both sides showing good form and fitness. A varied long and short passing game kept the tension among players and onlookers high. The Massey team held the advantage in the first half, but were frustrated from scoring by the defence of Banks and Walker at full-back and by the outstanding goal-keeping of Olive, who defended skilfully and courageously. Victoria's forwards in the first half failed to control the ball and to show sufficient combination to elude the Massey halves, Blake, Kelly and Grevatt. Half-time found the score nil all, and after the ball had been recovered from the stream nearby, play resumed. Rain held off throughout the game and the sun belatedly began to shine on the now well-churned terrain.

Victoria attacked at once and a rush led by Shaw, Whitham and Christie just failed to score. Massey attacked and Begg smashed a shot which Olive caught a la soccer and coolly cleared. Massey, however, were not to be denied and a wing attack by Begg and Watters opened the way for Lawrey to score with no one but the goal-keeper to beat.

Swift exchanges followed and after spirited work by 'Varsity forwards, ably supported by the halves, Mackintosh, Good and Long, D. Williams scored. Victoria pressed again, but the Massey forwards broke away and Shand made the score 2—1. Victoria forwards were now playing well but found the heavy ground and the speed of the opposition trying difficulties. But perseverance told and a movement by Shaw and Christie culminated in T. Williams goaling from the right with a nice shot. The game, with time almost at hand, was tense; the teams, now better matched in attack and defence, struggled for the supremacy of a goal.

From a twenty-five bully, the elusive Lawrey streaked through and of the goal-mouth, making Massey the winners by 3—2.

Shaw at centre-forward, and Long and Good, who had alternate spells at centre-half, played well, but were outclassed by Lawrey. For Victoria Banks at full-back and Olive in goal were outstanding; while for Massey, Lawrey, centre-forward, Sill, the fast left-winger, and Kelly and Blake—the centre and right halves, were thorns in the side of the visitors.

In the evening a dinner was held to mark the occasion. While regretting that the Victoria team had not been able to come up during the previous week-end, Massey College players suggested that more Massey-Victoria games should be played, say, two a season.

Summing up, the refereeing of the game was good, the Massey hospitality greatly appreciated, and the game itself was played in a spirit of real sportsmanship.

Although Frank Newcombe captained the Wellington representatives and the Club gained an Auckland representative in S. Braithwaite, the Senior hockey team had an indifferent season. Only Wesley and Huia II finished below it on the competition ladder.