Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 15. July 26, 1939
Until this year, Australia and New Zealand have played entirely different codes of basketball, Australia playing a seven-a-side game, and New Zealand a nine-a-side. These were not the only differences, however, the Australian game being more akin to the game which was played in New Zealand 20 years ago—a much less scientific game than the one now played. The time when the player who could throw the ball the farthest distance was the best player has long gone by in New Zealand, and present day representative players need brains as well as brawn.
When the New Zealand team visited Australia last year, great praise or their type of play was received everywhere they appeared, and as a result of the visit. Australia decided to practically revolutionise her games—with the main exception that. In line with England, they retained the seven-a-side. Provision being made for a nine-a-side team also. New Zealand decided to retain her own number for internal games, but must play the seven-a-side for international games. With the playing rules otherwise the same, this is not difficult, as proof of which, the interesting King's Birthday tournament for Senior A grade in Wellington this year. This was played under international rules, and when questioned afterwards, nearly all teams said that, once accustomed to the territorial alteration, they enjoyed the game.
The main changes for New Zealand players were the elimination of guarding, and the "one shot at goal only." for forwards.
As a result of the "No guarding" play is faster and evener, with less personal contact, and the "one shot only" has improved the accuracy of the forwards, besides keeping the ball in play more.
The visit of the Australian Team to the Centennial tournament which is to be held in Wellington next Easter should show both codes at their best, each N.Z. team playing each other nine-a-side, and each meeting Australia in a seven-a-side game. The outcome of the conference on rules which will be held at the same time will be awaited with interest.
—Mrs. H. D. Muir.
Pres., N.Z.B. Assn.