Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 17. August 9, 1939
With the personnel of the team for the New Zealand University Championships still doubtful, great importance was attached to the harrier club's 6¼ mile club championship at Silverstream on Saturday. Some of last year's team, whose inclusion this year had been rather doubtful, were all out to make the team again, while newer runners wore just as keen to impress the selectors. Consequently the first six places were very keenly contested, resulting in two very close finishes. Newall took the lead at first, but Scrymgeour overtook him along the road in the lost quarter of the first lap Scrymgeour increased his lead in the second lap to finish a comfortable distance ahead of Newall, Burge and O'Flynn, who had run together practically all the second lap, had a great tussle for third place. Burge touching the tape only a few yards ahead of O'Flynn. To gain the next place. Henderson also had to fight hard, and Just got home from de la Mare, whom he had overtaken at the turn on to the finishing ground.
In the Junior event run over one lap of the same course, Canter repeated his previous week's performance by taking the honours. Hitchings made an auspicious first appearance with the Club, finishing second, with Daniell hard at his heels.
- Championship:—Scrymgeour 1. Newall 2, Burge 3.
- Sealed Handicap:—Henderson 1, Farquhar 2, Wilkinson 3.
- Junior:—Canter 1, Hitchings 2, Daniell 3.
On Saturday week, 19th August, a team of six will carry Victoria's colours to Auckland for the New Zealand University Cross Country Championship Contest for the Dixon trophy, presented by Mr. G. F. Dixon, our own president. In 1932. This trophy, which is competed for annually by the four universities, is at present held by Otago. Victoria's last victory was at Wellington in 1937, when Bagnall, Cairns and Horsley were all in the team. Their absence last year made a considerable difference, and the process of formation had to be begun all over again. As a result last year was a lean year in every way, and Victoria was placed third. Although results in the inter-club races this year have not been very promising we should produce better results in the Universities contest. It is expected that the strongest opposition will come from Auckland, who have a very strong team and who will have the advantage of being on their home ground.
This year's team is composed of Scrymgeour, Newall, O'Flynn, [unclear: Bender-son], de la Mare, Farquhar.
Of last year's team Scrymgeour, Newall, O'Flynn and Farquhar are all in action again. Scrymgeour, present New Zealand University Champion, is as hit as ever, and should be able to turn on another good performance. Newall has progressed wonderfully since last season, when he first made the team. He has beaten Scrymgeour twice and been beaten by him twice, so these two should be well to the fore. The other two members of last year's team. O'Flynn and Farquhar, have been back numbers all the season, but O'Flynn produced his old form on Saturday last, running a splendid race. On his performance in the provincial championships he would not be in the team, but if he can maintain his present form will certainly Justify his inclusion. Farquhar seems to have begun to take things seriously over the last few weeks and should be capable of doing plenty of damage to the opposition in Auckland. Being in the team for several seasons he has plenty of experience to back him up.
Other New Men
The other two men, De la Mare and Henderson, are new to the team, but both have forged ahead with hard training and have certainly merited their inclusion. De la Mare, although very young, has some fine performances to his credit this season, and until last Saturday was the third best man of the team. Henderson, who has been running in the fast pack for only a few weeks, has made good progress in that time, and his last two races have been very fine efforts.
On the whole the harriers feel assured that they are ably represented, and oven though the boys may not win the trophy, they will do their level best for the green and gold, and there will be no need to be ashamed of their efforts.
Next Saturday a run from Island Bay bathing sheds at 2.15 p.m.
Members are reminded of the annual dinner on 9th September, and to place their names on the notice provided on the notice-board if they intend to be present.