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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 18. September 20, 1939

Men's Hockey

Men's Hockey

The third grade team completed a successful season with a rather hollow victory over a weakened Hutt team at Nainal No. 2. Largely due to the bumpy nature of the ground the standard of play was not as high as in other recent matches.

During the season the three full backs, Lawson, Mason, and Boyd, have been consistently steady. Lawson's clearing hits are generally strong and well directed. Boyd is energetic and very reliable, his main weakness being a lack of a strong clearing hit, though he is improving in this respect. The full-backs should see that one of their number is always fairly close to the opposing forwards.

Purvis at centre half is tireless, and hits hard on defence. Horn uses well- controlled push shots to advantage in feeding his forwards, while O'Donnell is reliable. Closer following up on attack might be an improvement.

Early in the season, as a result of frequent changes, the forwards found difficulty in acquiring combination, but this position has now been remedied. The general standard of ball control and positional play is high, but the effectiveness of their play is much reduced by inability to make the most of chances in the circle. Hands (right wing) is tireless and has good ball control. Quicker centring might be an advantage. Parkin (left wing), playing hockey for the first year, controls the ball well on attack, but has difficulty in centring. His coolness in the circle has produced several goals. Orman's play at centre has been of a consistently high standard. This player has a fine turn of speed. Stilwell, Mar tin and Treadwell have shared the two inside positions. Stilwell is keen and follows up fast. Treadwell at left in side appears to be conquering a tendency to drift back into his old position at left half. Tackling back is a feature of his play. Martin Is consistent, and combines well with the other forwards.

Features of the team's record worthy or note are the consistent attendance at practices of Hands. Lawson. O'Donnell, Purvis and Stilwell, and the reliability and punctuality of all the members on Saturdays.