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

Sport

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Sport

Sport and War

War and sport are incompatible, but even in time of war the ordinary life of a community must be carried on, and of that ordinary life recreation in the form of competitive sport is now an integral part. There must, too, be some diversion of thought, and sport will serve a useful purpose in that direction. V.U.G. sporta clubs can play their part by conducting their affairs in as nearly as possible the same way as in time of peace.

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.

Tennis Prospects

If the keenness so far displayed is any indication, the club is in for a very successful season. It is a little early to discuss Tournament prospects in any detail, but there is no reason why we should not retain the tennis cup just to perform the hut trick. Several of the best players have already been seen on the courts. Elizabeth MacLean was winning points with her devastating forehand drive. Kathleen Pears is very keen this year, and is right out after a place in the Tournament team.

Marie Fletcher was going well in between bouts of reading Cicero. Marjorie Palmer-Brown, Ruth Singleton, Gladys Rainbow and Lila Marshall are others who have been noticed. The last-named would go far if she cut out social tennis. Pixie Higgin and Marie Walker are on deck as avowed social tennis players.

Norman Morrison, Bert Foley, Bill Pasley, Murray Cartner and Johnny Ilott, of last season's prominent players, have already turned out, while there are several others who have been noticed as showing distinct promise.

There are several gaps to be filled in our men's Tournament and inter-club teams. Bennie O'Connor is back in Nelson farming. Joe Hartley has left V.U.C.; Bruce Brock is in Auckland and Leon Pitt in Raratonga.

Those who aspire to Tournament honours and who are comparatively unknown in the club should get in early and challenge on the ladder before the vacation, because Tournament will be considerably earlier than last year and trials may be held before the first term begins.

When playing for Canterbury in a successful Ranfurly Shield challenge against Auckland in 1934, R. B. Burke outhooked W. E. Hadley, rated by English critics in 1935 as foremost rake in the world. Last year Dick repeated the performance when on tour with the Wellington Reps., this time against C. E. Quaid of Otago, Test hooker of the unbeaten 1938 All Black side. Who said Lambourne was the best hooker in Wellington?

Ruru Shield Rugby

Since 1936, when age qualifications for residence at Weir House were first imposed, Weir's prospects of success in the annual Rugby match against the rest of 'Varsity for the Ruru Shield have not been promising. There were oven Home who suggeested, after the heavy defeats meted out to Weir in '36 and '37, that the strength of The Rest's team might have to be restricted.

These fears must have been dispelled by Weir's showing on 9th Sept., when it held its own, territorially at least, against as strong a team as The Rest could muster. A draw would have been a bettor Indication of the relative merits of the teams than the final score, 8-3 in favour of The Rest. The holder's forwards had a decided advantage in weight, and it wan from their loose rushes that the team's two tries were scored. With Burke hooking, it was to be expected that The Rest's backs would have a feast of the ball, but this was offset by the poor handling of the inside backs and the fast-breaking tactics of Weir's flank forwards. The Weir House back line showed better combination than its opponents and was unlucky not to score on more than one occasion.

Cooney and Rae were the best of The Rest's backs. The latter was too well marked to make any of his customary solo runs. Among the for wards. Hansen, Burke and McNicol were outstanding. The best back on the field was Roy Te Pungn, the Weir full-back, whose clearing In the face of forward rushes could not have been faulted. Brown made strong runs and his fast following up paved the way for Weir's try, but he was Inclined to got out of position. McLeod. Bannister and Corkill were the best of the hard-working Weir pack.

Cricket

The poor standard of fielding among University players was the subject of some adverse comment at the Annual General Meeting of the club last week. At least one loss by the seniors was directly attributable to this failing.

The report referred to the achievement of J. A. Ongley in playing for New Zealand against Sir Jullen Cahn's team and in making a century in his first Plunket Shield innings. T. A. Harpur had also played in the Wellington Plunket Shield team.

A strong effort is to be made this season to have better practice wickets provided on Kelburn Park. The question of engaging a coach is to have the attention of the committee, and special attention will be paid to fielding practice.

Arrangements are being made for the playing of one or two practice games against outside teams before the competition season begins. It is hoped to play one of these against a Horowhenua representative side at Levin.

Of Special Note

Last season teams were entered in the Senior, Second, Junior B1, Junior C, and Third Grades. Although there may be fewer players this season, the club nevertheless proposes again to enter five teams in the competitions. An intending players are urged to place their names on the specialist on the notice board or to communicate with the secretary or club captain.

W. Tricklebank captain of the senior team last year, will not be playing this season, but the club has gained two good men in A. P. Cobden, a former Canterbury Plunket Shield player, and I. Manley, who was a very successful fast bowler in the Wellington Junior representative team last season. The senior team, of course, may not again have the services of J. R. Sheffield, official coach to the Association.

Club Captain for the 1939/40 season is L. B. Sandford, with J. A. Ongley Deputy Club Captain. F. R. Bray is Secretary. I. E. Allan Treasurer, and the Committee comprises John Carrad, A. P. Cobden, E. M. Hay and George [unclear: chards].

Mr. C. H. Haln's trophy for the best fielding performance during the 1938/39 season has been awarded to T. A. Harpur.

J.D.F.

Harriers

It is with feelings of regret that the members of the Harrier club view the rapid approach of the end of the season. The Endeavour Cup contest marked the completion of the racing programme, but there yet remain two club runs before the season is finally brought to a close. Scrymgeour is club champion for the third year in succession with Newall runner-up. Although on perusing the actual results in open competition it appears that the season has been a failure, this is far from being a true Indication of the club's position. The membership has now grown to ever fifty, probably more than in any previous season, while the average attendance, too, has shown a marked improvement. The members all showed a healthy enthusiasm and amongst the large number of new members there was in evidence quite a supply of harrier talent. That more success did not attend the runners' efforts is due largely to the fact that they were for the most part inexperienced, as it is only after several seasons in the sport that big things can be expected.

A Success

So much for the attaining of hon ours. From the recreational and nodal viewpoints the season can be said to have been an outstanding success. The runs covered the usual variety of courses for as far north as Paekakariki and Silverstream, including practically all the available land around the city and the favourite endurance test to Pencarrow. The consistently good attendances proved that all these runs were extremely popular. At several runs we were pleased to see some of our former prominent members and it is gratifying to see thorn still taking a keen interest in our activities.

Perhaps in no other sport can the social side be weldod so closely and so successfully with the active sporting side as in harriors where invitation runs assist so much in promoting the true club spirit. This year as usual a band of good friends rallied round and showed warm hospitality in entertaining us with very accept able afternoon teas. After a run for an hour or so outdoors on a wintry day nothing is more welcome than a cup of tea in homely surroundings. We wish to sincerely thank all these people for their generosity and assure them that the club could not hope to function successfully without them. Our coach, Mr. G. C. Sherwood, is also deserving of praise and gratitude, not only for giving us two invitation runs, but for unstintingly sacrificing his time and energy as coach and adviser to the club.

No Match

In the N.Z.U.C.C.C. race at Auckland, Victoria was no match for the opposition. We offer our congratulations to the Auckland team on Its fine win, and also to G. Koefoed, the new N.Z. Varsity champion.

Our gratitude is due too to our hosts during the Tournament who went to great pains to make the team's stay in their city an enjoyable

Annual Dinner

Although this function lapsed through lack of support last year, its revival was heralded by a very successful gathering this year. About twenty-four members and friends gathered at the Grand Hotel after the Endeavour Cup race when all the hardships of that gruelling encounter wore forgotten in the enjoyment of an excellent repast. The assemblage included Mr. G. F. Dixon, who presided. Mr. G. C. Sherwood, coach. Mr. R. Spence, representing the Welling ton harrier sub-committee, and Messrs. N. Clare and D.Viggars, two foundation members of the club in 1932.

Rugby Review

The season Just ended has seen the most cherished hope of recent years realised. After a period of servitude in the second division the first fifteen has not only regained but justified its status as a senior team. This has been the result of various factors; firstly the keenness of Jim Parker and Dick Wild to bring it to the peak of achievement; secondly, the marked accession of interest by those con nected with the club in former years, and finally the enthusiasm shown by the individual members of the team.

The team has been particularly fortunate in welcoming back to the fold that stalwart of former years, "Fat" Rae. The new members of the team have proved valuable acquisitions while the nucleus of the "old hands" has performed with distinc tion. Victoria has supplied her quota to the North island and N.Z. Varsity teams and various members have won representative honours.

While the team performed in rather an inconsistent fashion, yet there is every reason to believe that next year Varsity will regain some of the glam our which has surrounded the team in other years.

Junior a Rugby

The Season's Review

Again, the individual performances present a very mixed bag.

Greig has been a saviour to the team as full-back. His kicking and handling has been outstanding but the team has had many anxious moments when he has had to do any tackling. The three-quarter line has shown plenty of dash and a point in favour of any wings has been to "give it a go" whenever possible. Ekdahl, Donovan and Mahood have all per formed well; especially the latter who started the season as a forward. His tackling has been a feature of his play and this coupled with his general "energy" has made him a particularly acceptable wing.

The inside backs have had a troubled season due to the many changes to which they have been subjected. Hay has scarcely been comfortable but has shown sound defence; McVcagh through injuries has not been able to settle down. Pepps has directed back play with considerable skill and should be considered as a very promising back.

At half-back Carey has played a plucky season but has retarded back play on account of his slowness. Certainly he has had rough treatment from the opposing forwards but despite the lack of protection from his own side row much has been caused from his own slowness.

A Good Quartet

In the forwards there has been a hardworking quartet in Bullock. Webb. Russell and Clendon, while Bannister, though not as brilliant as last year, has played steady football and been one of the most reliable of men in backing up and tackling. In the front row, despite his lack of inches. 'McGlynn has played like an Irish tiger as one of the few forwards who have displayed dash. Corkill has given the team a full share of the ball from the scrums and has shown dash and spirit in the forward play. Though at the head of many forward rushes, Gander has not shown inclination to assist in the "heavy work." The most promising forward is Smith—on occasions the "red headed terror" who has been a hard worker in both tight and open play.

When hooking, Taylor has had a degree of success and has worked spasmodically during the season.

Fred Macken

A special bouquet should be given to Fred Macken, the coach, who has had a very wearying time this season. His keen and optimistic presence has spurred the team both at practice and on the field. In spite of the great provocation on many occasions, he has not resorted to lamentations. The strain of the usual "Varsity loaf" which was indulged in during most second spells must have aged him greatly during the season.