Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 4, No. 7 July 2, 1941
The Harrier Club reached the highest peak in its history of inter-club races when competing against eight teams, it won the "A" grade of the Anderson Rally at Dannevirke, and came third in the "B" grade and won the junior title.
Would you like to learn to ski at little expense? The Tramping Club gives you the chance with the trip to Mt. Holdsworth on 12-13th July. You must not miss this trip if you are going to the Chateau Tongariro with the Club—from 16th-25th August at the Chateau huts for £5, including transport, food and ski hire!
The Tramping Club had a paua hunt, braving the perils of the briny deep in search of prey, on the John McCreary rock climbing trip to Titahi Bay. This trip was an education for new members—there was the climbing instruction organised by the ubiquitous Tony Chorlton, a poker school, and the University of Lausanne lectures on the love life of seaweed.
The Lindsay-Rachel-Hubert-Daphne front also provided a fine example, when realising that they had been betrayed into rock-climbing by their lack of solidarity, they refused to go higher. John had a lovely time getting his "boys and girls" down. He tied them on a piece of rope and simply lowered them down.
Little Alec perched on pinnacles like a spider monkey and grinned at people, and Norbert's daring brought Lindsay's reproach, "It's all right for you Catholics, you've got another world to go to."
Last Saturday night, half a dozen bodies in Tawhai, the Club's Orongo-rongo hut, were rudely awakened from the serious things of life by a roaring noise, and the arrival of a reproachful leader, Harry Scott, and friends, who wanted a fire. Still later more new arrivals disturbed the King's Peace. During the night the conversation wandered around Yorkshire moors, while certain people told stories that even the girls appreciated.
Next day the river was down (by John Norman standards), and some energetic people wandered up to Matthews Creek. Going home through the five mile Eric Schwimmer had to, however, and some people did not seem to be in any hurry.
Advanced mechanised columns commenced offensive operations on Friday evening, and successfully occupied the Club pub. Despite' lack of petrol and equipment, reinforcements consolidated the attack, and at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 14th, the main bodies of the opposing forces became engaged in a struggle in which the enemy suffered heavy losses and eventually were forced to carry out a strategic withdrawal, leaving valuable supplies in our possession These provided a desirable substitute for drinking water, which it was feared that the enemy might have contaminated in their flight.
The main attack was directed by Frank O'Flynn, whose leadership and example inspired Ross Scrymgeour, Myles O'Connor and Dick Daniell to supreme efforts. Able support was given by Ted Collons and Ralph Fenton, while Bob Hunt, by his personal effort, carried out a brilliantly successful flanking operation which contributed considerably to the success of the expedition.
On the following Saturday, patrolling operations in mountainous districts and on the home front deprived us of the support of two of the units engaged in the Dannevirke campaign. We were, therefore, unable to concentrate our full effective force, and at the Hutt Park the Scottish Harrier Club withstood for the eleventh year in succession our determined onslaught upon the Dome Cup. Myles O'Connor and Frank O'Flynn were again in the forefront of the battle, and with able assistance from Gif Rowberry, Pat Anderson, Ted Dorman and five others, were able to vanquish every other detachment that other clubs threw into the struggle.
Hockey Seniors Defeated
Last week the Hockey boys were in good spirits. And why not? Hadn't the Seniors cleaned up Air Force to the tune of 5—2 the Saturday before (21st)? And hadn't the Juniors notched their sixth victory with a 6—2 win over Petone? But this week there is a sadder tale to tell for the Seniors suffered their first outright defeat at the hands of Karori Kiwis. The Senior B team went down again but—the Juniors notched their seventh win and what is even more pleasing, the Thirds carried the old Green and Gold to victory out at Hutt.
In the game against Air Force the Seniors had looked as if they were going down with the score at 1—2 near the end, but a change of tactics brought us four rattling good goals. George Stacey showed up well at left wing, scoring two of them. Harry Scott (2) and Evan Raine (1) were the other scorers. This week, Karori Kiwis were too good. A Karori team is always hard to beat, and this one very hard. We had some near goals, but then, so did they, and the score, was a good indication of what we deserved. Though we rallied in the second half, we were out of touch most of the time. Karori are third on the ladder, and it is very pleasing to see our Seniors up in third position out of nine teams.
With three draws ('Varsity habit) and one win up, the team has been doing moderately well. They have met some pretty tough teams, but Orman's men have done their stuff nobly. Orman, Ives, Grinstead (for wards), Tilson (full-back), and Marklew (half) are the strongest men in this team, with Aickman and Braithewaite (Keith) showing up too. A little more practice and the team would do considerably better.
Here is a team that has deserved to do better than it has. The boys lack experience, many of them, but they're plugging away, doing good work, and their keenness makes up for their lack in other directions. Their victory this Saturday gives them their second. (They have also drawn once). We hope this win will inspire them further. Ross-Familton (R.H.), Wilson (C.F.) and Wester-bury (IX.) are the best men of this team. Kellaway is a good worker, and Davies too. Goodey and Heiman are only beginners, and like the rest have a lot to learn about positional play. That's only to be expected of course. Congrats on the win, Thirds, we're hoping for some more.
This team is the Club's hope, as they are keen and fit, and have deserved all the wins (seven out of eight matches). They were most unlucky to be defeated by Technical I.
A little stronger work could come from Mason (goal), Ponton and Pownall (full-backs). These two latter could lengthen their clearing hits. The halves, Harkness, Newell and Caughly have played [unclear: said] hockey. The forwards combine well, with George Marwick and Horner showing up with some fine work. Both are forceful and heady players. E. Christian, who came to us from Waivarapa College, is a fast right wing with a good centring hit. O'Donnell is not showing up, but is putting in some solid work.
The Women's Hockey Club this year has potentially its best team in several years. With a fast good forward line at last, and a strong back-line, the team needs only to strengthen its weak half-line, and with practice and experience it should be capable of great things.
In the forwards, Doris Pegler and Marion Marwick at left-wing, are both very fast and plucky players who never waste an opportunity. The left and right inners, Elsie Marshall, an Otago Blue, and Nancy Scotney, are valuable acquistions, with a sound knowledge of the game. Janet Bogle at right wing is not yet used to the position, but will be worth keeping there when she is. Betty Rider, at centre-half, is playing her usual steady game, but could do with a turn of her old speed. Of the several inexperienced players who have been tried at left and right half, Mary Cohen and Shirley Conway are probably the most promising. The fullbacks are both solid in defence, though Pat Miles could show less hesitation in tackling. Daisy Filmer is exceptionally fast for a full-back, and always in the thick of the fight. Irene English, in goal, is reliable, and likes plenty of hard work.
The team has been improving in combination and tenacity, and after three draws among its losses, last Saturday won 3—2 against Upper Hutt at Upper Hutt in a fast, determined game on a slow ground. Sheila Mason, deputising for Irene in goal, played a splendid game, and a sound defence enabled the forwards to concentrate on the attack with great dash.
The Club has a large enough membership to enter a junior team, for the first time in several years. This team should have its first game next Saturday. We hope both teams will be winners as soon as hard work can make them.
The Table Tennis Club opened its season rather inauspiciously by losing its first game to Railway (13—7) on Friday night. The loss, however, can be blamed more on the lack of practice than to any superiority on the part of the Railways, though we have no desire to belittle their win over a worthy team. In the doubles this was particularly noticeable.