Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol 7, No. 5 June 21, 1944
The University basketball teams have been unsuccessful in their matches lately. The Senior A team lost to Island Bay 22-14. At half-time Island Bay were leading by only one goal but during the second half they developed new speed and energy while our team gradually became exhausted. That we do not as yet possess the staying power needed to maintain a high standard of play was shown again in the match against St. Anne's last Saturday. The score at half-time was even, but we were finally defeated. More co-operation is needed in the forward third and all three girls should be used in the combinations.
The Senior B team has also been unlucky in their recent games. They were defeated by Technical Old Girls and last Saturday they lost to Furlor. They are slow to warm up at the beginning of the game, but once started they play well together. At the beginning of the game against Furlor, play was poor, but later, encouraged by enthusiastic vocal support from the sideline, there was a distinct improvement.
The Club is very fortunate in having Nancy Bullen, an ex-Univer-sity player, as coach this year, and her enthusiastic and capable coaching is having a marked effect on the teams.
The Soccer team has been having a stormy passage of late, due possibly to the late arrival of members of the team, combined with unfavourable grounds and general bad luck.
Certain members of the backs are of the opinion that the forwards lie a little too far forward and could be a little more forward in coming back—the slogan is "come and get it." The forwards, though impressed by the vocal powers of the backs, contend that the backs are Buffering from an optical illusion which causes them to see men who are not there, and vice versa.
Last week the team was cheered on by a new supporter, who may become a regular so that with the revival of our former cheer-squad, the two might together enliven the game. Perhaps this unnerved the team and so contributed to our defeat last Saturday.
Congratulations go to Jack Walls, who repped for Wellington on King's Birthday. He is this year's Club-Captain, supported by Nev. Swinburne as Vice-Captain and Jack Williams as Secretary-Treasurer. With the possibility of a Tournament this year we want to build up as strong a team as possible, so if you would like a try-out, turn up on Saturday, or contact any of the above.
Little or nothing has been heard of the Table Tennis Club in Salient this year, However, the club is far from inactive. At present it has about thirty very enthusiastic members and more are coming along each week. Club evenings are held every Monday and the Gym. is available every lunch hour between 12 and 2. In order to give still more people an opportunity to play the club is buying another table in the near future.
Last year the club entered two teams in the Wellington Table Tennis Association's grade championships—one in C and one in D grade. Both teams won their grade championships and in the finals the C team narrowly defeated Railways by 7 games to 5, while the D team won from A.N.A. by 14 games to 6.
Doug. Yen, who was club secretary last year, should be specially complimented on the way he ran the club and handled the teams. His presence at all the important matches seemed to have a marked effect on the morale of our boys. We hope he is organising table tennis at Massey College in the same way. Good luck, Doug.
This year the club has entered four teams in the grade championships—one B, one C, and two D grade teams. In their first game the B team defeated Area 5 "A" by 9 games to 3 and the C team beat St. Anthony's 10-2. Carry on, folks!
Honourable mention should be made of those stalwarts who turned up at the Novice Race on Saturday, May 13. It was so soon after the Capping Ball that the club-captain had had time to mark out the course on his way to bed. The winner had sedulously trained by going to bed early on Friday night and BO it is that P. B. de la Mare at last joined the veterans.
Less commendable was the effort of vice-captain Daniell, who left the record book in the tea shop at Worser Bay. This action, ensures Dick of a place beside Mr. Sherwood in Novice Race history.
The above-mentioned book was recovered by the fast pack in a run from Miramar a couple of weeks later, but where was Danlell? [unclear: Ho] for the wiek-end?
On May 27 the Inclemency of the weather was tempered by the hospi-tality of A. J. D. Barker at Belmont.
The long run was enjoyed by all and the afternoon tea met with a grateful reception. We like running at Belmont and some of us even descended to swimming. The swimmers were all in the slow pack, and it may be thought by some that these simple fellows, having been persuaded to harry, are now open to the influence of all sorts of unreasonable and irresponsible ideas.
Another club highlight was the Sherwood Cup Race held at Lindon on June 10. Mr. Sherwood and S. K. Newall combined to give us a good afternoon. There was even some running done, and in this McDowall, de la Mare and Hawke were prominent. The handicappers were badly fooled by Mark Poole, who romped home with a minute to spare.
Our next run will be an invitation by Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Shorland on the 24th, followed by the Doune Cup on July 1.