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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 8, No. 1. Friday, March, 2, 1945


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Easter Tournament!

"As yet a possibility, a certainty if transport permits." reports Dicky Daniells, men's vice-president on the Executive. Other things being equal, it becomes evident that Easter 1945 will see a mass crusade of sportsmen to the New Zealand University Tournament, centred this year at Auckland.

Typically enthusiastic, using Eastbourne's grass courts to best advantage, the Tennis Club has already provided more prospective entrants than vacancies. Similarly, but nearer the metropolis, Kelburn Park presents an encouraging spectacle these Monday evenings as lightly-clad fleet-footed athletes assemble for training.

Hibernation, resuscitation, inspiration—thus the life cycle of the swimming and rowing clubs. What is lacking in proficiency is certainly counterbalanced by enthusiasm.

Interviewed, slick-haired, Benny O'Connor pointed out that of all clubs its boxers alone were short of competitors. Those interested in the trip would be advised..; training is at Koolman's Gym.

To be or not to be—the merits of basketball as an autumn sport were debated by many fervent, often foaming critics. Basketball as a winter sport is unchallenged, but the socially minded all agree that, were it omitted from the Tournament, the female percentage of the party would be dangerously reduced. Sex ruled over logic—and basketball is definitely on the courts for 1945.

War bans 303 shooting so miniature rifles plan a revival. Exec. have it that their vacation was spent filling in pink forms and hacking red tape. However, to the net result of their efforts, Victoria will soon owe the staccato tune of 22 fire in the gym.

This is the situation to date. Further information will be unravelled with the approach of Easter.


Athletes in form

For several weeks after the Christinas holidays the Athletic Club seemed likely to waste away altogether, but a few keen men kept at it and the approach of the Provincial Championships on February 17th provided a big incentive to training.

A large team was entered for the Championships and the Club is to be congratulated on its good third place in the McVilly Shield competition. In the senior events the hurdlers were outstanding. Ewen Drummond carried off the 120 and 220 yds. events and Dave Tossman staged a comeback to lead Gib Bogle home over the innumerable flights of the 440 yds, hurdles. On the flat Tony Munden ran a great race to beat John Goldfinch in the 440 yds., and Lan McDowall managed to stay up to second in the 880 yds.

As usual Varsity were not so prominent in the Junior and Field events. In the former, Benjamin and Higgs were both placed and in the latter Ray Blick, an ex C.U.C. man, was second in the Hop Step. A very welcome stranger was E. R. Apperly, who. in his first outing since his return from overseas, scored a third in the javelin. We are very pleased to see him back with the Club and hope he will soon be right back on form.

With four Provincial titles and the chance of a national champion or two, the Club should be able to put in a first class team for the Tournament in Auckland at Easter. The selection for this all-important event will be made after the Inter-Faculty meeting on March 17th. If you have Ideas about an N.Z.U. title the Club meetings on Kelburn Park on Monday evenings at 6.30 p.m., and the In [unclear: ter]Fac. meeting are your affairs.

Weather no Bar to Vuc Swimmers

College Team Holds Strong Position

The V.U.C. Swimming Club has been going strong all season. Club nights are held at 8 o'clock every Wednesday night and a Varsity polo team plays every Thursday night.

Recently the club members competed at the Karori Swimming Carnival. The Varsity Relay team finished strongly, gaining second place. This is a victory not only for Varsity's physical perfection, but also for their integrity. Several other teams were disqualified for handing in false times to the handicapper.

The club captain, B. B. Hands, continues to exhibit a degree of enthusiasm horrifying to club members and nourishing to the club. The weather passes completely over the head of this single-minded science man.

Any students who have not as yet jumped over the brink with the VUC club should immediately take the first steps by contacting B. B. Hands (44-114), G. S. Bogle (45-012), R. M. Daniell (46-084) or Margaret Beattie (47-258).

Important dates to remember: March 14th, club carnival; March 31st, Easter Tournament,