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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 8, No. 3 March 28, 1945

Tournament Revived — Four Colleges Compete For Shield and Glory

Tournament Revived

Four Colleges Compete For Shield and Glory

The Four-Year Dim-out on Sport has been relaxed and once more the Universities of New Zealand assemble to celebrate this climax of the season. Chosen by its nuclear situation Wellington becomes the Mecca of students from Auckland to Otago. From Saturday morning to the Ball on Tuesday evening the plan is complete—event caps event as day merges into night.

Speculation is rife—the Shield, presented for the highest aggregate of points has been, since 1941, the unchallenged trophy of Otago: the Wooden Spoon, so often returned to Victoria, is at present the unwelcome guest of Canterbury. If the Tournament Committee has any rest it will not be by endeavour—results will be published by the press and announced over the radio.

The invasion will begin on Thursday, and continue on Friday. Over two hundred representatives will steam and sail into Wellington, welcomed by the most vociferous haka party VUC has heard for years. The next six days will he variously occupied with sporting and social events, including track sports, aquatic sports, blood sports, snorts and cavorts; also cheering, jeering and beering to say nothing of singing and dancing, sleeping and eating, and other normal functions. The rest of the time you can spend as you feel inclined.


Thursday, March 29—
  • 6.45 a.m.—Meet Otago and Canterbury at boat.
  • 8 p.m.—Picture Evening, VUC, and Supper.
Friday, March 30—
  • 6.45 a.m.—Meet Auckland. Saturday, March 31—
Saturday, March 31—
  • 9.30 a.m.—Tennis Prelims.
  • 10.15 a-m.—Athletic Preliminaries at Athletic Park.
  • 12.30 p.m.—Basketball at Newtown.
  • 2 p.m.—Shooting at Ngaio.
  • 2.15 p.m.—Rowing at Korokoro (Petone) or Oriental Bay.
  • 7.30 p.m.—Swimming at Thorndon Baths.
  • 10 p.m.—Rendezvous at VUC. Sunday, April 1—
Sunday, April 1—
  • 11 a.m.—Church Service.
  • 2 p.m.—Excursion to Eastbourne. Ferry Wharf at 2 p.m.
  • 8 p.m.—Picture Evening.
Monday, April 2—
  • 9.30 a.m.—Basketball at Newtown.
  • 9.30 a.m.—Boxing Prelims.
  • 2 p.m.—Athletics at Athletic Park.
  • 8 p.m.—Boxing Finals, Town Hall.
Tuesday, April 3—
  • 9.30 a.m.—Tennis all day.
  • 2.30 p.m.—Drinking Horn.
  • 9.30 p.m.-3 a.m.—Tournament Ball.


Tournament Delegates: R. M. Daniell, I. C. McDowall. Athletes: J. Bennett. Basketball: Thea Muir. Boxing: R. Oliver. Rowing: W. V. Osten. Shooting: B. Nash. Swimming: B. B. Hands. Tennis: P. McMcKenzie. Publicity: D. S. Campbell. Ways and Means: J. Barr. Billeting: L. J. Starke. Haka Party: M. J. Poole. Transport: R. L. Oliver. Programme: I. Ting. Records: A. McLeod. Information: D. Cohen. Drinking Horn: J. Barr. Trophy: M. J. Poole. Social: V. Rich, M. Beattie, M. J. Poole. Ball: M. J. Poole, G. Bogle. Church Service: M. Orr, P. McKenzie. General Secretary: G. Stacey. Treasurer: D. Steele.

To Our Visitors

Wellington, they say, is inhospitable. The weather is always shocking. The city is not University minded. There is nothing to do, nowhere to go. This Easter will convince you that in spite of all this, Wellington is not the worst place to hold a Tournament. You will find that VUC can put on a rendezvous that will leave you staggering, that the harbour is occasionally smooth enough for rowing, that VUC will give you a good run for your money in every sport, and not the least important, there is a large selection of excellent pubs. We have not done all we would have liked to because the difficulties of running a full-scale Tournament in wartime Wellington are immense. The smallest concession has to be wormed out of some complacent official, and as the city now houses a greatly increased population, billeting has been a major hurdle. However, all arrangements have now been completed, and the success or failure of the enterprise now depends only on the weather, the spirit of the competitors, and the benevolent interest of the general public.


The Annual Conference of the New Zealand University Students' Association is normally included with Tournament arrangements. It will be held this year and will commence at 18.30 a.m. on Friday, March 30. We hope for a statement concerning the Exam. Fees protest.


In the Executive Room on the ground floor of the Gymnasium, Mr. Dave Cohen will set up an Information Bureau. He has a ready answer to all questions and will do anything for you, from finding your lost false teeth or your partner for the Ball to supplying the latest sporting results from all fronts. The telephone is 40-726, so lost souls in the outer darkness of Miramar or Muritai will receive instructions on finding themselves without difficulty.

The Bureau will also distribute tickets to all the sport and social functions, including the Ball.

Drawing of a man playing tennis