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



With some months of hard practice behiad it the tennis team is now-showing a high standard in all divisions. VUC players are also used to "Windy Tennis," a Welliagton specialty, which gives them a preliminary advantage. The team is as follows:—

Men's Singles:

Mr. B. M. O'Conuor is a good allrounder, experienced in courtcraft. His service resembles that of Fred Perry and when on top of his form he ranks comfortably in the top flight of Wellington players.

Mr. W. K. Smiler has a diversity of technique and a match temperament that stand him in good stead. He specialises in deceptively short volleys and has a strong backhand that is difficult to return.

Ladies' Singles:

Miss Nancy Turner has had some success recently in Interclub matches, which seems to indicate that she is in good form this year.

Miss Joyce Strange shows a confident style, places effectively and has the right temperament for match play.

Man's Doubles:

Mr. B. O'Connor and Mr. W. Smiler combine well, sustain a fast pace and play a vigorous all-court game.

Mr. D. Goodwin and Mr. P. MrKenzie are a younger pair but make an energetic combination. McKenzie's left hand service is a valuable asset.

Women's Doubles:

Misses Nancy and Rae Turner have the advantage of having played together for some time. Both have a pretty style though Rae could improve the effectiveness of her strokes by displaying a little more confidence.

Misses Joyce Strange and Avis Reed play an efficient double, combining virtuosity with steady play.

Mixed Doubles:

Mr. A. M. MacLeod and Miss Jean Miller are a formidable combination. Alastair has the advantage of height and physique and his improved style and hard hitting, plus Jean's ability to attack freely and her smart ground shots, will make their games a highlight in this sport.

Mr. G. Stacey and Margaret Beattie play a strong aggressive game. George has a hard service and some nifty shots, while Margaret sends some powerful drives, although she sometimes takes a few games to get on to form.