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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 9, No. 12. September 25, 1946

Tennis Season Opens

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Tennis Season Opens

The season 1945/46 can be said to have been much more successful than 1944/45 although we were unable to claim at much fame as the Cricket and Rugby Clubs.

Inter-Club competitions were held fortnightly during the season and we had both a senior A and 2nd grade team entered. The results of these matches are not very satisfactory.

The 1946/47 Tennis Committee elected at the Annual General Meeting is:—
  • President: Gilbert Taylor.
  • Club Captain: George Napier.
  • Secretary: Ken Prankerd.
  • Treasurer: Brian Igglesden.
  • Women's Committee: Julie Flett, Avis Reed, Loris Webley, Suzanne Ilott. Shona McLeod.
  • Men's Committee: Tony Munden, Ken Bliss, Alan Mathews, Jack Walls, Mike Speirs.

Possibly there is a reason for our poor showing in inter-club play and that might be loosely termed "team spirit." A successful team must practise together as a team and to a great extent remain the same team at the end of the season as at the beginning.

Our team to attend the Universities' Tournament at Christchurch did not acquit itself as well as our high hopes suggested.

Ben O'Connor showed flashes of excellent tennis but generally did not play up to his high standard, and his singles play was disappointing. Against Robson, a perfect stroke master, who won the singles, Ben was forced into mistakes. Partnered by Doug. Goodwin, they played an excellent doubles match and won one round but made little headway against Robson and Green (Otago).

Nancy and Rae Turner played a good game against the Kitsons (Canty.) but were generally outplayed.

We were pleased to know that Ben O'Connor and Doug. Goodwip had been granted NZU Blues and likewise VUC Blues.

In the past a number of players have made rather scathing remarks about our concrete courts. However we have contracted with a firm to top dress the four courts for the coming season which should open on September 28. When this has been done and the new nets up our courts should be as good as any in Wellington. There seems no reason why the standard of play should not rise in consequence.

G. C. Taylor, Chairman.

A. E. Munden, Secretary.