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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 10, No. 7. June 11, 1947

Women's Hockey Disappoint in Interclub Matches

Women's Hockey Disappoint in Interclub Matches

With over 50 players to choose from, the Club standard this season should be high. Unfortunately the holidays coming at the beginning of competition matches have played havoc with the teams and so far no real judgment of their merits can be given. Keen and promising players there are aplenty, but practise is required to weld them into anything like Hockey teams. One team has been entered in each of the four grades and one of these the Third Grade Senior B Team has had the most success so far, with three wins to their credit.

The Senior A Team won their first game against College Old Girls II, by the narrow margin of 1-0, the goal being scored by Bice Young. Since then two games have been played and lost against C.O.G. I. 8-0 and Hutt United, 9-1.

The Senior Reserve Team, on no two Saturdays the same, had the good fortune to win a game after Capping Ball against Te Aroha, 4-1. Congratulations. Two games have been lost, 1 drawn and one, owing to the mistaken idea that a ball was unnecessary for the game, was not played. Showing good form in this team is Betty MacDonald at right wing.

The Senior B Team is showing the value of practise together—most of these players were in the same team last season—they have won three games out of four. Thora Marwick who won the prize for the most improved beginner last year has done such good work for this team that she has been promoted to Senior A. Nancy Cooper, right full back, plays with good judgment and has a strong hit.

The Junior Team with many beginners in it is showing spirit and improved stick work in spite of having only won one game. Their mainstay is Monica Fagan, right half and captain. Pat Young a beginner showing much promise has been transferred to Senior B.

Massey Trip

The game was played on a new ground recently acquired by the College and not yet in a state conducive to good stickwork. This, however, was counterbalanced by the vigour and determination of both teams and an open and exciting game resulted. From the first whistle VUC rushed to the Massey circle and only the good work of the goalkeeper stopped a goal in the first 30 seconds. This put Massey on their toes and the play ranged up and down the field with many good runs by Glen Simmers at right wing until Bice Young scored. Another goal came before half time from Thora Marwick whose stickwork was a great worry to the opposing half. At half time the score stood at 2-0.

Play resumed with VUC on the attack, but Mary Patterson for Massey stopped many breakaways by VUC forwards and gave the ball to her right wing who passed it in to the centre forward. H. Spenser, who scored. Two more goals were added by B. Young and T. Marwick for Victoria before Massey brought the score to 4-2 through a breakaway by H. Spenser. VUC's final goal came from a fine run by G. Simmers who took the ball into the circle and scored through a kick being mistimed by their goalie, who had saved many goals previously.

VUC full backs N. Spiers and H. Lang made a steady line of defence and few balls got past them.