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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 10, No. 12. August 20, 1947

VUC Men's Hockey

VUC Men's Hockey

With the exception of Hec Lawry, the A team will correspond to the eleven that has been steadily developing its combination throughout a particularly heavy season in senior competition. In Individual strength, the team compares more than favourably with any Tournament team fielded in past years.

Peter Froome (goalkeeper), a VUC blue, has had considerable experience which should stand him in good stead next week.

Gil Johnstone (left full-back), is a thoroughly competent captain, and his appreciation of defensive tactics has welded the backs into a very formidable combination.

Ian Buxton (right full-back) has played more consistently than any other member of the team.

Warren Persson (left half), has yet to reproduce the confidence that was a feature of his game earlier in the year. Warren, in his first year, is a great acquisition to the team.

Graham Skairmand (centre half), has shown ability in recent games which will make him a worthy successor to Lawry in filling such a responsible position.

Alastair Maclean (right halt), has been a member of the senior eleven for two years and is thoroughly proficient in this position, His form was outstanding at last year's tournament.

Ray Dibble, and Donne Tilley (left wings). Both are capable of turning on a first-rate game, Donne has greater force fulness, but Ray has shown better ball control.

Ray O'Connor (left inside), has lost something of the thrust that was a feature qf his game in earlier years, but an occasion such as tournament will bring out his best form.

Roy Osman (centre forward), has had valuable tournament and representative experience. Roy must overcome his besetting tendency to crowd his inside forwards.

Ted Shilton (inside right), after a shaky start at the beginning of the season Ted has shown a vast improvement in his all-round play. He will be watched between games much more closely than he was last tournament.

Ian Layrenson (right wing), is prevented from adding another eulogy to this list by virtue of his inherent modesty.

The B team, strengthened by the inclusion of Slinn, Purvis and Silver, will be really formidable this year. The form they have shown in recent games is an indication that visiting teams will find them a very hard nut to crack.