Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 11, No. 7. June 23rd, 1948
Do They Rest in Peace?
Do They Rest in Peace?
The response of our last appeal for club notes was overwhelming. Two clubs sent in notes on time! From this it would appear that the Victoria Sports Clubs have the highest per centage of apathetic dumbclucks of any College. Although "Salient" is the only student organ of general student opinion in the College, it is a lamentable fact that the work of producing it is in the hands of a very small minority. In a college of over 2,000 students this is surprising. One would expect something better of people who are supposed to be credited with some sort of initiative. We would point out to the budding scribes in the clubs that notes are required the Wednesday after "Salient" appears.
This means, to you athletic types, that notes will have to be in "Salient" room (in the Upper Gym), or in the letter rack by-Wednesday, June 30th, if they are to appear in the next issue. We would appreciate note's of general interest rather than notes on individual players in the clubs. Pointers on the prospects for Tournament, though not for publication, would be thankfully received from the clubs concerned. If club secretaries would appoint a representative to write these notes and let me know their names name and addresses in the near future, it would ensure a representative sports page in the next issue.
Tui Keiha, Sports Ed.
Results at a Glance
- 1st XV won 14-9 from Poneke.
- Junior A won.
- Junior B won.
- Junior C lost.
- Third Grade A won.
- Third Grade B lost.
- Third Grade C1 won.
- Third Grade C2 lost.
- Varsity A 17. Cubs 25.
- Varsity B 22, Tech. O.B. 14.
- Varsity C 14. M.L.C. 16.
- Varsity D 2, Workshops 13.
- Senior lost.
- First XI 4. Hull 3.
- Second XI nil. Seatoun 4.
- Third XI 2, Lower Hutt 9.
- Senior B 15. St. Mary's 17.
- Intermed. C 7. T.C. 12.
- VUC 11, Tech. 8.
- First XV 3. Massey 18,
- Second XV 16, Massey 11.
The senior team's victory over Hospital in the Chatham Cup fixture seems to have put new life into the Club-and hopes, too. Brian Sutton-Smith's brilliant goal-keeping, Richardson's steady football at centre-half and Mike Spiers dynamic kicking will prove invaluable against Stop Out at the Basin on June 19th. while newcomer Ted Meuli should combine well with Symmonds' and Walls in the forwards. If you care to listen into 2YC at 1 p.m. you might hear something like this: 'Now the youthful Walls has broken through the defence, and is racing towards the goal. . . . Will he score? . . . Hell, he hasn't got the ball!"
Among the Seconds, Graeme Robinson, McLeod and Bliss account for themselves well, in Upper Hutt's defeat, 14 nil, is history. The really great thing about this team is the unusual keenness shown by its members.
For the Thirds, it has been one defeat after another, but they take it in true sporting fashion. Jim Skeddon, in goal. Mather and Strathern, have shown consistent form, while Wally Freitag (in spite of watery knees, etc.) turns on his usual bright Lancashire football. Some new recruits from Training Coll will help things along considerably.
The season so far has been, in many respects, a fairly encouraging one for although the First XV has had a long run of defeats, broken only last Saturday, hut some of the lower grades have been doing particularly well.
The crack A third grade have lost only one game in seven, and are playing excellent football. Their backs are probably the best in the Grade, but one would like to see the forwards rucking with more purpose, cohesion and vigour. They have some hard games ahead of them, but should be able to give a good account of themselves.
The Third Grade "B" team, unbeaten in the first five games, has since had a loss and a draw, but still has a creditable record. A little more weight in the forwards, whose general play is very good, would probably have preserved the unbeaten record. This team has set a splendid example in the matter of attending practices.
The Third "C"; side are plugging along valiently, the "A" teams having won three out of five matches. The "B" team has yet to score a win, but should be able to do so when it finds its feet.
Of the Second Grade teams the Junior "A" has by far the best record, having won five of its eight games, Given a chance to settle down, this side should be able to finish the season near the head of its grade.
The annual games with Massey College were played at Athletic Park on Wednesday, June 16th.
The Second XV's game was won by Victoria by 16 points to 11, after a rousing game in which the play moved quickly from one end of the field to the other.
The game between the First XV'S was won easily by Massey by 18 to 3. Massey's teamwork, defence, and ability to be on the ball, especially when it came loose won the game. Both in the backs and forwards Victoria though generally having a territorial advantage, lacked penetration and finish. This is indicative of the standard of this team so far this season. They have consistently lost throughout the season, although a recent victory in the Club competition over Poneke raised hopes of them staging a comeback.
At present four Varsity teams are competing in the Wellington competitions.
The "A" team coacbed by Noel Hayman, which plays on Tuesday nights at the Sports Centre has been holding its own in the "A" grade competition. The mainstay of Varsity's attack has been Singhie Moral and Trev. Turner. The backline has been well handled by Des. Deterte (an ex C.U.C. rep.) and Pat Anderson. At present the team has played eight games, having won two and lost six. However, many of these losses have been just a single point, and In future it will be up to the shooters to get greater accuracy if they are going to win.
B team lead by Les. Swindale are at present 3rd in the B grade championship. The main feature of the B team's play has been the fast break and attack in which Rex O'Keefe and Peter Tarrant have had a big hand. The mainstays of the back line have been Pip Piper and Geoff Paul. At present they have won 5 games and lost 3.
The Varsity's two remaining teams the C and D's have been playing in the D grade competition at the Y.M.C.A. The captain of the C team is John Beck, well supported by Alec Hutt as a forward and Sel Spiers in the back line. This team has been unfortunate in that they have not yet won a game, but luck has certainly been against them as the points have at the most different by two.
D team is being looked after by Mark Pownall. This team has had three wins and is certainly the most improved team so far this season. More should be heard about them during the next few months.