Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 15, No. 16. August 14, 1952
Although there is a considerable percentage of new players this year owing to the departure of several of the "old hands," we still hope to render a satisfactory account of ourselves at Tournament. Some of our players lack the necessary experience, but they are all keen to prevent the standard set by last year's team from failing too low.
B. Haldane the goalie, has shown a decided improvement since the be ginning of the season. If she could learn to kick the ball with as much confidence as she hits it she would be very hard to pass.
Ruth Oderkerk, our right full-back is unable to go to Tournament, so her place has been filled by P. Barr, a dependable player, who usually manages to be in the right place at the right time.
E. Kingdon, the other full-back, is a most reliable player, with a good clearing hit and a sound tackle.
Among the halves, the captain, L. Holland, is playing her usual admirable game on the right. The mainstay of the team, she has a naturally strong hit, which she directs intelligently, and is capable of a nice [unclear: rn] o fspeed.
A Wellwood, the centre-half, is a good pivot for the team. She swings play well, and with her hard hit makes excellent scoring opportunities for her forwards, but she must remember that fitness is essential.
P. Simmers, at left-half, shows a terrier instinct for sticking to the ball and to her opponent which could well be imitated by the rest of the team. She has good stickwork, and backs up her forwards well, but should try more variation in directing the ball.
The forward line is composed almost entirely of new-comers, who have not quite the combination of last year's forwards but they are all willing players.
P. McKenzie, at right wing, is capable of very neat stick-work at times, but should centre the ball sooner, when past the "25" line. She is well supported by the inner M. Bertrand, who has perhaps the best hit among the forwards, added to plenty of "push." She does, however, need to better her stickwork.
S. Wilson, as centre-forward, is a fairly consistent and steady player, who keeps her position well, and makes a good pivot for the forward line.
S. Hutchison, left inner, has also improved considerably. Her passing is generally good, and she hits well, but needs to improve her stickwork and to correct a tendency to hang back with the halves.
R. Baird is the most improved player in the team. She is fast, with excellent stickork, and if she could learn to centre the ball harder, her play would be worthy of any representative team. The two emergencies, J. Brown and G. Lencher, are both careful players. Combined play is the only play which will bring reuslts and if the Victoria team will remember this they should get good results.