Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 18, No. 10. July 15, 1954
Men's Hockey . . . — Prospects For Tournament
Men's Hockey . . .
Prospects For Tournament
Having an Australian team in tournament has raised interest to a new height and as a result competition for places in our tournament team is great. Most members of the senior team will be available, the only two members who are no longer students are the goal-keeper "Tyke" Mansfleld and "Spank" Hughes, left inside.
Trials for the tournament team will be held in order to field the best possible team.
Likely aspirants for the goal-keeping position are Frank Little a previous tournament representative and Murray Humphries Who has recently donned the pads. Geoff, Whittaker custodian of the third grade may even be favoured.
Both the present full-backs are playing well and if available will be included in the team. They are Bruce Bornholdt and Dave Fitzgerald. Potential candidates for these positions are Phil Taylor, an N.Z.U. rep. last year. Rob. McArthur a Wellington colts representative, and Peter Hannah.
Bob Calkin the "horror from Wanganui" is an extremely capable player who will almost certainly fill the centre half position. His "stlckwork and keen sense of anticipation assures the team of a sound player in this position. The wing halves are not so easily picked and will be chosen from Keith Beresford, Neville Compton and George Oaks. Possibly a younger player may be chosen.
In the forward department the right wing Brian Rickard has shown continual improvement and by tournament time should be on top form. At right inside Graeme Coates, if not too ancient and decrepit may till this position. At centre forward Laurie Gatfield an extremely versatile player who has played equally well at full-back, centre half and centre forward will almost certainly be seen. "Chick" Hambly will probably fill either the left inside or left wing position. Competition for the vacant berth will be shared by promising players in the lower grades. Such players as Don Mathleson, George Wickham, Keith Huddleaton. Nigel Leaming, Ellison are candidates for any of the forward positions.
Because of the great importance of tournament this year, Victoria having the unique task of entertaining the visiting Australia team, an appeal is made to all club members to assist actively and to support the committee with arrangements for billeting and entertainment. Here are a few social functions taking place during this important week.
On the afternoon the Australians arrive in Wellington, a welcoming afternoon tea will be held in the lower gym. to which all club members are invited. During tournament week the visitors will be joining in with the normal social functions associated with this event. Special hockey festivities will be the hockey dinner on Wednesday. August 18, and a "show" on Saturday night, August 21. No doubt club members will avail themselves of the opportunity to participate in these "off-the-field" activities.
At such a memorable time in the history of the club it is most unfortunate that our club will be without the help and guidance of our recently deceased patron and foundation member, Mr. G. Dixon, whose unfailing enthusiasm has helped the club through many a difficult period.
L. Gatfield.Club Captain.