Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 10. July 19, 1957
V.U.C. Soccer Star in N.Z. Side
V.U.C. Soccer Star in N.Z. Side
Two members of the V.U.C. Soccer Club were selected for the squad from which the New Zealand team to play the Chinese in the second Test at Auckland was chosen. They are Alan Preston and Perumal Naidu. Preston, however, did not make the actual team.
Perlumal Naidu joined the club in 1955 alter having played most of his football in Suva, where he rapped for a Suva metropolitan team. A colourful player, he became as well known for a luxuriant beard as for his dashing play on the right wing. He rapped for welligton in 1956 (without the beard) and again in 1957. His play is rather more European styled than English and his major asset is a Jarden-like acceleration to take a pass and bang across a wellplaced centring kick. Good in the air and possessing a powerful shot. "Sam", as he has been named by the club, can be relied on for 90 minutes of honest work.
Alan Preston has been a regular member of the 1st XI since joining the club in 1951. He is many times Vic and NZU Blue and played for New Zealand in Australia in 1954. He is at present captain of the 1st XI. He has excellent ball control and can shoot well with either foot.
Both these players are almost certain to appear for Wellington against the visiting Austrians on July 24th and should be candidates for the International matches against that team.
Winter Tournament this year is at Auckland from the 18th to the 22nd August. Winter sports clubs should get cracking right away selecting teams and completing eligibility forms. Billets as usual will be a problem for the host college, and VUC competitors are asked to make a real effort to find private billets.
VUC tournament delegates are J. R. Martin and R. J. Webb.
This year the club fielded 13 teams as compared with last year's 17. This still makes us the biggest T.T. Club in Wellington. The teams have met with mixed success. The A Grade team may w;n its grade but the A Reserve team, composed mainly of last year's B Grade players, has not done as well: this can be explained in part by the lack of experience in high grade table tennis of some of the players. In fact these teams have relied to a large extent on Rod Grubi, who has played A Reserve previously, and on Bede Rundle, who will be number 1 in tournament (Alan Robinson, though eligible, is unavailable.)
The four B Grade teams have not done as well as might have been expected: it must be remembered, however, that as most of last year's B Grade players went into A Reserve, selection for this year's B Grade was very difficult. Two promising players have emerged despite these set backs: Don Kenderdine and Dave Chapman. The former has raised his standard of play in the last few weeks and might make the Tournament team. David Chapman makes up in his keenness what he lacks in experience—this is his first year in inter-club competition.
The lower grades have in general fared poorly. The writer cannot give any information on the Weir House teams, but it is believed they have won more games than the other V.U.C. teams.
Harriers in Good Form
The club has several new members this year and with many of the stalwarts of other seasons still running. Varsity has been putting up a pretty good showing in the various interclub events this year.
Varsity just held the Hull Valley Club to be second in this event. Peter Joyce registered very good time for the last lap and others who ran well were Bill Gaudin and John Ryan.
The Varsity team on this occasion were narrowly beaten by Scottish Harriers who had several star runners but did not team as well as Varsity. Fine individual performances were put up by Gordon Dawker, Peter Joyce, and Bill Gaudin.
The course for this race was a particularly arduous one this year, being a 2-lap course over Mt. Victoria totalling 8.6 miles. University won the teams race very easily with 94 points, thus regaining the shield.
This year is the club's silver jubilee year and the celebrations are to be held on the 27th July. A full programme has been arranged for the afternoon and the jubilee dinner will be held in the evening at Wakefielld House. It is anticipated that many past members will be present on this important occasion.