Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 21, No. 10. August 6, 1958
The team selected for Tournament is a great deal stronger than the one that competed at Auckland last year and should have a correspondingly larger share in the distribution of honours. The men's team is especially strong and should, if on form, win most of its matches. The women in the team are rather more of an unknown quantity. Their form on the day will probably be the vital factor in their performance.
- Men: Lim Ah Shin, Bruce Grover, Jack Frost and Dave Usher.
- Women: Jenny Kent, Judy Tilbury, Ruth Garland and Janet Thomsel.
Star player of the team is Lim Ah Shin, a Colombo Plan student who is No. 1 man in Wellington's representative team this season. Among the forefront of New Zealand players, he is ranked by many as the best doubles player in the country. He was a prominent member of the N.Z.U. team that played the Malayan students when they were here. In the recent Wisden Cup match against Auckland he was defeated by Robson in two matches, but not before demonstrating a potential that must make him a danger to any player in New Zealand.
Bruce Grover and Jack Frost are two very experienced players with a number of tournaments behind them. Bruce should have no trouble in securing a place in the N.Z.U. team. Dave Usher is less experienced than the others but played at the last Winter Tournament, and with some solid practice should improve considerably.
Of the women, Jenny Kent is the leading player, being ranked about fourth in Wellington. It is hoped that the les experienced members of the team are able to give her their fullest support. Ruth Garland is a relative newcomer but is already playing extremely well, considering the amount of match practice she has had. Janet Thompset played for Victoria at Auckland last year and benefited immensely from the concentrated practice there. It is hoped that we see a similar improvement this year.
As a whole the team is a strong one and should be hard to beat at Tournament.