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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 22, No. 4. April 27, 1959



What is good provincial standard as referred to in Clause 53? Is second at National Championships not sufficient to satisfy the selectors in this regard? Richard Swindell was second at National Championships in the diving, but was beaten by Bill McCarroll at the N.Z.U. Championships by 1.7 pts. Bill was good enough for an N.Z.U. Blue (I1 quite agree), but Richard was not!!

Blues are supposed to be awarded for competition at the annual tournaments Or for N.Z.U. representation. The 1957 team to tour Australia were not granted any Blues for performances in Australia. The Blues panel said that they had not seen these people in action, nor had the Blues' selectors—a rather lame excuse, as times and performances could be shown quite easily. This peculiar ruling did Theo Verhoeven out of an N.Z.U. Blue for waterpolo.

Theo was captain of the waterpolo team in Australia which lost only one game of the 13 played. He was goalkeeper for Wellington, who were national champions, and goalkeeper for The Rest v. New Zealand (not being eligible for N.Z. on nationality grounds). He broke his ankle a week before Tournament, so no Blue; an appeal signed by all the members of the touring team failed.

These are only two examples of the swimmers' grievances, but they show why the swimmers have completely lost faith in the N.Z.U. Blues panel.