Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 22, No. 8. August 3, 1959
For the last five years, Victoria's Fencing team has netted a possible number of Tournament points for its University. This year there are several new members in the team and the new blood mixed with the not yet completely congealed blood of Alan Wilson, the team's Captain, should ensure that the Otago Fencing Shield remains where it has become used to belonging.
In the women's team Victoria is stronger than for several years. Lee Pomeroy is a quick lefthander who was Wellington Provincial Senior Champion in 1957. She is now again in top form and leads a good team in: Gerda Buchler, a fresher who was in 1958 the Wellington Provincial Secondary Schools' Champion; Sally Garland, who has fenced for two full seasons and is the best stylist in the team; Lorraine Schamroth, who fought in Winter Tournament 1958. All have, shall we say, experience.
Newcomers to the men's side are Chris Home, who has come down from the bush especially to go to Otago—he avers that heads will topple; Richard Peterson has hypothecated his foil and mask to finance his Southern expedition and hopes to be able to redeem on the sale of the skins he brings back. New to the side too is Ross Martin, who has been fencing for several years and has had several successful tournaments so far this year. The refined dignity of his fencing belles his malevolent nature and his opponents should avoid contact with his Borgia ring. Charlie Kozera too is going to his first tournament and his strong wrist guided by the cunning age alone can give has placed him as No. 2 in the men's side. The team captain, Alan Wilson, has been to the Winter Tournament in 1956, 1957 and 1958 and his sure though sometimes straying hand will wield the team with a sagacity that can only lead to success. —P.B.A.