Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 28, No. 11. 1965.
How we won the Shield
This year Massey and Lincoln were unable to send teams to Tournament, so Victoria fielded a B team. Other competing Universities were Auckland, Otago and Canterbury. The VUW B side was ineligible for Tournament Shield points. Reports of VUW games follow.
After the steady rain of the past few weeks the Karori Park hockey fields were a mud-bath and this tended to be an equalising factor in all play on this ground.
VUW A v. VUW B
This game may have given the selectors second thoughts. As in most games, the mud stopped constructive play and the halftime score was nil-all. Ten minutes after the resumption of play M. Hollyer scored to put VUW B in the lead. Colin Milne equalised after a series of long and penalty corners, and then P. Nicholson put the B team back in front from a good centre by I. Jack. Three minutes from fulltime Milne rescued the A team from an ignominious defeat with a shot hit one foot from the backline that whistled in at head height.
Final score: VUW A 2, VUW B 2.
AU v. VUW B
This was an even game with neither side showing outstanding play in the rain. VUW B made better use of their opportunities and in the first five minutes P. Parkin scored. Fifteen minutes later L. Barker took the score to 2-nil to VUW but C. Witters scored for AU just on half-time. In the second half AU kept up strong pressure and although possession was about equal managed to keep the ball in the VUW half. About 10 minutes from the end C. Moss scored the equalising goal for AU.
Final score: AU 2, VUW B 2. Otago v. Victoria B
This game was fairly even in possession, with OU attacking more than VUW, but VUW making, more use of their opportunities. Early in the game J. Strode-Penny scored for OU and later D. Duggan scored for VUW with a penalty flick, bringing the halftime score to 1-1. The mud bathing continued in the second half. I. Jack scored for VUW and I. MacBeath evened the score for OU with another penalty flick. No further score was made.
OU 2, VUW B 2.
Victoria A v. Canterbury
This game was more or less dominated by VUW. CU seemed unable to adapt their game to the admittedly atrocious conditions. C. Milne of VUW scored the only goal in the first half. Early in the second half D. Grant added another to VUW's tally, then five minutes before fulltime Mihkelson scored for CU with a good hard hit from a penalty corner. Three minutes later G. Pepper put the issue beyond doubt by scoring a third goal for VUW.
VUW A 3, CU 1.
Auckland v. Victoria A
Mud continued to prevent any constructive hockey being played. G. Pepper scored for VUW in the first half and C. Milne added another in the second half to give VUW a clear-cut victory.
VUW A 2, AU 0.
Canterbury v. Victoria B
CU were a much improved team from the morning's performance and were continually on attack. R. Crawford scored early in the first half and not long before halftime I. Stanton made it 2-0 with a penalty flick. VUW tightened up their defence in the second half and no further score was made by either side.
CU 2, VUW B 0.
Victoria A v. Otago
The decisive game of the tournament was played on a fairly good ground and produced the best hockey. VUW were continually on attack but could not score despite some conversions over the goal. At halftime the score was 0-0. The second half began with OU playing with much more determination, but having difficulty penetrating the VUW circle. Both VUW wings made good runs but the OU defence remained firm. Then about five minutes from fulltime G. Pepper scored for VUW off a fine centre by D. Reynolds, and that was it.
VUW A 1, OU 0.
Victoria University, 8pts, 1; Otago University, 5pts, 2; Canterbury University, 4pts, 3; Auckland University, 3pts, 4.
VUW players selected for the NZU team to play Wellington were R. Rosemergy, W. Haskell, R. Grant, C. Milne, W. Williams, R. Hendricks, G. Pepper (reserve).
The Ici Shield was won as usual by CU, with VUW second and CAC third. Bruce Ward was the best of the VUW shooters in this section, with only two CU shooters in front of him. In the North v. South match, VUW's D. Fox shot brilliantly to take the highest individual total, even though South defeated North 1944.125 to 1879.84. Ward. Fox, R. Edwards and M. Burch were VUW shooters selected for the NZU team that was narrowly beaten by Wellington, and Burch provided the surprise here by shooting the second highest score for NZU.
CU shooters headed the overall Tournament aggregate, with Fox 4th (982.68) and Ward 6th (979.58) the only opposition to an all-CU list. Armchair criticism—but the obvious fault of the VUW riflemen is a certain lack of consistency.
ICI Shield: CU 2364.161, 1st; VUW 2339.136, 2nd; CAC 2295.107, 3rd; OU 2239.79, 4th; AU 2070.39, 5th.
Badminton: Lim Ee Chiat (VUW), Wong Tak Meng (OU).
Cross Country: R. P. Welsh (OU), B. R. E. Jones (CU), P. Graham (OU), J. Farmer (AU).
Fencing: Miss Helen Schwarz (VUW), Miss D. Swain (CU).
Golf: P. Ames (CU).
Hockey (men's): R. Rosemergy (VUW), S. G. Maister (CU), from 1964.
Indoor Basketball (men's): A. Bland (VUW), G. Hellberg (VUW), B. Morris (CU).
Outdoor Basketball (women's): From Easter Tournament—Miss B. Sinclair (OU).
Skiing: Miss K. Guy (CU).
Table Tennis: H. Waterhouse (VUW).
VUW shared first place with MUM in this year's Association Football —the first time for over 10 years that VUW has attained first place. Reports on each of the VUW matches follow.
Victoria v. Massey
Massey's forwards were very fast and with the Victoria defence unsettled the half-time score was 3-0 to Massey. In the second half the home side played with more determination, with the final score 4-1, K. P. Too, R. Nwaokobia and S. Marshall scored for Massey and Van der Brooke for Victoria. Sundaran, Anderson and Too in the Massey team all had good games, while Arcus, Hongaladaron and Howell played well in the defeated Victoria side.
VUW 1, MUM 4 Victoria v. Otago
VUW improved out of sight compared with their morning's effort and were quicker to the ball in the first half than OU. They ran up a two-goal lead by half-time, both scored by Heywood. OU had the better of a dour second half, but Heywood managed to complete his hat-trick.
VUW 3, OU 0 Victoria v. Canterbury
CU played with the wind in the first half and were first to score when Mwasina dribbled around several men for a simple shot. Later in the half Lee headed in a goal from a corner to give CU a two-nil lead at half-time. VUW pressed hard in the second half but it was not until late in the half that Johnstone reduced the leeway by heading in a corner kick. VUW now threw everything into the game and a few minutes before the end VUW fullback Kerr scored from a very good long shot.
CU 2, VUW 2 Victoria defeated Lincoln 8-1
Scorers for VUW were Allison (2) Chira (2), Copper (2), Howell and a defender. With the VUW team playing better on every appearance the CAC side had very little chance Progress points: AU, VUW. MUM, CU, 5; OU, 4; CAC 0.
The tournament was now wide open with many results possible. The most interesting would have been a four-way tie for first—quite unprecedented.
Victoria defeated Auckland 4-1 to share first place over-all with MUM. No report of the match is available—but the result shows the extent to which the VUW side improved over the tournament. The other teams all more-or-less kept to their original standard and could not match VUW's increased ability.
Final Results: VUW, MUM, 7-1; OU 6-3; CU, AU 5-4; CAC 0-6.
Selected for the NZU team to play the Wellington Under-23 side were R. Bustard, H. Heywood, W. van der Broek, of VUW.
Badminton — another Victoria win
Badminton was run on a double knockout system this year because of the presence of a team from Waikoto University. As soon as one team had lost two games it was eliminated from the competition.
Victoria v. Waikato
The VUW team was not extended against their WU opponents. They won all their matches with the loss of only one set. However, as this was the first tournament competed in by WU, the experience gained should prove valuable.
VUW 16, WU 0.
After the first day's play, CU, CAC, WU and MUM had all lost a life. VUW had not been fully extended, but a final between VUW and OU looked probable, with a close result.
Auckland v. Victoria
Perhaps stimulated by the Tournament atmosphere, VUW asserted its strength in the match against AU. Although a win was expected, the margin of 16-nil was not. The individual results of VUW were particularly convincing, especially the first and second positions in the men's and women's singles, which were expected to be closely contested.
VUW 16, AU 0.
After the second day's play VUW and OU were left with both lives intact, CAC and CU with one life apiece. VUW and OU were thus to fight out the final, and CU and CAC likewise for third place.
Otago v. Victoria
The outstanding games in this match were those between the top men, VUW's Lim Ee Chiat and OU's T. M. Wong; and the No. 3s, Seow Bin Gay and K. K. Ong.
In the first set of the top men's singles Wong was superior at the net and his wonderful racquet deception had his opponent fooled. He won the set 15-12. In the second set Lim used the strength of his long drives and his powerful smashes to take the set 15-6. The rallies were long and brilliant. Both players showed the effects of strain and tiredness when they began the third set but Lim seemed better able to maintain accuracy and strength to take the set and match 15-9.
Seow (VUW) and Ong (OU) had a closely-fought match, won by Seow 15-11, 15-8. The match was marred by several errors on both sides but it also had some delicately controlled shots by Seow and good smashing by Ong.
VUW's John Rowe and Patrick Tan both had convincing wins over their respective opponents, C. H Leong and D. Tan. The women's singles had a balanced result, with each team winning two games. The men's doubles went to VUW and the women's to OU. The four mixed doubles matches were all won by VUW.
This was the game that seemed to be the most interesting with regard to team strengths and the final result of VUW 12, OU 4, is perhaps not truly indicative of the strength of the runners-up.
Final Badminton Result : Victoria 1, Otago 2, Canterbury 3, Lincoln 4.
The NZU team picked to play Wellington was: Men—Lim Ee Chiat (VUW), Wong Tat Meng (OU), Taggddin Junaidi (CAC). Tony Garnier (AU), reserve T. Chaiyute (MUM); Women—Judy Purser (OU), Shirlev Ching (CU). Jane Mowatt (VUW). Jocelyn Trewby (VUW), reserve Barbara Peddie (CU).
This year's cross country was another triumph for Otago's Peter Welsh. Welsh cleared out from the strong field right at the start and finished just over a minute ahead of Canterbury provincial champion Barry Jones. Another Otago runner, Peter Graham, came in half a minute behind Jones, closely followed by Jim Farmer (Auckland) and Keith Crone (Massey).
These three runners kept together throughout the race and it was only over the last half-mile that the final placings became apparent. Sixth place went to B. Taylor (Otago), and with Kerry Ragg and T. Hassell coming in 12th and 13th for Otago, Otago won the Dixon Trophy very comfortably.
John Beckett and Alan Galbraith finished 7th and 8th for Auckland, with Trevor Sharpe 14th, but this was only good enough for second placing. Canterbury came third (Jones 2nd. R. Farmer 10th. G. Hewlett 20th. D. Rowell 22nd), but were very nearly beaten by Massey (Crone 5th, Ron Underwood 9th, Glen Puckett 15th, John Wells 28th) and if Massey had had a stronger fourth man they would have gained two Tournament Shield points.
The Victoria runners teamed well but because of illness and injuries failed to get in the higher places. Placings were Geoff Rashbrooke 18th, John Souter 19th, George Seconi 23rd, Dave Mackay 24th, Bob Wilson 26th. Souter is a nationally-ranked tennis player—an NZU Blue, in fact—and his was the best performance in the Victoria team.
The course was in good condition, and all runners agreed that it was true cross country, although most said they found it very tough going. Winding around the sand-dunes of Paekakariki's Queen Elizabeth Park, and including a loop around farm land, the course is a possibility for future Wellington provincial championships, and even a national championship could be held at this venue. The only disadvantage is the distance from Wellington—30 miles.
Table Tennis Triumph
VUW won the teams event quite convincingly, having a steady pair of women players and strength right throughout the men's team, with Harrison Waterhouse outstanding. AU also had a fairly strong team, their most prominent player being Miss M. Bridson, and the AU-VUW game was the most interesting of the tournament. P. Salmon (AU) and B. Cross (VUW) had an even struggle, with Salmon coming out the victor 10-21, 21-17, 23-21. VUW finally won the game 12 matches to nine.
The CU team showed disappointing form and did not win a match. Otago played consistently for third place, with MUM taking fourth place by narrowly defeating CAC 12-9.
As expected, Waterhouse won the men's individual title by defeating team-mate Cross, and M. Bridson won the women's title with consummate ease. Cross and Waterhouse teamed to take the men's doubles, and Bridson and G. Lonigan (AU) the women's doubles. An upset was caused in the combined doubles—an all-VUW affair—when B. Cross and M. O'Flynn narrowly defeated Waterhouse and Miss C. Roberts 21-16, 16-21, 21-18, 11-21, 22-20.
NZU Team: Men—H. Water-house (VUW), B. Cross (VUW). P. Salmon (AU). B. Coley (VUW). Women—M. Bridson (AU), P. Otway (OU). C. Roberts (VUW). M. O'Flynn (VUW).
Wellington men defeated NZU men 10 games to 4, and defeated NZU women 12 games to 2.
Squash Title Shared
This year's squash title was shared by OU and VUW. with CU a distant third, and closely followed by MUM and AU. There were many closely-contested games, and a good standard of squash was seen.
OU were perhaps lucky to draw with VUW. The home team had a marked superiority in the teams event, only losing one game, against CU. In this match B. Christie (VUW) went down to M. Garrett (CU) 6-9, 9-5, 9-2, 4-9, 8-10, in a hard-fought game that was in doubt right up to the last point. J. Haines and J. Anderson, playing Nos. 2 and 3 for VUW, were undefeated in all the teams matches, although Haines had a close call against Molloy of OU and Anderson had to fight to beat a tenacious C. Moore of CU.
The individual section resulted in a win for J. Henderson (OU), who defeated Christie in the final 9-5, 11-9, 10-8, and thus reversed the result of the OU-VUW game. In the semi-finals Henderson had a five-set battle with Garrett, while Christie disposed of the AU No. 1. C. Ronayne, 9-5, 9-0, 9-0.
Final Points were: VUW, OU. 13, 1 equal; CU 5, 3; MUM 3, 4; AU 2, 5; CAC 0, 6.
A women's event was held as an invitation sport, and proved to be quite successful. The teams event was won convincingly by OU with VUW second and AU third. Individual winner was C. Johnston (OU), who defeated her teammate R. Johnston in the final. J. Braham (AU) and K. Christie (VUW) were the unsuccessful semi-finalists.
Haines and Christie played for NZU against Wellington and both won their games. Garrett and Henderson both thoroughly extended their opponents before succumbing and NZU lost 2-4.
SALIENT sports editor Geoff Rashbrooke made a rash promise last issue. Be undertook to eat his sports page if Victoria did not come within 10 points of the winning team.
Now that Victoria won, he thinks he is safe. But is he? His boast needs careful interpretation.
No one would say that Victoria was one point from the winner. Victoria WAS the winner. Neither (for the same reason) could one say that Victoria was two points from the winner . . . or three, or four.
Continuing the argument, no one could say that Victoria came within 10 points of the winning team.
So Geoff, to keep his promise, has to eat his sports page -time and place only to be arranged. Oh, and one other thing.
Geoff, it seems, has still to be convinced.
A fantastic improvement: Women's Hockey
This year's women's hockey team was unrecognisable from last year's. The VUW side was the only one to defeat the eventual champions. OU, and only a defeat by AU and a draw with CU prevented VUW from showing the greatest improvement of any Tournament team—VUW lost every game last year!
Auckland v. Victoria
Under appalling conditions, AU defeated VUW in a hard-fought battle. Outstanding in the murk and instrumental in AU's win were forwards Judy Rapson and C. Ringer.
AU 3, VUW 1.
Victoria v. Canterbury
This was an even and unspectacular game, with neither team managing to dominate play. A draw was a fair result.
VUW 2, CU 2.
Otago v. Victoria
In the best game yet seen in the tournament, VUW outplayed OU. After a fairly even first half, an inspired VUW team combined well to break up OU's defence. This was the first game in which the OU defence had been penetrated—possibly the morning game took too heavy a toll.
OU 1, VUW 4.
Victoria v. Massey
This was a rather unexciting game. VUW went into the lead early on in the piece and after scoring five goals grew a little complacent. The MUM forward line took advantage of this to sneak a couple of goals, but could not penetrate further.
VUW 5, MUM 2.
Auckland V. Otago
In this, the final game of the tournament, the two leading teams vied for supremacy in a fast, exciting encounter. Both sides played hard, constructive hockey, but OU's defence was the deciding factor and AU were unable to score.
AU 0, OV 2.
Final Results: OU 6, 1; VUW, AU 5, 2 equal; CU 4, 4; MUM 0, 5.
Selected for the NZU team that almost upset Wellington was E. Neal, from VUW. That only one VUW player was selected shows the strength of the VUW teamwork.