Salient: Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Vol. 32, No. 6. 1969.
Easter Tournament Reports
Easter Tournament Reports
Although rain prevented them from forcing a decision against Canterbury, Otago had sufficient points after the final match to win the cricket section by three points from Loncoln College, the only team to win its last match.
The final points were as follows: Otago 19, Lincoln 16, Canterbury 15, Auckland 15, Victoria 9, Massey 6.
One Victoria player, R. Priest, an outstanding batsman at Tournament, was selected for the NZU team.
Lincoln 218-8 beat Victoria 217 (T. Druce 42, M. Sim 66; W. Lucae 7-67).
Victoria also lost to Auckland due to an accurate bowling attack.
At lunch Victoria had lost 9 wickets with only 85 runs on the board. The main wrecker of Victoria's innings was medium-pacer G. Wright who captured six wickets.
The final result was: Auckland 150-6 beat Victoria 98 (G. Wright 7-48) and 81-3 (R. Priest 47 not out) on the first innings.
Vic also lost their match With Canterbury. Vic started off well with Dick Priest hilling an aggressive 100. But the Canterbury left-arm spinner Chris Kirk captured 5 Vic wickets for 76 runs.
Canterbury made 219 for 8, G. Campbell taking four Canterbury wickets for 47 runs.
Vic swimmers fulfilled expectations by finishing second equal with Auckland at Tournament this year. The team suffered a big loss with the last minute withdrawal of Iain Trousdell but other members lifted their performances.
Outstanding among the men were Lee Smith and Mark Gazley.
Lee won the 100 metres butterfly fairly comfortably, and finished second by a touch in the 100 metres.
Mark won the diving easily, with 79.96 points.
Captain John Brodie swam courageously to take 3rd place in both the 400 and 200 metres freestyle.
These three combined with Alan Trotter to take 3rd place in the 200 metre medley relay behind Auckland (who broke the record) and former holders, Otago.
Although they didn't win any titles, Victoria's women swimmers performer better than the men.
Winning minor placings in every event.
The two most successful were Morna McFarlane and Sue Gardner.
Victoria women's team took second place in the 200 metres medley relay.
Drusilla Megget recorded 32.85 points to Marion Buske of Otago who recorded 33.82 points in a close finish.
Overall points were: Otago 75. Auckland and Victoria 34 each. Canterbury 13, Massey 5. and Lincoln 1; Otago clearly dominating both sections of the swimming.
With five of the original team of nine unavailable through injuries and other reasons, Victoria took the wooden spoon, but without disgracing itself.
An unclarified issued in the eligibility rules caused Vic to leave two top players, Neil McLaughlan and Alan Trotter out of the team.
Fortunately Alan travelled as a spectator and, when the position was clarified, became eligible to play in the latter games.
Captain John Brodie and Warwyck Drewe both distinguished themselves and were justly rewarded by being included, with Alan, in the North Island Universities team.
Canterbury dominated the waterpolo and didn't lose a match.
Otago were also strong.
The NZU team beat Canterbury 6-5.
Canterbury dominated the rowing at Easter Tournament. They won the eights, were first and second in the fours, won the single and double sculls, were second and third in the ladies fours and won the lightweight fours.
The rowing competition was held at Governors Bay, with the rowers experiencing fine conditions for most of the time.
Vic's rowing representatives did not perform up to expectations. However, while they could possibly have gained more placings it is doubtful whether they would have headed Canterbury.
Canterbury and Otago proved superior to the other teams as the final points in the tennis section show: Canterbury 12, Otago 10, Auckland 6, Waikato 3. Massey and Victoria ½ pt. , Lincoln 0.
Vic's representatives found the competition tough with no one getting past the second round in either the Women's or Men's sections.
Two of Vic's women representatives, E. Parkin and B. Prior, were eliminated in the first round of the singles, while R. Baird (Victoria) defeated J. Harper (Lincoln) 9-2 before going down in the second round to S. Blakely (Otago) 6-0, 6-0. Vic's other representative in the second round, Janet Miles, was eliminated by A. Stevens (Otago) 6-0, 6-0.
However, both Vic men and women in the teams events defeated Massey.
The former national ranked tennis player, J. W. Mitchell (Canterbury) was the winner of the men's singles title. In the final he defeated the New Zealand under 19 champion I. Baudinet (Auckland) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Another prominent player, A. Stevens (Otago) won the women's singles when she dismissed the top woman in Canterbury, R. Dillon, 6-2, 6-3.
In the men's singles Vic's Ross Colello defeated J. Symon (Waikato) 9-2 and R. Carstens defeated S. Bentley (Otago) to make the second round.
Ross Colello fought his way through to the quarter finals, only to go down to Ray Speed of Otago 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Victoria did not do very well here, being soundly beaten in some of the games of both the men's and women's sections, but one Vic representative, V. Potori was selected for the NZU men's team.
1969 was the first year that Volleyball for women and men was a full sport, that is, it now counts towards the Tournament Shield.
Canterbury, as in 1968, dominated both sections of play.
Vic fared a little belter in the men's section than in the women's, but after a gruelling battle, lost to Otago after having won the first game.
When the points were finally added up, Vic finished third in the Men's section behind Canterbury and Otago and the same order applied to the Women's section as well.
Victoria's representatives finished third in the men's section of the gymnastics behind Canterbury and Otago.
The results were slightly better for the women, where Vic finished in second position behind Otago with the second Otago team taking third place.
After the men's trampoline which Otago convincingly won, the total points were as follows: Otago University (27 pts.) 1; Canterbury (17 pt.) 2; and VUW (11 pts.) 3.
This is at present an invitational event, and as the 1969 Easter Tournament was only its second venue, each University was restricted to three entrants.
Canterbury won both the individual and the team events, Otago coming second in both. Victoria could only manage fifth in the individuals but improved to take third placing in the team event.
Judging by the popularity of surfing it will not be too long before it graduates to the stage of becoming permanent fixture of Easter Tournament.
The article in Salient 5 on "Rowing Prospects for Tournament" was supplied by Rod Trott, not by Mike Pettier, to whom it was attributed.