Salient: Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Vol. 32, No. 7. 1969.
Tournament Reports — Vic goes down in rugby
Vic goes down in rugby
Auckland ran out easy winners of the North Island Universities quadrangular rugby tournament held at Easter when it beat Waikato 24-3 in the final at College Rifles Park, Remuera, Auckland.
Victoria lost the first game of the tournament to Auckland 9-11 in the main fixture on Saturday.
Overall the match was an even encounter with the forward packs keenly contesting all aspects of play.
Unfortunately the forward play of both sides deteriorated to scrappiness later on in the game and the backlines offered little in variation of attacking moves.
The scorers were Auckland 11 (P. Cooney, W. Peters tries; R. Peters penalty goal and conversion), Victoria 9 (M. Williment three penalty goals).
Waikato beat Massey 14-8 on Saturday and went into the final against Auckland.
Victoria played Massey on the Monday, gaining a decisive victory over Massey 20-0.
The big Victoria team carried loo many guns for the smaller Massey team with All Blacks Gerald Kember and Mick Williment leading the way.
Williment scored 14 points with his boot, while Kember at second five-eighth was the nucleus of many attacking backline movements.
Victoria's half-back R. Barlow, supplied with plenty of ball by a hardworking Vic pack, gave good service to his backline.
Scores: Victoria 20 (M. Sayers and G. Kember tries; M. Williment four penalties and one conversion); Massey 0.
Victoria's squad was: M. Williment, A. Osborne, G. Wallis, I. Uttley, D. Heather, G. Kember, R. Barlowc, R. Trott, D. Barton, J. Kirkby, J. Tovey, C. Balasoglou, R. Gregory, P. Barrett, I. McDonald, J. Smith, D. Howman, M. Luckman, C. Sutton, B. Blake, M. McKee, M. Chadman, M. Sayers, P. Churchouse.
The Victoria 303 rifle team fulfilled their pre-tournament promises by successfully defending the Haslam Shield for the inter-varsity coached teams competition during Easter Tournament.
The shield competition was held on Saturday, 5th April, at the West Melton range about 15 miles from Christchurch city.
By lunch lime, after the 300 and 500 yds. ranges, Vic with 555 out of 600 was leading Canterbury by 7 points and Massey was a further 3 behind.
This was a handy lead from the strongest competition.
In the afternoon, with two ten-shot matches over 600 yds., conditions were clear, but a strong steady easterly blew across the range. With some sound coaching by Graham Wakefield and Jim McKinlay, Vic was able to finish with a record score of 1,093 out of 1,200, followed by Massey with 1,071.
The NZU team was chosen after Saturday's shooting, and Vic supplied half of the B-man team—J. Williams, J. Whiteman, J. McKinlay and K. Winn—with G. Wakefield as non-shooting coach.
Monday's shooting, again over the same ranges (300, 500, 600, 600 yds,) took the form of NZU vs. a Canterbury Rifle Assn. team, and North Island vs. South Island.
John Williams (Vic), who had top scored on Saturday, was first down for NZU and put up a possible 50 on 300 yds.—a score which was only equalled by two Massey shooters.
Great difficulty was experienced in holding the rifles on aim in strong winds, but by concentration, and some good coaching, NZU came out with 1,437 out of 1,600 to beat the Canterbury Association by a mere 8 points. Vic's John Whiteman finished top equal NZU scorer, and top scorer over the two days.