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Salient. Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Volume 32, No. 18. July 30, 1969

Vic senior men's hockey shows improvement

Vic senior men's hockey shows improvement

Some three matches in the senior men's hockey championship remain and Vic, the champions for the last three seasons has little chance of retaining its title, but it can still finish second behind Wellington College Old Boys.

The remaining materiel for Vic will be against Wellington College Old Boys, Karori and Petone. Wins should result against Karori and Petone.

The match against Wellington College Old Boys should provide some of the the season's best hockey.

In the past three matches the Vic team has played it has scored 14 goals, six against Petone, 4 against Northern United and 4 against Naenae Old Boys.

By far the best match was against Petone, when in the second half Bruce Judge moved from right wing to centre forward.

This move resulted in a certain amount of confusion as to which Petone defenders should mark him. The centre half who would noras a rule allow the centre forward mally mark a centre forward, would to roam freely, except near the circle.

While it is extremely dangerous to allow a player of Judge's ability to roam free in this manner, on the other hand if a centre half was to mark him then this would detract from the centre half's game.

This movement of Judge to centre forward should, in my opinion, have been made on several other occasions during the season.

Another important aspect of this move is that it contributes to 11-man hockey and gives a more diversified -attack.

Victoria has two representatives in the New Zealand Universities team which is to tour Australia during the August vacation. They are Paul Dentice who plays at inside left and John Scott who plays at left half.

Senior Reserve Hockey

by Bob Gray

Only 2 games remain to complete the Senior Reserve Competition and the grade in poised for one of the most exciting finishes for some years.

Only 2 point separate the top four teams with Tawa leading the way on 20, Varsity A 19. Karori 19, and Varsity B 18.

Varsity has in fact, won the grade for the last four seasons and certainly has the ability to do so again this season if it applies itself in these remaining games.

Tawa, however, is a determined side and is striving to reach Senior status.

Varsity A meets Tawa in the final game of the season and, with many personal and club rivalries hinging on the outcome, an interesting encounter is expected.

The Senior Reserve grade has been highlighted for Varsity this year by a tremendous performance by Peter Scot's Varsity "B" team.

In past years the "B's" have often played in the shadow of the "A" team, but this year both teams have been within striking distance or winning the grade.

When the 2 teams met in their first encounter, lethargy and an apparent unwilligness on the part of the "A's" to appreciate that hockey is a team game results in a win to the "B's" 3-2.

Following this game. John Nimms, Geoff Kirkham and Bob Gray from the "A's" and Philip Gibbons and Dave Price from the "B's" were selected for the Wellington Senior Reserve representative team. Later on, with some players not available for the rep, games, Doug Hill and Graham Dick were also added to the team.

Though the "B's" are certainly a very sound and consistent team in style and performance, on their dal the "A's"are probably more impressive.

Good displays against Tawa in their first clas (4-1) and Indians (7-0) suggested that the A's would take the grade at a canter, but a lapse against Karori similar to those which have been characteristic of the team all season resulted in a 3-4 loss after leading 3-1 at half-time.

This loss has seriously jeopardised the team's chances of winning the grade and only a determined effort in their final game against Tawa will enable it to retain its title.