Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume. 33, Number 13. 1970
One win and one draw in six games is not a very impressive record to bring back from any tournament, but this is what Vic achieved—and everyone in the team appeared happy. Perhaps they were not pleased with the results—just pleased with Tournament itself.
On the first day Vic were unfortunate to lose 0-1 in the morning to Massey (who went on to win the Men's Hockey section of Tournament) then in the afternoon drew 2-2 (after missing three penalty strokes) with Otago, who virtually were the Otago provincial team. On Tuesday the effects of Cabaret hit Vic rather hard and we lost to Auckland 2-5 and Waikato 2-3 (a minor upset). After the hockey dinner—a very merry occasion—we beat Lincoln 4-3 and lost to Canterbury 0-6.
Generally the defence and cover defence for Victoria were good—except against Canterbury and, the first half against Auckland. In the towards, Toon Borren made some penetrating runs and was usually ably supported by Doug Hill. The team should have a special thank-you to Geoff Kirkham, the team captain, who always worked hard and sweated most ' of that grog out!
Victoria had no representatives in the N.Z.U team which drew 2-2 with Manawatu on Thursday afternoon.
The fact that Vic did not score any goals at Winter Tournament is a rather unfortunate one, as, in actual fact, the team played very well and were not justly rewarded for their efforts. All of the women's games were very close and every match had to be taken seriously. In all games Victoria managed to keep the game scoreless until well into the first half.
On Monday Victoria lost 0-1 to Otago in the morning and went down 0-2 to Auckland in the afternoon. Tuesday morning saw a very good game which Victoria lost to Canterbury 0-2. Later that day Victoria took the wooden spoon by losing 0-3 to Massey.
Leslie Gilbert as the, goalkeeper was Victoria's representative for the N.Z.U. team which drew with Manawatu 2-2 on Thursday afternoon.
Smallbore Rifle Shooting
Vic's team, although gaining a higher score than in the last two years, were still unable to break Canterbury's 11 year hold on the ICI Shield, and also had to concede 2nd place in the closest competition for many years to an infinitely improved Massey team. The margins of ten points and three points in 2,400 possible were evidence that had our more experienced shooters maintained their standards as well as our newcomers, victory could have been ours. Vic shooters K. McGregor. B. Cossar, G. AdIam and I. Cossar contributed to a North Island, victory over South Island Universities, and G. Adlam and I. Cossar gained N.Z.U. team selection, with B. Cossar as reserve.
There is no doubt that even if our team came home empty handed, we enjoyed ourselves and gained valuable experience for next year at Auckland.