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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume. 34, Number 3. 1971

Sport — With Peter Winter

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With Peter Winter

Salient wants the results of all local sporting activities in which Victoria teams take part for publication in the form of a table showing the result the opposing team, and the position on the competition ladder.

It is hoped that in every issue at least two sports clubs will be given extensive coverage as to their planned activities progress etc. For this reason Residents and Secretaries of the various clubs should send club results and reports of club activities to Sports Editor, Peter Winter.

If possible advance notice should be given of sporting functions which could be of interest It could be arranged for a Salient reporter and photographer to be present.

Last year Harcourt chose to ignore sport in Salient but this year two pages of each issue have been allocated to sport coverage.

The sport pages should be a reflection of sport at Victoria, so give then your full support.


Image of a man surfing

Last year's president Murray Lines riding a left at Houghton Bay, and demonstrating the form which won him the club championship last year.

Imagine getting up on a line Sunday morning grabbing your board and heading off to find a special kind of peace in the surf. The guys in the V.U.W. Surfriding Club do their thing every for might on such Sunday mornings, when they lake part in competitions among themselves.

The club's first contest this year was held on the 14th March. Such competitions are held fortnightly in locations around Wellington, such as Lyall, Houghton and Titahi Bays In these competitions all members and intending members are must welcome to compete against other surfers of their own style and ability.

Points are taken and are totalled at the end of the year the highest points scorer then being awarded the V.U.W Surfriders club Trophy, amid very wild and very wet celebration. Prizes are also awarded to minor placegetters. Competitions for-women and one Open Championship are other annual happenings.

Another important feature of the club's activities is its frequent surfaris to areas such as New Plymouth. [unclear: Gisbourne] Raglan and Castle Point The club possesses its own marquees and petrol subsidies are provided. [unclear: transport] being laid on for those without their own wheels Good times are had by all, so contact anyone in the club, and get your share.

Filched from Time Magazine, Feb. 23, 1968

Photograph of a student competing in a running race

"Consider the human machine in middle age atrociously maintained, rusty from disuse None of its pans the bellows the tubes the pump function as efficiently as they once did. The muscles have degenerated into blancmange. If, in an emergency, the demand for air rises abruptly from the idling requirement of six to eight quarts a minute to 100 quarts or more, the man gulps like that of a leached ear The heart throbs about two to three times its customary rate, pumping blood through pipes thickened by sedimentary deposits and grown inelastic with age".

"Estimates suggest that 40 million Americans have a temperamental indisposition to any kind of haul physical work. Research by the University of California's. Dr. Hardin Jones indicates that, if the circulatory system is any clue, the average U.S. male becomes middle-aged at 25. American women shape up no better, beneath their facade "They have such beautiful hair, beautiful faces," says German Antionette de Haas who teaches dance at the Elizabeth Arden Salon in Chicago. But when they take off their clothing, what do you see? A calamity!"

By general agreement the best exercise for most people is walking then jogging, then running. These activities have the important side advantages of requiring no skill or equipment while offering endless opportunities for self congratulation.'

And so to Athletics:

These members of the Vic Amateur Athletic Club, Penny Hunt Phil Kear and Rod Petley (both Phil and Rod were blues last year) were in the Wellington team at the National Championships in Inglewood, towards the end of March.

Penny added to her string of successes in the women's sprints by winning the 200m and 400m races, and, in the most exciting race of the day, she received the Wellington baton when nearly 50 yards behind, to win the 4 × 400m women's relay by inches. She was also a member of the silver-medal winning 4 × 100m relay team. Phil contributed to Wellington's total domination of the men's sprints by winning the 400 metres, and by being a prominent member of the two relay teams.

The club has had a very successful season in local competition but is feeling the pinch of decreasing membership with Easter Tournament approaching. New members are needed desperately. You don't have to be good, you need only to be keen and determined.

Club nights are held every Thursday evening at the Evans Bay track, from 5.30 pm. All interested people are invited to attend, or to contact:

Phil Kear Phone 692-700 (evenings).


image of two male students

1970 saw a season of mixed success for the University Rugby Club, for a lack of consistency hampered the club's progress.

The mediocre performance of the club as a whole can be seen by its position on the Championship Points Table. University was third, with its 16 teams gaming a total of 245 points 95 behind the winner. Yet the club entered the same number of teams as the Wellington Club, who ran out as the top team.

This poor showing can largely be attributed to two factors

Teams defaulting games through the University vacation, and.


the structure of the club allows for the forming of several "social" teams, in which play many talented footballers

who could be of more benefit to the club in the more senior teams.

Socially, the club leads all other clubs at Vic, largely because of its excellent amenities 1970 saw the opening of its new social looms, complete with well stocked bar and strikingly decorated surroundings.

And so to 1971:

Saturday 6th March saw some forty prospective candidates present for the first in a series of Senior trials Newcomers to the club whose performances were watched with interest were Green Wood on the wing. Hording at prop, and Mourie on the flank. The established players who showed their quality were Phillips at centre; Willis at first 5/8, Blake at half back, (Blake also featured in some surprisingly good movements while playing at centre), and Brown and Hogg also in the half back position.

The return of D.G. Hogg from overseas adds to an impressive list of half-backs available for the Senior teams. The performance of the forwards inspires some confidence for the coming season also.

Direct from the mouth of fan Dunn:

"Those players whose fitness is not what it should be at this stage, and who were engaged in non-active, organised sport on Saturday 6th, will find that the Senior sides will not be selected on reputation and past records.. "

Grant Batty

Photo of Grant Batty

Seems not even Grant Batty knows what Grant Batty is doing these days.

In mid-January "wonderboy" Batty intimated to the Varsity rugby club that he intended to play for them again during the '71 season.

But this was of course dependant on his registration with Stud. Ass. as a student attending lectures. And the powers - that - be in the Insurance firm for which he worked were not prepared to let him attend the lectures he had selected. Consequently, no Batty for the Varsity Seniors this year.

But no Batty for Petone, the Jubilee Club holders, either. 19 year old Batty has played most of his rugby at half-back, and his representative coach last season, Mr. Bill Freeman, held the view that Grant would be better suited playing in this position. So he accepted the Petone's club's invitation to play in the half-back berth as a possible replacement for the former Wellington and Junior All Black halfback Ian Stevens.

Thus he joined the Petone club on Tuesday 2nd March - but left on Thursday 4th March. Why? "Because," he said, "travelling and time were against it", and there were also other "private" reasons (Could one of these "private" reasons be the probable, return to Wellington of lan Stevens?)

Consequently, Grant Batty is now a member of the Marist St. Pat's Club where he hopes to play at halfback, because, as he says "my size will eventually tell against me, despite a good season further out last year"

The Varsity Club wish him every success in his future rugby career.