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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, 1939

Table Tennis Club

Table Tennis Club

This year has seen the Table Tennis Club arise from a few individual enthusiasts into one of the best patronised and most active clubs in the College, even daring to question the Dramatic Club's right to mutter fiercely all over the Gym. whenever they feel like it. Controversies have been many, particularly over the extension of gymnasium hours in order to afford even a small measure of hospitality to visiting teams, but despite the difficulties the year has been satisfactory from every point of view, and the enthusiasm and standard of play have both appreciably increased.

The championships are well under way and should be completed easily in the third term. As they stand at present. Ron Rashbrooke will play Stafford or Bert Foley in the top half of the semi-finals of the men's singles, and the bottom half will probably be contested by Croxton or McBride and McLeod. In the women's singles Kath. Pears alone resides in the semi-finals, and the other semi-finalists are too much behind on their matches to accurately forecast. Doris Johannsen, Molly Moody, Iris Foley, Pat Ralph and Lila Marshall are still in the running. In the men's doubles Sweeney and Stafford play Croxton and McLeod in the top half oi the semi-finals, and Journet and Durrant play Foley and Rashbrooke in the bottom half. The women's doubles and the mixed are still in the early stages, though T. Sweeney and Miss Johannsen and Croxton and Miss Ralph will probably meet in the finals of the latter.

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The inter-club results in our initial year in the Wellington team competitions have proved particularly gratifying and with any luck the D grade team should emerge the winners of the grade championship.

One of the most encouraging features of the season has been the interest shown in the two ladders. So much interest was shown in the women's ladder that it eventually disappeared, nobody knows where, but there is scarcely a player among the fourteen listed in the men's ladder who has not challenged, or been challenged, several times.

Altogether, the Club has had a very successful season, and we hope it will provide as much if not more interest for its members next year as it has done this.