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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, 1939

Basketball Club

page 59

Basketball Club

Several achievements of note have to be recorded to the credit of the Basketball Club this year. For the third successive year Victoria has won the Tournament Basketball Shield. The margins of victory were the largest for some years and the general team work displayed earned most favourable comment from spectators.

For the first time three teams were fielded in the Saturday competitions. The lower grade teams won few games but the value in fitness and knowledge of the game more than compensated for the losses. Alison Stewart of the Senior B team gained representative honours for Wellington B, a particularly fine effort as it was her first year in Saturday competitions.

The Senior A team had an indifferent season. Seldom did the team strike tournament form and the loss of all last years forwards was a severe setback. Yet at its best there was not a team in Wellington that played better basketball. This was clearly demonstrated by the excellent performance in winning the King's Birthday Tournament Trophy. Playing under the new seven-a-side rules Victoria showed skill and speed which promised well for next year's Easter team. With new material from the lower grades to supplement the team much is expected from the next Tournament team.

The Easter team, 1939, consisted of the following players—Forwards: Erice Overton. Joy Osborn, Olive Castle, Glen Macmorran; Centres: Pixie Higgin, Rosamund Drummond. Sylvia Hefford, Nora McLaren; Defence: Marie Walker (Captain). Joan Bythell. Ruth Bell.

N.Z.U. Blues were awarded to Erice Overton, Rosamund Drummond and Ruth Bell.

During the winter Beryl Marsh and Enid Broad played regularly for the Senior A team and Marie Nome and Carol Abraham had odd games.