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The Spike [: or, Victoria University College Review 1957]

Table Tennis

Table Tennis

The Last Three seasons have been the most successful in the competitive sphere in the history of the Table Tennis Club. This club has been the largest in New Zealand with thirteen teams entered in the interclub competition in 1954 and 1955 and seventeen teams in 1956. The club has won the W. M. Jackson Shield, for the most points scored in the interclub competition for the last three years with 101 points in 1954, 146 in 1955, and 148 in 1956.

The standard of play has improved steadily. The A grade team was fifth in 1953, fourth in 1954, second equal in 1955, and second in 1956. An A Reserve team was entered for the first time in 1955 and it was second in both 1955 and 1956. Two B Grade teams were entered in 1954, three in 1955 and four in 1956. In 1956 three of the B Grade teams were first, third and fourth in the competition.

The club has won the Table Tennis Shield at Winter Tournament for the last three years. On each occasion it has won the teams' knockout by a considerable margin and members have made a clean sweep of all individual events with the exception of the women's doubles in 1955, and the men's doubles in 1956. The women's singles has been won by Miss V. Fleming in 1954 and Miss E. Lesser in 1955 and 1956; the men's singles has been won by A. D. Robinson on each occasion. Robinson was awarded a New Zealand University Blue in 1955 and 1956.

A number of members of the club have been ranked in Wellington. They are: Miss V. M. Cousins, 1955-56; Miss J. Bratton, 1956; Miss V. Henderson, 1954; Miss E. Lesser, 1955; Miss E. Brown, 1955-56; A. D. Robinson, 1954-55-56; D. R. Marple, 1954-55; D. G. Catley, 1955-56; A. D.

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Robinson was also ranked tenth in New Zealand in 1956.

The following have represented Wellington in the Inter-Association Tournament: "— Misses V. Cousins, 1955-56; J. Bratton, 1956, and E. Brown, 1955-56, and Messrs. R. A. Darroch, 1954-56, and A. D. Robinson, 1956.

In the last two seasons friendly matches have been arranged with Waterloo Club in the Hutt Valley which have been a great social success. In 1956 seven teams took part in a friendly match with Waterloo.

Future prospects of the club appear to be bright. The club is looking forward to the new gymnasium which will greatly improve facilities for play and for storage of equipment.