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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 8 May 5, 1938


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Enter Winter Sports

Victoria caters well for those with a fondness for outdoor sport and pastime during the winter months. On Saturday afternoons over 100 young men will wear the green jersey on Wellington rugby fields; another large band will flourish hockey sticks; many others will brave the worst weather conditions with fast, slow, or idle-along harrier packs. Then there are the tampers, who come into their own when there is a nip in the air. Exclusively for women students is the Basketball Club. For them, too, is the Women's Hockey Club, and the Tramping Club is by no means confined to men. But a Victoria College Golf Club has yet to make its appearance.


Football Prospects

The prospects of the Football Club are exceedingly bright. This year it is expected that the Senior A team in the second division will, regain its status in the ranks of Senior A football and provide that scintillating type of rugby expected of University teams in the cast.

What Mr. Parker Says.

The coach Jim Parker in an exhortation to all players at Wednesday night's practice, assured all members that places in the Senior A team were to be gained solely on merit. "Reputation count for nothing" says Mr. Parker. "This year we will have better material than we have ever had before, and I am fully confident that 'Varsity football will reach an All Time High."

Of interest this year is the Colts team made up of the younger members of the club who are showing distinct promise. It is felt that these members would benefit more from a year in a lower grade than If they were initiated Immediately into the ranks of senior football. "A great error in the past." says Mr. Parker, "has been made when young players from secondary schools have been put into higher grade football, and have received injuries which have prevented them from reaching the peak which would originally have been expected.

The practice concluded with a few remarks from Mr. O'Shea, the club captain who again urged all members to put the football club on the basis which is expected of a Senior A team in the first division.


It is hoped that as many supporters as possible will turn out to the games each Saturday to give encouragement the players and so help the team along.

Last Saturday.


  • Senior, A v. Mirmar—won. 11 to 6.
  • Senior B v. Old Boys —won. 10 to 8.
  • Junior A v. Porirua—won. 6 to 4.
  • Junior B v. Miramar—lost, 6 to 7.
  • Junior C v. Tech. O.B.—lost. 0 to 10.
  • Third A v. St. Pat's Coll.—lost, 3 to 11.
  • Third B v. Miramar—lost. 9 to 15.

Senior [unclear: V v.] Miramar.

In a very ragged game with occasional bright patches. The Senior A team beat Miramar. 11 to 6.

Prior to the game. Dick Burke was elected captiain and Dick Wild vice-caption.

Coach Jim parker was quite satisfied with the team's display and considers that the three-quarter line will prove a match-winner when the regular half-back is at the base of the germ. The backs were not seen to the best advantage on Saturday owing to the absence of Bundle through in jurv which accessitated the [unclear: ying] of Larkin in a position to which he is not accustomed.

Wild provided the highlight of the match with a brilliant cut-in and run of [unclear: sicty] yards, to make the first try scored by Buyers.

Eastwood, showing speed and determination, outstripped the opposition to score two fine tries. Trickle bank on the other wing, did not receive many chines but ran determinedly whenever he handled the ball. Buyers handled well and proved to be a sound man on defense. The tacking and rush-stopping of palmer tightened up the defense near the serum—a weakness in the past.

Kissel, at full-back, fielded well In a tricky wind, but occasionally spoilt his good work by running too far.

It would be unfair to mention indivisuals in the forwards. They were uniformly good played as a pack and secured more than their share of the ball from both scrum and line-out. There were too many infringement in the serum and a team with a good kicker would have made good use of the resultant penalties.

With a lively pack of forwards and a back line with speed and sound defence the Seniors look a good team, and prospects of promotion to First Division look distinctly promising.

"Scoop" on Hockey Preparations

The Club has entered a Senior A. two Senior It's, a Junior, a Third and a Fourth Grade team in the Wellington competitions. It is to be hoped that the Association will confirm the entries, as the extra Senior B team should help to raise our standard of play. Besides, with two Senior It teams In the field, the Senior A team will be better fed than in past years. It might, as a result, recapture the Sedan Stick from Auckland.

Although the numerical strength of the Club has not materially increased, there are over twenty-five new members. Unfortunately, sodden grounds have not permitted the holding of an official practice and the selectors will be seriously handicapped at the outset. However, about 20 players attended an Impromptu practice on 9th April—evidence that they were enthusiastic and keen.

Eight of the 1937 Senior A team are available. Strutters and Inner have left and Ralph Keen has been injured.

The claims of the following aspirants to the Find XI requires serious consideration by the selectors: — Stan. Brathwaite, Auckland and New Zealand University representative, 1937. Inside right: M. Christie, a fit, promising player who may become a good right wing: Kirhkam, right half; H. Oliver. 1937 Junior goale: Pitt, inside left: J. Thompson, centre forward (from Dannevirke: Macintosh, left half-back: Ives, left wing, previous!' a Senior A player, but now in need of training: and Bryan.

This year the Club is to have both practical and theoretical training. It also proposes to revive smoke concerts and other kindred social activities, which are an integral part of any well-conducted club.

An Appeal to Freshers and Others.

At present the roll is about 1,000. but as yet only six non-players have joined the Club, in 1930. There were eight teams and the Club was the largest in Australasia. Complete facilities are provided by the Club for coaching the new player. Many old V.U.C. senior players, including some who attained representative honors, did not commence their hockey careers until they were over 20.

The Club does not wish to draw players from other winter sports, but the opportunity of learning and enjoying a splendid game. If you are fit you can be more efficient in your business and study, so please do not hesitate to leave a note to the rack for the Secretary at once.

Table Tennis

A committee meeting was held on Thursday. 28th. In the Gyan. The constitution was adopted and the election of officers was as follows:—
  • Chairman: E. Budge.
  • Secretary: E. Robertson.
  • Treasurer: M. Hatherley.
  • Committee: Misses J. Bacon and M. Fletcher, Messrs. S. Brathwaite and I. Pitt.

It was decided to hold an Opening Tournament as soon as possible in the second term, and club nights are to be held from time to time in the Gym. Two or three tables will be set up in the Gym and play will be possible during the week-ends.

The Harriers had perfect conditions for their opening run last Saturday. Some of the old campaigners have dropped out but the new members are numerous and keen.

Past Students handsomely defeated Present Students at tennis on Saturday. Headed by Morrison and Hartley. Tournament representatives, the Present Students could win only three of the ten matches.

No man shall be received Into our commune who suyeth that the land may he sold.—St. Cyprian, 200-258.

Tramping Club

Seventeen members of the rag and tatter brigade left town on Easter Thursday night for Masterson. Rain and wind made the stop at the Summit Tearooms very welcome, and yet at Masterson the rain still lashed down and we departed In search of shelter. We trekked to the Pines and Mitre Flats, which were reached on Friday afternoon. A sumptuous dinner and a sing-song closed the day. The flooded state of the Waingawa prevented us from pushing on to Cow Creek, and Saturday was passed, eating and singing, and with occasional dips in the river.

Confound It! Sunday was fine, so the whole party toddled up Mount Mitre in two hours. From grand-stand seats the party watched a dramatic production of "The Beer got up and slowly walked away, by Stan Ombler and Ills two assistants. Some low-down cad lias evidently been endowing the deer in this region with extra stamina by sprinkling Iildomac In the tarns, surely a case for, the S.P.C.A.!

A quick "hiss" down to the but, where piping hot soup welcomed us, a sing-song, and the last night at the flats came to a close. All food had disappeared by Monday."so amid occasional bursts of sunlight and drizzle, the long safari turned Pinewoods once more. The remainder of the party braved the lower gorge, and by use of the rope and Inevitable swimming, arrived in time to see the one and only bottle disappear over the horizon —eight minds with but a single thought—no urging' needed—no Siree —we Just pounded off at the gallop.

Weir Sport

They play billiards at Weir, and Arthur Harper, better known as a cricketer and footballer, recently won the House Championship. Runner up was Halpin.

Maidstone Park was again the venue of the annual North-South cricket match. Harper's hurricane innings of 76 in half-un-hour enabled South to win by 11 runs.

Sport at Weir is on the up-grade. C. V. Adams and E. W. Irving won N.Z. Blues at Tournament: Manhood. Hermans and Ryan all rowed in the winning eight; President R. Corkill was one of our riflemen; there are several very useful cricketers in the House: while Larkin is in the First XV anil Cordon. Harper and Corkill have won places in the Senior It team,

We Told You So

"I rejoice to be able, to assure you as my deepest conviction that European peace is in no danger. It rests on foundations too secure to be lightly disturbed by factionalism or slander, by envy or jealousy. Effective assurance is first and foremost provided to us by the consciences of the princes and statesmen of Europe, who feel answerable to Coil."

Wilhelm II. July, 1914.

"I have more than once given my solemn assurance to the world that we sincerely desire an understanding, that it is our sincere wish to march forward side by side with other peoples. This assurance will I never modify one lota for I hold war in Europe in any form to be madness... What further proof of my love for peace can I give?"

Adolt Hitler.

Election Speech at Hanover.

Tickets Please!

Since wealth and civilization admit of as many causes of wars as poverty and barbarism, since the folly and wickedness of men are incurable, there remains but one good action to be done.

The wisest of men will gather, together enough dynamite to blow this planet into smithereens.

When its fragments are flying through space an imperceptible ameliorations will have been accomplished in the universe, and a satisfaction will be given to the universal conscience.

Moreover, this universal conscience does not exist.—A natole France.

Before and After

"We are fighting to defeat the most dangerous conspiracy ever plotted against the liberty of nations, care fully, insidiously, clandestinely planned in every detail with ruthless cynical determination."

—Lloyd George, August, 1917.

"The more one reads memories and books written in the various countries of what happened before August 1, 1914, the more one realizes that no one at the head of affairs quite meant war at that stage. It was something into which they glided, or rather staggered and stumbled, perhaps through folly, and a discussion. I have no doubt; would have diverted it."

—Lloyd George, Dec. 20, 1920.