Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 11 June 15, 1938
One of the strongholds of hockey in this country is the New Zealand University. At each of the constituent Colleges the game rivals rugby as a popular winter pastime. For the annual inter-College Hockey Tournament, to be held early next month, the venue this year is Dunedin and thither two V.U.C. teams—a men's and a women's team—will travel. To spur on the men there is the Seddon Stick, last won by Victoria in 1938, when the Tournament took place in Wellington.
Below, the form of prospective men representatives is discussed by "Scoop." A review of the prospects of the women's team will appear in a later issue.
on the 2nd July, the first XI and two emergencies will leave for Dunedin for the New Zealand University Hockey Tournament Included in the team will be one representative player. Newcombe and a 1937 Auckland representative. Braith waite, Shaw, the centre forward, has played in one representative game this season. Also, New combe and a 1937 Auckland represen-Cole have already obtained their N.Z. University Hockey Blues. The club may feel justify proud that Newcombe and Shaw have been selected to train for the Wellington learn to play "The Prince of Manavadar's Indian Team" on Saturday, the 26th June. The New Zealand University Hockey Team has been granted the privilege of meeting the indians at Dunedin on Saturday, the 9th July.
All players mentioned below are available except Banks and Williams, but Dixon and Braithwaite are doubtful. It will be readily seen that Victoria should be able to field a stronger team than last year, Benjamin has shown greatly improved form on last season, but in case of accident, Olive would prove a good custodian; Banks is giving a sound and technical display at left back, but unfortunaely is not available and a good senior B player. Sandford, may yet find a place. Dixon, the right back, is cool-headed and developing along the right lines. Johnson, left half, who went South recently, fortunately will be picked up at Christ-church, He has great eye and is a good positional player. Christie, at present left half, is a keen and willing player and is showing indications of becoming a first-class senior.
Newcombe in the brains or the team and on form his anticipation and team movements are outstanding. Eggleton is very fit and a wily player. T. Williams was a Senior A player for Papa-toetoe, but is yet an unknown quantity in the left wing position. Cole was complimented in Auckland on his stickwork and has shown exemplary improvement this season. Shaw this year has the advantage of having other forwards or a better class than formerly, to support him. He is forceful and tricky forward that many a defence has read. Braithwaite should become a dangerous scoring forward when be strikes his Auckland form. Bryan has now been chanced to right wing and is very fast and accurate in his centres. Camp, unfortunately, has not regained hit old from, but there is still time. Pitt is giving some good displays, but is only suitable as an inside forward. Mcintosh is a Speedy half and the selectors will no doubt not overlook his talents.