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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 14 July 6, 1938



The Senior A team commenced the second round of the Wellington Basketball Association's Competition with a big win over Dental Clinic. Two of the latter's usual players were absent, but this did not account for the wide margin of twenty goals in Victoria's favor. The half-time score of 17-7 grew to 37-17 by the end of the game.

The combination of Victoria's forward third was a revelation of combination and understanding. For the first time this season an even "triangular" game prevailed, the ball being worked to the goal by snappy passing that completely discouraged the Clinic defenders. A high percentage of attempts were successful, scrolling being at the rate of one goal a minute in the second spell.

clinic's centre third are weak. Our girls had a feast of interception and fast passing movements which should serve as excellent practice for the hard games to come.

Sound Defence.

It is in the goal third that Clinic have superior combination. Ethel Howard, a New Zealand representative, shoots well and improved combination makes Clinic dangerous once they get the ball. The V.U.C. defense stood the test well. Sylvia Hefford's lighting interceptions were a feature of the game.

We can only hope that the two big games, against Wellington East and Kia Ora, will result in favor or Victoria College, who are playing sound, scientific basketball.

Senior B.

Against the mechanical perfection of Island Bay B. Victoria College Senior B team did well to core fourteen goals. The first half ended 15-8 against V.U.C., but the superior positional play and team work of the Bay added 16 goals to 6 in the second spell.

To balance the loss through ankle of their captain, Nancy Bullen, the B team now has Joy Osborn playing for them. An early injury kept the latter player out of the A team and her height and experience should prove an asset to the B's.

Owing to very late notice the B team defaulted in the final of the Opening Day Two-life Tourney to Wellington East. It is hardly likely that the three goal handicap would have been sufficient to stave off the East nine.

The goals of the Island Bay team had a wonderful combination and proved altogether too fast for our defenders. Their shooting was accurate and they nearly always managed to score when they got the ball in their third. The passing of the 'Varsity team, especially in the center, was poor again, which meant Island Bay had more than their share of the ball.