Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 14 July 6, 1938
Youngest of 'Varsity sporting clubs but already developing into a lusty infant, the Table Tennis Club is recommended to all those students who like an indoor game that is fast, skillful and sociable and yet one that makes only brief demands on spare time. Forty enthusiasts vied which one another in a handicap tournament on the successful opening night, and "Salient" now publishes the full report which considerations of space prevented from appearing in our last issue.
Staples and Mis Croxton Win.
Play took place in the Gym., on the ground floor, the two new tables being in constant use. Handicapping was rather difficult, for little was known of the ability of many of the competitors, but the closeness of games is after the first round kept interest up. Staples won the men's section. Miss Croxton prevailing in the women's.
In the second round Staples was rather hard pushed by Culleford, who drove hard, played good balls with respect, and hit any weak returns with plenty of confidence. The scratch men were eliminated early. E. Robertson found his handicap too much and went down to Brooker in the third round. Several good games resulted when players of about the same calibre met, intense concentration being a noticeable feature of these matches. Gallagher's victory over Anderson in the second round came only after what could be described as a grueling tussle, if that expression is permissible in the language of table tennis.
Moss and Black both played well neither man having trouble in defeating back-markets in Pitt and Rushbrooke.
The outstanding women players were Misses McEwen. Croxton and Foley, Kathleen Pears, the Tournament tennis player, did rather well from minus 6. More consistent play marked this section. Occasional wild smashes in the men's games evoked mirth and lost points. The girls were more canny.
The Tournament was well organized by L. Pitt and S. Braithwaite, better known as senior hockey players. The Tables were in continual use and provision was also made for those participants eliminated in the early rounds.