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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 19 September 6, 1938



End of the season play in the basketball world was crowded with interest. Victoria finished the winter with a flourish by beating Kia Ora in the last game. The championship had already been decided when Wellington East accounted for V.U.C. by 30 goals to 17 in a most disappointing game and then beat Kia Ora the following Saturday. That may have been the reason for the free-moving exhibition when V.U.C. beat Kia Ora 24-23. It was basketball at its best, with a fluctuating score and the cleanest of play. Victoria's form was at its peak. Oddly enough the previous Saturday they had managed only a draw with Awatea, 18-18.

The V.U.C. Senior A team finished the season with 8 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses, being third out of the seven computing teams. This is a very creditable performance, and, given a fair proportion of this year's team, the 1939 team should do even better. In fact, championship honours should be within their reach.


The three Wellington reps, from V.U.C.—Janet Grainger, Marie Walker and Erice Overton—did their part in Timaru, where Wellington halved the first grade cup with Canterbury. The first-named was again selected for the North Island team, the high point of basketball achievement each year.

New Zealand's first overseas team of basketball players, which was captained by the A.U.C. player and N.Z.U. Blue, Meg Matangi, had reasonable success in Australia. They were unable to beat the leading Australian teams under their rules, and it does seem that some real synthesis of rules should be soon adopted. There have been discussions and alterations to rules recently which will give some difficulty next season, but it is hoped that uniformity will result by 1940. In that year it is expected that there will be an Inter-Empire Tourney in Wellington, and similarity of rules is essential for that.

It is too early to predict next year's N.Z.U. Tournament team. At present it seems that most of the 1938 Easter team will be eligible in 1939, with one or two of this year's freshers knocking hard for a place. The Basketball Shield and the [unclear: 63] Tournament points should come to V.U.C. for the third time next year.