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Salient. An organ of student opinion at Victoria College Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 5 April 19, 1939

Third in Rowing

Third in Rowing

The Victoria College crew has no excuses to offer for having been defeated in the 1939 Hebberly Shield race. They were beaten by two crews which, on the day, were superior. The course was over three miles finishing between the Dunedin harbour wharves; the first two miles were in the shelter of the land, and the water was fairly flat. Over this stretch our crew, rowing smoothly, was well up with the leaders, but when the last long mile was reached.—over the open harbour, where the water was fairly choppy—the combination and steadiness went out of the boat, and it was a hard fight to keep within striking distance of the Otago crew.

The Otago coach and crew are deserving of the highest congratulations individually all the other crews were superior in oarsman ship. If not in fitness. Otago had the advantage, of course, of hiring on their own course and were rowing in a new boat which was suitable to the conditions.

This cannot detract, however, from the performance of eight inexperienced men who had been together for a few weeks only.