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



The tennis team, though not quite as good and not as lucky as Jast year (and luck counts a lot at tournaments) yet was successful in retaining the cup by the narrow margin of one point. The Otago team was good, and were neck and neck with V.U.C., the issue being in doubt till the very last.

All members of the team performed well, though some perhaps not quite as well as was expected. N. A. Morrison, who captained the team, was its outstanding player, and he gave a consistently good performance, at times brilliant, well deserving his two titles.

Renouf and O'Connor reached semi-finals in the men's singles, but both were then beaten by O.U. players. Renouf falling to strike the good form he has shown most of the season.

In the women's singles Mary Edwards went down in a great first round fight to Miss Kerr. Elizabeth MacLean outclassed her first two opponents to roach the final; but there was defeated by an experienced and versatile player. After making a remarkable recovery in the first set, she lost because her powerful forehand drive lost its usual accuracy at critical stages.

N. A. Morrison and F. H. Renouf won the men's doubles, both playing well and showing superiority of combination over other pairs in this event. Morrison's volleying was exceptionally good.

The Women's Doubles, which unfortunately seems to be developing into something of a "hack" event in which none of the Colleges enter their best players, yet produced tennis of a good fighting variety and Marie Walker and Pixie Higgin did well to reach the final and all but win it. Mary Edwards and Marie Fletcher threw away a great chance by their defeat in the semi-final.

In the Mixed Doubles Marie Fletcher and J. Hartley had a good win in the first round only to go down to Smith and Miss Kerr in the semi-final. Morrison and Elizabeth Maclean had an easy road to the final where they were all set for a probable win over Smith and Miss Kerr when the latter pair defaulted, owing to Miss Kerr's preference for playing in the provincial championships. It was unfortunate, for there is little satisfaction in such a win, especially as the match should have provided the high-light of the day in deciding the fate of the cup. Such an ending proved a disappointment and an anticlimax and should never have been allowed to occur.