Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 10. June 14, 1939
Last Wednesday night saw the Table Tennis Club officially open its season with a Tournament in the Gym., some 40 players taking part. Several newcomers were to the fore, the reasons varying from natural playing ability and enthusiasm down to a misjudged handicap.
The committee had been optimistic enough to arrange for a tournament consisting of men's and women's singles matches. With the limited playing facilities available, the large entry was embarrassing; but a way out of the difficulty was found by arranging doubles matches, entrants then having the opportunity of playing at least one single in addition to two doubles.
The singles victor emerged, but only after a complicated process of arithmetical reasoning, In the person of Jim Croxton. Misses Pat Ralph and W. Hodge won the women's doubles and A. MacLeod and R. Cumber the men's.
One did not expect to witness table tennis of a very high standard at such a tournament, and that proved to be the case; but consistent practice in inter-club matches, at club nights, and at other times should result in a marked improvement in form. These club nights are on Tuesdays and Saturdays and attractive, varied, programmes have been arranged for them. In inter-club matches the 'Varsity teams are holding their own.
Kathleen Pears is top of the Women's ladder and Jim Croxton of the Men's. The latter is followed by Rashbrooke (club singles champion last season), Journet and MacLeod: and second, third and fourth rungs on the women's ladder are occupied by Shirley Grinllnton. P. Ralph and Iris Foley respectively.
Table tennis enthusiasts who remember the visit to New Zealand last year of Barna and Bellac, and especially those who saw them In action, will have read with interest that Barna and his partner won the World's Doubles Championship recently. Bellac was not competing. Barna was eliminated from the singles In a quarter-final.—L.B.S.