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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 13 July 5, 1939

Men's Hockey

Men's Hockey

Playing on sodden ground against a side that made not the slightest pretence of sportsmanship, the senior side thoroughly deserved its win on Saturday, and even at this stage of the season, seems assured of regaining its place in the first division.

With two experienced players in sharp and Hobson absent, the team nevertheless showed a marked improvement. Much of this is due to the efforts of Whitham at left half who despite his inexperience, shows more ability and enterprise than most of his older team-mates. It is to be hoped that he will remain in the side as he is undoubtedly the most promising of the younger players. It is most unfortunate that this year many of the players in the lower trades are being overlooked—mainly because of an unwillingness to dispense with the services of older players, whose play no longer warrants their inclusion in the side. The club would be well advised to adopt a better method of team selection next season if it hopes to make any progress.

The Senior Reserves I is a side that deserves better success than that achieved for it has a good combination, and an excellent team spirit both on and off the field. At goal, Olive was invaluable, and his departure is very much regretted—he is a sterling sportsman and a great wit. Sandford and Walker are playing well at full backs, but stronger hitting by both would be a recommendation. Good, Whitham, and McIntosh make a formidable half line. They should however pay more attention to positional play and avoid bunching. Crisper hitting would also improve their play. In the forwards, Renouf and Bryan have been playing consistently well, while Williams has been invaluable in the wing. The team has good material, and "Salient" wishes them "good shooting."