Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 18. September 20, 1939
The poor standard of fielding among University players was the subject of some adverse comment at the Annual General Meeting of the club last week. At least one loss by the seniors was directly attributable to this failing.
The report referred to the achievement of J. A. Ongley in playing for New Zealand against Sir Jullen Cahn's team and in making a century in his first Plunket Shield innings. T. A. Harpur had also played in the Wellington Plunket Shield team.
A strong effort is to be made this season to have better practice wickets provided on Kelburn Park. The question of engaging a coach is to have the attention of the committee, and special attention will be paid to fielding practice.
Arrangements are being made for the playing of one or two practice games against outside teams before the competition season begins. It is hoped to play one of these against a Horowhenua representative side at Levin.
Of Special Note
Last season teams were entered in the Senior, Second, Junior B1, Junior C, and Third Grades. Although there may be fewer players this season, the club nevertheless proposes again to enter five teams in the competitions. An intending players are urged to place their names on the specialist on the notice board or to communicate with the secretary or club captain.
W. Tricklebank captain of the senior team last year, will not be playing this season, but the club has gained two good men in A. P. Cobden, a former Canterbury Plunket Shield player, and I. Manley, who was a very successful fast bowler in the Wellington Junior representative team last season. The senior team, of course, may not again have the services of J. R. Sheffield, official coach to the Association.
Club Captain for the 1939/40 season is L. B. Sandford, with J. A. Ongley Deputy Club Captain. F. R. Bray is Secretary. I. E. Allan Treasurer, and the Committee comprises John Carrad, A. P. Cobden, E. M. Hay and George [unclear: chards].
Mr. C. H. Haln's trophy for the best fielding performance during the 1938/39 season has been awarded to T. A. Harpur.