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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 3, No. 1. 1940

Tournament, 1940

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Tournament, 1940.

This year's Tournament promises to the one of the brightest held for many years, because of the fact that it will probably be the last one until after the war. So far as we are concerned, the only two sports which have been affected are tennis and shooting. The tennis team has lost Norm Morrison, who has played brilliantly through the season, and the Rifle Club's activities have been restricted through shortage of ammunition and inability to obtain a range handy to Wellington.

In spite of this, Victoria's tournament team should be better balanced than that of last year. From performances the Athletic team is stronger in both field and track events, and should give a good account of itself, but we expect serious opposition from Otago. The Basketball team, on its present showing, appears to be as good as ever, though Auckland's team, unchanged since last year, promises some stiff opposition. Following are the teams, with brief commentaries on each. Go to, Wikitoria!




Putting 16lb. shot S. Gribbin, K. Hogan; Hammer throw K. Hogan, D. Tossman; Hop, step, and jump A. Cochrane, L.W. Mason; Long jump A. Cochrane, L.W. Mason; Javelin throw J.S. Adams, S. Gribbin; High jump J. S. Adams, E.M. Irving; 120 hurdles K, Patience, E.M. Irving; 440 hurdles D. Tossman, J. Stacey; 100 yards J. Sutherland, C.V. Adams; 220 yards J. Sutherland, C.V. Adams; 440 yards A. Cochrane, H. G. Bowyer; 880 yards H. Lawry, R.M. Daniell; 1 mile D.R. Scrymgeour, A.A. Congalton; 3 miles D.R. Scrymgeour, A.A. Congalton; Relay 880 yards Lawry, 440 yards Bowyer, 220 yards Sutherland, 220 yards Cochrane; Pole vault S. Gribbin; 220 hurdles K. Patience, E.M. Irving; Discus throw S.Gribbin, D. Tossman


In the teams places we hazard a forecast that Victoria will be very handy when the numbers go up. We suggest this with justification in view of the fact that V.U.C, was in second place for the McVilly Shield at the recent championships. At Christchurch we think that Otago will be the hardest nut to crack.



Frank Renouf. Has shown his capabilities in the North Island championships.

Keith Dyer. An experience player with a sound all-round knowledge

John Cope. A highly ranked player in the Manawatu.

Ron Baird. A resourceful player with a good variety of strokes.

Kath Pears. A very steady, calculating player, with few brilliant shots.

Gladys Rainbow. Has an easy style but must loam to move about the court more quickly.

Ngaire Marshall. A hard-hitting player; very active about the court and able to retrieve shots from most difficult positions.

Beryl Marsh. A very consistent player of considerable promise.

Pauline Monkman. A greatly improved player capable of developing still better form by Easter.

The Tennis Club is unfortunate in losing two of its top players in Norm Morrison and Elizabeth MacLean, title holders in the combined doubles event in last year's Tournament. Their absence from the team particularly affects the strength of the combined doubles.

K. J. McN

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Marie Walker, Enid Broad, Caroline Abraham, Beryl Marsh, Sylvia Hefford, Octavia Turton, Joy Osborn, Glen Macmorran, Patricia Higgin. Emergencies Ngaire Marshall, Durie Maysmor.


With five of last year's tournament team playing again, and four experienced newcomers, this team should be well up to the standard of former years, with considerable improvement in the forward third. We wish them the best of luck in their attempt to bring home the Basketball Shield for the fourth year in succession.



J. Brown, R.J. Corkill, W. P. Cookson (M. A. C.), A. E. Henderson (M.A.C.) R.H. Johnston (Capt.), B.R. Jones. Emergency H.D.M. Williams (M.A.C.)


Because of lack of information from other colleges, we are unable to give any definite indication of how our team will fare at Tournament. Apparently there will be only three teams competing, O.U., C.U.C., and V.U.C. Owing to present army regulations, we have not been able to get much ammunition for practice shoots, so the performance of the team can only be judged by that which it puts up on the day of the Haslam Shield match, With Cookson, Johnston and Corkill as a strong nucleus, a reasonably strong team should be built up. Three other possible team members are Wallace, Howarth and Anderson, the last two of whom may yet regain their last year's form.



Bantam D. Muir; Featherweight D. G. Anderson; Lightweight T. Mullinder; Welterweight P.J. Sheehan; Middleweight A. Dunlop; Light-heavyweight A. McLeod; Heavyweight C.B. Cornish.


If keenness is any indication of a team's chance of success it is safe to say that the chances of this year's boxing team are favorable. Previous to the Victoria Tournament an exceptionally large number of people were turning out for training, and the entries in the Tournament were correspondingly large. Such competition undoubtedly helped to raise the standard of boxing to a high level. In only one weight was there no competition for representative honours.



Bow I. T. Moore; 2 R.J. Corkill; 3 M.B. McGlynn; 4. P. J. Sheehan; 5 T. S. Mahood; 6 R.F. Organ; 7 R.G.Bannister; Stroke F. G. Spackman; Cox A.L. McCulloch. Emergency W.R. Rarlock.


Although only two of last year's eight are again available, with a stroke of unusual ability, in Spackman and solid backing from other members, we are developing combination to be reckoned with.



Women's sprint (50) and distance (100): Betty Walton and Nancy Spiers. Women's breastroke (100): Sylvia Hefford. Men's sprint (100): D. Lane and J. Wishart. Men's distance (220): A. Taylor and D. Lane. Men's distance (440): A. Taylor and J. Wishart. Men's breaststroke (220): W. McLeod. Men's backstroke (100): D. Lane. Relay, women: Betty Walter, and Nancy Spiers. Relay, men: D. Lane and A. Taylor.


The swimming team this year is promising and should do something to put V.U.C. back on the map in the swimming world. Several members are inexperienced, but what they lack in cunning they should more up in enthusiasm, We wish them all the very best of luck.