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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 3, No. 4. 1940

Notes on: Inter-University Hockey Tournament for the Seddon Stick

Notes on: Inter-University Hockey Tournament for the Seddon Stick

The Tournament just concluded was probably played in the muddiest conditions yet experienced but the standard of Hockey in spite of this was very high.

On the opening day teams played in a continuous downpour of rain and grounds very soon became veritable bogs. Instead of damping the enthusiasm of players the bad weather appeared to inspiro thorn to greater efforts and the display given in the Otag o-Auckland match was, in my opinion, the best given by these teams throughout the Tournament. The tremendous physical effort put forth by these to ams was evident in their play on the following day when they appeared to be somewhat "done" towards the end of their games.

The feature of the Canterbury-Auckland game on Thursday morning (won by Canter bury 3 goals to 1) was the magnificent display put up by the Canterbury goalkeeper, Maister, who had undoubtedly saved his side from being beaten by Auckland, who had a marked territorial advantage but could not manage to sec score, whereas Canterbury made the most of their opportunities on the few occasions they reached the Auckland circle.

The victoria A-Auckland game on Friday morning brought forth some sparkling hockey. The attack of both teams was fast and spirited and the ball control was excellent. Equally good was the defence, both sides defending well and frequently the ball was taken right to the circle for a back to emerge from a melee with the ball and crack it hard down the field and start a counter-attack. This game was won by one of the finest goals page break over shot from a corner—the ball was tapped across to Braithwaito on the edge of the circle and belted home behind the goalkeeper at a very sharp angle and kept very low all the way.

The surprise of the Tournament was the Massey College Team who started very shakily and only managed to shade Victoria B by 2 goals to 1 in their opening game and lost to Otago 4-11 on the second day. From then on However, they appeared to improve and wont on to register their first "Seddon Stick" victory.

Massey are to be congratulated on their winning the "Stick" which will do much to further the game at Massey College and so enable them to improve on the already high standard of hockey displayed at the Tournament just concluded.

A lot of credit must go to Hoe Lawry for Massey's win and he has shown what Enthusiast and Leadership can do over a number of years to build up a really strong team.

On behalf of the referees I should like to pay a tribute to the very fine manner in which players accepted the ruling s of "the men with the whistle" and also to pay a tribute to the very fine sporting spirit in which the games were played.

When games are played in such a sporting manner, then it is no wonder the Annual Inter-University Hockey Tournament is such a popular and looked-forward-to Annual Fixture.

My memories of the 1940 Tournament will always be pleasant ones, and I hope I shall be able to assist with the whistle when the Tournament is held again in Wellington.

V.U.C. hockey players were loud in their praises of Massey, who for to first time took the honours in last work's N.Z.U. Hockey Tournament. The standard of play was on the whole high providing spectators with an interesting throe days' play.

Victoria A responded nobly to the coaching of Mr. N. Jacobson and reached the finals. A1thought the B team could do no better than collect the wooden spoon, their gamos were keenly contested.

Stan Braithwaite gained his third N.Z.U. blue and George whitham, the youngest the youngest member of the senior team, also won his spurs. George was outstanding in the half line and shows promise of being one of the Club's greatest assets for several years to come.

—And the social side

The visitors appeared to enjoy fully Victoria's hospitality last week, and the hosts have every reason to feel satisfied with their efforts to please. Highlights were the dinner and tournament ball which brought the function to a close. Club captain Bill Bryan and secretary Stan Braithwaite earn the warm thanks of everyone for bearing the heat and burden of those social arrangements which, although drawn up at such short notice, wont without a hitch.

Volume 3, No.4

Printed and published by the Victoria University College Students' Association, Salamanca Road, Wellington, 27.5.1940.