Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol 4, No. 6. June 18, 1941
Kime, and Reach the Upper Class !
It seems that to Victoria goes the honour of sending the first skiing party into the Tararuas this season. An harassed Alec McLeod led a party of thirteen past a very tempting Field Hut to a very cold Kime. The snow was good, but not quite thick enough for successful skiing, as patches of tussock interrupted the runs. Unfortunately the superb view was blotted out by Hector's usual covering of thick mist.
Kime loomed dimly ahead at dusk on Saturday—very welcome. The evening was spent in eating an incredible amount of mixed food and playing poker for enormous sums—Henry Lang revealing himself at last in his true light—a reckless gamblin' man.
(All that food no doubt accounted for the curious psychological dreams which one or two members of the party had—notably J - hn McC - - ry and D-n-s H--tl-y.)
The hardier spirits decided to climb Hector on Sunday morning—leaving a shivering crew at the Hut—but some fell by the wayside heavily. We skied in a small basin under Henry's excellent guidance, and learnt the rudiments of the sport—chiefly how easy it is to fall. One of the most elevating spectacles was that of J-hn McCr--ry beating the snow impotently with his fists (after the fourth collapse) and using awful words that I oughtn't mention.
Thank God for Cod.
We put away an enormous satisfying, unscientific meal at midday—one could feel the proteins and carbohydrates and things fighting inside. P-t-r M-rr-s had a plate which was used as a dustbin, and J-hn McCr - - ry had a cod which was used for practically everything—what didn't taste of kerosene tasted of cod. The Hut looked like my idea of hell afterwards.
One interesting feature of the trip was that the partly left the Hut almost on time, and arrived at the truck without getting lost. We did quite a quick trip out.
Incidentally, the party was strictly stag. This, I think, is very wrong. The tramp was by no means difficult, not at all beyond the powers of some of our women, who, if nothing else, might have exercised a restraining influence. We have easy tramps for people who haven't been out before, and women who have free week-ends could well come out with us. Also, anyone who contemplates Chateauing this year should be out on such a trip as this to get the "feel" of the snow.
Last Saturday (14th June) saw all the 'Varsity teams at Karori. In their fifth match, the Seniors carried on an unbeaten record. Unbeaten, yes, but unfortunately, un-beating too—for Saturday's draw with Technical made the fourth draw for the season. The team defeated Wesley in their third match, but the best form so far was seen in the match against Hutt, which was drawn, 2—2 (on Saturday 7th). In this game flashes of last season's tournament dash came out, and the forwards played really good hockey, with play swinging from side to side. With anything like luck that game should have been won. Last Saturday, too, the honours should have gone to 'Varsity, had we had an ace more luck.
Both Bryan Bary and Dave Beresford have played in goal behind the Seniors. Dave could not travel to Auckland, but Bryan did a great job of work in his place. The last two Saturdays Dave has been back and is revealing old form. Kiddle has found a niche for himself at left fullback. He is playing a sound game. Eric Brebner (right fullback), an old Otago University 1st XI man, John Till (centre half), and B. Hands can be relied upon. The forward line, with Evan Raine (played also for Otago University last year) as a newcomer, has settled down to a better combination than last year. George Shaw is still with us and playing as well as ever. Harry Scott is not scoring the goals he scored last year. Perhaps this is due to the fact that there is less individual work and neater combination in the forwards than last year. Stan Braithewaite has shown good form, though he has been playing in a variety of positions. Ted Breach, who came to us from Training Coll., has had his chance on the right wing, and is showing up well with good positional play.
A little more dash and the draws would have been wins. Norman Jacobsen (one time New Zealand captain) was at the Thursday night practice last week. He is certain to spark up the boys, as he has done in the past. He certainly has good material to work with, for the lower [unclear: grade] teams have been in the run. The Juniors, with an unbeaten record (four games), met Technical (also unbeaten) on Saturday 7th.
The Senior B team, with Arch Ives at the helm, started off well with a draw against Karori, and another with Petone. They were narrowly defeated by Technical, and then met Training College. Training College proved a little too good for them, but they have the makings of something good.
The Third Grade team possesses some new players, but what they lack in skill they make up for in keenness. The team turns out in full force at practices. They have battled well, and though their first four games [unclear: produced] only a draw, the losses were narrow, and they accounted for Karori properly on the 7th. Last Saturday they met Ron-gotai College firsts, which is also coached by Mr. Jacobsen. They certainly showed they were in good hands (and often too), for they were too good. But keep going, Thirds—you're doing well.
The Seniors continued on their winning way by beating Wellington College Old Boys, 11—6. The game was hard and fast, and once again our forwards proved their worth, Meads, MacLennan and Cappy Masters playing particularly well. The Reilley-Todd combination at the base of the scrum was a decided success, and the Selection Committee might well consider the advisability of playing Skelley in his old position as second five-eighths, where his attacking ability should get more opportunities than the inside berth affords it.
Last Saturday things were different. We lost to a weak Oriental side, 6—5, after having about seventy per cent. of the play. The defeat is inexcusable. The only bright spot in a heart-breaking performance was the improved display of Sinclair in the forwards. He put more vim into his work and used his pace to advantage.
Junior A v. Petone. Lost 21—12.
The Juniors gave a much improved display against Petone, thanks largely to A. S. Mason's snappy play behind the scrum. He worked his backs well from the "quick heel" from rucks, and stood up to an unnecessarily heavy battering on defence in good style. He is a natural footballer, and might well make the Seniors as a five-eighths. Murphy, was the best of the forwards, but Wilson, Millar and Grayburn were much improved, the first-named in particular playing a fine game. Boyd was very sound on the wing, and seems better suited there than behind the scrum.
Although they managed to beat Miramar 11—6 on Saturday, the Juniors were not convincing. Pot-tinger was the best forward, receiving sound support from Hood. K. Smith and Kilpatrick were good in the loose, but all the forwards seemed to shirk the light stuff. The backs have yet to learn to "swing" a passing rush and to cover up more on defence. MacCool played well, and used a neat cut-in with admirable discretion. Boyd improved on his previous games at half, and his passing was much better.
The only excitement about the run from Thorndon on May 31st was the fact that, despite the unremitting efforts of two amateur sleuths, a sneak-thief managed to get away with a few wallets and things from certain unfortunate members of the Club whose clothes were parked near the door.
On June 17th the Club travelled to Paekakariki to run the Sherwood Cup. Eighteen runners were sent to a good start and were well bunched when they hit the road, but F. O'Flynn and G. Rowberry went out into the lead on the flat with R. Daniell not far behind Across the sandhills back to the golf-course, O'Flynn took the lead from Daniell, to win by 50 yards with I. Morton coming up well to finish in third place from T. E. Dorman. On the revised times the winner of the Sherwood Cup proved to be R. Hunt, a young runner who finished seventh, and who should prove a real acquisition for the Club.
With a more than usually numer-us band of enthusiasts the Basketball Club this year seems likely to have an active and successful season. At Easter the Victoria rep. team, playing with outstanding speed and precision all but succeeded in winning the Shield from the more experienced Aucklanders.
The first regular match of the season was lost to Island Bay by a narrow margin, 16—14, the second against Training College was a draw 11—11, and the latest was lost to Aspro, 19—16. In every game play has been keen and the winners' superiority slight.
The combination of the centres is excellent, their passing quick and reliable and the defence has proved formidable in breaking up tactics of the opposing backs. The goals havs been at a disadvantage through changes in their trio and shooting is not yet sufficiently accurate but with more practice the team may feel confident of putting up a good record.
The second team is the most promising which the Club has produced for some time. Although depleted of all but four of its former members it has moved up from 4th grade to Senior B grade on the strength of last year's performance and seems likely to acquit itself well when blessed by a little practice.
Suffering from an entire lack of training (and from Extrav.?) and being completely innocent of coordination it lost to St. Joseph's, 37—9. By next week the thermometer had risen somewhat and the score was 21—10 to Training College. The last game was almost torrid: 11—8 to 'Varsity at half-time—and although the results was 19—15 to Wellington East O.G. the team was beginning to show a combination and precision which should prove formidable in future games.