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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 6, No. 3 March 31th, 1943


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With the passing of summer many sports clubs are quietly finishing off rather uneventful seasons. The absence of the old Easter tournament is particularly unfortunate for these clubs for it not only robs the end of season period of much of its interest but also removes the incentive to keep going over the long difficult vacation period.

The men's clubs should find that the altered man-power conditions will make their position much more satisfactory than last year. Certainly indications manifested so far bear out this belief.


The senior team has started to display the irritating characteristic peculiar to Varsity teams of winning matches when it doesn't really matter a damn. Both teams are now strong combinations though the strengthening process has caused some heartburning in the seconds, which is not without justification.

Weston who performed so well for the seconds has maintained his form in the seniors and against Midland-Wellington ran up an excellent 75. A left hander with a powerful hook he is content to wait a long time until he gets his eye in and then proceeds to let 'em have it.

The seconds, having beaten Midland-Wellington twice, decided at the third meeting to be noble and lose by five runs. Amongst the noblest was "Irish" O'Brien who, after several abortive attempts to run out his partner Bob Vance, finally succeeded much to the indignation of that young worthy who was not at all mollified to find he had top scored with 48. He had hoped for more—such is ambition. However poetic justice was meted out when Doug. Olson gave "Irish" run out when he was most obviously in. This, of course, may have been from motives of vengeance resulting from an (incident of the previous Saturday but we are charitable enough to think not. After all what do Swedes know about cricket?

Things worth recording—Orm. Creed, senior wicket-keeper, actually took a catch on the leg side for which feat he was awarded a long flagon of milk. Henry Moore believe it or not, put himself on for a whole over but gave up presumably in disgust at talking only one wicket.

Table Tennis.

Table Tennis is a game unknown to man and particularly to woman at V.U.C. The reasons is by no means clear. Perhaps it is that old Father Hannan had charge of, the club. However, a bloodless revolution has occurred in the ranks of the Club this year. The aforesaid Hannan has been promoted to the position of Club Captain, and a progressive committee has been set up. Club times are Monday night and lunch hours when the top Gym [unclear: s] available. Balls will be provided. Since tea dancers polish the floor every other Saturday night, tennis shoes are essential for play.

How do you spend your lunch hours? There is no better way to spend it than to playing Table Tennis, except swatting. Good attendances are expected. Girls! Don't be afraid. If the boys hear feminine footsteps padding timorously up the Gym stairs, they will hide in "Salient" Room with fright.


There was a large attendance at the Annual General Meeting of the Rugby Club and what was very pleasing they were mostly freshers according to the secretary Orm Creed, who knows everybody if not everything.

The following officers were elected: Club captain, Henry Moore; Deputy Club captain, A. O'Shea; Secretary, O. Creed; Treasurer, [unclear: P] A. Taylor; Teams officer, J. Tamlin King. Committee: J. Carrad, J. Stacey, W. Weston, B. Igglesden, plus the usual long list of fairy godmothers. It is evident that no resolution has taken place in the football club.

The issue of amalgamation with Old Boys was not raised because Old Boys themselves did not wish it. Club officials gave "Salient" numerous sound reasons why such an amalgamation would be undesirable but "Salient" never claimed that such an amalgamation would be a good thing for Varsity. We only thought that the insular attitude revealed when the question was raised would if general in the rugby world hardly do the game much good.

Items of Interest—(1) First practice probably Saturday, 17th April. (2) There will possibly be a trip to Wairarapa or Manawatu at Easter. (3) The senior team will be coached by Jim Parker and Henry Moore.

An appeal to all past members.—Please will you sell your old jerseys socks and shorts? These are now almost impossible to obtain, and it is understood that the N.Z.R.U. was not given any assistance by the Go vernment when it appealed for more jerseys.

Mighty Salubrious!

The idea of climbing Papatahi was a good one, but to many of the trampers who went over on this Orongorongo week-end, Papatahi remained just that—an idea.

But this deplorable decadence did not detract from the pleasure of the week-end. There was the swim at the Wainui river,—the brew that followed, there was the slow amble up the river, and there was a fine sleep out on the river bank, where talk went on to the wee small hours: then next day was the consummate pleasure (for some) of climbing the peak on which they had set their hearts, and (for others) there was the excitement of the poker game round the camp fire—sounds all western, doesn't it? There was the dubious satisfaction which emerges from a contemplation of married bliss (Mr. and Mrs. Boyd) and there was the scientific interest in collecting beetles. Altogether this tramp was of very general interest, and showed the wide varieties of types gathered together in the club's midst. A pity there were not more freshers! They would have enjoyed the week-end more than any beer party on a Saturday, or Bible Class on Sunday!


To the accompaniment of the raucous bellows of Weir House mingling discordantly with the shrill yipping of Vic A the Swimming Club started its, 1943 season on Tuesday, March 16th, at Thorndon Baths. Since then there has been another club night and a carnival.

A comprehensive programme of championship and novelty events was drawn up and then ignored just to add that subtle air of mystery which by keeping everyone guessing gives these evenings a zest all of their own.

The fields were small, particularly in the women's events, but the standard was quite high, certainly high enough to warrant a much larger attendance than eventuated. Outstanding performers were P. Fleischl G. Bogle and Misses Margaret Eichelbaum and Pat Gardiner. Most of the finishes were close enough to cause considerable excitement on the bank and many agitated consultations among the judges. On the first night the only easy win was, as expected, by Margaret Eichelbaum in the ladies' breaststroke. The diving proved popular particularly the awkward entry, where considerable natural talent was revealed. Miss Pat Gardiner on the first night won the serious competition with a neat display.

The meetings were successfully organised by Gib Bogle, but his efforts to organise some singling were mercifully abortive, generous offers of assistance being received with a marked coolness as apparently they had heard him before. Even Weir House has its pride.

"On Through the Hail. ."

To make 1943 a brighter harrier season than ever was the desire of all present at the Annual General Meeting of the Harrier Club. Prospects for success in 'inter-club competitions seem assured with the continued support of such hard running men as Miles O'Connor, Dick Daniell, Alistair Scott, Giff. Rowberry, Ian McDowall and Peter de la Mare, while it was also apparent that the social tradition of the Club will not be forgotten.

Club officials elected were: President, Mr. Dixon; Club Captain, P. de la Mare; Vice-Captain, M. O'Connor; Sec.-Treas., G. McDowall; Committee, R. Daniell, F. O'Kan, D. Hefford.

At the invitation of Professor and Mrs. Gould the first run of the season will be held from Weir House on April 3rd. All interested in a good afternoon tea should resurrect the old green singlet and turn out for a little fresh air before satisfying the inner man. Remember, gentle freshers, in addition to some of the fastest harriers in Wellington our numbers include others whose rate of progress is much more suited for admiring the beauties of nature, so do not fear over-exertion but come and fill in those stagnant hours from two to four in the genial company of the Harrier Club.

Men's Hockey Club.

The prospects of the Hockey Club for the 1943 season are the brightest in its history.

The Club has a whole host of new players and for the first time since its foundation it is hoped to be able to field two Senior A teams. The selectors are faced with the problem of having almost too many good players. Among the more seasoned players who are back again are Dr. Evan Raine, Ken Kiddle, Ivor Ting, George Stacey, Grif Jones and Bruce Duncan. All of these players are Senior A standard and to these we add such well known players as 2nd Lieut. Speight, A.U.C. 1st XI, Trigger Gunn, ex-Wellington College and a Wellington Representative. Of 26 new members this year at least 14 are senior standard.

The Club committee consists of: Ken Kiddle, Ivor Ting, George Stacey and Barry O'Donnell. Archie Ives is Club Captain and is at present busy endeavoring to arrange a Hockey tournament.

Bruce Hands has left Wellington and his successor as secretary is Thorn Slinn. The Club hopes to start its practices on the 1st of April and the Committee wants all members to attend.

"T" Dance.

Pubs were closed—the pictures had not yet opened their doors; University students (and others) filled the gap by moving harmoniously round a slippery Gym floor and consuming quantities of asparagus patties, washed down with a beverage of dubious hue presumed by some to be tea, by others to be wish-wash.

Informality—joie de vivre—eclat (particularly obvious in the recital were the earmarks of the evening. The huddle of males herded round the door evaporates rapidly owing to the appalling absence of the feminine sex—thus inaugurating a new era in Tea dances.

The compering during the dance was of good caliber and refreshing after the stolid announcements of last year. The supper could have been better—the hour of the final dance could have been later—card tables could have been provided;— but these were minor items not detracting from the final success—[unclear: b] as for the music—it was lousy.