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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol 6, No. 5. May 5, 1943

Sport [Editorial in Salient Vol 6, No. 5. May 5, 1943]

With the advent of winter the enthusiasm of the students has been diverted into different channels. Forsaking strenuous endeavours to hit one another with cricket and tennis balls, they have descended to the more effective though more primitive methods of kicking their opponents or hitting them with sticks, to say nothing of punching, elbow-jolting and even biting on occasions. In most of these sports, it is rumoured, a ball and a referee both figure, but not very prominently. It is all good, clean fun, however, especially for those who sinews figure much more prominently in their activities than do their intellects. Even in a University this type is to be found, usually congregated in clamorous groups in the well-known boarding establishments which contribute so much to the life of the College.

By far the most important event in the College's immediate sporting future is the hockey and basketball tournament with the other Colleges, which is to be held during the vacation on May 14th, 15th and 17th. To enable the tournament to be held billets are required, and everyone who can possibly help is urged to reply to the advertisement which appears elsewhere in this issue. Students should also roll up to all the games to indulge in the wild yelling and hoarse repartee which makes these events so enjoyable, besides assisting one's own team to glorious victory.

The weather man, as usual, seemed to associate Easter with Noah and his adventures rather than the New Testament, so several of the clubs were deprived of their usual beginning of season pipe-openers, but nevertheless hopes run high for those teams which are starting in the competitions this week-end, particularly the rugby club, which seems to have every prospect of a very successful season in front of it. If enthusiasm counts for anything they will be unbeatable. We wish them well.