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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol 6, No. 6. May 26, 1943

[Tournament review, Salient Vol 6, No. 6. May 26, 1943]

This somewhat pretentious title refers to the contests between the four Colleges in men and women's hookey and basketball, which were held from May 14th to May 17th. Starting as a suggested inter-College hockey match to be arranged by the men's hockey club, like Topsy "it Just growed," until it assumed the grandiose proportions of a winter-sports tournament.

The visiting teams arrived on the morning of a bleak, cheerless Friday, to be pounced upon by a vociferous swarm of billeters who hauled them oil' in triumph to ply them with porridge and that antediluvian egg which had been hoarded so long for the purpose.

If Friday was cold and bleak, Saturday went it one better by being cold, bleak and wet, resulting in the cancellation of the basketball fixtures for the day, including the proposed game versus the Wellington representative team. However, the men hockey players, being made of sterner stuff, ventured forth to the Karori marshlands where they proceeded to hack around with wild abandon.

There is no doubt that all our visitors enjoyed the tournament, not only because of the games and social events, but also for the chance to see some of our far-famed marine wonders. There was, however, one small cloud almost obscured by silver lining—the organisation was poor. Victoria students may not be expert at hockey and basketball but, oh boy, you should Bee them at passing the buck. An exasperated "Salient" representative going from one person to another trying, with singular lack of success, to gather information, could not help wondering that anything at all was accomplished when seemingly nobody was responsible for anything. Admittedly the whole thing was done hurriedly and there were many grave difficulties, but nevertheless efficient organisation should prepare for and overcome these as they arise. Are students such individualists that they find it impossible to collaborate with their fellows?

The outstanding feature of the play in the games themselves was the surprisingly high standard attained throughout. The men's hockey was consistently good, at times brilliant, except on the Monday when fatigue began to affect the players. The basketball was excellent, particularly by Otago, the winners, who were never really extended. Only the women's hockey was at times below par. Play was a mixture of brilliance interspersed with scrappiness, of which the latter was the most common.

Socially, the Tournament was a real success for everybody mixed freely and enjoyed themselves to the utmost. The ball, of course, was the high-spot of the whole programme, and our visitors without exception declared to be, one of the beat shows they had ever attended. The heartier spirits gave many vigorous hakas, which were enjoyed by the quieter souls, who were interested to see that these could be performed efficiently without the aid of peashooters or the taking off of one's [unclear: pants].

—A. O'B.