Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 8, No. 7. June 13, 1945
Vuc Royally Entertained by Victorious Massey
Vuc Royally Entertained by Victorious Massey
Bathed in Palmerston North sunshine, a hockey team from VUC comprising Senior A and B players met Massey on Monday, June 4th. Led by ex-team mates of Victoria, Doug Yen and Johnny Nicholls, Massey downed the Vic. side in a closely fought and spirited game, 5-4. Scores for Vic. came from Ivor Ting (2), Norm Towns and Bill Moody. Massey proved that hockey at their college is rapidly regaining the standards of pre-war days and that they will be a force to be contended with at Tournament this year.
Our congratulations go to Doug. Yen and his merry men for a very fine performance. Massey hospitality was up to its usual high standard and we were royally entertained at a dinner and dance on Monday night. There was a full programme of activities and nary a dry moment was spent. Sir Percy and the ladies would not have vowed the dance second to Capping Ball.
Our sincerest thanks go to Professor Perrin, Mrs. Clausen, Massey hockey club, Massey dance committee, the umpires, and all others, who did so much to make our trip such a success in every way.
Professor Perrin, speaking at the dinner, commented on the fine spirit in which the game was played and this was endorsed by the umpires. This factor is symbolic generally of the friendship existing between the two colleges.
The Senior A team registered a good win against Huia, 5-2 (Win Smiler 4 goals, Ian Laurenson 1), thus establishing themselves second in the competition. Under Win's careful guidance the team is settling down and playing good hockey. There has been a big improvement in combination. The penalty corner combination in particular has proved most effective and has been responsible for scoring in every game so far. Ian Laurenson, who has been promoted from Senior B, played well on the right wing.
Visitors to Karori last Saturday saw some of the best hockey of the season in a battle between the two leading teams, Karori and Varsity. From a half-time score of 2-2 Karori scored 3 goals in a short space of time. The latter half of the second spell was played almost entirely in the region of the Karori circle, with the Varsity forwards pressing desperately, to be repelled many times only on the goal mouth. The backs kept on their men well, and the crack Karori forwards had difficulty in getting away with the ball. The failure of five penalty corners lost us the game 5-2. Our scores came from Smiler and Towns.
Noel Brown at right half is especially to be congratulated on a fine game.
The Senior B team lost to Petone 1-7, Kamal Gajadhar scoring. Gil. Johnstone at right back was responsible for keeping out the Petone forwards on more than one occasion.
Tech. Old Boys also were too Btrong for this team, dealing with them to an effective score of 7-0.
Lack of goal scorers in the forwards seems to be the main fault. Forwards must learn to go hard into the circle and crack the leather without waiting to get set.
2A defeated Trentham Army 1-0 on the first Saturday. The score hight easily have been more but for the lack of punch by the forward line in the circle. The backs played well, Sutherland being largely responsible for giving his forwards a large share of the ball. Last week the backs again played a commendable game, but the forward line was still rather weak in the circle. It is true that the Petone goalkeeper played a superb game, but, judging from the number of times our forwards were in the opposing circle, more goals may have been expected. It should not take long for the otherwise fast and clever forwards to remedy this handicap. Score 1-2.
2B followed up a narrow win of 1-0 against Wellington on the first Saturday with a good win against Wellington College 4-1 last week. On the first occasion the backs, Metson and O'Callaghan, proved too solid for their opposing forwards, and fed the ball consistently to their own forwards. The forwards, with Arch. Ives leading them, apparently decided to keep the ball in the paddock rather than direct it to the goal. But a roaring good time was had by all in the process. Fielding only 9 men last week, the team did well to win by so much. Admittedly Jack Barr was the referee, but the win by the experienced veterans of the club was both deserved and expected.
3A has put up two very fine performances. Against College "B" the team drew 2-2, and last week defeated Rongotai 3-2. This team appears to be very well-balanced, combining well, with each player keeping his proper position. Lack of real hard hitting is one point which should be noticed and remedied, particularly in the backs. The personnel of this team should also be congratulated for turning out in full numbers each week. If they keep it up, they will do even better.
3B, the "Hard Luck" team, has, alas, lost on both Saturdays. This was expected. On the first Saturday seven men turned up. On the second, Four turned up. It is hoped the team will not make a habit of it. In all falrness to the chaps who do turn up regularly, the personnel of this team should make a reasonable attempt to turn out in full numbers in future. It is hard luck for the members of the diminutive "team" who are prepared to play that a decent full-sized game cannot be played and enjoyed, not only by Varsity, but by their opponents. An earnest appeal is made to players to rally around and see that the College is represented fully on future Saturdays. The performances which were put up at the beginning of the season indicate that with a full team, 3B can really play fine hockey.