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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 8, No. 8 June 27, 1945

Table Tennis Up And Doing Well

Table Tennis Up And Doing Well

This year has seen an increase in both club activity and competition in the association matches. With three tables in use the club finds it difficult . to cope with the enthusiastic membership roll of over 30.

A Grade.—Winners of the C Grade in 1943 and the B Grade in 1944—two seasons without a defeat—this team has at last reached the top grade and hopes to gain the experience this year which will ensure future success. To date it has won only one match, but two of the leading teams have been among its opponents.

F. Alpe, E. Jones, A. Smith (capt.) and H. Hanan form the final selection of the team, and there is little between them where form is concerned. Alpe and Smith form an excellent doubles pair, Hanan's backhand "flick" is a masterpiece, and Jones has the most singles successes up his sleeve.

  • v. Kilbirnie A—lost, 11-1.
  • v. Technical A—lost 11-1.
  • v. Onslow—won 10-2.
  • v. Railways B—lost 17 sets to 13 (tie in matches).

The C Grade team, under Ash Cooper, have not yet been beaten, and have every chance of winning their grade if their present form continues. Atmore, Mayo and Graham are the other members of the team.

Two teams have been entered in the D Grade, one of which has won all its matches. Eric Flaws captains this team and with the experience gained by match-play it should be a good combination next year.

There has been a marked increase in women's membership, and this has enabled the entry of a women's team in F Grade. Pat Ralph and Mary Land show distinct promise in style of play. A coaching scheme for the ladies will be inaugurated at the next club night and should do much to improve the standard.

The annual general meeting of the Stud. Ass. passed a motion to include the award of blues to Table Tennis and the committee have decided that the standard of performance shall he the winning of one-third of the singles played for the A Grade team throughout a season. The women's standard has not yet been decided.