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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 8, No. 12. September 19, 1945

Fencers Show Promise For Future

Fencers Show Promise For Future

Well, we didn't bring home the bacon, but we managed to tear off a rasher or two. VUC came bottom, but it was a pretty good bottom considetring the fact that the other College fencing clubs have been established for three years or more against our mere three months. The results are as follows:—
  • v. AUC—lost 7-9.
  • v. OU—lost 7-9.
  • v. CUC—8 bouts each, Canterbury winning on points (hits! to you).

The fencing attracted large crowds of spectators although, by the general comments passed, the finer points of the art were over the heads of moat of them. It was obvious the fencing at OU is publicised to a much greater extent than it is here. The VUC Swords Club hopes to expand greatly next year and, provided the necessary equipment is available, a membership of 40 or 50 should not be too much to expect.

Sir Joseph Ward, of the NZAFA, was president of the tourney, and is to be thanked for the very efficient and decisive manner in which he adjudicated, helping materially towards the success of the contest. He gave excellent criticism of the fencing, and good advice to those who needed it. Expressing pleasant surprise at the high standard displayed, he voiced the opinion that the standard would be raised considerably next year.

A pleasant and thirst-quenching Fencing Drinking Horn was held after the final bouts and Victoria did do well in that sphere.