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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 9, No. 8 July, 3, 1946

Women's Hockey Improves—Victory Over Massey

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Women's Hockey Improves—Victory Over Massey

Senior A.—Ah the season advances this team is improving each game and results do not give a true indication of the standard of play. In their second match against COG. Varsity put up an excellent performance and fully extended the COG team (playing one short). It was not until ten minutes before time that COG had the better of the game. The forward line is strengthened by the inclusion of Bice Young, and Vivienne Rich is settling down in her new position as centre-forward.

Grads' Team.—On June 15 this team scored its first win of the season against Training College with a score of 2-1. This was a well deserved win for the whole team played much improved hockey. The forwards wasted no opportunity in the circle and it was only the excellent saves made by the TC goalie which kept the score so low. In this game the halves supported the forwards very well while on the attack and the backs managed to "bottle up" most or the attempted break-aways of the TC forwards. Betty Boyes, our goalie, continues to improve each match and for a beginner is showing great promise. In fact, In spite of continued changes in personnel, the team appears to be settling down to quite good hockey, scoring another win last week—tills time against YWCA. a newly promoted Senior B team—by 5-1. A rather unexpected improvement was achieved by reversing the two wing players. This may appear a most unorthodox move but is producing good results already.

Senior B (1).—This team appears to he in the way of setting an unofficial Varsity record for diversity of players, not having fielded the same team twice to date. They have helped out the Senior A's upon occasions and individual players have had some good experience but the constant interchange has proved a serious handicap. Positional play does not altogether conform to traditional lines but free use of initiative has helped considerably. Lack of combination has had its most notable effects in the circle.

Senior B (2).—The Senior B 2's are becoming adjusted to their higher grade but still require to speed up their stickwork. So far they have not produced an effective right wing which has restricted their choice of lines of attack. Positional play has been good, but of late there has been a tendency to over caution, which lias resulted in congestion among the backs. Possibly this Is a result of having met the stronger teams first. Further experience and more concentration upon attack are likely to show good results.

Success at last in the Junior Grade.

The Junior team, after a series of defeats, which were slightly dampening, even if not discouraging, seem to have rounded the corner. They played creditably in the seven-a-side tournament, to the extent of shooting two goals within about five minutes, thus winning the game. Immenso Jubilo!

Recent games show they are beginning to play as a team, instead of as a collection, and future success will depend on this combination. Their main asset Is their unabated enthusiasm, which even extends to giving up those Saturdays when there is a bye or unfavourable weather to practising in the gym. . . so just give them time. . . .

VUC v Massey

This game was played on Crawford Green, which was not in a very good condition: Victoria attacking right from the start had Massey on their defence, the Wellington forwards fighting hard to score. The centre-half Julie Flett was playing excellent hockey, reeding her forwards well and the first goal was the result or her good play. Half-time score was twonil in Victoria's favour. The second half saw Massey attacking but Suzanne Bott, left full back, was playing well and the defence held. Aided by enthusiastic support from the side-line Massey now had the better of the game and scored two beautiful goals which gave the goalie no chance. With the score 2-all Victoria rallied and with the forwards playing very well two more goals were scored. Even play followed with the ball travelling up and down the field. Final score:—

Victoria 4, Massey 2.

In the evening the women joined with the men in a dinner and cabaret party.