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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 10, No. 11. July 30, 1947

Men's Hockey Reps. Include VUC Men Others in Colts

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Men's Hockey Reps. Include VUC Men Others in Colts

Congratulations are due to Gil. Johnstone and Hec. Lawry on their inclusion in the Wellington Representative team, and to Ray Sutherland and Vern. Church who have gained selection in the Colts.

Seniors.—Showing first-rate stick-work and an effective combination between halves and forwards, the First XI gained their first win in club games against Petone, 5-0. A feature of the game was the efficiency with which the penalty corners were taken. Penalties were hit out and stopped like clockwork, and Ray O'Connor showed fine judgment in directing his shots into the net.

On a heavy ground, Petone were somehow unable to stand the on-slaughts of our forwards who were camped in their own half for most of the game. Outstanding was Roy Orsman, who has shown steady progress throughout the season. His positional play as centre-forward could not be faulted and he showed considerable thrust and attack.

Second Grade.—v. Upper Hutt Warriors—win by default, v. Wellington: 4-4. After an early lead had been established the team relaxed its efforts and were overtaken. A fine game was played by Allan Homer who scored two goals and revealed a sound defence. Some incredibly easy shots at goal were missed by the inside forwards, who will need to put in plenty of practice in the circle before Winter Tournament.

Third A.—In their last two games they have registered a draw and a loss. Unfortunately they have been unable to keep the same combination from week to week and their form has consequently suffered. Silver, Brown, Briggs and Slinn show up prominently in the forward line, and with more effective support from their halves would be able to finish off their attacking movements.

Third B.—Has produced two convincing wins since the last hockey notes were written. In these games they have compiled 16 goals for and have had seven scored against them. Under Garth England's leadership the team is rapidly developing understanding in positional play. George Oaks, ably supported by Alec Burt, is in the spearhead of most of the attacks.

Fourth Grade.—Has suffered defeats against Wellington College and Old Boys. The more experienced players such as Sutton, Culliford, Garrick and Burton are taking their teammates in hand, and with the benefit of further coaching they will overcome this lack of tactical knowledge.