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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 10, No. 13. September 24, 1947

On The Up Grade

On The Up Grade

The most often repeated remark around the College for the last week seems to have been: "VUC can well be proud of itself." It is certainly some achievement to have risen from being the perennial holder of the wooden spoon to second place, but there is no ground for unbridled optimism on this score, because most of the points seem to have been scored in sports in which the number of competitors is small (and for which the number of points is correspondingly small).

In our opinion the most pleasing feature of the Tournament is the effort of the Soccer team in tying for first place with Otago and Auckland. However, we have no wish to write down the clubs which won their events—Basketball, Fencing and Golf. The basketballers deserve all credit for their win, as Canterbury have been undisputed leaders in this field ever since the contest was inaugurated. The shooting team, too, did well, but of the other sports the less said the better.

It seems that Ski-ing is not to be included in Winter Tournament, and that the Ski Council will have separate status corresponding to that of the Rugby Football Council. VUC gained second place in this sport, largely due to the effort of Roy McKenzie, who made fastest time in both the Downhill and Slalom events, and went on to win the National Champ. Slalom at Mt. Egmont under very trying conditions.

Victoria's much vaunted prowess in intellectual sports was not very evident, although we gained a convincing win in Bledisloe Medal, Ben O'Connor being awarded first place and Kevin O'Brien third. In Joynt Scroll Debating we took second place to Otago but did not gain any or the first three places.

Socially, the Tournament seems to have been at least as successful as usual, in spite of "Critic's" bitching about the Ball. You can roughly gauge the cost, of the Tournament from the length of the Treasurer's face.

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