Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 11., No. 9. 28th July 1948
Since the last notes were written the various teams have been pursu ing the even tenors of their ways; some winning, some (unfortunately) losing.
Seniors: A 13-0 loss to Hutt, when 8 of the regular men were absent, either in Auckland or injured, was sustained on July 10; and on July 17 Johnsonville were well beaten—16-3. The form shown by the team, and by several individuals in this game, is most encouraging, both for the remainder of this season and for next year.
It is very pleasing to see that the critics seem to think a lot of one of Victoria's three NZU representatives. The comments on the NZU v. Auckland game!
Junior A. This team, unfortunately playing one short, turned on a very good game to draw with Poneke (the championship leaders) on July 10, and had a bye on July 17. The demands on the Seniors for players to replace those injured and indisposed for other reasons, have never allowed this team, which looked so promising at the beginning of the season, to settle down.
Junior B. The A and B teams in this section have been going along quietly, without great success. The B team has been having difficulty in fielding a full team, largely because of the fact that the players who cannot turn out on Saturdays, do not take the trouble to let either their coach or the team's officer know their intentions.
Third A. This team has continued on its winning ways (ouch) by beating Makara 9-3 and Onslow 15-3. Not since the third game, and only twice before that has its line been crossed—a very proud record. They are scheduled to meet the competition leaders at Miramar on July 24—the club wish them good luck.
Third B. This side has had two more wins, though rather narrow ones, and lies now one point behind the competition leaders, with every prospect of improving its position by the end of the season. It is well over a month since a try was registered against the team.
Third C. The A team had a win against Makara and a loss against Poneke and the luckless B's, two more losses—one a very heavy one when playing short-handed. The C committee would like to appeal to all members who have temporarily given up the game to reconsider their decisions, and turn out, if only for one Saturday, to help this team along. Would anyone who can possibly help please get in touch with B. H. Peters, phone 24-177.
No club notes would be complete without reference to the club's loss, by the death of Professor Kirk, a patron, a life-member and one of its oldest and most enthusiastic supporters. He will be remembered for many years, especially by the older members of the club for his many acts of courtesy and kindness.