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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 17, No. 1. March 4, 1953

Athletics... — Successful Season — Strong Field Events Section

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Successful Season

Strong Field Events Section

Victoria is having a most successful athletic season but there are still plenty of vacancies for new members in the Athletic Club. Mr. W. Landreth, the College Physical Education Officer, has recommenced his coaching classes for newcomers to the sport, these classes being held in conjunction with the club night at Kelburn Park on Mondays commencing at 5.30 p.m. Arch. Matheson. the well-known harrier, is leading in the competition for the Old Members' Cup awarded to the athlete scoring most points in handicap events held on club nights.

The national senior championships were held at Dunedin on February 20 and 21, and Victoria had three representatives in the Wellington team. David Leech was second with 150ft. in the hammer throw to Duncan Clark, who won this event at the Empire Games, representing Scotland. Ikar Lissienko was rather surprisingly defeated by Dr. Moody in the discus throw, and his throw of 128 ft. 8in. was well below his best.

Ewen Hyslop hopped, stepped and jumped up to his Wellington form which was not quite good enough to finish in the first three at nationals. John Hawkes. who last year attended Christ College, and is now wearing the green singlet, will be representing Canterbury at the national Junior championships at Auckland on February 27 and 28. Hyslop is the only one of these athletes eligible for V.U.C. at Easter tournament, and it is reported that he is a doubtful starter.

At the Wellington provincial championships V.U.C. were third equal with 32 points in the McEvey Shield competition won by Petone with 38 points from Hull 37. Dave Leech was the star of the meeting, winning the hammer throw with a throw of 150ft. 2½in. a Wellington record. Ikar Lissienko won the discus throw and Ivan Hyslop the high jump. John Hawkes. a junior, did really well in getting the senior shot out to 39ft. 11½in. for second place. Other place getters were Guntur Elephano (second pole vault ). Ikar Lissienko (second javelin). Gil James. Bob James. Brian Battell. Peter Leslie (second relay). John McLevie (third 440yds hurdle) and Gil James (third 880yds).

The Wellington junior championships were more records for Hawkes. John won the shot put 47ft 9in (a Wellington record ) and the discus throw 128ft 4ins. (a Wellington record ) and was third in the high Jump. Barry Waite was third in the 220yds hurdles.

On December 13 at Christchurch V.U.C. defeated C.U.C. in the annual contest by 47 points to 42. This was V.U.C.'S first victory in post-war years in men's inter-university athletics.

In the inter-club competition held each week at Hataital Park for the Dewar Shield Victoria at the end of the first round were undefeated in the senior A grade and look like going through the second round with even bigger wins. Besides those with successes at the championships Trep. Smith, Gus Buick (sprinters). Jim Buick, Dick Gilberd, Graham Stevens, John Riseborough borough (stayers) and Fred Fou, Noa Nawalowals and Mo Varesepete heavy duty models) have been regular points getters. Juniors showing good form include Mike Hanson and Ray Palmer in the sprints and Dave Carter in the half-mile.

Dave Leech, runner up in the New Zealand championships, hammer throw.

Dave Leech, runner up in the New Zealand championships, hammer throw.

The ladles' section is starting to biuld up strength. Two who should do well at tournament are Shirley Thomson in the hurdles and Jumping events and Janet McKenzie in the 220 yards. Other winners during the season have been Diana Lescher, Jean Geary and Kath Cleland.

Coming events Include inter-faculty sports at Kelburn Park on Saturday, March 21, commencing at 10.30 a.m. All students should enter the college sports or turn up and watch. Visiting athletes from Hastings and Massey will also be competing. Watch the daily newspapers and the college notice-boards for further details.

Following the sports, there will be a social evening at the R.S.A. Hall. Roseneath. for members of the club and their friends.

On Friday March 27 the club will be entertaining the visiting Australian Universities athletes.

Anybody willing to billet Hastings and Australian Universities' athletes are asked to contract either Dick Gilberd or Brian Battell at Weir House.