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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 17, No. 4. March 25, 1953

A Message to the Tournament Team

A Message to the Tournament Team

You have been chosen at the best this University can put into the field in the eight sports constituting Tournament competition.

Yours is not en easy lot for you have behind you the disappointments of the many immediately past years when Victoria has steadily won the wooden spoon and last year shared it with Canterbury. Yet the difference between victory and defeat is not great in 1952 O.U. won with 30 points, V.U.C. was third equal with 22 points. A win then in only one more sport could have turned the tables.

It is up to you to ensure that you are at the peak of physical fitness and that you have practised sufficiently to fulfil your pert well. Fitness and practice will carry close fought competitions. Every point and fraction of a point counts for the Shield we have missed from the glass showcase in our foyer since 1938. We appear to have excellent teams this year in Boxing, Cricket, Shooting and Tennis and the other teams are good, too.

The other side of Tournament—the social side is vital too it is one of the few opportunities you will have to mix and fraternise with students of the other Universities and discuss everything under the sun. Don't be afraid to join in. Go to the Hops, on the scenic drive or to the picnic—be at the Ball and don't place too much stress on the Drinking Horn. Remember too the Aussies will be there.

Above all give your billeters a fair deal. Make sure you work in with them and offer to take them to one or two of the sporting events. Don't forget to tell them when you will be home for meals and don't arrive at 8 a.m. every morning after the dances.

Good luck!

P. D. Chatwin.

Senior Tournament Delegate.