Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 17, No. 5. April 15, 1953
V.U.C. was decidedly unlucky in tennis, winning only the combined doubles with Don Robinson and Judy O'Brien 6-3. 7-5. Alan Robinson and tarry O'Neill played brilliant tennis throughout and were first pipped in the third set 11-9 by Nicholson and Class of O.U. in the final of the men's doubles in the final of the women's singles. Judy O'Brien was narrowly defeated by Racwyn Dickson of A.U.C 7-5." 7-5 Alan Robinson was beaten by Die men's singles winner M. Ellis (of A.U.C.) 6 1, 9 7 in hi? first game, and would have won the second set 7-5 had not an incorrect call been given. Don Robinson lost a bard throe-set match in the men's singles to Nicholson of O.U. whom he beat last year, going down 6-4, 3-6. 3-6. The women's doubles combinations both lost their first games and were not up to the standard of the rest of the team. Incidentally, the Tennis Club would be well advised to commence its play-offs for the team considerably earlier than it did this year as a certain amount of unnecessary bad feeling was caused by the decisions of the Committee, in particular all Clubs should realise that challenges may be played up to the last moment before leaving tor Tournament, that challenges need not be written, that the instructions of Tournament delegates should be observed and that any person must be given the opportunity to challenge all or any of the members of a team. After all the best players should go to Tournament.
The salient facts which emerged from the various competitions were to my mind that our shooting team is strong, the tennis and cricket teams were unlucky, the boxing team, which had the strongest membership for years, came up against an unusually high standard, the Rowing Club needs more members, the basketball clubs also needs more members and, in addition, a coach, in athletics we need more field events men (who may be available next year in John Hawkes, Gwen Hyslop, Dave Leech and Guntur Elepans) in swimming the Tournament standard is very high and we've just got to have better swimmers to have any chance of winning. When all these defects have been overcome we may just head Otago off at Canterbury next year.
All in all a very good time was had by all and you should make it your ambition to represent Vic. at Tournament.
—you'll enjoy it!