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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 18, No. 1. March 3, 1954



More so than most sports, tennis can be played either seriously or socially. Our Varsity Club has always catered for those desiring to partake in the former type, with ample opportunity for interclub and keen competition to get into the tournament team. This year has been no exception and although so far we have not been winning as many matches as we might wish, there has been plenty of good tennis played.

Individually some of our players have done particularly well. Over the Christmas tournament period. Boon. O'Neil and Eichelbaum won several titles. Boon was runner up in the Wellington singles (won by John Barry) while both he and O'Neil had the distinction of being chosen for the Wilding Shield Squad. With these three players available for tournament, in the men's section at least, we should acquit ourselves well.

Although probably our club is not open to criticism as far as providing serious tennis, in the post we have been Justifiably criticised for neglecting to provide for those wishing to play not such serious tennis. Too often odd people have turned up to tennis on a Saturday or a Sunday afternoon to find a couple of singles going, and have sat round and have not been invited to Join in and Anally gone home having perhaps one game. An effort is being made this year to see that this does not happen. Some committee members are present on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons when games are arranged and balls and afternoon tea provided, and for those who raise sufficient sweat plenty of hot showers are available. In order to make this a success we need plenty of players and we do invite anyone with the slightest interest in tennis to come along for a game on these club afternoons.

The club suffered a sad loss by the dealth, in the Tangiwal disaster, of Trevor Bacon. Trevor had been a strong member of the club and had served on the committee, as well as representing us at Tournament. A wreath was sent by the club to the funeral and it is proposed that the new Singles Championship Cup should be called the Trevor Bacon Memorial Cup.