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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 18, No. 10. July 15, 1954

Important Year for V.U.C. Team

page 8

Important Year for V.U.C. Team

This year promises to be one of the most important in the history of the hockey club with tournament in Wellington, and the prospect of having an Australian University team participating in tournament.

It is only on two previous occasions that events of similar importance have taken place. The first was the tour of Fiji in 1935 by an N.Z.Uteam (captained by our present coach Mr. Herb. Ford) and the second the 1951 visit to Australia.

In the present season the club has eighty-eight registered players playing in five teams. Grades in which these teams play range from senior A to third. Although no particular team is enjoying outstanding success at this stage in the season, all teams are showing improvement as the season progresses and on occasions upsetting leading teams. The third grade team is in the best position, running second in their grade, while the second seconds, were able to beat the leaders in their grade, namely, Training College. The third grade team is led by Tom [unclear: Sumt] a player who has the longest playing record for the club. Another veteran also playing is Allan Stanley. There are several other older members of the club who are registered and prepared to turn out when required and who are willing to assist in social activities. The second second team is capably led by our secretary Peter Taylor. Captains of other teams are:—
  • Second First's
  • Keith Huddleston
  • Senior Reserve
  • Alistair McLean and Phil Taylor
  • Senior A—
  • Laurie Gatfield

During the season we have taken the opportunity of travelling to other centres and also having visitors from other parts of New Zealand. One of our most successful ventures was the Five-a-side tournament at Masterton on Queen's birthday. For the first time in living memory Victoria had the largest number of teams entered in this tournament. While no team was absolutely successful all agreed that the day was a most outstanding social event.

Other games played were:—

Wairarapa College Old Boys, lost 3-1.
Wanganul Rangers, lost 3-1.
[unclear: Casticcliffe.] won 3 nil.
Massey Ag. College, won 2 nil.

Unfortunately a disastrous occurrence during the social function following the Massey game, waS the loss (irreparable) of the drinking shield for the first time in many seasons. It is doubtful whether the inclusion of George Willam, a former Massey player, in any of the day's operations was a wise move for not only did he seriously Impair Victoria's chances of winning the game by playing for the opposition, in a green jersey, but he also obstructed Vic's chances in the drinking contest by his tardy swallow.