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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 18, No. 11. August 12, 1954

Home Tournament Shows Good Prospects

Home Tournament Shows Good Prospects

The fever of a home Winter Tournament, always a big event in the life of the University, is fanned this year by our very reasonable hope of winning the Tournament Shield, which we narrowly missed last year. Our teams are playing on home grounds and this, combined with the high calibre of many of our teams, seems to ensure our success in our own city.

Our Soccer team has a good percentage of senior players and although Alan Preston is away with the touring New Zealand team, the team are the logical winners of this section of Tournament.

The table tennis team, which was unluckily beaten last year, have an even stronger team this year with the inclusion of Tony Darroch a Wellington representative, and Viv. Fleming, who has played consistently well in three N.Z.U. Tournaments. Playing in conditions far superior to those of Auckland, and with experience of these tables recognised by the table tennis authorities as the best available, V.U.C will be right amongst them when the final points are awarded.

The harrier team also won last year and the manner in which the Harrier Club has continued to gather trophies, we feel certain that they will again be successful. Graeme Stevens and Dick Gilberd are in the top flight of Wellington harriers and either of these two should be first across the line. The rest of the team. Beaglehole, Truebridge, Joyce and Gow, are all consistent runners who gained for the Club the coveted Masterton Relay Trophy. Most of the team are familiar with the Paekakariki course and with the advantage of two highly successful seasons behind them they hope to add another trophy to their sizeable collection.

The shooting team, a trifle lucky last year, may possibly gain a few points for Tournament Shield. Walter Ike and Brian Bradburn were in last year's successful team and with a large piece of luck and some good shooting we may end up with a place.

Golf in its first year as an official Sport of Tournament, will be played on a championship standard Hull course. Barry Boon may well be favoured for the men's singles and, playing at the Hutt, which is probably a second home to these Weir boys, the team should easily win this sport.

The men's hockey team have a very heavy programme as the Australian Universities tour is on at the same time. The team is better than it has been in previous years but so also are those of the other Colleges. The prospects could be brighter.

The fencers have a balanced team with veteran Free as top man. The club has seen better days but this, too, may gain a few points which may make the difference between winning or losing Tournament.

Women's hockey is not expected to work wonders nor is the women's basketball team. They may topple some team, however, to give us a much needed point.

On the whole our prospects are good. But there are so many factors which affect the final result that once again we could easily be an also ran.

However, we will move with the excited optimism of the College. Home Tournaments are big events and if the enthusiasm and pandemonium of a Home Tournament can assist we will be far ahead of any other College.