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

Victoria's Valiants

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Victoria's Valiants


The Badminton team this year is substantially of the same strength as the team which won the unofficial tournament at Auckland last year, and they have a very good chance of winning again this year.

Jim Thompson, Graham Russell, and Larry O'Neill are all A Grade players in Wellington, and have distinguished themselves this year by fine performances against the province's best. Jim and Larry played Tor V.U.C. at Auckland last year, and were both selected for the N.Z.U. team. The other man. John Morrison, is a strong B Grade player who should be extremely hard to beat in the fourth position.

Colleen Nansett is also an A Grade player who will be very hard to beat. The other lady's position has not yet been finalised.

Women's Basketball


Barbara Little—one of the most experienced players in the team and strong the top scorers in club games. This is her third season in V.U.C. Club, and before that she played in the Hutt Valley, but has not been available for previous Tournaments.

Judith Davenport—first year player and exceedingly promising, who has made the grade for Wellington Junior Reps. this year. A high scorer both at practice and in club games.

Betty Beaseley—has been playing more or less seriously since 1947 but this is her first year for V.U.C As yet an unknown quantity liable to get Squashed among the giants.

Judy Allen—third year in the Club and third tournament Captain of the B team this year.


Judith Kitsby—an old tournament personality this is her third. Tournament playing in the Wellington Senior B reps. this year has much improved her play Judy is guarding well and can even out a dash if she concentrates

June Lee—iS playing in Tournament team for the second time but is now back among the guards. She plays exceedingly well on occasions.

Hazel Blick—first year in the V.U.C. Club, having transferred from C.U.C. Played in N.Z.U team 1951. 1952. 1953 and last year captained both Canterbury Senior B reps. and the South Island B reps This year Hazel is captaining the V.U.C. team and playing in the Wellington Senior B reps However, she is seldom on the court.

Anno Couling—another first year player who is well known in outdoor basketball circles. She is improving rapidly but needs more practice and less smoking on the court.

Margaret Hunt—has bean playing for the club three years and this is her second Tournament. An active and versatile player whose motto is "Better Late than Never."

As a team we are playing better basketball than in previous years mainly because we are up to Senior B grade this season and getting more experience against better teams. Our combination and guarding particularly have improved and although we have no expectations of winning the S. G. Holland Shield we are always ready for a good fight and not likely to let the V.U.C. record down.

Men's Hockey

Murray Humphries—will be in goal, the position Is new to him but he is shaping well; right-half Tournament last year; he is determined and vigorous. David Fitzgerald will be at right back; he has been a Tournament campaigner for several years; he is playing very well and we expeel him to be to the fore when the N.Z.U. team is selected.

Bruce Bornholdt—will probably play at left back. Tournament is a new venture for Bruce who attended the Easter coaching school; he has been playing particularly well during the season.

Keith Beresford—right half; he represented Wainirapa for the previous two seasons; he has been playing steady hockey in championship play. Bob Calkin—centre half. N.Z.U. team 1953. He is in the process of building up a reputation as a representative player for Wellington Neville Compton—left half. Member 1950 N.Z.U. team. 1952 N.Z.U. team v. Australian Universities. Brian Rickard right wing; his first 'Varsity tournament and if he maintains his present club form his selection for N.Z.U. would not be surprising.

Graeme Coates—right inside; goalkeeper for the touring N.Z.U. team; his clever stickwork and eye for an opening should stand him in good stead during the Tournament. Chic Humbly—either left inside or left wing; he is also building up a reputation as representative; his club play has been steady.

Laurie Gatfield will be the jack of all trades as far as the Victoria team goes. He will play at centre forward and left back and possibly centre half. He ban an impressive representative record both for the province and N.Z.U.; he will undoubtedly be somewhere in the team that contests the Tests; Probable leader of the Vie teum during Tournament. Georgr Oaks will probably play at left inside and centre forward, George is an old tournament campaigner, N.Z.U. teams 1951. 1953. A probable for the N.Z.U. team.

Don Matheson will prohably play at inside left and left wing. This is Don's first Tournament; he has been a prominent member of the Wellington Coit's team; he is expected to at very well and will gain valuable experience. George Wickham can be expected to play in any position on the right side of the field. George has been a Massey stalwart at the last three Tournaments.

Miniature Rifles

The shooting team this year is re lalively Inexperienced as only two members of the team have previously shot in Winter Tournament. However it would appear that the other colleges are in much the same position and we do not expect to see the Plonkit Shield back in the showcase after Tournament, even though the members of the team have been rather Inconsistent to date.

There have been some patches of very good shooting and If the members of the team can settle down their is every chance that we will retain the I.C.I. Shield.

The team is: W. Hes, R. J. Bradburn, J. L. Mansell, R. A. Patson, J. B. Williamson.

Pianism as a Sport

Tournament officials may take note of the following suggestion: that teams of pianists from all Colleges should compete in the Tournament Competition, all playing the same teat piece (say 120 bars)—times to be taken by stop-watch.

Note: The world's fastest pianist today is Horowitch, who recently set a now record of 17243 notes per minute.


In this important first official N.Z.U. Tournament, V.U.C. will be represented by B. R. Boon. H. R. Carver, G. W. Blathwayt and G. Craighead. This is the strongest steam we have had since 1947 when V.U.C. romped home in the Tournament held that year on the Hutt golf links.

This year's team will be led by Harry Boon, on a three handicap. He is one of the most experienced golfers competing in the Tournament. He has played in the last two N.Z.U. golf tourneys and performed with distinction in both. Last September he won the under-21 Wellington title at Heretaunga from a strong field drawn from both islands.

Graham Craighead is yet another Hutt member, with an extensive knowledge of the course. He will undoubtedly prove a reliable No. 4. when he represents V.U.C. for the first time. He has had experience in local tournaments, and played well at Heretaunga last year in the Wellington under 21 championships. Like Blathwayt he has a dour temperament ideally suited to the strain of medal play, and his presence will add solidarity to the local team.


Although this years team is without Alan Preston, who is touring Australia with the New Zealand Soccer team, it is nonetheless very strong. With live regular senior players in the team and with the rest playing good football Victoria's team should be one of the hardest to beat.

B. Aidridge—Bill has been a real stalwnrt in the senior team this year, displaying a keen appreciation of football far beyond his meagre 20 years. N.Z.U. team 1952, 1953.

B. Reddy, right half, a regular member of the V.U.C.'s first eleven for several years. He represented N.Z.U. last year and is a V.U.C. Blue. He always plays well and his long experience will be a great asset to the team.

D. Rainey, a very fast and fit player who has been playing good football for the senior team this year. Vice-captain N.Z.U. team 1953.

J. Phillips, centre-forward, has tons of speed and excellent ball control, with an average of two goals a match; his first tourney.

J. Parsons, inside forward has had experience in England and his positional play and ball control are be yond reproach; his first year at V.U.C.

B. Millward, half-back, who is solid on attack and defence. Played for V.U.C. last year.

S. George, full-back, a consistent and reliable player with senior experience; his first Tournament.

S. Singh, right wing, has speed and a good centre.

H. Eastgate, inside forward. Is a tricky and intelligent player; his first year at Vic.

C. McCann, wing forward, has a strong cross kick and takes every opportunity to score. Hard man to mark.

D. Holland, forward. N. Tichbon, fullback, and R. Love, goalkeeper, have all been playing good football in our reserve side and we are confident that, they will be well up to best Tournament standard. They are all playing in their first Tournament.

The goal-keeping position will be well looked after and the full-backs are both solid on defence with good clearing kicks. The half-back line will be very strong, all three players having well above average ability. The forwards will be fast and should combine well among themselves and with the half-backs.

After retaining the Shield last year away from home, we should manage to keep it at V.U.C. for another year.

Men's Indoor Basketball

With all but one of the A team available for Tournament and with two reliable players from the B team prospects appear to be very healthy. The team has been playing steady basketball all season and at present their only serious rivals appear to be Otago.

Coached by Alan Clark, former N.Z.U. and Otago representative, the team will be Peter Darracott, a fast penetrating centre. O.U. 1952-53. N.Z.U. B team. 1952; Wellington B team 1954. Ernie Henry, an aggressive guard with fine anticipation and ball control. Wellington B's 53-54. Jim Lewis a forward who will exploit the opposition's weaknesses; always dangerous. Wellington B team l954.

John McLevie, a safe high jumping guard who always ensures a solid defence. V.U.C. Blue 53, V.U.C. B team '53. Wellington B '54.

Ralph Salt, a fast-breaking left shoot. V.U.C. 'S3. Wellington B '53. Wellington A '54. N.Z.U. A team 1953. V.U.C. Blue '53.

Ron Whatu, forward extremely accurate with his set shots. Wellington B team '33-54.

The two players from the B team are Peter Doogue, a tall, rangy player, who is developing into an excellent guard, and Ross Nelson, a dependable forward with an abundance of energy. V.U.C. 1952-3-4.

If the team plays as well as it did in beating M.A.C this year we have every chance of winning.

Table Tennis

This year's team is the strongest (on paper) that Victoria has ever fielded. Its prospects for Tournament appear to be very bright. Our two top players. TONY DARROCH and ALAN ROBINSON, have a large amount of match and tournament experience behind them. Both have played A grade for the last three seasons and there is nothing to pick between them. Tony is a Wellington representative this year for the third season running. He is a left hand attacker who hits hard from both wings. Alan has achieved considerable success Ka tournament play during the last four seasons. He was a finalist, Tournament '53 and won the Wanganal men's singles last year.

Hod Grubi and Roly Woods, the third and fourth members of the team, are by no means over-shadowed They will be hard to beat, either in singles or together in the doubles Both are predominantly defensive players.

The girls. Viv. Fleming and Elizabeth Lesser are expected to win the women's doubles and combined doubles. Both have done very well in the singles in part Tournaments and we hope that they will surpass themselves this year.

Soiree Musicale

Correct and Beautiful. Two fine brackets of French and English madrigals were presented by the Madrigal Group at the Music Society's recent Soiree Musicale. The eight singers have reached a very high standard: they sang on pitch and in rhythm, their fortes brilliant and their pianissimos vibrant if there is a madrigal group in New Zealand worth recording, this is it Watch for the N.Z.B.S. talent scout.

Noble Sonority. Tour ie premiere fois—a double-bass recital! Vic. music pundits were pleased to hear a Marcello sonata played by John McNellly. At times the extreme lowness of the instrument seemed almost divorced from the accompanying piano, sounding like two different pieces.

Nell MacKenzle. Kippelmeister of the Early Music Group, invested his performances with an atmosphero of secrecy that was irresistlbly droll.