Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 18, No. 11. August 12, 1954
This years Tournament team is an interesting one, combining young and old hands. Although last year's team did not go well at Tourney, this year, recent unexpected successes in the Senior Cometition may be a foretaste of yet better things to come. Individually the team has capabilities and now at last combination and understanding is being developed.
Berverley Montgomery, on the left Wing for her first Tourney, is a former Senior Reserve Representative and has a nice turn of speed. With hard working left inner Pat Franzen and centre-forward Elliee Moore, she has been prominent in several goalresulting sorties this year. Pat. who a fine player, turned out last year for St. Cuthberts Old Girls, and this is therefore her first University Winter Tournament. Ellice, in her second year at Varsity, will be making her second appearance at Winter Tournament. If she gets plenty of ball she; s a dangerous and valuable forward. With more accuracy in the circle, she may receive the selector's nod.
At right-centre we are fortunate to have ex-O.U. representative and N.Z.U. Blue MARY M1DDLETON. She has very competent ball control, and already this season has chalked up many goals.
Although Tournament evergreen Bobette Clarke has only made brief appearances on the right wing this year, she is maintaining the firstclass form that we saw from her last season, and should be a starter in the N.Z.U, team with a little more luck.
At left wing another ex-O.U., captain of last year's N.Z.U. team and twice an N.Z.U. Blue Norah Denman has already impressed Auckland selectors with her fine anticipation and skilful play. She has proved a strong and welcome addition to the side.
This is the third Tournament for captain Beverley Saunders at centrehalf. She has once again proved to be the pivot of the team and has the ability to switch defence to attack. After being chosen for the N.Z.U. team last year, she was unfortunately not able to play owing to injury. Better luck this year, Bev.
Completing this efficient and hard-working half back line is A. V. PARKINSON. This will be her second Tournament and last year she was selected as reserve to the N.Z.U. team. Thin year she has received able assistance from ELIZABETH DIPROSE at left back, a newcomer to the team. Elizabeth spent several years in the First Eleven at New Plymouth Girls' High School, and is adapting herself well to the standard of play here.
At right back is Margaret Bullock, another first-timer in the team with a formidable record. Margaret has been playing excellent hockey this season, and should also stand a fair chance of gaining N.Z.U. selection.
Jennifer Lambert, who is "keeping" for the 'Varsity seniors for the first time, is proving a capable goalie: in coming years, with added experience and confidence, we should See great things from her.
Travelling With the team as reserves are Audrey Rudd and Solita King. Audrey is another who comes to us from the St. Culthberts' Old Girls' eleven She has played in the 'Varsity forward line several times this season and has thoroughly earned her place in the Tournament team.
Solita hails from the Solway College Senior team and is a tireless and energetic player for whom the Tournament will be a valuable experience.
Once again our sportsmen and sportswomen enter the lists in honour of their college.
Over many years, much has been written about the character building potentialities of participation in sport. Teachers' schemes all too often make much of the value of sport. Welfare workers write columns on the subject. But, looking over the reports of bad conduct on ploying fields, and reading the many and varied excuses offered for the failure of a representative team to win an important engagement, one can rightly query the statement that sport builds, the character.
Thus, in saying "au revoir" to our fellow students, we may rightly wish them well in their sporting engagements, but we Should also wish them an enjoyable time, and hope that they partake to the full of the good fellowship which abounds at a 'Varsity Tournament For it is in the broadening effect which results from meeting and talking with others that the full value of a venture of this type lies.
Good luck to them all; may they be as successful as possible but also may they return boardened, more tolerant, in memory of the contacts and friendships they have made.