Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 18, No. 12. September 6, 1954
Victoria, this years winners, were in a class of their own in this sport. They won the team's knockout by 20-1 against CUC and every title went to a VUC player. Alan Robinson and Tony Darroch dominated the play and they played in all of the finals of the men's mixed events.
Alan Robinson entered the final of the men's singles after thrashing Dave Lye, OU's No. 1 man in three straight sets and proceeded to put Tony Darroch, his doubles partner, through in much the same manner. The standard of table tennis was high but too many players lacked consistency.
Shadwell, a former VUC Tournament player, was easily the hardest hitter in the Tournament, but made bad mistakes at crucial points. The VUC team, apart from Tony Darroch. are defensive players and they just had to sit back and capitalise on their opponent's inconsistent hitting. Not one of our players was disgraced. Roly Woods in particular made a very impressive debut to NZU Tournament.
Our two girls. Viv. Fleming and Eliz. Lesser are Tournament veterans and they also contested every final with Viv Fleming ending with three titles to her credit. Comparatively, the standard of women's play is much lower than that of the men's, but it is improving all the time and this year's standard is the highest for a lengthy period.
The conditions at the Winter Show were infinitely better than those at Auckland last year. Spectator facilities enabled a crowd of over sixty to watch the final of the men's singles.
The dinner at the Empire Hotel was a happy occasion and most of the visitors attended before going back to the Winter Show to view the NZU game. Wellington thrashed the NZU and in doing so dashed our hopes of gaining two NZU T/T blues.
The very smooth running of Tournament and the friendly atmosphere arc a tribute to controller Alan Robinson, and records clerk Gill Hemery. Competitors and Club members appreciated it.