Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 18, No. 12. September 6, 1954
At Long Last — Victoria Is Victorious
At Long Last
Victoria Is Victorious
At Long Last we have done it V.U.C. have won a Winter Tournament Now that the victorious [unclear: jubation] has subsided and the vanquished students from our sister colleges have departed we will appraise the situation with a slightly jaundiced pond-scum green eye.
The Tournament went off very smoothly due mainly to the efficient organisation of the Tournament Controller and the administration and sports controllers. Wellington welcomed the visiting teams with a southerly blister and Councillor Kitts. However the Weather Office relented and gave us some Hawke's Bay weather for the rest of the Tournament. As this happens but once in a blue moon, conditions were thus right for Victoria to win the Tournament.
The most merited win at Tournament was that of the Indoor Basketball teams. The girls, particularly, played better than they have for a considerable time. With the resolute captaincy of Hazel Blick, they went through the Tournament undefeated. In their first game, the girls were intent on keeping C.U.C.'s score within a reasonable margin. To their surprise they found that they were up 24.14 with the last spell to go. They tightened up the game and managed to hold C.U.C. out by 24-22. As this was their hardest game they proceeds to make light work of the other teams and so won us 8 Shield points.
Not to be outdone the Men's Indoor Basketball team also went through undefeated. Their very attractive style of play en-sum! a good gallery whenever they were on the court. They were never seriously troubled, and even against the much favoured O.U. side they were never at any stage behind in points. Ralph Salt, one of the three N.Z.U. Blues, played magnificently especially in the O.U. game where he scored half of Vic's points. This was the best in the Tournament and both teams were urged on by a large crowd of supporters. Victoria deserved their win; their "laying up" against O.I. was outstanding and the coverage and interception of the guards kept V.U.C ahead all the time.