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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 18, No. 12. September 6, 1954

Men's Hockey

Men's Hockey

There was a good all round brand of hockey displayed at Karori Park. The overseas visitors showed good stickwork, their positional play being sound, and although they were attacking repeatedly they failed to penetrate the sound defence of the local team. The Victoria fullbacks B. Bornholdt and D. Fitzgerald were solid, showing good anticipation and clearing the ball to the wings. Although out-classed by the Australian goalie. M. Humphries from the local college was safe and reliable. R. Calkin was the outstanding half on the field, distributing the bail to the Victoria forwards with competence. The Australian forwards played a good game getting good support from their halves, the inside loft playing an excellent game, sending the ball across to the right when in the circle. However the best forward display was given by C. Hambly, the left wing for Victoria, He repeatedly broke away and took the ball up the field centering with confidence, both with the reverse stick and a crisp push shot. But the Victoria goal, which was the only one in the game, did not come from the centre of the field, it was initiated by C. Hambly who bore in from the wing towards the goal, after slight confusion the ball was in the net, the scorer being Hambly. The final score, when the whistle went for time, was Victoria 1, Australian University 0.

The umpires were Messrs. P. A. Taylor and N. G. Leeming.

The men's hockey section of the Tournament ended with the defeat of the New Zealand Universities side by the Australian Universities by 2 goals to 1. On the run of the play, it can be said that the N.Z. side were unlucky to be beaten. The Australians' two goals were both the result of penalty bullies awarded against the New Zealand goalie Goldsmith. The outstanding player in the New Zealand team was Cotton, the centre-forward, who made several good runs and always looked dangerous. The right-wing Patel was excellent in his dashes down the sideline and was unlucky not to score on at least one occasion. Haskell was in good form at inside-left, but he was off the mark with his shots at goal from penalty corners. Eric Jackson wan very safe at full-back, as wan his partner Gatfield. From the centre-half position. Mann directed the play very well, and initiated many promising moves. The wing-halves, Buxton and Calkin, did much good work, though too much latitude was given to the Australian's flying Indian right-wing.