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Salient. The Newspaper of Victoria University College. Vol. 19, No. 6. May 31, 1955

Sporting Roundup

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Sporting Roundup.

All hockey supporters are well pleased with the results of the Senior XI since their 0-3 loss to Hutt, in the first game. The team has gone from strength to strength and the 3-3 draw with competition leaders Karori was described in the daily press as the finest game of hockey witnessed in Wellington club matches for many years. Three members of the team, Gatfield (left fullback), Hughes (right wing), and Caulkin (centre half) have been included in the representative training squad. Another player who shows much promise for the future is Trevor De Cteene in the forward line.

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So far this season the Senior Soccer XI has not performed as well as had been hoped. Their record is: Played 6, won 1, lost 4, drawn 1, The main reason for the failures to dale is that the young and inexperienced players brought into the senior side at the beginning of the season have as yet not found that understanding and co-ordination which is the basic requirement of any better-than average team. This is an understandable failure and supporters of the side are convinced that, given a little more time for development, the seniors will in future games, give the competition leaders a good run for their money.

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Mention should be made, however, of three of the members of the Soccer XI whose play is having a decided influence on that of the younger members. Colin Richardson, the captain and cx-NZU Blue, at full-back is still a solid wall for any opposing forward to run into, while Alan Preston is, to many people, playing better in club games this season than ever before, although still retaining his old habit of holding onto the ball a little too long. The forward line has been greatly strengthened by the inclusion in the team of Perumal Naidu whose fast and forceful play must surely have brought him under the eye of the Wellington selector.

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All golfers are urged to keep an eye on the notice-board for details of the forthcoming club day at Paraparumu. For this season it is proposed to hold regular week-day meetings at Heretaunga if sufficient support is gained from full-timers. So all you aspirants for Winter Tournament, here is an opportunity to get in that little extra practice which will enable you to make the grade.

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While the stand at Athletic Park was falling down around the cars of the Senior Rugby team on May 21 the Varsity Harrier Club was upholding Victoria's sporting tradition by winning the Shaw Baton Relay for the third successive year. (Does this remind you of anything else?).

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The race was hotly contested from "go to whoa" and only splendid teamwork by the talented combination of Hawke, Gow, Truebridge, Gilbert, Joyce and Stevens enabled the team to withstand it strong challenge from the Scottish Club. Peter Joyce's effort was particularly outstanding as ho completed the latter half of the course with only one shoe and still maintained a slender lead. The "A" Team's winning time of 42 minutes is thought to be the fastest ever recorded on the Rongotal-Moa Point course.

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Our congratulations go also to the Varsity "B" Team in the Shaw Baton, who put up a creditable performance to take fifth place behind the Olympic and Hutt Valley "A" Teams.

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With half the first round behind them, the Varsity senior Rugby team has shown undesirable patches of inconsistency in several of their matches. The most notable of these lapses of form was, of course against Onslow when the side were utterly demoralised in the first spell, and could do little to save the game in the second half.

The main fault was the complete lack of combination in the backline due mainly to Valentine's, ineffectual showing at first five-eighth, and the inability of the forwards to match the Onslow pack in the tight.

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However, one pleasing aspect of the Onslow game was the great tight put up by the pack against a superior eight in the second spell when all was lost but hope. Denis McHallck suddenly found his hooking feet, and outhooked Stan Judd on several tight heads. Stuart. Jensen and Nepia also jumped well in the line outs and Varsity broke even in this phase of the play. It is to be hoped that the forwards will continue this improvement in future matches, particularly against the strong Petone pack.

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The backline, with Kawharu at first five-eighth, has been playing well and Improving their already strong combination with each match. It is hard to understand the coach's preference for Valentine in a key match at a stage when Kawham had established a strong link both with Panapa at half and Fitzgerald outside him. Osborne continues to impress at fullback, while Jardon on the wing is making his presence felt in every game, and has already aggregated a sizeable number of points in the six games played.

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The forwards have played well on several occasions against heavier packs, and have more than maintained their reputation for fast, exciting loose play. Outstanding have been Ivan Stuart, a great leader and a tirless toller, Jensen and Nepia in the tight, and Bill Clark and Bristowe in the loose.

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An extremely good turnout of over 50 players took part in a Yankee Tournament organised by the Table Tennis club last night. Winners were Mary Clark, Anne Darral, Waho Tibbie and Guy Elliot and in a final elimination "round-the-table" event Marion Morrison took the chocolate. Congrats to Rod Grubi and Roly Woods on a very well organised evening.