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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 19, No. 9 August 12, 1955



Victoria has taken all the trophies in the Cross-Country section of Tournament for the past two years and there is no reason for doubting that it can be done again this year. The team is as follows:—Dick Gilberd, Graeme Stevens, Tony Gow, Ian Sussex, Rod Orange, John Ryan and Bob Crocker. Only two of these (Ryan and Sussex) are new to Tournament, but they have already gained sufficient experience in top-grade competition this season to allay any fears concerning their performance.

Individual performances are as follows:—
  • Dick Gilberd: The present NZU title-holder, Dick so far this season has been running on his natural stamina and has not yet reached the high peak of fitness that enabled nun to take the title last year. However, with solid training he could repeat last years performance as the rugged Dunedin course should find him right at homo.
  • Graeme Stevens: At the moment Graeme is running better than ever before and will also be a strong contender for the title. A brilliant final lap in the Mastorton relay and a rugged third in his first assault of the 10 mile Vosseler Shield course brought him to Club Championship honours at Paekakariki recently.
  • Tony Gow: Is another who should be well to the fore, as his time in the Vosseler was only 4 seconds slower than Stevens'. Tony is remarkably fit at present and has forced his way amongst the best in the province.
  • Ian Sussex: In a few months has proved a powerful and consistent runner. He put up fastest time for his lap in the Masterton Relay and rolled home in 14th place in the Vosseler, content that nobody had overtaken him during the preceding nine miles
  • Rod Orange: Is having his first season in open competition and opened his account by putting up second fastest time in his lap in the Relay besides running well in the Shaw Baton.
  • John Ryan: Who finished about two yards behind Orange in the Club Champs has sustained his form well since. His intelligent running and his handy knack of sticking close to Sussex for much of the Journey, should serve him well.
  • Bob Crocker: Is not yet as fit as he was for last year's run but he has the matter well in hand and will be a man to watch at Dunedin.

Victoria's prospects are bright. Everything will depend on the man who runs fourth in the team, as only the first four in count for the Dixon trophy. Whether he be Sussex, Ryan, Crocker or Orange he must finish well towards the front And solid work by the three top men will be necessary to keep the opposition out of the major places.