Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 6. May 9, 1957
On the Water
On the Water
[unclear: Pr.] Tournament hopes for the Vic rowing eight were high. Unfortunately the improvement in the standard at this College was more than matched by that of the other centres. V.U.C lost the initiative from the start and although they were moving more smoothly by the mile post it was too late. Otago, stroking at a lower rate went on to win by a good margin from the inexperienced Auckland crew Canterbury, a strong crew, pul on the pace over the last few hundred yards but Auckland had too much in reserve.
Notwithstanding our fourth place two Vic. men, Mike Winter and Frank Crotty, were chosen for the N.Z.U. crew which came second to a New Zealand eight. Mike Winter further distinguished himself by gaining a N.Z.U. Blue.
In the fours Otago again took first place but excellent though their performance was, the excitement came from the contenders for second place Vic. and Canterbury fought neck and neck the whole way and could not be separated at the finishing line. The inclusion of two novices in the V.U.C crew made their performance even more meritorious and much credit must go to the coach, Mr. L. Brooker a former Olympic oarsman.
The double sculls was something of a fiasco. Otago was the first boat across the line followed by Victoria (Loader and Winter). However, both crews were disqualified for having are underweight coxwains and Canterbury were declared the winners—a black mark on the organising efforts of O.U who were responsible for the provision of coxes for this event.
In the girl's race V.U.C. combined very well to take second place to Auckland. Last year's winners, Canterbury, finished at the tail of the field Despite the opposition to women's rowing at Otago, that College boated two promising crews.