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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University, Wellington. Vol. 21, No. 8. 2nd July, 1958


Although by no means a strikingly enterprising or formidable side, our team has forged itself clear of the rest of those in the Jubilee Cup competition. It is with some diffidence that the opening remarks are made, for it is not without at least moderate ability that a team is able to lead in the Wellington Senior Competition. Basically, the team is well balanced, so much so, that it has managed to proceed quite well without possessing many star footballers. With the exception of the obvious, W. H. Clark, we have not in our ranks the demons of former years, notwithstanding the fact that we have, had five chosen for the Wellington Representative Squad to train for the match against Wanganui on June 25th. The selected players are: Peter Osborne, John Millar, Perry Preston-Thomas, Don Trow and Bill Clark. Those new to Wellington Senior representative level are Millar, Preston-Thomas and Trow, for Osborne featured in 1953 in the Ranfurly Shield side and, of course, one could carry on almost endlessly with Clark's career. In years past Representative Selectors have impinged upon us rather heavily, to the extent at times of leaving the side badly depicted, but this year a change was envisaged. However, indications are that we may be required to provide our share of representatives. Needless to say all concerned or interested in the University welcome representative selection for it is an honour for the college and the team in addition to the players whether they be ruby, hockey, soccer or any other sporting enthusiasts.

Performance at training sessions as well as game performances are considered by the selectors (coach, Stewart McNicol and captain, Paul Jensen) when choosing the team from week to week. This approach has been well received by all those that train in the senior group and the general tone at practices and during games is friendly with a touch of loyalty. The fact that there persists competition for almost every position in the side has had the effect of promoting rather than lessening the friendliness. Confidence in the sincerity and reasonableness of the "decision-makers" is fundamentally the source of the present team spirit.