Salient: Victoria University Students' Newspaper. Vol. 24, No. 7. 1961.
Victoria finished second in the water polo at Easter Tournament once again, being defeated in a hard final game by Otago, 9-5. The Vic. team, having "taken things a bit too easily" in their earlier games, winning each 4-2, rallied hard to meet the strong Otago team (Graham Leach was awarded his eighth N.Z.U. Blue and Warren Brourtton his first—the only two Polo Blues).
The star of the Vic team was undoubtedly Peter Hatch, not a regular polo player but through superior swimming and the tactics earnt on the Australian tour an asset to any water polo team. Len Wylde in goal and Paddy Parkinson gave fine performances which well justified their selection in the N.Z.U. team.
Most Vic supporters were surprised that only three Vic players made the North Island team, while Auckland, who scraped into third place by defeating Canterbury 10-9 in the sixth spell of extra time, had four in this team. A feature of the inter-island game was the absence of backs in the North team.
Others in the Vic team were George Caddie, the Vic captain. Connor McBride Martin Kerr, Mike Sladden and Ralph Magnusson.
The Vic team should be much improved for next year's tournament in Auckland when it will, we hope, meet a weakened Otago team in the final. (Otago lose Graham Leach to A.U. this year).