Salient: Victoria University Students' Newspaper. Vol. 24, No. 11. 1961
Probably the strongest soccer team for the last five years will represent Victoria at Tournament in August. In the past Vic. has had difficulty in assembling 14 players, sometimes having to resort to coercion. This year, however, it appears that some of those available for selection will have to be left out. No less than 13 players with first team experience are in line for selection and half a dozen from the second team also come in for serious consideration.
Preparation for Tournament commenced on Sunday. July 2. when a team from the Health Department provided opposition. Later this month it is hoped that a team from Massey will supply even stiffer competition.
Club Performances to Date
1st Team. Two draws and two wins place them in the bottom four and not for the first time, a battle against relegation lies ahead. Poor finishing by the forwards, occasional lapses in defence and plain bad luck prevented the team from achieving greater success.
2nd Team. With five points from two wins and a draw this team is also struggling against relegation. One encouraging aspect that has emerged from the team's play is the number of young players who are challenging for positions in the higher team.
3rd Team. Continual demands for players has certainly not assisted the team but they have still managed to obtain five points from two wins and a draw. Without a regular goalkeeper for a long period and forced on occasion to play without a full team, they lave still played hard and constructive football.
4th Team. Probably the keenest team in the club, and to date, the one with the most successes to its credit—three wins. It is not often that a Varsity team in a lower division finds itself with too many players, but this is the case with this team.
A final note to all players, especially those in line for Tournament selection. Please keep up attendances at practices both on Thursday night in the new gym, and on Sunday afternoons at Boyd-I Wilson.
Rhapsody in the Style of Blue Dominoe
Recently a number of young people gathered in the University Tramping hut in the Southern Tararuas to celebrate the coming of age of one of the members of the Club, Bruce Popplewell. Brace's parents were unable to attend and hostess duties for the evening were assumed by Miss Helen Thompson and Miss Judith Elwin.
A novel note was struck by having the seating arrangements in two stories around the fire, and also by the serving of a delightful stew, indeed an unusual venture.
For the occasion Bruce wore a charming creation in two-tone (mud and otherwise).
A number of the young people went for a stroll along the picturesque banks of the Tauherenikau River, and enjoyed the lovely starlight night.
Well known New Zealand folk songs were sung by Messrs. Prebble, Prebble and McCann. A delightful exhibition of ballet was given by Miss Leslie McLauchlan.
Others present included Cedric and students who wish to remain anonymous.