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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 25. No. 11. 1962

Basketball

Basketball

The Vic. Men's basketball team has performed very well this season and is so far unbeaten in its competition. Only Ralf Salt from this team is unable to make the trip to Tourney, and, for this reason, the team should be another of the Vic. teams to win their championships. Joe Arden, who hails from Texas, has impressed the N.Z. basketballers with his tremendous ability at both lay ups and set shots, and is a match winning asset to the Vic. beam. He will be ably assisted by team captain and N.Z.U. Blue, Pete Betts, and "veteran" N.Z.U. rep, and Blue, Doug. Edwards.

Among the Freshers who have been showing considerable promise are: Peter Sewell, Roger Richardson, and Aubrey Ham. The latter two are members of the club's "B" team and should show the benefit of Tournament competition

The team is: P. Belts (capt.), J. Arden, D. Edwards, M. Clark, P. Sewell, R. Richardson and A. Ham.

It appears at this stage that Vic. will not be represented in the Women's Indoor Basketball champs at Christchurch despite their excellent record this season. One of the team members is one 'of the three Vic. girls In the N.Z.U. Outdoor Basketball team which will be in Australia at the time, and two other girls, Lillian Betts and Rosalie Ericson will be at Nelson in the Wellington "B" grade team for the National champs. Even without the unavailability of these key members the defection of other players, who were unable to get time off work, has weakened the numerical strength of the team so that now there are only four regular members who can make the trip.

It appears therefore, that even II Vic can get a team together it will not be anywhere near full strength and the expected win in this sport now appears unlikely. However, Auckland and Otago, who have lost pivot players, Allison Long and Robyn Quirk, respectively, (both in the N.Z.U. Outdoor Team), will also be below full strength so even now Vic's chances in this event shouldn't be underrated.