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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 28, No. 8. 1965.

First Round Hockey

First Round Hockey

This year, the Men's Hockey Club acquired a greater number of newcomers than ever before— and their standard of play is encouragingly high. Last year there were four teams, this year six.

The senior team, Wellington champions for the past three years, has been toppled from the top position this year and now lies third. However, the season is comparatively young, and determination to get Co the top again is growing.

The team lost three Wellington reps, from the side last year, C. Wallis, P. Byers, R. Gibson, but R. Kendricks, R. Grant, and R. Gray are filling the positions well this year. The team has been extremely unfortunate in losing some close but vital games. The experience and the talent is there, but this will have to show itself much more forcibly in future. Played 7, won 5, lost 2.

There are two teams in the Senior Reserve Grade, one in each division. The team in Division One, consisting of more experienced players on the whole, started the season badly, but is now starting to pick up.

Unfortunately there has been some swapping of players in the club, and this team and especially the second grade teams have suffered as a result. However, this is inevitable. Played 7, drawn 1, lost 6.

The team in Division Two is comprised almost completely of new players. The enthusiasm and talent they bring with them has made this an extremely strong team which la now leading the competition by three points. With a continued effort they could well win this grade. Played 7, won 5, drawn 2.

There are three teams in the Second Grade. One of the most unfortunate aspects of these teams is that some players are not fulfilling their obligations to the club and the other players by not being readily available to play each Saturday.

Nevertheless, a spirit of enthusiasm continues, and the standard this year is higher than previous years. Indeed, enthusiasm among the players is remarkable, because on a recent Saturday two of the teams travelled out to Strand Park at Lower Hutt merely to find that they could not play because the grounds had not been marked out.

Let us hope their enthusiasm overrides this disappointment!

Div 1: Played 7, won 4, lost 2, drawn 1.

Div 2: "A" team—Played 6, won 3, lost 2, drawn 1.

Div 2: "B" team—Played 6, won 0, lose 6.

On the whole, the season has begun well for the club, and with most second round games on the way, we could see some changes— for better or for worse.—C. J. Milne.