Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 28, No. 9. 1965.
Sports — In The Spotlight: Volley-Ball
In The Spotlight: Volley-Ball
"not a game of patball, but a game of skill and concentration."
Volley-Ball, because of Victoria's success in this sport at Easter tournament, has become recognised within the sporting and physical sphere of this university. This recognition, though, has not brought about any noticeable increase in club membership — or to any appreciable understanding of the skills of the game.
Volley-Ball has been played at Victoria for over three years, mainly supported by outside memberships and a few student addicts. The game was first introduced by several combined groups—
(a) Visiting American students ... and supporters among them being V. Laudreut,
(b) Training college physical activities group,
(c) a "foreign" element consisting of outside members having a good knowledge of the game.
Volley-ball is played on a court, either inside or outside, similar to that of badminton, although bigger.
Divding the court is a net 8ft high. It is over this that the ball must be hit. The ball is light, being made from a plastic and leather combination in many cases. A volley-ball team consists of six players. Each one has a set position on the court—
Volley-ball is not a game of "pat" ball, but a game of skill and concentration. To score points in volley-ball you must have possession of the ball, i.e., you can only obtain points if you are serving. Concentration and skill are needed to position players for shots, to position oneself for receiving "hand" shots from the opposition, to catch the opposing teams out of position and to place shots where you want them.
The club is even more international than the International Club of Victoria University. The great proportion of members are from Europe. Some are Australian and English, some are Italian. Most of these players are from outside the university, and thus form a link with "down town" and student life.
Unfortunately volley-ball is only played by one club in Wellington, namely Varsity. It is hoped in the near future to organise a league in Wellington to play volley-ball. Interest in volley-ball has increased in Wellington because of the fine coverage it obtained in the Japanese Olympic film. The Varsity Volley-Ball Club is anxious to foster and develop volley-ball in Wellington, but to do this it needs more support from students, especially in membership.
What is happening at the present?
Rumour has it that members of the Mormon church in Wellington play volley-ball and moves are afoot to see if games can be organised.
Training College has again shown interest in volley-ball, and Varsity will help them in training and coaching. Various cultural clubs down town have shown interest in volley-ball revival, for example, the Greek club and Jewish clubs. However, the Varsity club is the only one that can give guidance and inspiration to such a revival and develop a Volleyball League. To do this it needs more student interest, and it can again show Wellingtonians how to organise their leisure pursuits.
Note: Volley-ball is played in the Varsity Gym on Monday night from 7 o'clock (Including all University holidays —summer and winter). All welcome, male and female students and non-students.