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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 28, No. 11. 1965.

Badminton — another Victoria win

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Badminton — another Victoria win

Badminton was run on a double knockout system this year because of the presence of a team from Waikoto University. As soon as one team had lost two games it was eliminated from the competition.

Victoria v. Waikato

The VUW team was not extended against their WU opponents. They won all their matches with the loss of only one set. However, as this was the first tournament competed in by WU, the experience gained should prove valuable.

VUW 16, WU 0.

After the first day's play, CU, CAC, WU and MUM had all lost a life. VUW had not been fully extended, but a final between VUW and OU looked probable, with a close result.

Auckland v. Victoria

Perhaps stimulated by the Tournament atmosphere, VUW asserted its strength in the match against AU. Although a win was expected, the margin of 16-nil was not. The individual results of VUW were particularly convincing, especially the first and second positions in the men's and women's singles, which were expected to be closely contested.

VUW 16, AU 0.

After the second day's play VUW and OU were left with both lives intact, CAC and CU with one life apiece. VUW and OU were thus to fight out the final, and CU and CAC likewise for third place.

Otago v. Victoria

The outstanding games in this match were those between the top men, VUW's Lim Ee Chiat and OU's T. M. Wong; and the No. 3s, Seow Bin Gay and K. K. Ong.

In the first set of the top men's singles Wong was superior at the net and his wonderful racquet deception had his opponent fooled. He won the set 15-12. In the second set Lim used the strength of his long drives and his powerful smashes to take the set 15-6. The rallies were long and brilliant. Both players showed the effects of strain and tiredness when they began the third set but Lim seemed better able to maintain accuracy and strength to take the set and match 15-9.

Seow (VUW) and Ong (OU) had a closely-fought match, won by Seow 15-11, 15-8. The match was marred by several errors on both sides but it also had some delicately controlled shots by Seow and good smashing by Ong.

VUW's John Rowe and Patrick Tan both had convincing wins over their respective opponents, C. H Leong and D. Tan. The women's singles had a balanced result, with each team winning two games. The men's doubles went to VUW and the women's to OU. The four mixed doubles matches were all won by VUW.

This was the game that seemed to be the most interesting with regard to team strengths and the final result of VUW 12, OU 4, is perhaps not truly indicative of the strength of the runners-up.

Final Badminton Result : Victoria 1, Otago 2, Canterbury 3, Lincoln 4.

The NZU team picked to play Wellington was: Men—Lim Ee Chiat (VUW), Wong Tat Meng (OU), Taggddin Junaidi (CAC). Tony Garnier (AU), reserve T. Chaiyute (MUM); Women—Judy Purser (OU), Shirlev Ching (CU). Jane Mowatt (VUW). Jocelyn Trewby (VUW), reserve Barbara Peddie (CU).