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Salient. Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Vol. 32, No. 23. September 24, 1969

Sport with Ian Stockwell

Sport with Ian Stockwell

Victoria fifth in 10-mile road champs

A depleted Victoria harrier contingent did well to finish fifth in the teams' section in the Wellington Centre annual 10-mile road championships.

The team consisted of Roger Clark (recently returned from New York), Jim Callaghan, Philip Burgess, Ian Stockwell, Murray Pinkham, Ian Hunt, Tony Woolhouse and Martin Fisher.

First in for Victoria was Ian Hunt (18). 56min .03sec, followed by Ian Stockwell (23) 57min 24s. Martin Fisher (36) 58min 34s. Murray Pinkham (40) 59min 45s and Jim Callaghan (52) 61min 24s.

Takahe-Akaroa Relay

This 48 mile relay event is open to all clubs in NZ every four years and is the premier road relay when this does occur.

Victoria's eight-man team comprised Peter Simpson, Peter Konig, Ian Stockwell, Tim Beaglehole, Bryan Dawkins, Murray Pinkham, Steve Havill and Tony Burge.

Victoria's overall placing of 29 out of the 72 teams competing was a creditable performance considering that the team was not Vic's number one squad.

Tim Dravitzki, a fifth year Commerce student, and a member of the renowned New Plymouth harrier family, won the Vic Harrier Club's annual handicap race for the Endeavour Cup.

This race which is between 6½ to 7 miles long, starts in Kelburn Parade opposite the Robert Stout building and from there the course is up Glasgow Street to Upland Road, along Upland Road, across the viaduct to Northland Road, up Northland Road through the Northland shopping centre to Orangi-Kaupapa Road.

From here the course is over Tinakori Hill to Wadestown Road, along Wadestown Road, Wilton Road, Curtis Street, up Old Karori Road, down Chaytor Street, through the Northland tunnel down Northland Road, along Upland Road, Glasgow Street to finish opposite the Robert Stout Building on Kelburn Parade.

Tim Dravitzki, running off 6m, soon caught the limit men John Riseborough and Connor McBride running off 20 m.

However, he had his hands full in catching Philip Burgess and did not succeed in doing so until ¼ of a mile from the finish.

Peter Konig passed Philip further along Upland Road to beat him home for second place by two seconds.

Record Broken

Running off scratch Ian Stockwell with a time for the race of 45m 47s, sliced 7s off George Seconi's record for the race which stood at 45m 54s. This record had been established in 1965, with the previous record being established in 1954 by Dr. J. C Hawke (46m flat).

Second fastest time was recorded by one of Vic's juniors Eric Cairns (47m 56s) and third fastest time was Tony Burge (48m 13s).

Third senior home was Ian Hunt in 48m 54s.

Others to break the 59 minute barrier were Peter Simpson (49m 10s), Tony Woolhouse (49m 23s). Murray Pinkham (49m 27s), Tim Dravitzki (49m 46s) and Steve Havill (49m 47s).

Martyn Fisher and Len Watson would undoubtedly have broken 48m if they had not cut out the Old Karori Road, Chaytor Street part of the course and subsequently been disqualified.

Wellington To Masterton Relay

The Vic Harrier Club disappointed with its performance in the annual Wellington Mas-terton Relay (62.4 miles) which the Wellington Harrier Club won for the first time in its history.

Some 23 teams (230 runners) took part in this event.

The relay race itself lacked "atmosphere" this year with the absence of the powerful Auckland clubs — Auckland University. Owairaka, Onehunga and Lynndale.

The Wellington Masterton Relay consists of 10 laps of varying distance as follows: from Wellington to Petone (6.9 miles), Petone to Taita (6.6 miles). Taita to Upper Hutt (7.0 miles). Upper Hutt to Te Marua (4.1 miles), Te Marua to Kaitoke (4.9 miles), Kaitoke to the Summit (3.9 miles), Summit to Featherston (6.6 miles), Featherston to Greytown (7.8 miles). Greytown to Clairville (6.9 miles), Clairville to Masterton (7.7 miles).

The Vic runners in the order they ran the laps, with times and with last year's times in brackets were as follows: Ian Stockwell 38m 3s (37m 26s). Jim Callaghan 40m 42s (35m 42s). Murray Pinkham (39m 40s (40m 43s), Steve Havill 24m 26s (21m 51s). Bryan Dawkins 30m 33s (30m 45s), Tim Dravitzki 26m 51s (25m 8s). Tony Woolhouse 34m 11s (33m 4s), Martyn Fisher 42m 32s (43m 21s). Tony Burge 40m 12s (38m 1s), Ian Hunt 43m 58s (43m 11s).

While Victoria's placing (11th) in the race out of 23 teams was the same as last year, the time (6h 1m 28s) was considerably slower than that for 1968. (5h 49m 22s).

In fact the total time for 1969 was the slowest Vic has recorded since 1964.

Duffer's Dinner

The Blues have been awarded and the athletic giants of 1969 have retired momentarily to exercise the cerebellum in a home run effort for finals.

The tumult and the shouting has died, the grandstands are empty but strangely that green and yellow building just past the Rankin Brown echoes to the thud of heavy feet.

There are still people around the campus who choose to mix activity with academic performance who feel better because they leap around a bit and who still seem to pass finals. But what about the 70 per cent. of the university who do not take any form of physical exercise?

Not long ago a prominent member of the university suggested that as well as a Blues Dinner, there should be an annual Duffer's Dinner. This function would cater for that large group of us who are always the also rans, the never rans or the cannot runs.

At a duffer's dinner, plum duff would be served of course and "greens" would be awarded for athletic anonymity. The coveted pond-scrum "green", for consistent failure to land on the trampoline after bouncing up, or for failure to strike the shuttle after 3924 attempts, would be awarded after lengthy deliberations by the "Greens" Panel. Naturally there would be grades of "Green" for different levels on non-skill; for example green at the gills, green awarded to drop-out at the drinking horn; sea-figreen for consistent failure to return to the surface in swimming classes and vegetable green, snooker green, grey-green and blue-green, all come to mind.

If you feel fat, haggard, tired, apathetic or decidedly lethargic, visit the gymnasium and consult the staff about "greens". Join a class and agitate the cardiac muscle before it is too late. Give your heart a bonus and treat it to some exercise.

If you are one of those people who cannot jump out of the way of your own shadow, need a step-ladder to climb over a box horse or cannot run out of sight in a week you will be a strong contender for the Duffer's Dinner.

The Physical Welfare staff reserves the right to nominate duffers from their numerous classes for beginners which are still being conducted in the gymnasium) and they also ask that they be allowed to undertake the formidable task of administering large quantities of vigorous refreshment and enjoyment to recumbent or somnolent forms.

They can do this in various ways which all lead to happiness! It is interesting to note that there is a growing body of opinion which claims that happiness is relaxing after a vigorous game (won of course).

If your problem is soggy headedness, induced by excessive inactivity, join a refreshment class at the gymnasium and delay the inevitable onset of fatigue. Refresh the brain with increased supplies of oxygenated blood and return to the library feeling better and able to work for longer periods. Vigorous exercise can be as refreshing as a cool beer and incidentally, that cool beer tastes best after vigorous exercise.

So change the scene and change the mood by coming to the Gymnasium. The staff there are prone to offering free unsolicited advise but they also offer free beginners classes in trampolining, golf, badminton, dance, and fitness and you can still participate in intramural games at lunchtimes. No cool beer to follow, only iced orange and maybe some plum duff.

Sportsman of Year:
Kember Does It Again

Vic law student Gerald Kember, who has previously won the trophy in 1967, won it again this year from a field of notable Vic sporting personalities—Ollie Gilbert (rowing), Phil Rear (athletics). Rod Barltrop (golf) and George Stratigopoulous (fencing).

Kember has an outstanding sports record being a Vic blue in rugby since 1964, a cricket blue for several years, and an NZU blue in both sports. He was also in the All Black team which toured the British Isles in 1967 and was this year a reserve for the test against the Welsh.

About 130 Vic sports representatives and friends were treated to an entertaining night last Saturday at the Blues Dinner.

Archie Sievwright, the oldest surviving Vic blue, who gained his blue for the mile walk in 1914 and was awarded it in 1915, presented the blues certificates to the 54 odd Vic sportsmen and sportswomen who had been awarded blues.

The guest speaker was Major Bill Dyson of the Rothman's Sports Foundation. Besides being an NZU blue for waterpolo and playing 182 games for NZ Bill also spent 30 years in the army and is now the National Waterpolo Coach for Rothmans.

He pointed out that New Zealanders as a people were the worst offenders in the world, in his experience, at criticising sports administrators and sport in New Zealand was suffering because of this.

Photo of Gerald Kember playing rugby

Alan Laidler, director of Vic's Physical Welfare Service, gave a very witty speech with many pungent, telling comments, before presenting the Sportsman of the Year Trophy.

One important point made in his speech was that sports facilities at Victoria are at present inadequate to cope with the booming student roll and something practical needs to be done about this.

Dry Horrors

I'm standing in the great hall of the Student Union Building at Dunedin and what a magnificent sight is before me. What a colourful cavalcade of costumes and neck scarves of a multitude of hues.

And, right in front of me, standing below the sacrificial benches on the stage, is a vast congregation, waiting with excited, yet patient, anticipation for the ceremony to begin.

The initiates are looking towards a white-coated figure whose vestments are in stark contrast with the almost universal, hooded habits of the congregation.

Now, one can see light filtering down from the fluorescent tubing and shining on the young uplifted faces. A most moving spectacle.

... And while we are waiting for the ceremony proper to begin, individuals are leaving the great hall at intervals to seek spiritual relief in the private ante chambers.

Yes ... I think ... yes! And now they're ready!

The principal white-gowned figure has raised his hand for silence. He is moving between the sacrificial benches, above which are hung simple containers of many coloured liquid. His voice is blurred. Blurred. I suspect, with a sense of pageanty—and spirit.

"... and on by left, with 5 years of drinking, two blues and three convictions ... "

As he finishes speaking the most important part of the traditional libatory ceremony is about to begin.

I can see all the initiates moving their heads quite near to their chalices which have been filled with the customary amber fluid. This is a sight that very few of us here today will be able to forget. The gathering is hushed. Silence ...

"Hands on the bar! Blow your froth ... Drink!"

There is a sudden flurry of activity. The initiates are lifting the chalices to their mouths and attempting to impipe the amber draught as quickly as possible now the congregation are chanting traditional responses—

"Spillage! Spillage! Re-Drink! Re-Drink!"

The initiates are completing the ritual, gaining it appears, as much by skin absorption and beard osmosis, as by direct libation ... I can't quite see (funny) ... but, they appear to have finished. Yes! I think they have.

Apparently the team on the left performed the rite quickest, and is therefore the winner.

Oh! And while the winning initiates are being congratulated, one member of the opposing team is being assisted to a private ante-chamber ... pardon? Oh ... I've just been informed that in the excitement during his part of the ritual, he neglected to open his mouth.

There is trendous activity around the benches and the sounds of merriment and festivity echo around the hall.... Five hours later: "Would you mind moving along Sir? You cannot sleep in the gutter."