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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, June 1910


page 75


"The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor yet favour to men of skill."


The tennis season of 1909-10 opened with the brightest of prospects. (As usual.—Ed.) The membership promised to be a record, two really level courts soon appeared on the scene, and the gymnasium, which furnished an excellent pavilion, provided every requisite for the fullest enjoyment of the game—dressing rooms, shower baths, lockers, and a volleying-board. From its elevated verandah, the visitor could watch the contests on the arena below, and thither the players who had borne the heat and burden of the day could retire for a pleasant yarn, a cup of tea, and a smoke-oh! To Miss C. M. Taylor in particular the thanks of the Club are due for the unfailing regularity with which she presided over the refreshments, Saturday after Saturday, and we tender her our heartiest thanks. The Excavation Committee (?) has at last realised its ambition of securing four courts to provide adequate accommodation for the players. We have to thank the College Council for turfing the clay bank, which for long remained an eyesore.

Owing to the alteration in the composition of teams in the inter-club competitions, a very large number of players was required to fill up the six teams entered by our Club. In consequence of this, we had frequently to play with short teams, and on several occasions to default in the lower grades. In spite of these disadvantages, however, our Club did not come through the competitions wholly without honour. The Shield team was placed fourth in the competition, after gaining a well-fought victory over Brougham Hill. The Cup team, though its ranks were frequently thinned by the depredations of the Shield team, managed by a well-timed victory over Khandallah to avoid the wooden spoon. Pennant A, which with its repeated victories has most frequently violated the sacred traditions of the past, had to rest content with fourth place and a game in the second round. Seeing that two years ago the Club held the wooden spoon in every grade, the past season's successes are ample proof of our growing strength.

At Easter our representatives, by annexing the Ladies' Singles and Combined, wrested from redoubtable Canterbury two out of the five points which decide the Tennis Cup. We can without undue optimism prophesy its return next year to its old accustomed place.

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The Club competition resulted as follows:—
  • Men's Championship Singles—D. S. Smith.
  • Ladies' Championship Singles—K. McIntosh.
  • Men's handicap Singles—G. S. Prouse.
  • Ladies' Handicap Singles—I. F. Tennent.
  • Combined Handicap Doubles—K. McIntosh and ft. Beere.