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The Spike: or, Victoria University College Review October, 1920


page 67


Woman playing tennis shot

The Tennis Club has had another very successful season. Although there was considerably less winter tennis than there has been in the past, the summer season was marked by great enthusiasm—especially on Saturday afternoons, when the courts were badly overcrowded. The need for more courts is becoming more urgent every season, and as agitation seems to be the order of the present day, perhaps a little agitation by the members in this direction might do no harm.

During the season the courts have been topdressed and arc now in good condition. The pine trees by the path are still a source of great annoyance to players, and it is time the College Council considered removing them. We are pleased to notice that one of our best-Known old students, who had been in the habit of indulging in sentimental raptures over the above- mentioned trees, has recently changed his mind. In a burst of renewed enthusiasm for tennis, he honoured us recently with his presence. He immediately lost a new ball in the pine tree. We believe his raptures thereupon were far from sentimental.

The Easter Tournament games were played on the Wellington Courts, to whose committee the thanks of the club are due. The Victoria College representatives were Miss Waldie, Miss Vernon, Miss Easterfield, Miss Sievwright, Miss Martin, Miss Robertson. Messrs. Whitelaw, Edmondson, Leicester, Mill burn

The Club Championships were played and provided some good play.

The Men's Singles were unfortunately spoiled by the absence of several of the leading players. In the semi-finals, Gibb beat Sullivan, Byrne beat Leicester. The final ended in a win for Gibb after a very lengthy game. The winner has improved greatly this season. He is a hard hitter, has a good drive, and if he cultivates his back-hand, should do well next season.

In the Men's Doubles, Broad and Williams proved themselves too clever for all comers, and won the championship. Their strategy is quite masterly.

The final of the Ladies' Singles ended in a win for Miss Waldie, who defeated Miss Fenton. Mies Waldie is playing very good tennis, and with a little more pace would go a long way. Miss Fenton is back again to her old form and is playing well.

The Ladies' Doubles were won by Miss Fenton and Miss Easterfield, whose styles seem well suited to each other. Miss Easterfield is playing her usual good game.

Inter-club matches were played against Island Bay, Wellington, and Brougham Hill Clubs. The first two ended in a win for College, the last for Brougham Hill. The second team played matches against Island Bay, Brougham Hill, and Hutt.

The Ladies' Team also played a match against the Khandallah Ladies and returned victorious.

Some of the Club's younger members are playing good tennis and should be heard of during the coming season. Burns, Stuart and Gibb have been {flaying steadily, and show great promise.

During the season the Club was unfortunate in losing the services of Mr. Sullivan, its energetic secretary, who has settled in Hamilton.

The ladder spent most of the season in a state of continual repair, but our secretary, who is an optimist, assures us that a new and stable form has been procured and will soon be in order.

If we are to do anything at the next tournament our men will have to show considerable improvement. This can only be done by the older players giving the younger players as much help as possible. It is to be hoped that [unclear: will be].