SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1933. Volume 4. Number 6.
Likely Tournament Stars
Likely Tournament Stars.
Of the players who will be available for the N.Z.U. Tournament at Tennis, in the men J. J. McCarthy will no doubt be V.U.C's first string. A continually improving all court player, Jock volleys and smashes well, but would probably improve by imparting more speed to his shots. His brother, P A., too, excells at volleying, but he relies too much on placement, and should put more sting into his ground strokes. W. B. Gosnell, on the other hand, relies to a great extent on the speed of his ground strokes, and would greatly improve his game by improving his net play. J. A. R. Blandford, a mercurial player, whose form is somewhat erratic, has a remarkable eye, but must learn not to drive his volleys, whilst F. Donovan, a young player, who, when in form, plays a splendid game, is inclined to watch the ball with insufficient care, and often does not concentrate. A. Hutchison has a pleasing style, and smashes well, but must impart more speed and length to his ground strokes.
Of the women, lack of practice accounts for many of their faults. Miss S. Phillips is an improving player who is developing a good forehand drive, whilst Misses M. Bell, G. Norman-Jones, N. Webber, P. Edwards, E. Cook, J. Dunn, and M. Mules all should become match-winning players with practice. One thing to be remembered is to avoid wild shots whilst practising.