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SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1935. Volume 6. Number 3.

Varsity Wins Inter-Club Champ

Varsity Wins Inter-Club Champ.

In the final match of the interclub series on Saturday. Victoria College, for the first time since 1912 won the senior men's championship by defeating a strong Wellingotn team by 7 matches to 1. We congratulate R. McL. Ferkins (captain) who has the outstanding record of 18 win and no losses this season in inter-club mathes.

The detailed results are:—R. Ferkins beat Coombe 6-5, 6-4: J. J. McCarthy beat M. Ferkins 6-2, 4-6, 6-2: W. Gosnell beat Purves 6-2, 6-3: B. McCarthy beat Gifford-Moore 6-4, 5-6, 6-0. Ferkins and J. McCarthy beat Coombe and Gifford-Moore 6-3, 6-3; beat Purves and Ferkins by default. Gosnell and B. McCarthy beat Purves and Ferkins 4-6, 6-1, 6-1; lost to Coombe and Gifford-Moore 4-6 (retired).

Ferkins beat Coombe in a game that developed into a race for the net position. With perfect volleys and forceful drives to support his outstanding retrieving capacities, Ferkins proved too aggressive for his doughty opponent.

J. J. McCarthy had an outstanding win over Max Ferkins. Playing a highly tactical game, he kept his agile advesary always guessing. Had his over-head work been better than fourth grade standard, he must have won easily. However, we hand the palm to "J. J." for the most meritorious win of the day.

Maintaining a good length, Gosnell went to an early lead against Purves and won the first set with good solid tennis. However, he slumped badly at the opening stages of the second set, missing many easy volleys and smashes until, with the sudden reversion to form, he took three games and match at 6-2, 6-3.

B. McCarthy began confidently against Gifford-Moore, winning the first set and establishing a strong lead in the second. Here his tennis became absolutely pitiful and he dropped the second set after a series of drives that reminded us of our school-days. With commendable spirit, he steadied his game and took the final set to love with numerous crisp volleys and well-directed passing shots.

Ferkins and J. J. McCarthy were much too strong for Coombe and Gifford-Moore whom they defeated in a sparkling game—the issue of which was never in doubt. The other Wellington pair defaulted to them.

Gosnell and B. McCarthy began badly against Purves and Ferkins. Showing poor combination and missing "sitters" all over the court, at that stage the 'Varsity pair never looked like winning. Time and again missed smashes lost points that were presented to them for the taking. With Gosnell showing more determination, they [unclear: called sufficiently] to win the second set and then the match. After losing the first set to Coombe and Gifford-Moore, the rapidly tiring V.U.C. pair defaulted their second double.

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