The Spike or Victoria College Review 1937
|(a) Interclub:||Six teams were entered in the W.L.T.A. Inter-Club Competitions. The first division men's team was unfortunate in losing J. J. McCarthy early in the season, but under Roily Ferkins's inspired leadership, continued to play well and by winning six matches out of eight finished second equal with Wellington A. The second division ladies' and the third men's A teams also gave good accounts of themselves, and in both cases finished second on the championship ladder. The third B, the fourth, and the fifth teams were more concerned in getting out of bottom position. Nevertheless, they served as training grounds for the players who were required to fill vacancies in the higher teams.|
|(b) Club Championships.||These have hung fire even more than usual, possibly on account of a wet season. Those still in the running should make every effort to play their matches at the beginning of the coming season.|
|(c) Tournament:||The team sent to Canterbury at Easter was, judged by usual standards, young and in-experienced, at least in so far as the men were concerned. Five of the ten players were representing V.U.C. for the first time, and the sixth had played only one match before. Consequently, we did not entertain extravagant hopes of victory. The first round brought success to both of our strings in the two ladies' events, and in the combined doubles. The semi-finals, however, took their toll, Stella Phillips and Janet Grainger and N. A. Morrison and Janet Grainger being the only survivors. The latter pair were regarded as the strongest in our team, and potential title-holders. They were unlucky not to win the final. Once again Canterbury were too good to lose the Cup.|
Yankee Tournaments were held on Opening Day and at the commencement of the 1937 session to welcome freshers. They serve admirably to enable the players to get to know one another. An additional tournament was held in aid of the Permanent Building Fund.
Old Boys' Day.
The annual match between Past and Present Students for the Eichelbaum Cup was held towards the end of the season. The veterans struggled hard to avenge their defeat of the previous year, but could not quite manage it. Perhaps the afternoon tea was the trouble. At the close of play, the Cup was presented by Mr. Eichelbaum to Mr. E. G. Budge, the captain of the students' team. As usual, that afternoon was the most enjoyable of the season.
Activity on the men's ladder has been maintained at the pace set in previous years. Ferkins and Morrison have enjoyed almost undisputed right to their respective positions, but below them, places have changed continually. From time to time, keen players prove that it is possible to reach the upper rungs of the ladder in one season. This year Joe Hartley started from scratch and is now well-established in third place. The ladies' ladder continues to function in a semi-dormant condition—the indications are that there will be keener rivalry during the coming season. The top six players at the close of the season, were:—
Ladies: S. S. Phillips, D. Briggs, J. Grainger, P. M. P. Edwards, K. Pears, M. Palmer-Brown.
Men: R. McL. Ferkins, N. A. Morrison, J. H. Hartley, B. Brock, L. B. Sandford, F. Renouf.
We are not often privileged to have a New Zealand title-holder in the Club, and so are happy to congratulate Roily Ferkins on his part in winning the N.Z. Men's Doubles Championship.
Congratulations are also extended to N. A. Morrison on obtaining a V.U.C. Blue. They are hard to get.