Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 9. June 7, 1939
Hockey Tournament — Two Victories
The students of Canterbury College must be congratulated on arranging a fine tournament and thanked sincerely for their hospitality, for billeting and entertainment were excellent.
It is generally realised that a play all tournament, involving five games, takes considerable toll of players vitality and, as was mentioned later at the hockey dinner, many participants in final matches were playing at a dead stop. Hagley Park, on which all games were held, is an excellent playing field, and an eye-opener to Wellingtonians. Unfortunately owing to the recent dryness of Canterbury's weather, everyone gained the impression that cement had been used for top-dressing in mistake for super phosphate. Blistered feet were common, and a small boom took place in the local market for plaster and salves.
All games were a pleasure by reason of first-class refereeing, and an excellent spirit of camaraderie unmarred by "unfortunate incidents."
Although the team was not the normal 1st XI, as many players could not travel, Victoria took third place in the tourney and, for the interest of readers. the scores of matches in which the College participated are shown hereunder:—
Victoria 4 v. Massey 1
Victoria 3 V. Canterbury A 6
Victoria 3 v. Auckland 2
Victoria 3 v. Canterbury B 3
Victoria 2 v. Otage 14
Nell Buchanan played excellently throughout the tourney and thoroughly deserved his position at right half in the N.Z.U. team which played Canterbury on Saturday.
In the first game Frank Walker, full back, sustained an injury to his upper lip necessitating several stitches and was unable to play in further matches in view of the possibility of further damage.
Stan Braithwaite suffered concussion in the third match, and is still an inmate of the Christchurch hospital.
Further remarks as to individual games and players are unnecessary, for the team, both individually and collectively, did its best, and Victoria was not disgraced.
To use a cliche—as a summary—a good time was had by all.