Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 11, No. 1. March 17th. 1948
Easter Tournament — Dunedin Debauchery
In a matter of days now our representatives in the various Easter Tournament sports will be sailing for Christchurch en route to Dunedin to uphold the good name of Victoria and we wish them every success. Our chances are about the same as usual but hopes for a very good time are held by all.
Easter Tournament is considerably more than a coming together in combat of sporting giants from the various Colleges. We do not compete "for the sake of a ribboned coat" nor yet entirely for "honour and glory"; in fact, it would be difficult to find a student, out of the hundreds who will be present, for whom this is the only aspect. Tournament is for each exactly what he likes to make it and will be remembered by different students for very different highlights.
Our Tournament delegates Pip Piper (senior) and Geoff Ward (junior) have put in a great deal of time on the very necessary administrative side of Tournament. These background workers are too often forgotten in the flurry of the purely sporting side of Tournament. Other non-sports personnel proceeding to Dunedin are the N.Z.U.S.A. delegates, for a conference, and the News and Sports Editors of this paper who are attending a Press Conference held in conjunction with Tournament.
Freshers' Tournament was held on Saturday, 6th March, and took the form of a yankee tournament. Several promising freshers were seen in action for the first time, among these being J. Benstead, W. Crowe, G. Gordon, K. O'Connor, Beverley Wilson, Sue and Jo Francis, Alice Cormack (who won the girls' prize of a pair of balls), and I. Hally and S. Ostler, who jointly won the men's prize and who declined to toss for it because "they live together."
It is to be hoped that many of the freshers will be keen enough to challenge on to the ladder and next season play for the inter-club teams of which we have had three this year—Senior A. Second Grade, and Third Grade, with four men and four women in each. Most of the teams have finished up about the middle of their grades.
- Men's Singles: J. Walls, R. McKenzie.
- Men's Doubles: J. Walls and H. Davidson; J. McIvor and W. Pritchard.
- Women's Singles: Avis Reed, Elwyn Coull.
- Women's Doubles: Joan Robbins and Elwyn Coull; Suzanne Ilott and Gillian Foden.
- Mixed Doubles: Avis Reed and H. Davidson; Loris Webley and W. Pritchard.
- Women's Emergency: June Scott.
- Team Manager: G. Napier.
Although our top players Lorna Ngata and Ben O'Connor, who won the men's singles at Tournament last year, are not available there are several bright spots in the team, one being the J. Walls-Hugh Davidson doubles combination. These two won the men's singles at the last Wellington Christmas tournament and were runners-up at Easter tournament last year. Avis Reed also did very well in the Wellington Christmas tournament when she beat Thyra Smith, who was ranked sixth for Wellington. Several other members of the team reached the finals and semi-finals of various North Island tournaments over the long vacation and their match experience should prove a great asset over Tournament. In fact there is every prospect of the team proving just as capable as it was at Auckland last year when Victoria had little difficulty in carrying off the Tennis Shield. We think so anyway!
Urgent—All Tournament Representatives must attend a meeting at 7.30 p.m. in the Gym on Tuesday, 23rd to receive lucky packets and steamer tickets. All must attend. Bring money for fares. Tournament photo will be taken that night.
Winners of the shield last year, the boxing team will again be strong. The club has been training since January under the supervision of an excellent coach. Mr. Ted Adams. Competition for team places has been very keen and much has been gained by the enthusiasm of new members. Altogether the prospects are very bright and it can be expected, without undue optimism, that the boxing shield will remain with Victoria.
Bantamweight in the Victoria team is Clarence Wong. A wily two-fisted boxer whose determination and clever weaving make him a worthy representative.
Allan Young, winner of the featherweight division in 1945, is again competing in this weight. Fast and experienced, he is a clever puncher with plenty of stamina. In perfect condition he has every reason to expect success at Dunedin. A V.U.C. blue.
Lightweight Merv Wisheart has been the winner of the welterweight division in the last two Tournaments and last year won the scientific award. Fast, orthodox and versatile with a long record of victories to which he should add this year. His chances of retaining the scientific medal are also very good. Another V.U.C. blue.
The only news from Massey concerns a welterweight named Christie who will have to eliminate a long range boxer John Goldfinch, whose stamina and ringcraft should give him an excellent chance of success in Otago.
In "Cathy" Macleod, middleweight, Victoria has a natural fighter supplemented by boxing skill. Determined and aggressive with a vicious punch he may well anticipate victory by the short route at Tournament.
Another member of last year's team, Eric Adams, light-heavyweight, is a strong puncher. Although he left his training until comparatively recently he is fast for the weight and will undoubtedly turn this to account in the conflict down South. Another lightweight G. C. Kaye will meet Adams soon.
Representative for the past two years, John Roberts is again the team's heavyweight. His height and weight make him a formidable opponent and he has a good punch. His present form indicates that he has improved since last year and the experience he has acquired should stand him in good stead in the ring.
More Tournament notes on Page 8.)
I have been asked to submit to you reports of the members of our club selected to row at the Easter Tournament this year for inclusion in your next issue of the Salient.
The four and eight oar crews have been training this year under the guidance of Mr. Nat Rose, who repped the College himself earlier in the piece prior to the war. With his coaching, the team largely comprised of newer members, has proved quite the equal of teams in previous years, and is capable of putting up a very good performance.
Once again captaining the team and stroke of the eight is Stan Gillen, who stroking for the Petone No. 1 Maidens, has had several successes during the season, notably at the Christchurch Regatta.
Mick Donnelly is again rowing this year and has always proved himself a valuable oar to any crew, and he has been very unlucky not to have achieved success in races.
Mark Pownall and Dave Thomas have been consistently active, and both show a marked improvement on their last year's appearance.
Geoff Ward, who has coxed the eight in recent years, will be rowing in the team. This year he has been with the Star Lightweight crew, which has been well up in every regatta in which they have participated.
Brian Hansen and Harvey Egdell, two other lightweights, have shown by their recent performances to be of great value as new members to the eight.
Also bringing new life to the boat is John Wilson. Formerly of C.U.C. he rowed in the crew that finished a close second to Auckland last year. This year we'll give them even a bigger fright.
Two powerful types making a first appearance are Ray Shannon and Los Smith. When they get their sea legs in the eight you'll see it move.
Another novice who has been rowing consistently well is Charlie Harkin. In another twelve months he will be the man to watch.
Dave Muir has switched his attentions from boxing to rowing for a while. It seems that he is giving his face a spell to give the other end of his anatomy a slogging.
A word must be said en passant for our most successful oar in recent years and N.Z.U. Blue, Graham Honore, who while unable to go to Dunedin this year has nevertheless devoted a great deal of time and a good deal of energy towards the work entailed behind the scenes in keeping the boats in nick.