Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 12. August 15, 1957
This year's team is a nice blend of youth and experience and should be seen to much better advantage than those of the previous two Tournaments. Team members are quietly confident of their prospects and are training hard to be in peak condition on the eve of Tournament.
The team comprises six men—four of whom have had considerable experience in top-grade competition for several seasons, though only one, Tony Gow, has represented V.U.C. at Tournament before. The two less-experienced members have run with some distinction in junior events this year, especially Brian Davies.
Individual prospects are as follows:—
Bill Gaudin: In top provincial class and one who would appear to have excellent prospects of annexing the individual title at Auckland. He will be suited by the fiat nature of the course—two circuits of the Ellerslie racecourse.
Tony Gow: The veteran of the side, who should be close up at the finish but would have preferred a more vigorous test of cross-country running, however.
Bob Creed: A highly capable road runner who has recently transferred from Christchurch. He has been running with much more dash over country this year than in previous seasons. Would seem to have good prospects, especially if the conditions underfoot are firm.
Frank Walkley: Very determined and getting filter. Has several meritorious performances on the track to his credit and in similar conditions at Auckland should give a good account of himself.
Brian Davies: Perhaps the most promising runner the club has had in years. His performances in junior ranks are outstanding and on the strength of these efforts he should be well to the fore in Auckland.
Peter O'Brien: The baby of the team. He is running with much more confidence now than earlier in the season. He has trained hard and deserves to be placed on this occasion.