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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 29, No. 10. 1966.

Vic may yet lose '65 tourney!

Vic may yet lose '65 tourney!

Victoria may yet lose the 1965 Winter Tournament. This surprise result comes from Victoria sports officer Geoff Rashbrooke, who's trying to find out just who won what.

The whole matter centres on Victoria hockey goalkeeper R. Rosemergy, nominated for a 1965 New Zealand universities blue and selected to plav for the NZU team.

Rosemergy, who has been pursuing a BA degree parttime at Victoria since 1959. was awarded his NZU blue subject to his being eligible.

But although he had been ruled eligible by the university registrar before tournament, a subsequent check revealed that he was not in fact eligible for tournament play.

He had enrolled in two units in 1965, but discontinued his studies in one just prior to tournament.


He queried his eligibility with the then sports officer, Mr. Murray Boldt. Boldt told him that the eligibility was determined by the registrar's certificate.

New Zealand Universities Sports Union men have now ruled Rosemergy ineligible to receive his blue.

On top of this harsh news, sports union men say that the Victoria A men's hockey team, for which Rosemergy played, is also ineligible.


Mr. Rashbrooke told Salient that it appeared that, on the subsequent reallocation of total tournament points, Victoria would either draw tournament with Canterbury or lose to them.

He stresses that he is still trying to untangle the shambles of 1965 tournament results. The state of these has alreadv been the subject of an official NZUSU protes' to tournament controller Mr A. Taylor.


But Victoria hockey men plan to fight the NZUSU ruling. Although no forma: decision has yet been made, they are known to be angered by both the disqualification of Victoria A and the hollow award of a blue to Rosemergy.

They believe that the invalidation of the Victoria A team is unreasonable, and argue that Rosemergy took all reasonable steps to find out whether or not he was eligible.

Sports Union man Ian Boyd, who told Salient that the matter has been a contentious one for some time, defended the NZUSU eligibility system.

He says that it is designed to bring up borderline cases such as this one for scrutiny.