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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume. 34, Number 16. September 8th 1971

Victoria Wins Winter Tournament

Victoria Wins Winter Tournament

N.Z.U.S.A. don't know! Andy Wright hasn't been able to find out! Auckland University haven't a clue!

So, we made an intelligent and calculated guess, on behalf of the Students' Association. Victoria must have won!

We have heard a nasty rumour that Auckland hosed in, and were well ahead on points from their nearest rivals, Canterbury.

However, Auckland University could not substantiate this when we phoned. Conseqquently, we put it down to inter-regional friction and left it at that.

It is likely that Auckland will vehemently disagree with our thinking on this matter - please disregard anything you may see or hear, and believe only what you find in your official organ!. We will accept their letters and publish them as a sign of good faith - please disregard them. Graeme Collins has informed us that he is "expecting a letter from the political cowboys at N.Z.U.S.A. before too long". However he has received damning info as to the fraudulent nature of this letter...;

Victoria Won - there can be no question about it. Moreover, they deserved to win!

This result is really quite surprising. Going by previous Tournament records, the home team always has a decided advantage. Moreover, the smaller "town" universities also do well, probably because the spirit in these closely-knit universities is greater than m the bigger, impersonal universities, such as Victoria, where apathy reigns!

As a matter of fact, many of our sports teams show the same attitude as Auckland University. Their lack of interest has added to the confusion resulting from the lack of knowledge about tournament. For this reason, Salient's Tournament review has a sadly depleted air! We simply did not receive enough copy for a better article, despite the efforts of Andy Wright and myself to get more info.

One thing however all can be certain of. For the first time in 23 years, Victoria has won a Tournament.

Sports Editor

As far as I have been able to ascertain, our most successful efforts at Tournament were:
  • Badminton - Tour. Champs
  • Swords - Tour. Champs
  • Rugby League - almost Tour Champs.

Karate was again included for the second tune since its inception as a provisional sport, the first occasion being at Otago in '69. We are therefore two-thirds of the way towards having Karate included as a full tournament sport.

Teams were entered from Auckland, Victoria and Canterbury/Lincoln. Because Auckland does Chiclokan Karate, and Victoria and Canterbury/Lincoln does Kyokushiukai Karate it proved necessary to compromise between the two styles. Our style, Kyokushiukai is more of an offensive style than theirs And as it turned out the tournament was extremely well run, and for this we are endebted to Bob Anderson of Auckland University.

On Monday, the first day of the tournament, eliminations were held for restricted kyu champion, and for open grade championship. The day was quite a successful one with the exception of a few minor injuries which are inevitable at a tournament in which different styles compete. At the end all that remained of these two championships was the semi-finals which were held over until the next day.

We began at 10 am next day, with the restricted kyu semi-final and final. Dave Russel of Victoria was successful in this, he was placed third. In the opengrade we did not have very much success due to the fact that two of our chaps suffered minor injuries. The open was won by a competitor from Auckland. When these two finals were completed it was decided to finish for the day to give competitors time to nurse and rest their injuries before the team fights on the Wednesday. We adjourned at 11.15am.

On Wednesday morning all competitors in the teams event assembled at the Ex-Royal Navalmen's hall at Newmarket. Prior to the events all team-captams were required to submit a team list with the fighting order of his team. Our team comprised D. Turner (team captain) W. Stevens, J. Galvin, D. Russell, and P. Struthers, We drew Canterbury/ Lincoln as the first event. We had feared stiff opposition from down south but we prevailed winning by 3½ points to 1½ points. Next Auckland and ourselves fought off but this time we were defeated. Auckland scored 3½ points while we scored 1½ points giving us a grade total of 5 points.

The next and last event was Auckland against Canterbury/Lincoln. This resulted in Auckland defeating Canterbury/Lincoln by the exact same margin that we beat them by, 3½ points to 1½ points. Thus, the final score was: Auckland 7, Victoria 5, and Canterbury/Lincoln 3.

All in all it was a very interesting tournament which enabled the various competitors to get to know other styles of karate and to get to know the other exponents. This bridging of the gap is very important if Karate is to become a fully accepted tournament sport.