Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume. 34, Number 16. September 8th 1971
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.
- 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.
Important Sports Dates
Sports Council A.G.M.
Thurs, 9th Sept.
Tickets at Stud. Ass Office.
Ian Dunn on Rugby
As the third term of Varsity commences so we have reached the last of our club Rugby for 1971 and although tempted to indulge in cliche-cluttered claptrap, I will endeavour to use some sort of journalistic approach in case I again disturb that galah, "Gabriel veysey."
This was written following Petone's defeat of the A's and I congratulate Ian Upston on producing yet another well-drilled team, which by the time you read this should have established a new record in Jubilee Cup history. Mick Bremner must be feeling somewhat disappointed, but congratulations are also in order for him.
I doubt whether many coaches could have produced a team with the record built up by the A's this year. The team overcame early difficulties when it looked as if they might even be lucky to avoid promotion-relegation, let alone make the top six. The individual players' response reflects great credit on their attitudes and abilities, but it relects greater credit on their coach, the catalyst producing this response.
All praise therefore to Mick for not only producing a fine team but one, particularly in the forwards, dominated by youth. This means that the club and Wellington generally will be well served by these young men introduced to senior rugby by Mick. Having regard to the dismal performances produced by too many teams throughout New Zealand over recent months, at national and international level, I wonder just how long Rugby at such levels can ignore Mick's talented, able and original approach. For the sake, not only of the game, but of the players at these levels, one hopes that it will not be too long before his talents receive due recognition. So Mick well done.
While expressing congratulations it might be appropriate to save some for the game's unsung heroes - the referees. Without this dedicated group of men there would be no Rugby - yet how often do we (I am probably the worst offender of all) abuse hell out of those individuals who are, after all, only human. One man exercising control over an area 110 yards by 75 yards populated with 30 players and surrounded by anything from 5 to 50,000 partisan "experts" - what a formidable task!
Referees such as Peter McDavitt and Graham Harrison from the "top five" invariably carry out their duties with distinction. It is pleasing to be able to participate in the games controlled by those referees, such as Don Burtt and John Muir, who are regarded as future candidates for the "top five". I could go on and on referring to members of this group but, when handing out kudos, perhaps most of all I think of those refs who devote themselves to their association and the game in the hard-working manner of that Don Moselen or of veterons like Bill Boyd and Dick Senyer.
Each Monday night during the rugby season upwards of 150 of these gentlemen gather to talk and listen to all manner of things related to Rugby laws and their interpretation. Perhaps a few coaches and players' ears burn as a consequence or some things said at these weekly meetings but what does it matter? Knowing the articulate and erudite approach of many members of the Referees' Association these meetings can only be for the good of the game. No mention of Referees would be complete without some reference to Lance Osborne, the Association's Secretary. A dedicated hard-working official, he must receive and make more telephone calls than anyone in the Rugby season. Lance's tireless efficiency was appropriately recognized when he was made a life member of the Association this year.
Before concluding, two other congratulatory references are in order - to the Junior 2nd and 7th A sides on winning their respective grade championship for 1971. Both of these teams performed with credit this season and congratulations go to their leaders Graeme Edmond and David McKee in the case of the J2's - John Frazer and Brian Pratt for the J7A's.
Car Club Booming
Victoria's Car Club, now in its first full year of activities, is one of the fastest growing Clubs in the Universty. Proof of the strength of the Club has now been realised with the recent win by the Car Club Team entry in the "Anthony Motors Break-down '71 Motor Rally." One hundred cars faced the starter for this event which lasted for eight testing hours on July 25th. and saw many competitors lost throughout the day. A large number of team entries were received for the event and it is to the credit of the participants page break in the four cars making up the University Team that their efforts enabled them to take the first prize against the more experienced competitors.
The Club is having a busy time this year arranging events to satisfy the enthusiasm shown in its activities. Most students have heard, or read, about Car Rallies being held in various countries and, more recently, about the "Heatway Rally" which was run throughout the North Island. Until last year the students at Vic have been unable to compete in a University Car Rally but, now that the Club is established, this is now possible and popularity of these events is surprising. The Club has followed a policy of providing interesting events for those who may, or may never, have been on a Car Rally and have wished to try their skills at the sport, while bearing in mind that the event must not be too expensive, too time-consuming, or too difficult. To this end the Club has held most of its events on Sunday afternoons, with the occasional night rally being held on Saturday nights, at a cost of only 50 cents per car.
To the uninitiated, a Car Rally is not a race, or a display of vehicles, but rather, briefly, it is a test of skill among competitors following a given course. Three people make up the "ideal" car - it has been proven in Vies events that the type of vehicle has too little to do with the results. These three are (1) The Driver who must be able to drive according to the instructions, and at the correct speed, given to him by (2) The Navigator who must be able to read the instructions correctly and assist (3) The Time-keeper who must be able to co-ordinate the distance travelled, and the speed of travel, to ensure that the car is travelling on the right timing. Throughout the journey the organiser employs a "check" system to ensure that the competitors are on the correct course and travelling at the correct speed - off course, or wrong timing, can result in penalty points against the competitors. The winner is the person obtaining the least penalty points in the event.
The begining of the year saw 10-15 cars taking part in Car Club events which last, on an average, 2½ - 3½ hours and cover 50-70 miles. As the year progressed the number of competitors has increased with each event and it is now common to have over 30 cars line up for the start - a turnout which is far greater than many of the longer established car clubs regularly attain. All beginners to the sport have found that after two or three events the whole idea of Car Rallying gets into their blood and they become regular competitors. There is no doubt that the Club will increase in size again next year, and possibly become the strongest Car Club in Wellington as Canterbury, and Auckland, University became in their areas.
If you would like to pit your wits against some others then watch the notice boards, especially on the first floor of the Student Union Building, for details of coming Car Club events. If you have never been on a Car Rally before then I suggest that you begin with a Sunday event (as daylight helps), bring a map, pencil and paper, and ask the organiser at the start control for a "Beginners Instruction Guide" which you can read before the rally begins and obtain some helpful hints for you to use during the event. If you are in any doubt before the start, don't hesitate to ask anyone else about your problems, or for any hints on how to Rally, as the more experienced rally competitors are always willing to help beginners.
See you at the next Car Rally. Good luck.
New Zealand Universities Easter Tournament 1972.
During Easter 1972 Vic will again be host to the New Zealand Universities Easter Tournament.
Would anyone who is interested in helping to coordinate the organisation in any of the following areas please contact me either at work or at home. Phone: Work 58-886, Home 769-195
- Headquarters Controller
- Lucky Packets Controller
- Records Controller
- Tournament Controller
- Assistant Social Controller
- Billeting Controller
- Ways and Means Controller
- Drinking Horn Controller
- Social Controller
If you want any more "Guff" about any of these jobs see Mrs Tait in the Stud. Ass. Office.
Warwyck DeweEaster Tournament Controller