The Spike or Victoria University College Review June 1926
"Hither the heroes and the nymphs resort.
To taste awhile the pleasures of a court."
The familiar cry, "Love game," no longer rings out at 5 p.m. on our College courts. Notwithstanding the enthusiasm of a few ardent tennis players, whose spirits are not dampened by a Wellington southerly, the majority of racquet players prefer, during the winter months, to follow some other sport, or else remain during the week end in the friendly comfort of an easy chair before a fire. Tennis has "fizzled out" for the time being.
Owing to the fact that tennis is essentially a summer game, our club is handicapped in its activities by the fact that the greater part of the tennis season passes during the College vacation. School teachers also, who are notorious for the number of their holidays, are spread out during the active tennis season in different parts of New Zealand. This being the case, it is little wonder that the Club Championships, which were commenced early last season, were dragged on, and a number of the events not completed.
The Men's Championship fell to R. R, T. Young, who played good tennis throughout. He defeated in the final P, H. Paul, with whom he had had many preceding contests. Mr. Young, who is the Club President, departed in February to take a course at Cambridge University. We are sorry to lose such an active member of our club, but we are pleased to note that he has early struck good form at Cambridge, and has been awarded a full "Blue" for tennis.
The Club ladder, like Ngauruhoe, has shown signs of great activity. This was particularly noticeable just before Easter, when it was realised that the Tournament team would be picked strictly from the ladder. R. McL. Ferkins fought his way to top place on the men's ladder, displacing during his progress, Burns, O'Brien, and Paul. O'Brien defeated Paul for second place, and Burns had a narrow victory over Scott for fourth place.
The Club was represented at the Easter Tournament by the following:—
Men's Singles.—Ferkins and O'Brien.
Men's Doubles.—Ferkins and Paul, O'Brien and Burns.
Ladies' Singles.—Misses Sheppard and Madeley.
Ladies' Doubles.—Misses Sheppard and Madeley. Misses Goodwin and Mitcalfe.
Combined Doubles.—Miss Sheppard and Ferkins, Miss Madeley and Burns.
Misses Cameron and Whyte were not available to make the trip to Dunedin.
The team, while giving a good account of itself, did not bring any championships back to Wellington. Ferkins reached the finals of the men's singles, but was defeated, after a close contest by Robinson, of Canterbury.
On St. Andrew's Day the Club played its annual match with the Otaki Club. A party of ten men and six women made the journey, and succeeded in winning the match by a substantial margin.
The Wellington Tennis Association courts at Miramar have now been opened, and sixteen courts are available for play. All tennis players should rally round and assist in making the scheme a success. It is hoped that with the use of these courts inter-club matches will be resumed next season.