The Spike or Victoria College Review 1936
Owing to the inclement weather conditions prevailing during the last summer, Wellington experienced its poorest Tennis season for some years past. With scarcely two consecutive fine week-ends, the courts did not display their usual activity.
The increasing popularity of the Yankee Tournament held on this occasion was proved by the fact that this year some 80 pairs participated.
In addition to the usual opening day Tournament, and Freshers' Welcome, a Yankee Tournament was held on November 23rd, in aid of the Students' Association Building Fund. We were able to add a few more "bricks" to this worthy cause.
During the season the Men's Ladder has shown considerable activity, there being many keenly contested matches. Although some of our senior players were not in the field, the ladder strength remained at the high level set up during the previous season. The dormant state of the Ladies' Ladder coupled with the fact that only ten places on it were occupied shows that the College is very much in need of enthusiastic lady players for the forthcoming season.
The top six players on the ladders at the close of the season were:—
Ladies: D. Briggs, S. Phillips, J. Grainger, P. M. P. Edwards, M. Palmer Brown and C. Smith.
Men: R. McL. Ferkins, J. J. McCarthy, B. J. McCarthy, N. A. Morrison, L. H. Marchant and J. C. White.
(a) Interclub: The Club entered six teams in the Wellington Lawn Tennis Association's Interclub Competition. Our senior team was not sufficiently strong to retain the championship won during the previous season. The senior ladies' team was not so successful as in the previous season due to its numbers being depleted. The best performance was put up by the club's Fourth Division team, while the Senior B team, transferred to the Second Division owing to the loss of W. B. Gosnell, gave a fairly good account of itself.
(b) Club Championships: These are as yet unfinished due to the weather conditions.
The results to date are:—
Ladies' Singles: Miss J. Grainger.
Ladies' Doubles. Misses D. Briggs and J. Grainger.
Tournament: We have to thank the Wellington Lawn Tennis Association and the weather for the outstanding success of the Tennis section of this year's Tournament. The Association placed at our disposal six grass courts in the very best condition, besides making several others available for practices. The weather did its part by forgetting to rain or blow.
Our representatives, one and all, gave a good account of themselves, losing to Canterbury by a single point. Excitement ran high when it seemed that we might eclipse the 1932 record of tying for the first place by being the sole possessors of it. Alas! Not this year. We must congratulate J. J. McCarthy who played excellent tennis to win his N.Z.U. Blue and the Men's Singles Title from B. D. Duffield of Canterbury, 6-3, 7-5. After a marathon match of 36 games against Miss D. Briggs in the semi-final of the Ladies Singles, Canterbury entered the final to fight another long match against V.U.C.'s other representative, Miss J. Grainger, before finally retaining the title.
Yes, V.U.C. was unlucky in Tennis this year.
We extend our congratulations to J. J. McCarthy who won his N.Z.U. Blue.
Old Boys' Day.
The annual match between Past and Present students was held on the College Courts on one of the finer week-ends. Despite the overcast weather conditions good sportsmanship and keen rivalry prevailed. At the close of the afternoon. Mr. S. Eichelbaum, Club Patron, and Captain of the Old Boys' Team, presented the Challenge Cup to Mr. C. S. Plank the Captain of the Present Students' team as the winners of the 1936 contest.