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Salient. Official Newspaper of Victoria University Students Association. Volume 40, Number 3. March 14, 1977.

Easter Tourney

page 19

Easter Tourney

After 5 long years of waiting it's Happening Again! Victoria is holding the NZ Universities Summer Tournament this Easter.

Not since 1972 has such an event hit Victoria. This year the Organizing Committee expects about 1000 sports persons to converge on the capital for this gala sporting and social event. Already there are indications that this will be the best attended Easter Tournament ever. Perhaps because of Wellington's central location, perhaps because of an upsurge of interest in University Sport, but whatever the cause its clear that this tournament will live long in everyone's memories.

The events will be spread all around Wellington from the fullbore shooting at Trentham to the volleyball at Porirua and the athletics at Newtown Park.

The full list includes:—
  • Water Polo at Thorndon & Freyberg Pools
  • Yachting at Evans Bay
  • Snooker
  • Tennis at Central Park
  • Cricket at Karori Park
  • Rowing on the Harbour
  • Drinking at the University.

This means that at any one time spectators will have any of 10 simultaneously occurring sports events to choose from, at locations all over the Greater Wellington area.

Transport and accommodation for the athelic could be big problem, but the organisers have come up with an ingenious solution.

Village Concept.

This calls for the creation of a "Tournament Village" centred on the university, with the athletics being accomodated in the Halls of Residence on the fringe of the Campus. This means they will be guaranteed good quality meals, something often neglected under traditional billeting methods, while at the same time keeping people in close proximity to the Student Union Complex, the hub of the social activities.

Social Events

Socials begin on Thursday night with the traditional ceremonial opening of Tournament by local dignitaries, with a cocktail party for Captains, Blue Panel and Officials.

On Friday night the place warms up with a dance on the ground floor of the Union building. Survivors of that will have a full days competion to endure before the big Saturday Night Special. This is a double header with two different bands playing in different parts of the Union. Variety is the theme and keynote of Victoria's Social schedule.

Sunday the final day of competition, has the evening set aside for individual sports dinners. These mark the conclusion of Tournament proper. At these traditional and ceremonial dinners. New Zealand University Teams are announced and the winning university in each sport.

This year, a brand new feature will be incorperated. Each sport will be asked to nominate 3 male and female representatives to compete in the All Stars Competition the following day.

All Stars

The All Stars is an entirely new thing in University Sport. Designed to provide a sporting spectacular for the public; it will also provide an answer to the age-old question, which Sport produces the best all round sportsperson?

The course is designed to test every aspect of physical fitness and stemina, incorporating a harbour swim, canoe-racing, hurdling, up-hill with sprinting, bicycle racing high jump, weight lifting, lawn bowls and many other surprises.

This format has proved immensly popular overseas, and the organisers hope it will be included in future Easter Tournaments.

Drinking Horn

After the All Stars the fabled Drinking Horn takes place.

This is no place for amateurs to com pete.

Long hours and hard training are required and many teams have been practising for months. Again, this will be a fantastic spectator sport with the added incentive of crowd participation.

Tournament Ball

Tournament Ball marks the end of Tournament for another year.

The whole of the Union will be thrown over for this mammoth climax to 5 days of non stop living, in every sense of the word. It will commence at 10.00pm and go on through the night into the wee small hours. Breakfast will be served at 4.00am for those die-hards still on their feet.

Well, that's what's going on at Victoria this Easter. This will be where its all at, for 4 days and 5 nights. If you want to get in on it, get details off your sports officer about charter flights dates times and costs. We can always make room for one more!

Peter Thrush the VUWSA Sports Officer is this years Tournament Controller and can be contacted regarding Tournament at the Studass Office. NB. There will be a Sports Council Meeting on Wed. 16th March in the Board Room at 6.00pm.