On the 20th of February we’ll see the return of what everyone* has been waiting for – Interhall Sport. The competition returns with what is probably the most even term of sports. Five very different sports, starting with Griffin’s jewel, Hockey! (Every Friday down at Willows Oval – get down and support your college!). The weekend sports kick off with volleyball, a sport often shared by UniLodge, Ursula Hall, and B&G in the mens, and Burgmann and Johns in the females. Next up is UniLodge and Ursies’ favourite; table tennis. Griffin will be looking to take bragging rights out of first term with another favourite of theirs in softball. Johns however will be looking at stopping them with some fast pitching and big hitting. There is of course though, the Pièce de résistance of Interhall Sport; the frenzied, the religious fervour that is IB. B&G have a strong history in IB but recently we’ve seen the rise of other colleges, with the inside word that one college even sent an elite core off for some altitude and navigation training at the end of last year.
The year then pushes on next term with sports like Bruce’s pride, Basketball, and Fenner’s favourite, Ultimate Disc. We then have another 10 sports including popular events such as rugby league, AFL, netball, soccer, and the final weekend of ISO; touch football.
Throughout the 17 sports, spread equally between the guys and gals, Colleges and Halls are awarded points that go towards the overall sports shield, which for over 15 years was dominated by Johns XXIII College. Johns had made a name for themselves as the sporting college on campus, however last year for the first time in over 15 years, they were toppled. Burgmann usurped traditional rivals Johns by coming home with a wet sail in the 2nd half of the year; winning 6 out of the last 10 sports. Johns had the 2nd best finish to the year winning 2 premierships in the 2nd semester, with no other college or hall managing multiple premierships.
Griffin however could easily become a challenger if they can bring some consistency to the year. Having the obvious disadvantage of not all living together, a Griffin team one week could very easily be a totally different Griffin team from the next. This was highlighted by winning a total of 5 sports throughout the year, one more than Johns, and yet still finishing a whopping 25 points behind Johns (winning a term long sport garners 16 points).
Whatever the sport, whoever the college, it’s certainly shaping up to be a great year of sport.
*Generally only college kids and the Griffin folk. But we assume it’s marked in everyone’s calendar. Now, when do exams start?