Commerce Cougars claim 2014 Interfaculty Sports Championship

22 October 2014
Lara Custance, Michael Lovegrove and Aron Prosch accept the Sir Colin Maiden Shield on behalf of the Commerce Cougars.
Lara Custance, Michael Lovegrove and Aron Prosch accept the Sir Colin Maiden Shield on behalf of the Commerce Cougars.

The Commerce Cougars won the Sir Colin Maiden Shield for the Interfaculty Sports Championship recently.

Of the ten different sporting codes played in tournaments throughout the year, Commerce took out both the Men’s and Women’s tennis, Mixed Badminton, Men’s Basketball, Mixed Volleyball and Women’s Futsal.

A close finish with the Engineering Eagles meant that the winners were decided on a count-back.

Defending Champions the Engineering Eagles won the Cricket, Ultimate Frisbee, Netball and Men’s Futsal and faced off in a number of finals.

“The IFT year was excellent, and I’m impressed to see the skill level across all the sports increase from year to year, in particular our futsal, volleyball and badminton tournaments,” says Senior Sport Development Officer (and manager of the championship, Albie Gysberts).

“We really value our sports clubs’ assistance to the Sport and Rec Team running the tournaments, and they learn a lot working on a tournament from start to finish,” she says.  “One of the highlights was hosting the IFT Touch tournament at the Epsom Campus; it was great to get another campus involved in hosting IFT.”

More than 1200 students were involved in the tournaments as players, coaches and managers, with more showing their support during their lunch times and at special finals events.

The tournaments were played largely in the Recreation Centre Sports Hall, as well as the Domain, Epsom Campus, Next Generation Tennis Courts and Sir Colin Maiden Park next to the Tamaki Campus.

“IFT continues to develop as a tournament in which students proudly represent their faculties in the University’s premier sporting competition, says Director of Sport, Louis Rattray. “This year saw great emotion when the Business School found out they had unseated the Faculty of Engineering to take the Sir Colin Maiden Shield. I congratulate the Business School on their consistent performance this year and wish all the faculties luck with next year’s tournament.”

The final Interfaculty Tournament Overall Standings were; 1. Commerce, 2. Engineering, 3. Science, 4. FMHS, 5. Law, 6. Arts, 7. Education, 8. NICAI, 9. Property.


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