By Tshilidzi Mutavhatsindi
Pic: Sean William Messham
After a long hassle in sports admin due to late submissions of inter-res competitors, Rhodes’ popular Inter-res sports competition finally kicked off on Tuesday, 10 March, with badminton. After a very long competitive night, New House came first in the Ladies’, while last year’s spirit award winners, Guy Butler, dominated the Men’s badminton Inter-res, collecting maximum points of the night.
The next event saw Inter-res participators diving into Rhodes’ swimming pool on Friday, 13 March, competing in 33m individual freestyle race, breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly, 4 x 33m freestyle relay and 4 x 33m medley relay. Jan Smuts collected maximum points in the Men’s division, while New House once again took the lead on the Ladies’ side. “I enjoyed the vibe and competition spirit, even though it was cold,” said Oppidan Community Engagement Representative, Lerato Chauke.
The weekend closed with water polo, which took place at the Rhodes swimming pool on Saturday, 14 March. New House are on a high note this year again after coming first in the Ladies’ water polo, beating Ruth First 13-0 in the finals. Centenary House gave their all in the Men’s side and registered their first maximum point’s collection after a thrilling 5-2 win against Cullen Bowles.
“This year’s Inter-res events were a great success for aquatics and are a testimony to the exceptional effort made by the aquatics committee in organising the weekend,” said Rhodes Aquatics Club chairperson, Tess Poulos.,“Both the gala and the Waterpolo were very well attended and the crowds brought a lot of spirit to the occasion. We had one of our largest events this year in terms of entries and I commend the residence sports reps for their contribution.” She added, “Overall, we had many people comment on the success and festivities of the tournament and everybody seemed to really enjoy themselves. We’re looking forward to fun on the upcoming fixtures as well.”
“We are happy with this year’s level of attendance and the event’s competitiveness,” commented Rhodes sports officer, Guy Gordon. He concluded by saying that students should not only support, but participate and expose themselves to new sports for both themselves and their residences.