The inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Rugby Competition at the University of New England last weekend was such a huge success that its continuation and expansion are assured.
The two-day competition involved eight teams – including teams from St Joseph’s College, Knox Grammar and St Patrick’s College in Sydney, Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School in Tamworth and The Armidale School, and a North West representative team.
The Vice-Chancellor of UNE, Professor Alan Pettigrew, said the competition was both a realisation of UNE’s ability to attract first-class sporting events for the benefit of the New England community, and a showcase for the University’s world-class sporting facilities. “The competition highlights the importance the University places on sporting activities as well as academic study in the overall university experience,” Professor Pettigrew said.
He announced that the competition would continue as an annual event into the future.
Professor Pettigrew presented the winner’s trophy to the team from St Joseph’s College that defeated a Knox Grammar team 27-0 in the final on Sunday.
“The weekend certainly exceeded expectations,” said UNE’s Mark Stevens. “We’ve had tremendous feedback from the players and parents who travelled from the three participating Sydney schools, and we’ve received numerous inquiries about enrolling at UNE next year.
“We’re hoping to expand the event into a national, 20-team competition which would attract teams from all Australian States and Territories, and could also bring teams from New Zealand, South Africa and the UK.”
“UNE, with its first-class sporting facilities, is ideally placed to run such an event,” Mr Stevens said.
THE PHOTOGRAPH displayed here expands to show Professor Alan Pettigrew presenting the Vice-Chancellor’s Rugby Competition cup to Liam Walker, captain of St Joseph’s 1st 15.