Canterbury’s Capital Challenge – The New Zealand Community
Trust Clash 2003
18 September 2003
The second annual Clash sports challenge kicks off next week. Can Wellington
take on Canterbury and win two years running? The Wellington sports codes
involved believe they can, and the level of interest in this year’s
event has been high.
Last year 15 sports codes clashed in Wellington, with the home side coming
out on top 21 to 9 in the final points count. This year, the challenge takes
place on Canterbury grounds, with an increased number of codes travelling
down to Christchurch to compete for the title of number one sporting province.
From athletics to yachting, sportspeople from the two regions will be ready
to show their provincial loyalty and sporting spirit, and Paul Cameron,
CEO of Sport Wellington Region says, “The Clash codes are grateful
to the New Zealand Community Trust and the Christchurch City Council for
supporting this match up between two of New Zealand’s most passionate
Competing codes include soccer, netball, darts, snooker and billiards,
goalball (a sport including vision-impaired sportspeople), chess, bridge,
petanque, table tennis, badminton, squash, tennis, yachting, bowls, cross
country, indoor bowls, karate, swimming, ten pin bowling, underwater hockey,
and of course rugby.
The rugby match between Wellington and Canterbury on Saturday 27th September
will be the final event of The Clash, a likely Ranfurly Shield challenge.
Sport Canterbury’s CEO Selwyn Maister is aggrieved by last year’s
upset. "Stung by being in the unaccustomed position of losers in The
2002 Clash, the Canterbury sporting machine is gearing up for a fight-back
in this year's encounter. Some serious preparation, added to the home advantage
(a warm Nor’wester has been ordered), should see the Wellington visitors
overheat and sent home relieved of the trophy."
There will also be some inter-Councillor competition with Wellington Councillors
John Morrison, Alick Shaw and David Major meeting Mayor Garry Moore and
Councillors Megan Evans and Graham Condon in a Go Kart showdown, and later
to debate the contentious topic: “Canterbury leads, Wellington follows”.
Mayor Garry Moore relishes the opportunity to even the score, "It's
fantastic to see so many Wellingtonians crossing the strait to compete in
Christchurch. It'll be great to see the mighty Red and Blacks competing
against the Yellow and Black. Our Council Team is looking forward to winning
the Kart Racing on Saturday morning -- bring on the challenge. May the best
province win, but Canterbury's looking forward to prominently displaying
the Clash Trophy when our teams win it back. "
The Clash will end on Saturday night with The Clash Bash, the
wrap-up party and trophy presentation, which will complete
a weekend of sporting challenge and regional interaction.
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