By Adam Pearse
Two Auckland Universities have asserted their stronghold on university sport, occupying the top spots in the inter-tertiary competition with just two events remaining.
The University Tertiary and Sport New Zealand event consists of eight disciplines ranging from rugby and netball to table tennis and badminton.
University of Auckland (UoA) top the leader board with 89 points, sitting 39 points higher than its brethren with AUT in second with 50 points, six higher than Waikato University in third place.
Out of 12 competitions, UoA have claimed victory in five with the other titles spread amongst the other universities.
Massey University currently sits in fifth position with 34 points, above University of Canterbury and Lincoln University.
Massey is yet to register their first official win but Massey’s Manawatu coordinator Kashif Shuja is content with the results so far.
“Massey University have improved leaps and bounds from last year where we had participation in four sports compared to six thus far with two events to go.”
Prominent performances have included placing second in Volleyball and third in the Women’s Rugby 7’s competition.
Shuja comments that sufficient funds are always hard to come by but he is optimistic for the future as the event grows in popularity.
“Finances are never enough and never will be. They are better than last year and I am sure they will be better next year.”
The final two events are Netball and Basketball five-a side, the former taking place on September 23 and 24 and the latter on September 25 to 27.