Nayland College may have lost the Prefects Trophy to Wellington's Tawa College for the first time, but they gleefully atoned by winning the dance battle at the social, according to one likely lad.
In a mass migration of sport socks, balls and shuttle cocks, 118 students made the trip up to the sleepy suburb north of Wellington for the fourth annual sports exchange between the two co-educational schools, hosted by 1400 students at Tawa College.
Fiercely competitive games were a hallmark of the tournament and Nayland started well with a 65-46 win in the girl's basketball, although the first night of competition ended at 1-1, with Tawa taking out the boys basketball, 84-63.
Wellington turned on a typically dull day complete with a standard serving of gusty wind for the main competition on Monday.
Following a 15-all draw in the senior A netball Nayland went one ahead of the ledger again, winning senior B 26-23. Tawa clawed one back in year 9 netball, 18-14.
The Nayland girls were all over their counterparts underlined by an impressive 3-1 win in the hockey followed by a 1-all draw in the football, their only major loss coming in a 6-0 badminton botch-up.
The boys couldn't buy a trick, losing the hockey 5-3 and the badminton 5-1.
However the First XV put in a creditable performance against the tough Wellington outfit, used to mixing it against top national schools.
Nayland played with structure and purpose and it was still nil-all at oranges but after the break the big boys in the Tawa team took their toll, busting the line for three quick tries and it finished 17-8.
Nayland First XI didn't fare much better in the football.
Tawa were used to the gusty conditions, but an own goal proved the difference in a 2-1 loss.
Nayland student leader Zaimon Sansom was there to witness the blunder first hand.
"Yeah there was an own goal, the pass was coming back and our guy had a man on him, he headed it over the keeper on the pass back.
"I was the keeper so he got a bit of grief for that," laughed Zaimon.
"We probably wanted to win that one, we had the ball most of the time and missed a lot of shots, but that's the way it goes sometimes."
When the on-field action was completed, Tawa College had earned an overall 8-4 win in the 12-match series, to lift the cup for the first time since the annual sports exchange's inception in 2009.
Zaimon said there is a lot more to the exchange than sport, and when the final whistle blew the socialising started.
"The sport is pretty serious and when you're on the field there's often a bit of tension, with people going really hard. Off the field it's a different feeling; you get billeted with families and have the social afterwards, then it's also about creating relationships."
One of the key places to firm those affairs was the end-of-competition social on Monday night, where Nayland cranked that superman, the dougie and went shuffling to an unofficial victory in the dance-off, according to Liam MacDonald.
"I ran the dance battles; I'm not going to lie. I created the circles and messed it up, couple of back flips - it was good times."
- The Nelson Mail