Shirley Boys' High School students have been exposed to a range of weather extremes in Christchurch lately.
So the torrential rain, thunder and lightning they experienced yesterday didn't dampen their enthusiasm as the annual exchange with Nelson College went ahead with just a single cancellation.
The closure of the region's golf courses caused the only non-event as most of the 126 students from Christchurch got on a pitch of some description after a night spent billeted amidst the storm with Nelson families.
The basketball was probably the sport to play. Anything indoors was preferable, as anywhere outside involved water – and lots of it.
"It was a bit of a farce," said Nelson College football First XI coach Dave Shaw.
"The pitch was 60 per cent under water, so it wasn't really a football game. Can you picture it? Three-quarters of the field was water, so when you kick the ball, it lands and stops dead.
"We shouldn't have played it, but the Shirley boys travelled all this way and they wanted to have a run around, so that's all it was, really."
In a fairly even exchange, the Nelson College football First XI lost 4-0, the Second XI lost 4-3, and the First XI hockey team drew 3-all.
In weather that suited the big boys, the Nelson College First XV won 22-3, the under-16 rugby team won 34-12, and the under-14 rugby team lost 42-3. The Nelson College basketball team came through to post an 81-49 victory.
Overall, the honours were shared with three wins each and a draw.
Nelson College sports director Chris Lawton said that at the end of the day's play there were 280 boys, most of them cold and wet, waiting for a hot feed.
"I don't know how they managed to play football, but they did, and good on them."
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