Summergames 2015

Due to adverse weather conditions AI was not an option on Saturday and all the games took place at the school. Despite the re-location, the Summer Games 2015 were a great success

Once again this year, the Golf tournament was played on the Friday morning, seeing a great turnout from students and Zuoz Club members alike. Despite a rather anomalous student result, which was discounted in the overall result, the students started the weekend with an overall victory of 299 to 296 Stableford points. Following on from the success of recent years, the Football match on Friday evening is fast becoming the spectator highlight of the weekend with a very healthy crowd numbering in the hundreds on the banks above Pfosiplatz. The students ran out convincing 4-2 victors, with a late consolation goal for the Zuoz Club adding a measure of respectability to the scoreline.

Saturday morning dawned, though unfortunately the weather had turned considerably in the night. At 8am the pitches on AI were inspected and were found unplayable. With no prospect of play, or indeed lunch, possible on AI with steady drizzle still falling, the decision was taken by the Games Master and the Sports Captain of the Zuoz Club to move the cricket games up to the Sports Hall. Great flexibility was shown by all players and the 1st XI match was able to start after only a short delay. The Old Boys were able to post 117 runs, which after a sticky start where scoring was slow, was a respectable target. The school started well, but a few cheap middle order wickets put them under pressure and they could only post 87 runs in reply, with the Zuoz Club scoring their first points of the weekend. The 2nd XI result was a little more conclusive, with the school batting first and being skittled out by an Old Boy who had stepped down from 1st XI duties due to the reduced team sizes. The measly target of 59 was easily reached and the Zuoz Club were reducing the overall deficit. In the volleyball match, the school showed their form from recent years, running out comfortable winners with several members of the regional championship winning team to the fore.

Fives, as ever, was heavily in favour of the Zuoz Club, but with four victories more than last year the students can look forward with confidence to the future. Once again, great flexibility was shown by all pairs, especially with the concurrent 2nd XI cricket match in progress, and it was testament to the overall spirit that both sets of courts were used, despite the inclement weather of the morning giving way to a very autumnal freshness in the afternoon. Of note was the tennis, which after an absence in recent years returned to the programme with one match in which the Zuoz Club triumphed.

A delightful prize giving ceremony took place at 6pm with Efe Sanli named Best Cricketer for his 1st XI contributions with bat and ball, Kevin Michaelson Best All-Rounder for football, fives and cricket efforts and the Spencer Trophy awarded to the Old Boys with final score of 6-5 in their favour. Preceding the Summer Games awards, Rolf Zender was recognised with the Benny Oei Award, a true celebration of his contribution to the Spirit of Zuoz over many years.

My thanks go to Mr John Mason and Matt Wiseman on the school side, and to Niklas Doebler and Patrick Steger from the Zuoz Club for all the coordination and organisation involved in such a successful weekend. Congratulations to the Zuoz Club on their victory, and the excellent number of participants returning to Zuoz. See you all again in July of 2016.

Tom Butt
Games Master