It was fun and games
By CRAIG McTEAR
ALISSA Tenney hasn't had to travel far to soak up the revelry in Coffs Harbour this week.
She's one of more than 3500 uni students having the time of their life on and off the field at the Eastern University Games.
Alissa, 22, is a medical student at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus. She's on the University of NSW touch footy team at her fourth games.
"I really enjoy it. There's some new girls in our team, and we have good nights out," she said.
"I was the one blowing the whistle and dancing on the stage at the Coffs Ex-Services Club on Sunday night."
Her teammate, 18-year-old Judith Greenland, is making her Eastern University Games debut.
"I heard it was a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to socialising and having a great week. With 3000 students in town, it shouldn't be too hard.
"From a team perspective, we hope to do what we've been doing in training."
Macquarie University Aussie Rules player Tom Lee, 19, is loving his first Coffs Harbour trip.
He and his mates arrived on Sunday afternoon and wasted no time in soaking up the hospitality at some of the city's watering holes.
Tom has his eye on a top-five placing to make the national games later this year, and he's enjoying the rare thrill of making the switch from rugby union to AFL.
"The university games give you the opportunity to play a different sport and not take it too seriously," he said.
He also knows partying hard is on the agenda, and he's setting aside $100-a-day for his entertainment budget.
Dave Oehlers, who is playing rugby league sevens with Macquarie University, spent Sunday settling in with a training session and a trip to the club.
"We're all getting to know each other better this week and playing a bit of footy," the 19-year-old said.
"It's a blend of sport, and social. I'm not really budgeting, but I don't want to go over $100 a day."
Soccer player Natalie Rocca was in the medical tent yesterday morning for treatment on the ankle ligament she tore two months ago.
"This is my third university games but my first time in Coffs. It's the best one because the location is great and everything is really close," Natalie, 21, said.
"I haven't gone out yet but I hope the night life is good.
"I love my sport. It's a great chance to play and socialise with a really great bunch of people.
Coffs Harbour physio Rob Hoy ensured Natalie was back out on the field in no time.
He's one of the merry band of health professionals, including doctors, nurses and chiropractors, who are tending aches and breaks this week.
"We're dealing with a lot of ankle strains, knee strains and back injuries," Rob said.