On the morning of Saturday February 2, four teams assembled at Goldring, two from the sororities and two from the fraternities. Everyone was impressed with this facility – with its amazing volleyball courts, its high ceilings, the great lighting and superb change rooms. Little wonder that the U of T Varsity Volleyball Teams practice and play at the Goldring Centre.
The close proximity of Tartu College, a short five-minute walk from the gymnasium, added to the appeal of this new venue. Tartu College was an ideal location for players to gather after the tournament, to reminisce about the hard-fought matches played just a few hours earlier. Hopefully the Goldring Centre will become the regular home for this tournament for years to come!
This year’s tournament organizer was Korp! Vironia, serving as the 2019 “lead fraternity” for the Estonian Fraternities’ Association / Eesti Korporatsioonide Liit (EKL). A heartfelt welcome and thank-you are extended to Akadeemiline Kodu (AK), the umbrella organization for Estonian sororities and fraternities in Toronto, for joining EKL as Tournament Presenting Partner in 2019. A very special thank-you as well, to tournament sponsor, The Estonian Foundation of Canada / Eesti Sihtkapital Kanadas, for helping to ensure the event was a resounding success!
The 2019 Tournament was won by a hybrid team from Korp! Rotalia and Eesti Üliõpilaste Selts. In second place was the team “AK All Stars 1”, made up of members from Korp! Amicitia, Eesti Naisüliõpilaste Selts and even a few non-aligned players. Third place went to the Korp! Vironia team and fourth to the team “AK All Stars 2”, a second team of various sorority members. Congratulations to everyone, for a very exciting and well-played tournament!
We’re already looking forward to next year’s tournament! With better weather conditions and less overlap with Club and Varsity matches, the tournament should once again attract the more typical half-dozen teams in 2020. (TK)