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greenwich village games events

The Greenwich Village Games involves a series of fun sporting contests, tests of skill and a theatrical revue – take a look at the weekend’s events calendar.  A wide range of ages compete in each event from 3-100, with an equal distribution between males and females. This plays out via “the matrix” whereby each team enters competitors in all age groups for all events. There is also a non-competitive event for pre-school children called the Micro Games (see more below). Age criteria is based on the age of the individual on 2 December 2016.

This year’s Events Co-ordinator on behalf of the GVG Organising Committee is Mark Merrick, contactable via

Games will be primarily held on Bob Campbell Oval, Gore Creek, Greenwich which is located at the bottom end of St Vincents Rd.  Swimming will be held at the Lane Cove pool and Golf at the Lane Cove Country Club.

If, during the Games, there are any injuries or incidents, please print and complete the gvg incident reporting form and return it to your Team Captain for actioning asap.

2016 games handbook

final version 2016 event handbook v1.15

Stephen Shepherd, Julie McKibbin and Mark Merrick have been co-ordinating the event handbook for 2016 on behalf of the GVG Organising Committee. The event handbook includes event rules, setup criteria, and matrix requirements. The latest version will always be available here on the website so that all Teams are referring to the same version.

The FINAL VERSION 1.15 dated 30 November 16, is now available. Key changes include:

– Bus now starts at 9:15am on Sunday to get to BCO at 9:30am for the first event which is scheduled at 10am.
– SCRABBLE IS IN! Updated Scrabble Game. Now fully professional!
– Reconfirming 20 participants for Gumboot throw
– Golf: confirmation of no charge for deck and bar access post game. Teams to confirm with John Erasmus/LCCC if they want food after.
– Updated Map that includes the new tent layout.
– Boules

A general risk update is also included.  Please direct all handbook queries to Stephen Shephard, and event queries to Mark Merrick.

event scoresheets & marshalling grids @ 30 Nov

scoresheets      marshalling grids

what are the micro games?

The Micro Games are a series of running and novelty races for children between 2 and 6. See the full flyer of activities here. These are purely for young kids to have fun and feel part of the weekend’s events and include obstacle relays, wheelbarrow races, water run, bubbles and a colouring in competition.

Entry to participate is free, but allk children must be registered. Children will be grouped roughly according to age and physical size.



what is the revue?

The famous “Revue Performance” is held on the Saturday night. We invite the general public including friends, family and neighbours to come down to the oval from 6:00pm Saturday night to enjoy this auspicious concert. Bring a picnic blanket, some chairs and nibbles, else take advantage of the local caterers providing delicious food stalls on the night. Check out more information about the revue here.
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games event changes in 2016

Our regular competitive events include the gumboot throw, caber toss, obstacle relay, medley relay, swimming, running, tennis ball throw, basketball shoot out, water run and our signature event – the Tug of War. For a list of all events and times, checkout our events calendar  page.

Events are reviewed each quadrennial based on recommendations from the previous games. There will be some changes in 2016:
–> new events: paper plane throw and boules
–> updated events: cycle relay, running race and canoe relay.

Details are available in the event handbook.

what is the matrix profile?

The matrix profile is the specification of how many competitors from each age group, within each team, are required for each event, with equal male and female participation. The age group bands are: <=8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-15, 16-19, 20-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+

Not every age group is required for every event and safety is the main criteria for restricting the age groups.

It is the matrix that makes the GVG such a great community experience as different ages have to band together to field a team for each event and in doing so, new friendships are made across age groups that would not otherwise have any common relationship.

attributes of an ideal greenwich games event

The Greenwich Village Games is a unique community experience, the success of which depends on the spirit in which the teams and events come together. The events themselves should express this spirit and the most successful events have been those which:

1. are events predominantly of skill rather than of chance
2. are played between teams which include a cross-section of ages and both genders
3. are conducted as a relay, with each team member’s achievement contributing to the team’s final result
4. accordingly do not directly pit single competitors against other single competitors
5. require teams to interact with all or most other teams in the course of the event, either simultaneously or in heats. A team should not do well simply because the one team they played against was weak
6. are safe for competitors and spectators alike
7. are accessible to spectators forming a significant proportion of Games’ attendees, and
8. are unlikely (as a result of criteria 1 to 4) to comprise mainstream sports playable under usual rules on any other weekend of the quadrennial.
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