The City & Guilds inter-departmental football tournament began a couple of weeks ago. Live! will excuse those who haven't noticed since all signs are that the vast majority of students haven't with even the initial vague planning steps for C&G inter-department paintball receiving more coverage in IC press. With two week's worth of matches now played, even senior C&G figures seem to have no idea what is going on.
Although Live! is aware of several matches that have been played, only rumours are circulating about the remainder. It is believed that a series of administrative cock-ups have led to three teams turning up for the same match, and some matches 'taking place' without any teams at all. Mechanical Engineering are believed to be a particular culprit, with confusion about whether the department was entering a team at all being settled when they actually entered two. Otherwise the competition seems to be dominated by the Department of Computing (DoC) with the only matches Live! is officially aware of having taken place between DoC teams. Reports suggest that the team from the notorious Information Systems Engineering course has failed to turn up to either of its matches so far.
Much of the problems with the tournament have been blamed on lack of communication. Now running behind schedule, and with a greater number of teams than anticipated, C&G will be hard pressed to ensure that the tournament is completed before the exam period begins. Much of the blame has fallen onto tournament organised Sumeet Bhalla - who in the recent C&GCU 'Service Evaluation Questionnaire' exercise (where anonymous questionnaires were distributed to C&G clubs and societies) was described by most of the respondents as "useless".
With a suspicious looking e-mail found in the C&G Media Group Developers mailing list archive suggesting that Live! will soon be launching enhanced sport coverage, C&G must surely be hoping that the outstanding issues with the tournament can be sorted out before the new term begins in January. With an increasingly tight timetable there is little room for more mistakes.