Stedenspel-Zeskamp 1968
Belgium-Netherlands International Series

Presenters:
Regine Clauwaert (BRT - B)
Barend Barendse and Dick Passchier (NCRV - NL)

Referees:
Leo Horn (B)
Lucien van Nuffel (NL)

Scores Announcer:
Jo van Backle

Producers:
Herman Verelst (BRT)
Dick van Bommel (NCRV)

Directors:
Etienne d'Hooghe (BRT)
Fred Benavente (NCRV)

Designer:
Dick Van't Sant (NCRV)

A BRT/NCRV Production

Key:
Heats
l = Heat Winner
l = Qualified for Semi-Final
 Semi-Final
l = Qualified for Grand Final
Domestic Final
l = Gold Trophy   l = Silver Trophy

 

B

Stedenspel-Zeskamp 1968

Heat 1

Event Staged: Saturday 11th May 1968
Venue: Halle, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
BRT (B):
Saturday 11th May 1968, 8.45-9.55pm (Live)
NCRV (NL):
Saturday 11th May 1968, 8.45-9.55pm (Live)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Teams: Halle (B) v. Veurne (B) v. Zelzate (B) v.
Aalten (NL) v. Middelburg (Walcheren) (NL) v. Sliedrecht (NL)

Team Members included:
Aalten (NL) - Bert Hoogendijk (Team Captain) and Rose Beyer.

Games included: The Game of Questions.

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points (Aggregate):

1st
1st
3rd
4th
5th

6th

 B • Zelzate l
 NL • Aalten
l
 NL • Middelburg (Walcheren)
 B • Veurne
 NL • Sliedrecht
 B • Halle

24 (24)
24 (24)
23 (23)
19 (19)
15 (15)
11 (11)

Presenters, Officials and Production Team

Referees Lucien van Nuffel and Leo Horn were both well-regarded football referees. Van Nuffel, a native of Antwerpen, Belgium, refereed at Domestic, European, Olympic and International level between 1955 and 1964. He died in 1980, aged 66. A Jewish Dutchman, Horn held a FIFA refereeing badge between 1951 and 1966 and officiated at in excess of fifteen hundred matches in the Netherlands and one hundred and thirty-three internationally. He died in 1995.

Additional Information

The 1968 series of Zeskamp-Stedenspel was contested each week by six teams: three from Netherlands (Aalten, Middelburg (Walcheren) and Sliedrecht) and three from Flanders, Belgium (Halle, Veurne, Zelzate) with each city hosting one competition. Six heats led to a Semi-Final between four teams (qualification decided on aggregate scoring) and that in turn, to a Final. The Semi-Final and Final were both held in neutral cities, the former in Flanders, the latter in the Netherlands.

Made in B/W • This programme may exist in Dutch Archives

 

NL

Stedenspel-Zeskamp 1968

Heat 2

Event Staged: Saturday 25th May 1968
Venue: Grote Markt (Great Market), Middelburg (Walcheren), Zeeland, Netherlands

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
BRT (B):
Saturday 25th May 1968, 8.45-9.55pm (Live)
NCRV (NL):
Saturday 25th May 1968, 8.45-9.55pm (Live)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Weather Conditions: Torrential Rain

Teams: Halle (B) v. Veurne (B) v. Zelzate (B) v.
Aalten (NL) v. Middelburg (Walcheren) (NL) v. Sliedrecht (NL)

Team Members included:
Aalten (NL) - Bert Hoogendijk (Team Captain) and Rose Beyer.

Games included: Threading the Hosepipe, The Game of Questions;
Marathon: The Removal Men.

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points
(Aggregate):

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
2nd
4th
5th

6th

 B • Halle l
 NL • Aalten
 NL • Middelburg (Walcheren)
 NL • Sliedrecht
 B • Veurne
 B • Zelzate

36 (47)
33 (57)
33 (56)
28 (43)
18 (37)
15 (39)

The Venue

This heat was held in the central market square in Middelburg. The square itself is home to the former Stadhuis (Town Hall) built in the Gothic-style around 1455. After a fire in 1940 which completely gutted the building, it has been used as a meat market and exhibition hall. Since 2004 the building functions as a university building of the small liberal arts college Roosevelt Academy. The ground floor is still used to conduct weddings and civil ceremonies.

Additional Information

Games in this heat included the Marathon which required the teams to carry a boxed litter around the streets of Middelburg. To ensure that teams abided by the rules, six referees on bicycles followed them around the town. After returning to the square, the teams had to dress in 17th century Dutch royalty costumes and repeat the course. However, if any part of their costumes came loose and fell off (e.g. hats or wigs) they had to stop and retrieve them before continuing. On the third circuit, the litter was created into a primitive sedan-chair and the teams had to transport a female member of the team around the same course.

Made in B/W • This programme may exist in Dutch Archives

 

B

Stedenspel-Zeskamp 1968

Heat 3

Event Staged: Saturday 8th June 1968
Venue: Markt, Zelzate, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
BRT (B):
Saturday 8th June 1968, 8.45-9.55pm (Live)
NCRV (NL):
Saturday 8th June 1968, 8.45-9.55pm (Live)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Weather Conditions: Sunny and Dry

Teams: Halle (B) v. Veurne (B) v. Zelzate (B) v.
Aalten (NL) v. Middelburg (Walcheren) (NL) v. Sliedrecht (NL)

Team Members included:
Aalten (NL) - Bert Hoogendijk (Team Captain) and Rose Beyer.

Games included: The Pail Bearers, The Game of Questions.

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points (Aggregate):

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th

6th

 B • Zelzate l
 B • Halle
 NL • Aalten
 NL • Sliedrecht
 NL • Middelburg (Walcheren)
 B • Veurne

31 (70)
30 (77)
28 (85)
22 (65)
24 (80)
19 (56)

Made in B/W • This programme may exist in Dutch Archives

 

NL

Stedenspel-Zeskamp 1968

Heat 4

Event Staged: Saturday 22nd June 1968
Venue: Marktplein (Market Square), Aalten, Gelderland, Netherlands

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
BRT (B):
Saturday 22nd June 1968, 8.45-9.55pm (Live)
NCRV (NL):
Saturday 22nd June 1968, 8.45-9.55pm (Live)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Weather Conditions: Warm and Dry

Teams: Halle (B) v. Veurne (B) v. Zelzate (B) v.
Aalten (NL) v. Middelburg (Walcheren) (NL) v. Sliedrecht (NL)

Team Members included:
Aalten (NL) - Bert Hoogendijk (Team Captain) and Rose Beyer.

Games included: The Water Trolley Push, The Stilt Walkers and The Game of Questions.

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points (Aggregate):

Final
Scoreboard:

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th

6th

 NL • Aalten l
 B • Zelzate
 B • Halle
 NL • Sliedrecht
 NL • Middelburg (Walcheren)
 B • Veurne

35 (120)
30 (100)
28 (105)
21 (86)
19 (99)
18 (74)

Made in B/W • This programme exists in Dutch Archives

 

B

Stedenspel-Zeskamp 1968

Heat 5

Event Staged: Saturday 6th July 1968
Venue: Veurne, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
BRT (B):
Saturday 6th July 1968, 8.45-9.55pm (Live)
NCRV (NL):
Monday 8th July 1968, 8.45-9.55pm
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Teams: Halle (B) v. Veurne (B) v. Zelzate (B) v.
Aalten (NL) v. Middelburg (Walcheren) (NL) v. Sliedrecht (NL)

Team Members included:
Aalten (NL) - Bert Hoogendijk (Team Captain) and Rose Beyer.

Games included: The Game of Questions.

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points (Aggregate):

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th

5th

 NL • Sliedrecht l
 B • Zelzate
 NL • Aalten
 NL • Middelburg (Walcheren)
 B • Halle
 B • Veurne

32 (118)
30 (130)
29 (149)
25 (124)
22 (127)
22 (96)

Made in B/W • This programme may exist in Dutch Archives

 

NL

Stedenspel-Zeskamp 1968

Heat 6

Event Staged: Saturday 20th July 1968
Venue: Bonkelaarplein, Sliedrecht, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
BRT (B):
Saturday 20th July 1968, 8.45-9.55pm (Live)
NCRV (NL):
Saturday 20th July 1968, 8.45-9.55pm (Live)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Weather Conditions: Warm and Dry

Teams: Halle (B) v. Veurne (B) v. Zelzate (B) v.
Aalten (NL) v. Middelburg (Walcheren) (NL) v. Sliedrecht (NL)

Team Members included:
Aalten (NL) - Bert Hoogendijk (Team Captain) and Rose Beyer.

Games included: Ladder Slalom, The Army Assault Course and The Game of Questions;
Marathon: The Foot Powered Tandems.

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points (Aggregate):

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th

6th

 NL • Aalten l l
 NL • Sliedrecht
l
 B • Zelzate
l
 NL • Middelburg (Walcheren)
 B • Veurne
 B • Halle
l

39 (188)
35 (153)
28 (158)
23 (147)
21 (117)
20 (147)

Additional Information

After the final results were announced, the four semi-finalists (the two highest aggregate scoring teams from both countries) were revealed as Halle and Zelzate from Belgium and Aalten and Sliedrecht from the Netherlands.

Although it had no bearing on the qualification process, the final aggregate score for Middelburg was revealed incorrectly as 143 at the end of the programme.

Made in B/W • This programme may exist in Dutch Archives

 

 

B

Stedenspel-Zeskamp 1968

Semi-Final

Event Staged: Saturday 3rd August 1968
Venue: Aalter, Belgium

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
BRT (B):
Saturday 3rd August 1968, 8.45-10.05pm (Live)
NCRV (NL):
Saturday 3rd August 1968, 8.45-10.05pm (Live)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Teams: Halle (B) v. Veurne or Zelzate (B) v. Aalten (NL) v.
Middelburg (Walcheren) or Sliedrecht (NL)

Team Members included:
Aalten (NL) - Bert Hoogendijk (Team Captain) and Rose Beyer.

Games included: The Game of Questions.

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

-
-
-
-

 NL • Aalten l
 NL • Sliedrecht

 B • Halle l
 B • Zelzate

-
-
-
-

Made in B/W • This programme may exist in Dutch Archives

 

NL

Stedenspel-Zeskamp 1968

Final

Event Staged: Saturday 17th August 1968
Venue: Hanzehal, Zutphen, Netherlands

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
BRT (B):
Saturday 17th August 1968, 8.45-9.55pm (Live)
NCRV (NL):
Saturday 17th August 1968, 8.45-9.55pm (Live)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Teams: Halle (B) v. Aalten (NL)

Team Members included:
Aalten (NL) - Bert Hoogendijk (Team Captain) and Rose Beyer.

Games included: The Wooden Horse Obstacle Race, The Postal Delivery Van Push, Cycling to the Top, The Poolside Waiters and The Game of Questions.

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points
(Tiebreak):

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd

 NL • Aalten
 B • Halle

12 (14)
12 (12)

Final score not
shown on screen

Aalten qualified for Jeux Sans Frontiθres 1970 at Groningen, Netherlands:
staged on Wednesday 19th August 1970

Additional Information

This Stedenspel-Zeskamp Final was decided on a tie-break game, won by Dutch team Aalten, taking the scores to 14-12.

Aalten's result ultimately gained them for a qualification place in the Dutch team line-up for Jeux Sans Frontiθres 1970. They went on to compete at Groningen, Netherlands two years and two days after their 1968 victory.
 

 

Made in B/W • This programme may exist in Dutch Archives

 

 

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