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I take it that the coiner(s) reduced "versus" to a hypothetical stem "vers", then inflected it as a verb (probably not consciously). And why not?
I know somebody knows what I am talking about.
It may be related to the difference between the Ancient Greek idea of games and the Late Roman gladiatorial excesses of 'games'.
Is this change reversible?
My kids - my own offspring, and all the ones I coach in "soccer" - all use it incessantly - we're in northern B.C., reasonably far from Australasia, so I'm hazarding a guess it's widespread now. Be interesting to try to pinpoint an origin, or is it one of these coinages which has come about because commentators often use 'verse' to stand for 'versus'?
My standard response to the question "Coach, who are we versing today?" is "I didn't know it was a poetry contest, so I came dressed for soccer". Has absolutely no effect whatsoever.