The University of Canberra and Australian National University faced off against each other in the third annual rugby sevens challenge between the cross town rivals on Sunday.
It was a special occasion, as a women’s match was fielded for the first time between the universities.
On a beautiful afternoon, the games were played in front of a very vocal and passionate crowd, an encouraging sign of the budding rivalry continuing to grow between the educational institutions.
In the end UC were too strong in both contests, winning 35-0 in the women’s while the men stormed home to a 69-0 victory.
UC women’s captain Sammy Maxwell said it was a great experience being a part of the inaugural female’s match.
“It was awesome, it was good to see all the girls out there having a go,” she said.
“It was a strong turnout from both sides, with a lot of new girls playing for the first time but it was good to see a tough game being played out there.”
Callum Richardson was a member of the UC men’s team and said it was a great hit-out for both sides.
“Despite what the scoreline ended up being I thought it was a really hard fought contest for both teams,” he said.
“It’s always nice to get one over ANU, and I think there’s going to be a lot of really good matches to be played over the years.”
In both games, all four teams wore special socks to raise awareness for batyr, an organisation that focuses on preventative education in the area of youth mental health.
UC have now won the series on all three occasions.
By Aaron Palazzo