Last week saw the conclusion of the last Eastern University Games, with Team UC having a strong showing throughout the tournament. Held in the much warmer city of Newcastle, Team UC took 100 students, in 6 sports, with 9 teams registered. Despite the numbers being down on previous years, the Team didn’t lack any enthusiasm, producing high moments on and off the field.
Coming away with a Silver Medal in Women’s Hockey and a Bronze in Women’s Touch, Team UC took out 6th overall per capita, and 10th overall – a fantastic result and a testament to all who competed.
Overall, the teams experienced mixed results, with injuries and late withdrawals impacting not only the numbers but also the quality of players in some teams.
Although some teams struggled with experience, the spirit and team culture remained high as ever. Throughout the tournament, teams could be found venturing out to various sports, getting behind their peers and making sure the week was one to remember.
A big thank you must go to our two Team UC Captains, Breanna Toze and Ben Merchant who led from the front in terms of spirit and dedication. They were backed strongly by individual sport captains who demonstrated what it means to be part of Team UC.
Well done to all those involved and we can’t wait for a bigger and better AUGs!
With a team new to the Uni Games experience, the men’s soccer team suffered some heavy losses on day 1, going down 7 nil to UNSW and 6 nil to SUCSG. Although they were both significant losses, the team showed signs of improvement throughout the day.
Bouncing back from a tough start to the competition the soccer team came up against stiff opponents on day 2, going down to UTS, but turning it around to bring home a 5-4 victory against the hosts, University of Newcastle. The toughest match on day 2 was played against cross-town rivals ANU, who took the win and ended up claiming first position in men’s soccer.
The tough competition continued for the men as they went down in all three of their games on day 3. Despite this, the team showed signs of improvement, setting a path for improvement leading into AUGs.
The men’s basketball team started their campaign with two unfortunate losses, falling short against a strong University of Newcastle outfit. Missed opportunities cost them the game against the University of Wollongong, before turning it around to secure a win over Western Sydney in the last match of the day.
After some tough losses on day 2, the men’s team was ruled out medal contention. Despite this, the team put in a strong performance on day 3 to claim a comprehensive 78 – 33 win over ACPE.
Playing for minor placing’s on day 4, the team came up against CSU, who they had lost to by 2 points earlier in the competition. Rectifying their earlier loss, the team ran out 32-point winners in their last contest of the tournament.
After taking out Gold at last years EUGs, the women’s hockey team went into the competition as one of the favourites, and on day 1, they didn’t disappoint. The girls started the competition in impressive fashion, beating Macquarie University 4 nil to open their campaign on a high.
Continuing the momentum from day 1, the girls put in a big effort to defeat CSU 3 nil. Despite this strong start, the girls went down to University of Newcastle by two, ending day 2 with 2 wins from 3 games.
Rounding out the round robin competition, the girls faced UNSW, walking away with a 1 all draw. With their results from the first two days, the team had done enough to secure a spot in the semi finals on day 4.
Day 4 started strongly for UC, downing CSU in semi final 1 to progress to the gold medal match, which would be played against University of Newcastle. After coming back from a goal down, UC pushed themselves to the front in the middle of the second half, but conceded a late penalty, which Newcastle were able to capitalise on, resulting in a win. Despite going down, the girls were gracious in defeat, showing promise for AUGs later in the year.
After some late injuries and withdrawals, UC fielded a women’s and a mixed team, hoping to get the mixed qualified for AUGs.
Day 1 had mixed results for both teams, with mixed netball going down in their opening match and the women’s team recording a win and a loss.
The mixed results continued on day 2, with the women’s team firming up positions and coming away undefeated on day 2. Despite recording their first win, the mixed team went down in two of their three games.
Day 3 produced more promising results for the mixed team, going 2 wins from 3 games, including a win over ANU.
The women’s team unfortunately went down in both their matches, meaning they narrowly missed out on playing for a medal.
Playing for pride on day 4, both teams started early to record wins in both of their games. Mixed netball was able to back up their early performance and finish the competition with a resounding 47 to 12 win over ANU. Despite a strong start, the women’s team narrowly went down to a strong University of Newcastle Team.
With a disrupted preparation for both teams leading into the tournament, both teams were happy with their results, and for the women, are happy with the base they will take to AUGs.
This year UC was able to send away a touch team in each classification, producing a large touch football contingent within Team UC.
Having already qualified for AUGs, the mixed touch team came to EUGs to test new combinations ahead of the AUGs in September. Although they showed promise, the mixed touch team had a tough competition, going through without recording a win.
The women’s team started on a positive note recording a 6 point victory over Avondale before going down to Macquarie University and University of Newcastle, who would eventually go on to win gold.
The men’s team also had some tough losses on day 1, coming up against two strong outfits in UNSW and the University of Newcastle.
Day 2 was tough for the touch squad, with no team recording a victory. However, a few close games and improved performances gave the teams’ confidence heading into the final days of competition.
The women were able to turn around their fortunes on day 3, winning 2 from their 3 games to work their way to a semi final. The girls were able to run away with a 15 – 1 win over CSU before backing it up with a 5 -1 win over SUCSG. The men’s team recorded their first win of the tournament over coming Avondale.
With the women’s team carrying the hopes of UC touch; the girls went into a tough semi final against the University of Newcastle full of hope. Unfortunately they went down to the hosts, but put together a very strong performance against UTS to run away bronze medal winners.
This year the Ultimate team was full of new faces, creating an interesting challenge for the tournament.
Despite the prospect of strong competition, the team went into the games full of confidence in their ability to perform.
After a tough draw on day 1, the team was able to record their first win of the tournament in their last game of Day 2, getting over University of Wollongong 15 – 9. Day 2 also saw them take on USYD, who were very tough to beat. Despite this, UC was able to put a point on them, an achievement that was not shared by many of the teams.
Day 3 was another one, with 1 win from 3 games. The strength of the ANU squad was clear, but the determination of UC was just as strong as they were able to put 2 points on the board. Despite heavy losses through out the day, UC bounced back and claimed a 12 – 5 win over Western Sydney late in the day.
The ultimate team was able to finish the tournament on a high, winning their final game 12 – 7 against SUCSG.
On a whole, the team had a positive tournament, with many players taking the opportunity to further develop their skills, creating an even stronger ultimate environment at UC.