The University of Canberra have retained the Intervarsity Shield for a second straight year after defeating cross-town rival, ANU 11 to 7 in the annual sporting challenge held 23 March.
Now in its third year of competition, a wide range of 14 sports were played across the day at the ANU campus.
It all started with the mixed ultimate Frisbee match.
Having defeated ANU last year in a nailbiting 8-7 encounter, the game began quite evenly, with both teams trading blows on the scoreboard.
However, ANU eventually found a rhythm and got the better of the away side, sealing a 17 to 10 victory.
Danny McAuliffe played a brilliant game and was voted by his teammates as the Man of the Match (MOM).
The ANU table tennis team continued their strong performances against UC, completing a 7-0 victory.
Despite the result, Mark Ungkul’s gallant effort earned him UC’s MOM title.
The UC badminton team too fell just short of ANU, going down to the same 3-2 scoreline they had experienced the year before.
In tennis, Joel Gordon and James English each won their respective matches 9-3 and 9-4
Tayla Pogan, who hadn’t played the game since moving to Canberra two years ago, went down 9-1.
The mixed doubles team, consisting of Pogan and Stephen James also suffered a defeat 9-4.
Having not played tennis in such a long period of time, and putting her hand up to represent UC, Tayla Pogan was crowned tennis’ MOM.
After an uncharacteristic slow start to the Intervarsity Shield, the University of Canberra found their first victory while defending their title in the squash tournament, defeating ANU 2-1.
UC’s men’s futsal team also continued their dominant displays against ANU, winning 6-0 with Thomas Milicevic taking MOM honours after scoring a hat-trick.
Romeo-j Romeo said he was pleased with how his side fared.
“It was a really good game, the team hadn’t played together too much before this, but I thought we gelled awesomely. I think we’re going to set up really well for Uni Games,” he said.
The women’s futsal team also notched up an impressive 5-1 victory, with Nicole Jalocha’s performance earning her the MOM title.
In a best of five sets match, UC’s men’s volleyball team (which featured a number of AIS athletes) cruised to the 3-1 win. Steven Duzevich’s brilliant display saw him receive his team’s MOM award.
The UC women’s volleyball team also chalked up a 3-0 win to ensure the University of Canberra would clean sweep the sport for a second year running. Holly Mallet’s took out her side’s MOM.
UC’s men’s soccer team were unable to retain their title, after going down 4-1.
Captain, Aidan Pini credited ANU for their attack on the ball but couldn’t hide his disappointment in the loss.
“It was a pretty frustrating result, considering we hadn’t lost to ANU before in Intervarsity. I just feel that we didn’t turn up on the day.”
He also praised the effort of centre-mid, Jordi Davis and defender, Admirè Maminimini who won their MOM.
Despite the team not being overly familiar with each other’s style of play, the UC women’s hockey team ran out 2-0 winners, with Jo Rudzki the MOM.
UC’s Alex Prell said she was satisfied with her side’s performance.
“It was good [the win], we hadn’t had a run as a team before the game and we’ve got a lot of new people so we started off a bit disjointed and had to get to know each other a bit better. But considering that’s our first run I’m pretty happy with how we all went and everyone seemed to have some fun which is always good.”
When not on the field, she was equipped with a megaphone and continued to provide support through the initiation of chants throughout the day.
“Banter is half the sport,” she laughed.
UC’s women’s basketball team was fortunate enough to include WNBL Rookie of the Year finalist, Keely Froling and had the expertise of UC Capitals head coach, Paul Goriss on the bench to instruct the side.
This professional advantage proved pivotal as the side ran out 46 to 41 winners, with Froling being named MOM.
The UC Otters mixed touch football team also put together a superb performance to defeat ANU 6 to 2.
Otters’ player and vice president, Ben Wylie, couldn’t speak highly enough of his side’s victory.
“I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but I think everyone stood out today because considering that we only got together at two trials and two trainings that not everyone was able to attend. To and come out today and all play nice and fluent, it’s just a good testament to everyone,” he said.
The encounter between both sides was played in great spirits, and sparked discussion of organising more matches between the two teams.
Bulou Baravilala performance won her the Otters MOM.
Perhaps UC’s best performance came in the women’s soccer match.
Having lost to ANU 2-0 in last year’s encounter, the girls came out firing to complete a 5-0 rout of their opposition.
Rhylee Taylor scored an absolute pearler for her side off a corner in the second half, curling the ball into the back of the net from well outside the box.
Natasja Vasta spoke of her team’s victory after the victory and credited it to UC’s commitment on the training pitch.
“Our girls did really well, we did heaps of training leading up to this and it really showed with the way we moved the ball and things like that,” she said.
Vasta also gave significant praise to Cassia McGlashlin who was the side’s MOM.
UC’s men’s hockey team went down 4-2 to ANU despite a brilliant performance from their MOM David “Speedie” Speldewinde.
The UC netball team maintained their crushing dominance over ANU, sealing a huge 48 to 12 win. Goalkeeper, Emily Toze’s game in defence earned her the MOM.
ANU took UC’s men’s 100m sprint title away from them in unflattering conditions as rain began to come down hard just as the race began.
And in the final event of the day, UC’s men’s basketball team took the spoils over ANU 55 to 33 in an intense and physical game.
The UC team was again coached by Paul Goriss, while Jamie Sercombe claimed the MOM award, whilst team claimed victory for the first time against ANU.
At a function held at The Well at the commencement of the games, a special award for Dork of the Day was given to women’s hockey player, Maddi Trinder, who lost her shoe on the field in the middle of the game and then led to receive the ball without putting it back on.
The Intervarsity Series couldn’t go ahead without the tireless efforts of both UC and ANU staff members, the players, and of course spectators who supported their teams and created such an amazing atmosphere.
Thank you to everyone’s hard efforts in making the day such a success!
|Sport||Score||Won by||UC Man of the Match|
|Men’s Div 2 Basketball||40-29||ANU||Luke Killkeary|
|Table Tennis||7-0||ANU||Mark Ungkul|
|Men’s Futsal||6-0||UC||Thomas Milicevic|
|Ultimate Frisbee||17-10||ANU||Danny McAuliffe|
|Women’s Futsal||5-1||UC||Nicole Jalocha|
|Men’s Soccer||4-1||ANU||Admirè Maminimini|
|Women’s Basketball||46-41||UC||Keely Froling|
|Men’s Volleyball||3-1||UC||Steven Duzevich|
|Touch Football||6-2||UC||Bulou Baravilala|
|Women’s Volleyball||3-0||UC||Holly Mallet|
|Men’s Hockey||4-2||ANU||David Speldewinde|
|Women’s Hockey||2-0||UC||Jo Rudzki|
|Women’s Soccer||5-0||UC||Cassia McGlashan|
|Men’s 100m Sprint||–||ANU||–|
|Women’s Netball||48-12||UC||Emily Toze|
|Men’s Basketball||55-33||UC||Jamie Sercombe|
By Aaron Palazzo