Gold, Silver and Bronze at the EUGs

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saw the climax of three days of competition at the Eastern Uni Games, in which
Sydney Uni featured prominently. Below is a run through of how each team
performed on the last day:

Basketball:  The men’s team were on a roll
after Tuesday’s win over UTS but they came up against a stubborn opponent in
UWS in the semis. After being down by 14 points at one stage the boys fought
hard to get back into the contest and started grinding away at the score line.
Full court defensive pressure was the key to their stirring comeback in which
they managed a 20 point turnaround to win the game 78-73. Their opponent in the
final was UNSW who had also been tearing teams apart all week. The boys held
strong and eventually took the Gold medal 74-68.

The women
had a tough final day losing their semi final convincingly to UNSW and then
coming up 4 points short in the bronze medal playoff against UC. The girls
showed some true grit during the week and the outlook is promising for this
young group if they stick together.

Handball: The mixed handballers started the
day in great form beating UNSW 36-24 in a high scoring semi final. They then
had to face off against the undefeated UTS in the gold medal playoff. In a
seesawing game which had both teams enjoying periods of dominance, UTS came out
the victors 26-18. Much credit must go to this handball team who did not have
the greatest amount of experience coming into this tournament and walked away
with a silver medal.

Tennis: After strong starts to the week
both our men and women struggled to find their touch on the final day. Mitch
Scott went down in his semi final early in the day and then followed it up with
a loss in the bronze medal playoff, leaving him placed 4th overall
-a commendable position for his first ever uni games. Alexander Macmillan had a
contrasting day with a win in his fist match of the day, which led him to the 5th/6th
playoff match. He won that with style 8-2.


The girls
also had a mixed day with Madelaine Smith coming unstuck in her QF 8-1. She
then turned her day around to win her next two matches and finish 5th
overall. Laura Tattersall had a massive day with four matches all up. She got
through the first two in superb style 8-0. Her third win was an 8-3 score line,
which then had her in the 9th/10th playoff match.
Obviously tired from her three matches already Laura was unlucky in her fourth
and went down 8-3.

Touch: The men’s team didn’t have the
most memorable tournament. They had two losses on the final day to finish 10th
overall.  The mixed team enjoyed some great success on the final day. They
got through their QF by a try against SCU 6-5. They then went down in their
semi final against a red hot CSU, which then put them into a bronze medal
playoff against ACU2. The team had control of the match from the start and ran
away with the victory. The women’s team had a tough loss to UC in their semi
final which again relegated them to the bronze medal match. They were able to
regather and take the win 8-4 over our rivals from the cumbo campus.

: Two
matches stood in the way of our team taking the gold medal. The first was
against a fiery Macquarie uni who were desperate to take the bragging rights.
We were far too strong in the end and enjoyed a comfortable 12-2 win. We then
faced our old foes UTS in the final. With both teams undefeated so far it was
sure to be a close encounter. With the weather causing havoc on the field, UTS
were able to take the advantage and finish up winners 14-11. A great effort by
our team and no doubt a boost for their AUG title hopes.

Volleyball: Our boys were led brilliantly by
the veteran (9th uni games!!) Kiel Briggs to a breezy semi final
victory over UNSW 2. They then faced the toughest challenge in the form of
UNSW, a team that boasts 2 Australian players and a bunch of state
volleyballers. Our boys showed tremendous courage to make sure every set was a
fight but eventually went down 3-0. They finished with a silver medal
which they were all extremely pleased with.

So overall
we won 1 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals, along with a bunch of 4th
and 5ths. A superb effort by all the students involved. They all
competed with integrity and courage doing Sydney Uni proud.