Strong defence of 2011 AUG crown begins

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Sydney University got their defence of the Australian University Games (AUG) off to a flying start after a flurry of individual medals and team victories dominated the headlines on the first day of competition in Adelaide.

At Flinders University Gymnasium, Sydney Uni’s Taekwondo team dominated today’s sparring, with all eight of the competitors winning a medal – five gold, one silver and two bronze.  

The cycling squad have started their week on a positive note, finishing the day equal with Melbourne University after the men’s and women’s road race. In the men’s race Duncan Houston claimed a silver medal, in front of team mates who finished fifth and sixth. Dominica Watt finished fifth in the women’s race. Tomorrow’s pair time trial events are extremely important as they are worth double points on the overall competition tally.

10 Sydney Uni sporting teams will head into Tuesday’s play having remained undefeated after day one of competition.

Two of those teams are the men’s and women’s badminton teams. The men’s team defeated UTS 3-2 and UNSW 5-0, while the women’s team cruised straight passed the same opponents as the men – winning both games 5-0.

The open’s baseball team had it all their own way, starting their week with a 9-0 forfeit victory over ACU, before barely having to break a sweat as they disposed of AU 9-2.

Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams were forced to work extremely hard for their victories today, with the women’s team fighting off Macquarie Uni 55-42 and Deakin Uni 57-51 respectively, while the men finished with a 73-71 win over Macquarie Uni.

 The women’s football team breezed past USA 8-0 and UWS 13-0, before the men ran over the top of UWA 4-0.

The mixed ultimate Frisbee team started the day off with an 11-8 victory over AU, before defeating gold medal hopefuls ANU 9-6.

The men’s and women’s water polo teams finished the day undefeated, with the men knocking over UTS 14-7 and ANU 16-6. The women’s team drew 7-7 with Macquarie Uni, before thrashing Melbourne Uni 12-4.

Sydney Uni’s women’s hockey team have started their Uni Games campaign strongly with two wins – 2-0 over UNSW and 4-1 over NCLE. The men’s team had a 3-2 victory over NCLE, before suffering a 3-2 defeat to AU.

The women’s tennis team had two wins from as many ties, while the men failed to win their only game.

The men’s touch team had two wins today, while the women had one win from two games, and the mixed team finished with one draw and a loss.

Mixed handball, women’s netball, rugby 7s and volleyball all experienced one win from two games, while the men’s table tennis team had one victory from three attempts.

For full results from Monday’s action, along with Tuesday’s schedule, please click here.