Sydney Uni students opened their account for the second day of competition at the Australian Uni Games determined to apply the pressure, taking away top honours in a number of events.

On track for their 6th straight title, the men’s athletics pack brought podium pace. After a slight mishap on the calculation of points, Will North earned gold for Sydney Uni in the men’s decathlon, while Jin Su Jung took out the men’s 100m, as did Nick van Gelder in the men’s long jump. Overall, the Sydney Uni men sit in first place on the points tally and the women are in fourth place, with only one point separating them from three teams that are equally sharing the lead.

Sydney sailors performed well in their first day of competition with three wins from five races, losing only to UQ (currently undefeated) and Melbourne Uni. Team Captain, Roy Harrison and Olympic contender, Scott Sydney, produced the stand-out performances of the day. The sailing program was unfortunately cut short due to an afternoon storm.

Despite a slow start and very hot conditions, the men’s rugby sevens defeated UC, 48-10. UQ put some pressure on Sydney Uni in a grinding second game where the Students spent a significant amount of time defending their line. The boys fought back however, stealing the game from UQ (26-5) off the back of broken play. Matt Narracott and Dylan Vieira respectively took man of the match honours in these matches. A drastic change in weather caused the cancellation of Sydney Uni’s scheduled third game against ACU. Today the Students enjoy a well-deserved break before a challenging four-game day on Thursday.

Round 2 of the round ball game saw another strong effort for the favoured Women’s soccer team, beating UTS, 3-0. All 3 goals came in the last 15 minutes of the second half. Meanwhile, the men’s soccer squad beat La Trobe Uni, 1-0.  

Both futsal teams fired up for Day 2 of competition, with the men’s team taking out LTU (5-1) and the women’s crew maintaining their undefeated status, beating AU (8-4) and Bond (9-1). Sydney Uni is up against Melbourne Uni in the men’s competition today and the women’s team face ACPE.

Despite the squash men losing 7-21 to UNSW, the women had resounding wins against UWA (16-12) and Melbourne Uni (20-8). USYD take on host university Bond today in the men’s competition, while the women’s team will play Monash.

Women’s hockey continued their first day dominance with a solid 3-0 victory over Vic Uni. A much improved performance for the men but still unable to manage a win, losing 0-2 and 0-3. Hopefully a win is just around the corner for the team with four players that have never picked up a stick before.   

With an afternoon tee time start, men’s and women’s golfers faced some tough conditions with the wind picking up. With four holes to play, the days play was abandoned due to lightning and thunder storms approaching meaning the golf pennant will now reduce to 3 rounds. Men are currently sitting in first place with 2 rounds to play.

Taking to tennis, the Women backed up their Day 1 win with another dominate performance, beating La Trobe, 4-1. The men also came away with the win, beating arch rivals UNSW in straight sets.

A much better day for the Badminton team, with the men claiming victory over UTS (4-1) and RMIT (5-0) to regain much needed confidence. The girls thrashed UWA (5-0) but went down to Monash (1-4) in a very tight contest over the 5 matches. The women have a major test of their title credentials on Day 3 with matches against Melbourne Uni and UNSW, while the men come up against the competition powerhouse of Monash Uni. 

The USYD cycling team travelled to Murwillumbah for their Pairs Time Trial. The girls did the university proud winning the race by a jaw-dropping 6 minute margin. They were also awarded a Green & Gold medal which is allocated to the most aggressive riders for the day. The boys were again in the mix of the action but missed a medal and finished 6th. All good points as the riders chase the combined overall title. Today the riders chase individual glory in the Time Trial which is again held at Murwillumbah.

Another 2 wins today for women’s softball as they continue to go from strength to strength. The girls knocked off reigning champions Monash (13-0) and arch rivals Macquarie Uni (8-1). Maitland, Cleary, Wilson and Tapp cleared the fence while Craft produced the play of the day. The girls have finished the regular games top of their pool and now come up against the team that finished 6th in the other pool.

Our swimming team started the meet with solid results from Day 1 of competition. Carlee Milliken kicked off with Silver in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke, with Jesse King following suit with Silver in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke. Josh Hertz fought hard in the Men’s 200m Freestyle placing 4th and Keelan Bridge 5th in a quality field. Keelan Bridge was unfortunately touched out for a medal in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley. Day 2 saw all competitors involved, with the aim to further medal hauls.

Another great day for the USYD Ultimate Frisbee, with dominant displays leaving the women’s and men’s leading their pools. The women defeated ANU (15-2) and QUT (11-3), while the men’s team defeated Melbourne Uni (15-1) and Newcastle (12-5). These were great performances from our teams given the overcast and windy conditions that prevailed. The girls come up against James Cook Uni and the strong Melbourne Uni team today, while the boys play ANU and QUT.

Baseball had another successful day, beating Newcastle 6-2. MVP was Alex Mills after dominate pitching and a huge hit when they couldn’t need it more. Other notable performances were Max Klein with good hands at shortstop and Ed Smart with a couple of good hits. In their 2nd game of the day, the boys finished up 14-3 over La Trobe, with pitcher Max Klein and catcher Joseph Selwyn taking MVP.

Netball struggled to get on top of the Division 1 teams in their pool. Unfortunately, the girls had another loss, going down to QUT, 62-25. 

Showing class and skill, the men’s table tennis won 11-0 against Bond and 10-1 against UTS. Also showing that they’re strong competitors, the women won 6-5 against ANU and 10-1 against Monash.  

Women’s volleyball had a fantastic day on the court beating a strong QUT outfit in straight sets. They then managed to bring down the defending champions Flinders University, 3-1. This team may just bring back the USYD women’s volleyball of old. The men also had a great victory over UTS, with a 3-0 win. It very well could be the year for volleyball to take out both titles.

Boasting four players with First Grade experience, men’s cricket posted an extraordinary 205 runs from their 20 overs. In a rich vein of form, Jack Holloway led scorers with 60 from 42 balls, compiling the runs in a busy fashion and uniquely not hitting a single boundary. His sublime timing and determined running between wickets was offset with power hitting by Joe Kershaw (50) who plundered three towering sixes, and the unorthodox swipes of Max Hope (30 from 13 balls). Griffith were restricted to 95 runs from their allotted 20 overs, putting well on top of the pool of death, with the big grudge match against UNSW today.

Aussie Rules experienced a tough start to the day against UWA as the boys struggled against one of the best teams in the competition. Despite their great effort and commitment, they were just too good. Determined to fight back in their second match against reigning QAPA champions, Bond, the boys controlled the game from the outset and their attack on the ball was outstanding. A true team effort which led to a 48-12 victory, the teams’ first since 2012.

In one of their hardest matches, the women’s touch team defeated GU 5-4 through solid defence and also took the win against QUT, 4-3. The mixed team lost to UQ 7-3 but triumphed over JCU. The men’s team won both games, taking out Monash 8-3 and Avondale 10-3, with an amazing intercept full field runaway try by Will Clarke.

Basketball ramped up for Day 2 of competition. The women’s team sit in first place, smashing all three games to dominate their pool. Annobel Starr killed the rebounds and proved unstoppable inside they key, while Kate Cranney was a blocking machine. Today the girls come up against their biggest threat, Monash, who stole the gold last year.

The men’s team overcame ECU 54-33 but lost their second game in trying circumstances against Melbourne, 32-28. In the first, the boys kept a ten point lead for most of the game before running away with it in the 4th. This win boosted the point differential to push the team into quarters today against Macquarie. 

All in all a huge day of competition with some solid performances recorded. Teams aim to take this momentum into today’s fixtures as finals territory approaches.