Sydney Uni continued to rack up valuable points on Day 3 of the Australian Uni Games, charging through to the business end of competition.

Great results for USYD track and field athletes with highlights including: places for Matt Mountfort in discus and Harry Day (3rd); Seb Gray achieved fourth place in the high jump; Alix Kennedy earned bronze in discus; Matt Dowsett got silver in the 110m hurdles; Nicole Fagan comfortably won the 5000m walk; and Tavleen Singh smashed her PB while winning silver in the 400m. The overall point scores currently see the USYD men in the lead by a large margin, while the women are in the top three. 

Another top day for our table tennis teams with the men taking a win (9-2) over Melbourne in their quarter final. The women also defeated Melbourne (7-4) in their last pool match finishing top of the group. As both teams advanced into their respective semi finals, the Women’s team were successful in their quest for the gold medal and won against Melbourne (6-1). They’ll compete for the coveted pennant against Monash today. Unfortunately, the Men’s team lost (6-5) to formidable opponent UNSW but can still take the bronze in their play-off against Monash today.

Men’s volleyball had another solid game, winning (3-0) against UoW. Strong hitting from Liam Elkington, great serving from Pinyan Gao, impenetrable blocking from Dustin Lam and sleek setting from Anthony Rowda has set the boys up for a quarter final and has ensured their place in Division 1 for 2016. The women also secured another win. Alexa Armstrong displayed an all-round strong performance with the pass and the hit. Kristina Knezovic killed it for the last few points of the 3rd and Danae had a serving run in all 3 sets. The team now moves to semis.

After a dream start to the week, the baseball squad were upset by UWA, going down (5-9). They then came up against arguably the strongest team in the competition, Griffith, to whom they lost (1-11). The boys are keen for redemption today and can still make the semis provided they walk away with a win.

Sydney Uni Cricket’s goal of claiming the Red Bull T20 Campus Tournament is one step closer to reality after accounting for arch rival UNSW in their final preliminary round match. USYD was uncharacteristically in trouble early, falling to 3-30 from 6 overs. This was before Dugald “The Chaz” Holloway, borrowed some of his older brother’s form from early in the week to top-score with 62 from 52 balls. His display of power-hitting was well supported by both Joe Kershaw (26 from 11) and Jack Remond (22 from 20) to post 7-144 from their 20 overs. The win means USYD finishes top of their pool. The team will need to be on their game up against the only non-Sydney team left, QUT to progress to the final at 2pm on Friday.

While the Netball girls gave it their all, it wasn’t quite enough to secure a victory over Flinders University. They managed to win 2 quarters and lose 2 quarters. Despite a loss (38-27), the score was not reflective of the games intensity. 

After beating ACPE (7-3), the women’s futsal team moved through to the elimination rounds undefeated and at the top of their pool. Today’s competition will see the team in a semi final. The men’s team were defeated (4-5) by Melbourne Uni in the final moments of their game, but later beat UTAS (6-1). The team will play in an elimination game against Griffith Uni tomorrow to progress to semi finals.

Aussie Rules boys went down to ACU (82-45) in a good contest. Sydney AFL Division 3 best and fairest, Riordan Lee lived up to the hype, with Alastair Clarke continuing to add class to the team. A strong first half from ACU with the wind meant a significant margin at the half, but the team rallied well to win the second.

Men’s Rugby Sevens enjoyed a break from competition and made a much-appreciated effort to travel to Griffith University and support USYD’s track and field athletics team. A challenging day awaits the Students today with three games to complete their pool fixtures and hopefully one quarter final match. Their first opponent is Bond, followed by Griffith and UWA.

It was a good day for the USYD sailing team as they won quite a few races despite testing conditions and a strong tide. The team are currently sitting equal 4th with Monash and Curtin. Today will see the team finish-off the round robin draw, fighting for their place in the top 4 finals.

Badminton teams continued on their march for a finals campaign with a solid day of competition. The highlight was a great win from the boys defeating a very strong Monash team (3-2). The team have finished the pool matches and believe they have created a great path to medal opportunities. The girls continued to set the bench mark in the competition with victories over Melbourne (3-2) and UNSW (3-2). Another pool match and (hopefully) a semi final match await the girls.

Gold Gold Gold to our swimming team on Day 3.  Jesse King started the medal haul with a great last 50m to claim the Men’s 200m Breaststroke. In the Men’s 400m Joshua Hertz led from start to finish to claim gold for the team. We also enjoyed a couple of silver medals with Megan Connor getting touched out in the Women’s 50m Freestyle and Carlee Millikan in the 200m Breastroke. In a quality field, Keelan Bridge placed 5th in the final of the Men’s 100m Backstroke. Today in the final day of competition teams will chase more medals before heading back to Sydney.

The men’s squash team defeated Bond University (21-7), but were beaten by UWA (12-16) and will compete against Griffith Uni today. The women’s team won over Monash (17-11) and will play UWA today.

Day 3 cycling saw the USYD teams head to Murwillumbah again for the Individual Time Trial. After 2 days of hard racing, Group Leader was optimistic about their chances, “The men’s field is very strong this year, so it will come down to who has the legs on the day. Ella (Bloor) and Emily (Kempson) have been riding well and the form they have shown should see them in medal contention.” Kempson and Bloor didn’t disappoint, claiming Silver and Bronze respectively. Our Men missed the medals with Jessie Thompson (18th) and Robert Car (19th) our best placed. The teams head out to Day 4 for a Criterium in close by Nerang to round out their competition for the week. 

Day 3 of Ultimate Frisbee competition saw the men continue with their domination of their opposition. Coach Latham has prepared and managed the boys really well so far this campaign. The team defeated ANU (15-6) and QUT (14-10) to top their pool. The girls started the day with a strong win over James Cook University (15-2) but came up against Melbourne and went down (11-6). Quarter and semi finals await the both teams today.

On the football front, another solid performance by the men winning over arch rivals Melbourne Uni (1-0). The men take on UNSW today for a chance to advance to Friday’s competition. The women welcomed Striker Liz Grey back into the team and she did not disappoint, helping smash QUT (21-0). This saw the girls cruise to top of their group, setting themselves up for battle against Monash.

Men’s hockey had another tough day in the office losing against UWA (7-0). The afternoon match was much closer with it going down to the wire but unfortunately for the boys they lost (1-0) to Adelaide Uni. The Women started the day beating UTS (4-1) and ended it by knocking out arch rivals Melbourne Uni in the quarter final (3-1). The girls next take on Monash for a chance to go through to the Gold medal match.

Mixed Handball had a mixed result, losing to UTS (18-16) but beating AU (20 -14). This leaves them in Fourth position playing ACPE in the quarters.

On the green, golf men are currently sitting in first place with 1 round to play. Ben Murray is sitting in the top ten along with Hunter Hordern and Tim Felan.

Tennis men are rallying for semi final victory after they clean swept Vic uni (5-0). James Talmer did not lose a game, smashing his opponent (9-0). The Women went down (4 -1) to the favoured UTS, but made it through to the semi final.

Women’s basketball showed their strength as they took out Monash 24-19 in quarter finals. Kate Hewett led scoring and gave an incredible offensive effort, while Kate Cranney was again all over the boards.
Annobel Starr played terrific defence, making it impossible for Monash to get easy buckets. After having lost the gold medal match to Monash for the previous 2 years, this was a huge confidence booster going forward.

Waterpolo Men rallied well in their first game against Monash, with 6 goals from Mark Sindone to assist the (14-4) win. A tight affair in the second, with UNSW putting up a strong fight. Fortunately, a goal in the last minute from Paul Sindone gave the boys a deserved victory (7-6).

A good start to week of racing for our rowing crews. Strong performances in the women’s heats (w8+ 2nd; W2- 3rd; W4+ 2nd; W2x 2nd and HW1x 2nd), with all boats through to reps and LW quad and single to compete on Friday. The men also proved medal contenders in their heats (HW1x 1st, LW 1x 1st, M8+ 1st, M2x 2nd, M4+ 1st, M2- 1st). Despite some wind, the conditions have been favourable and the team is feeling confident for reps and finals.

After two days of back to back competition, the softball girls received a well-earned break in the morning to recharge their batteries. In the afternoon they came up against UNSW in the quarter final. The girls brushed aside the team from Kensington with a resounding display of softball for a 12-3 win. Semi final beckons on today up against the might of Bond University.

The contingent is in good spirits after the third day of competition, powering onwards and up the scoreboard.

GO USYD! #usydgameface