Australian University Games 2016 | Day 1

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The University of Sydney has launched their 2016 Australian University Games campaign in Perth in spectacular style. The team consisting of 423 athletes across 22 sports is looking to retain the Australian University Sports Overall Champions trophy come Friday.

Update 1

First off the mark was the Taekwondo team, finishing the tournament with two gold medals from team captain Sam Yang. The Kendo team backed it up with another gold, silver and bronze at the conclusion of their competition.

Round competitions kicked off on Monday on what was a cool Perth morning. Touch started the competition strong as their women’s team knocked off Curtin University (22-0), while men’s also took the win against ADFA (12-3). The success continued with the women’s basketball team, claiming easy wins against Victoria Uni (30-18) and the University of Western Australia (65-28). The men’s team faced a tough first day, splitting their games against Adelaide Uni (W) and Monash (L).

Ultimate Frisbee carried their momentum on from Eastern Uni Games, as their women out played Deakin Uni (13-5) and Edith Cowan Uni (12-5). The men’s side also took on Deakin, also taking out the win (10-3) and UNSW (15-3). Volleyball men continued their dominate display from Eastern Uni Games, taking down Monash (3-0).

Futsal also continued in the winning style, the men’s side took down Notre Dame (13-7) and Queensland Uni (6-1) in what were two physical match ups. The women’s side also started strong notching wins against ACU (5-2) and Macquarie Uni (12-4). Women’s Hockey kicked off their campaign with a convincing win over RMIT (4-0).

Netball had a full day of the games, the women’s team suiting up on three separate occasions. In what was a day of split results, the women’s team came away with two wins against Flinders (64-8) and RMIT (60-41) and a loss to Curtin Uni (56-36). Mixed also had a tough day on the court, starting off with a strong win against USC (90-24) followed up by a tough loss to local rivals UTS (52-32).

Tennis men had a dominant display of skill, knocking down UWA (9-0). Not to be outdone, the women’s team also took a straight sets win against UNSW (9-0). The men’s team put another win on the board against Macquarie University (6-3) and the women against Newcastle (7-2). 

Women’s Soccer continued that winning style with a resounding victory over Western Sydney Uni (12-0). The men gave everything they had in the game, but couldn’t find the back of the net, finishing with two draws against UNSW (1-1) and Macquarie Uni (0-0).

Athletics picked up their first gold in the womens medley relay, while the men’s took out third. The pole vaulting team will take home two silvers (Baral & Armstrong). The team also locked away a bronze medal in the 10km (Cooper).

In what was a chilly day in the pool, the womens water polo team started off with a close win against UNDA (7-6) followed up by a loss to a very strong ACU (9-4). The men’s team also closed the day with two wins in the pool rounds. Badminton split the results with a win and loss each. Both losses were well contested matches, with the teams just unable to execute in the third set.

T20 cricket had two convincing wins on the day, bowling out QUT for 42, winning the game by over 100 runs. They followed this up with a second win in just five overs. Rugby sevens followed in crickets winning streak, getting a dominant win against ADFA (43-0) followed up by a close contest against UTS in which James Kane kicked a field goal to seal the win (26-24)

The teams will continue in pool rounds for the next two days, looking to consolidate a strong position coming into finals in the latter days of the week.

For full results see the AUS website: