Australian University Games 2016 | Day 2

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The University of Sydney students are certainly putting on a show in Perth, with some dominant displays on the second day of competition.

The sunny Perth weather was nowhere to be seen as outdoor sports battled cyclonic conditions, calling off many afternoon sessions.

The indoor sports were unaffected by the weather and continued to showcase their skill. The Men’s Volleyball team are yet to drop a set in this tournament, defeating Curtin (3-0) and UWA (3-0) in dominant fashion. The Women looked strong, taking their second win of the week over UWA (3-0). Netball mixed also finished the day with a convincing win against ACU (61-30).

The reigning Women’s Basketball gold medallists kept their undefeated streak alive with convincing wins over QUT (56-14) and ACU (59-28). This sees them in good stead leading into tomorrow’s match against rivals Monash. The Mens team also notched another win for the week, defeating UNSW (46-39). Women’s Water Polo edged out rivals down the road, UTS in a thrilling 8-7 victory. Meanwhile, baseball had a convincing performance against La Trobe University (14-0).

The morning tennis session braved the windy weather before the rain swept across. The men took down UNSW in straight sets (9-0) while the women had a tough match up with UTS going down just 6-3.

The Cyclists battled the elements in Perth to come away with two podium finishes in the Road Race. Ella Scanlon-Bloor blew the other cyclists away to finish first, while fellow team mate Robert Car claimed silver in a highly contested field of over 60 cyclists.

The Ultimate Frisbee squads had a couple of highly contested match ups throughout the day. First up the women took on Curtin University, coming away with the edge (5-3). The men fought hard but just fell short of Monash University (7-6).

After a slow start to the day which saw the girls draw 2-2 in the dying minutes of the game, the Women’s Hockey team pulled out all stops in the afternoon, defeating UTS (8-0).

It was a tough day on the pitch for the Men’s Football team which saw 3 red cards handed out in the span of a single match. The boys, already struggling with injuries, bounced back to draw against UTS with only 9 players on the pitch. The Women were elegant in their domination of UNE (8-0) and RMIT (12-0) and continue their clean sheet for this tournament.

Our Modern Pentathlete, Marina Carrier, claimed Bronze in the Women’s Epee Fencing, the first of her events at the games. Marina will also compete in the swimming and athletics over the coming days.

Our Badminton teams secured solid positioning during the day’s competitions. The women took on Curtin university first (3-2) and UWA followed shortly after (5-0), taking down the two local teams. The men followed suit, knocking off UNSW (4-1) and ANU (5-0)
The Rugby 7s squad had two convincing wins during the day, taking down Southern Cross (38-0) and University of Canberra (15-2). The boys are looking strong coming into the final pool games and are favourites to take out the tournament

T20 Cricket ticked on despite the wet conditions as the mens side put on a clinic against ADFA. ADFA choosing the bat first was bowled out for 109, which the Sydney Uni team then chased down in just 9 overs. The boys are hoping that the weather clears up so they can continue to chase down the gold medal

With some teams entering the Quarter final stages of the competition, day three is set to bring some excellent sporting displays.