World University Games Daily Tracker: How every Sydney Uni athlete is faring in Napoli

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A 16-strong contingent of Sydney Uni Athletes are competing across seven different sports in Napoli for the 2019 Summer Universiade, more commonly known as the World University Games.

Every day SUSF will provide regular updates on recent results from the event and track every athlete’s progress.

Thursday 4th July (AEDT)

Women’s Basketball: Australia 68 def. Finland 51

Lauren Scherf posted a handy 12 points, hitting 4/4 free throws, while Lara McSpadden hit her only field goal attempt for two points.

Women’s Water Polo: Australia 15 def. China 4

Both of Sydney Uni’s players, Tilly Kearns and Danielle Morrissey, recorded a goal each in the event-opening victory.

Men’s Water Polo: Australia 9 def by. Croatia 17

Christian Kyriakou and Thomas McJannett also put their name on the scoreboard with a goal each, however a dominant second period, which saw Croatia take a 10-4 lead, blew the game out.

Friday 5th July (AEDT)

Swimming: William Yang qualifies for 50m butterfly final

Yang battled through 33 degree heat to qualify for the 50m butterfly final in his first international event in a scorching 23.29 seconds – the fastest time of any qualifier and 0.22 seconds ahead of his nearest rival.

Women’s Basketball: Australia 85 def. Canada 51

Lauren Scherf was unstoppable from the three-point line, nailing 4/5 from downtown with a total of 16 points, while Lara McSpadden got on the board with a two-point bucket.

Men’s Water Polo: Australia 15 def. Japan 14

Christian Kyriakou and Thomas McJannett helped Australia earn their first competition points with a nail-biting one-goal win over Japan.

Weekend Wrap: Saturday July 6th – Sunday July 7th (AEDT)

Swimming: William Yang claims the Uniroos’ first medal

Sydney Uni’s William Yang has snared Australia’s first medal in Napoli by winning gold in the 50m butterfly in a sizzling 23.32 seconds. He joins an illustrious group of swimming gold medallists at the World University Games including Mark Kerry, Graeme Brewer, Susie and Rob Woodhouse, Jon Seiben and Cate Campbell.

Women’s Basketball: Australia 90 def. China 84, Australia 81 def. Chinese Taipei 72

The Emerging Opals progressed to the finals stages with an undefeated record and kept the momentum rolling in the quarter-finals, led by a 26-point performance from Lauren Scherf against Chinese Taipei. They play Portugal on Tuesday morning (AEDT) for a place in the final.

Men’s Water Polo: Australia 5 def by. Italy 18

The home nation were far too strong in their preliminary group game against Australia and it was one-way traffic in the 18-5 thumping.

Women’s Water Polo: Australia 7 def by. Russia 17, Australia 7 def by. Italy 9

Australia’s medal dreams are hanging on by a thread after two consecutive losses, however it wasn’t all bad news for Tilly Kearns and Danielle Morrissey who registered goals in both games.

Tuesday 9th July (AEDT)

Women’s Basketball: Australia 56 def. Portugal 49

Australia’s gold medal defence has reached its last hurdle with the Emerging Opals qualifying for the final for the second Games in a row. Lauren Scherf put up six points in the semi-final against Portugal. They play USA at 4am on Thursday morning for gold.

Men’s Water Polo: Australia 6 def by. Hungary 18

Another defeat means Australia will have to beat Korea in a do-or-die round of 16 match to keep their medal hopes alive.

Women’s Water Polo: Australia 11 def. USA 9

Tilly Kearns has led Australia to the quarter-finals with a three-goal performance over USA in a crucial group stage clash. Danielle Morrisey contributed with one goal, setting up a meet with Hungary in the next stage.

Athletics: Genevieve Cowie reaches semi-final

Sydney Uni’s Genevieve Cowie is through the 400m hurdles semi-final which takes place on Wednesday morning at 2am.

Table Tennis: Australia 0 def by. Japan 3

Sarah Tan partnered Steven Phan from the University of Melbourne in doubles, with the pair reaching the round of 16 with a 3-0 win over Estonia before Japan kicked them out.


James Traiforos finished 49th with a time of 29.56 in the men’s 50m breaststroke preliminaries.

Wednesday 10th July (AEDT)

Men’s Water Polo: Australia 20 def. Korea 4

The tide has turned for Australia with an inspiring 20-4 win over Korea to book a place in the quarter-finals. Thomas McJannett slotted two goals in the one-sided affair. They play Russia at 9.30 pm on Thursday (AEDT) for a place in the semis.

Fencing: Australia 45 def. Japan 44

The Australian men’s fencing team, made up by Sydney Uni’s Sholto Douglas and Matthew Dall’Asen, enjoyed a remarkable comeback to win by one point against Japan, progressing to the semi-finals.

Thursday 11th July (AEDT)

Women’s Basketball: Australia 80 def. USA 72

GOLD MEDAL ALERT! The Emerging Opals have claimed back-to-back titles at the World Uni Games, led by a 16-point performance from Lauren Scherf. Flames star Lara McSpadden put up two points off the bench for her first medal.


The gold medal trend followed in athletics with Catriona Bisset, who is representing the University of Melbourne, winning the 800m in 2:01.20.

Men’s Waterpolo: Australia 7 def by. Russia 13

Australia’s hopes have been dashed by Russia in the quarter-finals. Thomas McJannett posted a goal in the third period but it wasn’t enough to claw back an unassailable 5-0 lead from the first term.

Women’s Waterpolo: Australia 4 def by. Hungary 7

The women’s team had the same fate, slipping away in the final period which saw Hungary score three unanswered goals. Tilly Kearns made up half of Australia’s score with two goals.

Friday 12th July (AEDT)

Women’s Waterpolo: Australia 12 def. China 7

Australia are through to the fifth place playoff as Tilly Kearns put up two goals in a second half charge.

Men’s Waterpolo: Australia 3 def by. France 7

Goals were hard to come by as Australia fell to france in the fifth place playoff, now demoted to a seventh place playoff against Croatia, to whom they lost to in their first pool match.

Monday 15th July (AEDT) – The Final Wrap

Sydney Uni athletes took home a total of six medals in Napoli, including four gold and two bronze.

Jess Stafford and Genevieve Cowie added the final piece of silverware over the weekend, winning bronze in the 4x400m relay.

The weekend action also saw the women’s water polo team win the fifth place final 11-10 over Japan, while the men’s team lost the 7th place final 12-4 to Croatia.

Angus Armstrong qualified for the men’s pole vault final but could not secure a place on the podium.

Special mentions must go out to William Yang (50m butterfly), Lara McSpadden and Lauren Scherf (basketball), and Catriona Bissett (800m) who all took home gold.

Check this article daily for the latest results and progress of Sydney Uni’s athletes which are listed below:

  • Genevieve Cowie, Athletics (400mH & 4x400m)
  • Jess Stafford, Athletics (4x400m)
  • Angus Armstrong, Athletics (PV)
  • Catriona Bisset, Athletics* (800m)
  • Sholto Douglas, Fencing
  • Matthew Dall’Asen, Fencing
  • James Traiforos, Swimming
  • William Yang, Swimming
  • Sarah Tan, Table Tennis
  • Paige Campbell, Athletics (3000mSC)*
  • Christian Kyriakou, Water Polo
  • Thomas McJannett, Water Polo*
  • Tilly Kearns, Water Polo*
  • Danielle Morrissey, Water Polo*
  • Lara McSpadden, Basketball
  • Lauren Scherf, Basketball*

*Former Elite Athlete Program, University of Sydney student and/or club-affiliated.