Gold, Silver and Bronze at the EUGs
Basketball: The men's team were on a roll after Tuesday's win over UTS but they came up against a stubborn opponent in UWS in the semis. After being down by 14 points at one stage the boys fought hard to get back into the contest and started grinding away at the score line. Full court defensive pressure was the key to their stirring comeback in which they managed a 20 point turnaround to win the game 78-73. Their opponent in the final was UNSW who had also been tearing teams apart all week. The boys held strong and eventually took the Gold medal 74-68.
The women had a tough final day losing their semi final convincingly to UNSW and then coming up 4 points short in the bronze medal playoff against UC. The girls showed some true grit during the week and the outlook is promising for this young group if they stick together.
Handball: The mixed handballers started the day in great form beating UNSW 36-24 in a high scoring semi final. They then had to face off against the undefeated UTS in the gold medal playoff. In a seesawing game which had both teams enjoying periods of dominance, UTS came out the victors 26-18. Much credit must go to this handball team who did not have the greatest amount of experience coming into this tournament and walked away with a silver medal.
Tennis: After strong starts to the week both our men and women struggled to find their touch on the final day. Mitch Scott went down in his semi final early in the day and then followed it up with a loss in the bronze medal playoff, leaving him placed 4th overall -a commendable position for his first ever uni games. Alexander Macmillan had a contrasting day with a win in his fist match of the day, which led him to the 5th/6th playoff match. He won that with style 8-2.
The girls also had a mixed day with Madelaine Smith coming unstuck in her QF 8-1. She then turned her day around to win her next two matches and finish 5th overall. Laura Tattersall had a massive day with four matches all up. She got through the first two in superb style 8-0. Her third win was an 8-3 score line, which then had her in the 9th/10th playoff match. Obviously tired from her three matches already Laura was unlucky in her fourth and went down 8-3.
Touch: The men's team didn't have the most memorable tournament. They had two losses on the final day to finish 10th overall. The mixed team enjoyed some great success on the final day. They got through their QF by a try against SCU 6-5. They then went down in their semi final against a red hot CSU, which then put them into a bronze medal playoff against ACU2. The team had control of the match from the start and ran away with the victory. The women's team had a tough loss to UC in their semi final which again relegated them to the bronze medal match. They were able to regather and take the win 8-4 over our rivals from the cumbo campus.
Ultimate Frisbee: Two matches stood in the way of our team taking the gold medal. The first was against a fiery Macquarie uni who were desperate to take the bragging rights. We were far too strong in the end and enjoyed a comfortable 12-2 win. We then faced our old foes UTS in the final. With both teams undefeated so far it was sure to be a close encounter. With the weather causing havoc on the field, UTS were able to take the advantage and finish up winners 14-11. A great effort by our team and no doubt a boost for their AUG title hopes.
Volleyball: Our boys were led brilliantly by the veteran (9th uni games!!) Kiel Briggs to a breezy semi final victory over UNSW 2. They then faced the toughest challenge in the form of UNSW, a team that boasts 2 Australian players and a bunch of state volleyballers. Our boys showed tremendous courage to make sure every set was a fight but eventually went down 3-0. They finished with a silver medal which they were all extremely pleased with.
So overall we won 1 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals, along with a bunch of 4th and 5ths. A superb effort by all the students involved. They all competed with integrity and courage doing Sydney Uni proud.
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