The University of Western Australia has kicked off what should be a strong presence at the 2017 Australian University Games, held on the Gold Coast, Queensland.
UWA has sent a squad of close to 200 to represent the University in this year’s event, which features more than 40 academic institutes from around the country.
It was a spectacular start to the week, with wins across multiple sports despite intense heat. In a fantastic display of skill, men’s hockey won their first match against Deakin University 5-0 with three goals from Tim Andrew and two from Josh McEvoy. The women’s hockey team also came away with a win, beating fellow sandgropers Notre Dame, 13-0.
On the beach, our women’s volleyball pair lost to Australian Catholic University but managed a win against Edith Cowan in a difficult breeze, before losing out to University of Queensland in their final game of the day. The men’s pair won 2 sets to 0, while the mixed fours lost to Queensland University of Technology, before taking care of Notre Dame 2 sets to 0. Indoor, our women’s volleyball team won their first match but also couldn’t stay on top of QUT in their second.
Men’s ultimate went down 10-13 in a thrilling match where teams had traded points right up until the end. The team then won against QUT 12-20, while our women’s team smashed the competition out of Alabaster Playing Fields, downing Australian National University 11-2 and University of Technology Sydney 13-3.
Women’s futsal went down to Australian College of Physical Education in a hard-fought game, wrapping up 4-6 with all four UWA goals scored in the second half. A win followed though, with the team taking down Deakin 8-1. Our men’s team drew 4-a-piece against Monash and was unable to hang on in their second game. Badminton also suffered some losses despite a great effort by all, but finished on a high with a 5-0 win against Bond University.
University Team Manager Sue Gliddon said the competition had started well with Kendo scoring UWA bronze and silver medals.
“The consistent success of our martial arts athletes annually sets the team up for a positive experience,” she said. “I’m looking forward to a competitive week across a number of sports, and for our students to have a great experience.”
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