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University Wins Overall Silver at 2017 Australian University Games

02 October; Rod Warnecke



The University's team of 390 student-athletes have returned from the Australian University Games on the Gold Coast as overall runners-up.

Winning seven national titles, Melbourne fell agonisingly short to Overall Champions the University of Technology Sydney, who finished the Games with eight.

Melbourne won titles in Women's Badminton, Women's Cycling, Men's and Women's Fencing, Men's Surfing and Men's and Women's Table Tennis. Women's Cycling and Men's Fencing defended their national titles from the 2016 Games in Perth

Men's Badminton, Women's Football, Men's Hockey and Women's Surfing were national runners-up. Football lost their national title in a penalty shootout after going through the entire tournament conceding just the one goal. Third places were earned by Men's Football, Open Kendo, Men's and Women's Rowing and Women's Volleyball.

University Team Manager Tom Lutwyche said it was a tremendous result for the University.

"This year was probably the closest Uni Games in ten years, and with a little more luck, we could've been celebrating our seventh Overall title.

"But credit to UTS. This was their first ever Overall Uni Games title and they had a great spread of results across a number of sports".

Outstanding individual results for Melbourne included cyclist Ruby Roseman-Gannon's three Gold medals and one Silver, 2016 Rio Olympian Regan Lamble won the 5,000m Walk and broke the Games' Record in the process, University Captain Stella Radford and Kathryn Brooks also won Gold medals and broke Games' Records in the 3,000m Steeplechase and Javelin respectively.

Highlighting the cut-throat nature of tournament play, the Men's Basketball team lost just one game in the round of 16 and subsequently couldn't finish any higher than their eventual 9th place. The team that inflicted their only defeat, that was the Games' Gold medalists from UNSW.

Conversely, Women's Basketball and Netball teams had poor tournaments and will need to qualify for their next Games through a new Division 2 competition next July. 

In a Games that was dominated by those along the eastern seaboard, Melbourne was the highest placed Victorian and Group of Eight University. The top 10 places were:

1. The University of Technology Sydney
2. The University of Melbourne
3. The University of Sydney
4. The University of Queensland
5. Monash University
6. The University of New South Wales
7. Griffith University
8. Queensland University of Technology
9. Macquarie University
10. RMIT University

The University of Melbourne were Australian University Games Overall Champions in 1997, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2012 and 2013.

Attention now turns to the Australian Boat Race with the University of Sydney on the Yarra River on Sunday 22 October.

Sport Placing
Athletics - Men 8th
Athletics - Women 4th
Badminton - Men SILVER
Badminton - Women GOLD
Baseball - Open 5th
Basketball - Men 9th
Basketball - Women 12th
Beach Volleyball - Mixed 8th
Cycling - Men 6th
Cycling - Women GOLD
Fencing - Men GOLD
Fencing - Women GOLD
Football - Men BRONZE
Football - Women SILVER
Futsal - Men 6th
Hockey - Men SILVER
Hockey - Women 10th
Judo - Men 11th
Kendo - Open BRONZE
Kendo - Women 5th
Netball - Mixed 12th
Netball - Women 14th
Rowing - Men BRONZE
Rowing - Women BRONZE
Rugby 7s - Men 13th
Sailing - Open 5th
Softball - Women 5th
Squash - Men 7th
Surfing - Men GOLD
Surfing - Women SILVER
Swimming - Men 11th
Swimming - Women 11th
Table Tennis - Men GOLD
Table Tennis - Women GOLD
Taekwondo - Men 9th
Taekwondo - Women 4th
Tennis - Men 7th
Tennis - Women 9th
Touch - Men 8th
Touch - Women 7th
Ultimate - Men 5th
Volleyball - Men 5th
Volleyball - Women BRONZE
Water Polo - Men 6th
Water Polo - Women 10th


Six of the seven National Championship pennants and trophies. Photo by Sam Thompson


The Men's Surfing team with their National Championship pennant and trophy. Photo by Sam Thompson

Full gallery of photos from the 2017 Australian University Games to follow.

 


 

 
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