It has been a successful six weeks of intercollegiate sport for Ormond College, who dominated the Athletics Carnival, won three of six races at the College Rowing Regatta, and claimed victories in Squash, Women’s Soccer, and Men’s Hockey across the Semester 1 schedule.
Ormond convincingly took out 1st place by a margin of 59.5 points in the Athletics Carnival, which was held on Sunday 22 April. It was the College’s first athletics title since 2015. Queen’s consistency saw them finish 3rd in both the men’s and women’s categories, with a score of 274 propelling them to 2nd overall. Reigning champions St. Hilda’s perform well despite losing their title, finishing 3rd overall with 251 points.
The College Rowing Regatta took place just six days later on Saturday 28 April. Overcast conditions didn’t stop hundreds of spectators turning up to support their college, with many watching from home as the event was livestreamed on MU Sport's Facebook page
. 28 crews battled it out through the heats for six finals races. In the women’s draw, the First VIII A Final was unsurprisingly won by Ormond, although St. Mary’s prevailed in the Second VIII A Final.
Ormond’s reign over the Men’s First VIII ended after its crew was penalised for veering into an adjacent lane in the Semi-Final. Trinity College performed well to win the Final, though Ormond avenged the loss by picking up the Second VIII A Final. A complete list of winning crews can be seen below.
Ormond would be happy with its wins in other intercollegiate events. In the Women’s Soccer Grand Final, the College triumphed 4 – 1 over International House (IH). Defending champions Queen’s were devastated by a 1 – 0 loss to IH in the Semi-Finals.
Kendall Hall and JCH enjoyed great tournaments in Squash, making the minor and major final. Yet despite a close points tally, Ormond secured the win.
Finally, Ormond won their third consecutive intercollegiate Men’s Hockey trophy, defeating Trinity College 2 – 1 in a nail-biting final. You can watch the superb winning goal from Tim Kay with 3 minutes to go here
Other colleges will be keen to prevent Ormond continuing their form in the Women’s Hockey and Men’s Soccer competitions, which round out a busy Semester 1 of College Sport.
Queen’s College President Matthew Cohen is optimistic about his team’s chances in soccer, despite agonising losses in last year’s Grand Final and the Semi-Finals in 2016. “I’m pretty confident that this will be our year. We have the strongest squad in recent memory” said Cohen. Queen’s start their campaign against IH this Friday 4 May at Princes Park.
See the College Sport page for results and fixtures