#teamUNSW scores 5th at 2017 Australian University Games
2017 marked the end of Australian University Games (AUGs) as we know it, and #TeamUNSW made sure it ended on a high note.
Over 5 days during Mid-Semester Break, 9000 university students from around Australia convened on the Gold Coast to contest titles in 32 different sports. UNSW continued its tradition of huge participation sending 530 UNSW students in almost every sport, and straddling over 100 different events.
Unigames was a roaring success for UNSW with 5 Golds, 7 Silver, 4 Bronze clinching us 5th overall. Below are a few of the highlights.
Reigning 2017 Eastern Unigames Champions, UNSW Men’s Basketball had a rocky start to the week with two successive losses. They rallied hard from there and steamed towards the Grand Final against RMIT. With 14 seconds to go UNSW’s Jack Hutchinson sunk a midrange shot taking the score to 77-76.
UNSW continued to dominate in the martial arts with impressive results in Judo & Taewkondo. Judo Men’s took 1st place in 3 different categories to bring home the gold, whilst Judo Women’s took 1st in 2 categories bringing them the bronze. Taekwondo Women’s were comprehensive in their snatching of gold, whilst the Men’s Taekwondo remain impressive finished with silver.
After a close semi against long time rivals ANU, Men’s Ultimate took on hometown favourite UQ in the Grand Final. In high scoring, and highly contested match UNSW deftly disposed of them with a 12-7 victory to take home the gold. Their Women’s counterparts had some unlucky losses in finals but were pleased to finish 4th.
It was another big win for UNSW T20 Cricket who overcame their local rivals Usyd in their semi and charged home with a 160-144 over Monash in the grand final. They carry the legacy of being our most successful Unigames team – never returning home without a medal.
Beyond our pennant winning sides, there were silvers in Women’s Overall Athletics, Men’s Futsal, Women’s Overall Swimming, Men’s Table Tennis and Women’s Waterpolo. Our sides claimed bronze in Men’s Overall Athletics, Women’s Football and Sailing. We were thrilled also to have 35 athletes selected for the illustrious peer-nominated ‘Green and Gold’ which is a carnival side awarded to the best athletes in in each sport.
All UNSW athletes conducted themselves in the spirit of the games with exceptional sportspersonship and camaraderie. One of our team captains David Abi-Hanna complimented the cohort for the “really positive atmosphere with athletes from all sports supporting each other by day and embracing the Unigames activities by night”. For many of our student athletes this was their curtain call after 8 or 9 Unigames appearances – we graciously thank them for their fine contribution to #teamUNSW and know that they will be missed in their respective sports.
From 2018, Australian University Games will be re-formatted with “Nationals Division 1” replacing AUGs and “Nationals Division 2” replacing EUGs. Arc Sport UNSW looks forward to continuing to support UNSW student participation in both events as we continue to cultivate a culture of inclusivity, commitment and competitiveness in all our sporting endeavours.
For more detailed results: www.unisport.com.au/results