Team UniSA had a strong performance at the Southern University Games held in Footscray, Victoria, last week, ending with podium placings in two sports.
UniSA finished in eighth place per capita overall and as the top placed South Australian University, finishing higher than both Adelaide Uni and Flinders Uni.
Podiatry student William Kennedy won a silver medal for UniSA in golf, finishing second in the net score competition.
Kennedy said being on the podium was very rewarding, “we spent four days out in the wet and cold, so it was a good reward for the efforts,” he said.
It was Kennedy’s first Uni Games and he said it was better than he imagined, “getting the opportunity to meet other people from UniSA was great and it was just a very good week all in all.”
UniSA’s women’s basketball team also finished on the podium, winning the bronze medal after a 62-37 win against RMIT in the third-place playoff.
Human movement student Sylvia Garula was one of the members of the basketball team, and she said the team got what they wanted out of the week.
“After such a hard week with so many games, we wanted to get something out of it, and we did with the bronze medal,” Garula said.
“There was a tonne of a relief when we won that game as we had drawn against RMIT earlier in the week so it was great to get a good win over them in the end.”
Garula said that overall it was a really enjoyable week, “there was a good bunch of girls in the team and we had lots of fun.”
The men’s basketball team also had a good week, making the finals but losing their bronze medal match 86-73 against Victoria University.
Despite not getting a medal, the boys have qualified for the Australian Uni Games. That is a great achievement as it is the first time a UniSA men’s basketball team has qualified for AUG’s for many years.
UniSA had a number of other consistent performances throughout the week.
The mixed ultimate team won five games and finished fourth in their pool, while tennis player Sean Drechsler finished second in his pool and made it into the finals without progressing any further.
UniSA’s women’s futsal and netball teams both finished seventh but ended their week on a high, winning their last matches.
The futsal team won 5-2 over Federation University, while the netball team clinched onto a tight 26-25 victory over Australian Catholic University.
Overall, the UniSA students represented the University well and were well led by team captains Dougy Howard and Alana Colbert.
Team UniSA will now turn its attention to the Australian Uni Games which will be held in Perth in September.
For more information about the AUG’s and to register your interest in joining Team UniSA, click here.
Written by Kirralee Thomas