The University of South Australia has capped off a brilliant week by achieving their best result at a Regional University Games, finishing in third place overall at the Southern Uni Games.
Team UniSA won five medals on the last day of competition to help seal the top three finish.
The women’s hockey and volleyball teams won gold, a silver medal was won in men’s tennis and bronze medals were won in both women’s tennis and women’s futsal.
Finishing in ninth position in their sports were the mixed netball team, who won their last game 37-19, and the ultimate frisbee team, who had a 11-6 win.
Both the men’s volleyball and basketball teams won their last games of the tournament to finish in seventh position. The volleyball team won 3-0 while the basketball team won 38-32.
The touch football team finished their week on a high, winning their last game 7-6 to finish in fifth position. Education student Lauren Kildare said the week was enjoyable, “it’s been awesome, we met a lot of people, had a lot of fun, it was a very inclusive game. It’s not whether you have a full team, it’s whether you have a full heart.”
The women’s basketball team and the men’s hockey team both played off for a bronze medal, however despite fighting hard, both lost to finish in fourth position. The basketball team lost to Australian Catholic University 58-63 and the hockey team went down against La Trobe Uni 1-3.
The women’s futsal team capped off a great week by triumphing in their bronze medal match. Playing against La Trobe Uni, the women won 4-1 to finish the competition in third place.
It was a successful day on the tennis court, with two medals being won. Michelle Burdon won the bronze medal in the women’s competition, while Son Hung Nguyen was the silver medalist in the men’s. Pharmacy student Son said he was pleased with his result, “it was great, everyone is very happy, the team supported each other, and we had other Uni’s coming to Adelaide and they were really nice too.”
The women’s volleyball team went undefeated through all four days of the competition on the way to their 3-2 victory in the gold medal match. The final was a thrilling contest as RMIT took it to four sets, but the UniSA women were strong enough to hold on for an exciting win.
The women’s hockey team has earned qualification in the Australian Uni Games with their 2-0 victory against RMIT in the gold medal match. Captain Jacqui Mills, who is studying physiotherapy, was proud of her team, “it feels so good, we came in and I think we all thought we weren’t going to do very well, and to come out and win a grand final has been such an amazing effort, we’ve done so well.”
The Southern Uni Games was a highly successful, and most importantly, a highly enjoyable competition for Team UniSA. The UniSA athletes will now be looking forward to the Australian Uni Games, which start in September on the Gold Coast.
Words by Kirralee Thomas