Australian University Games, Day 2: La Trobe Hockey, AFL and Soccer

Victorious Women's soccer team (photo mine)
Victorious Women’s soccer team (photo mine)

Hockey (Women’s)

La Trobe 1 dft by University of Western Australia 3

La Trobe 0 dft by University of Western Sydney 2

Heat.  The word began to circle around the La Trobe camp on Tuesday morning, and there were certainly some sore bodies and tired eyes after a fun Monday night on the Gold Coast.

The women’s hockey team came up against the University of Western Australia in the morning.  Faced with strong opposition, the girls took the UWA team by surprise, and were down just 1-0 at the half.

Sticks clashed in the hot spring sun, and managing coach Abbey Konieczny kept pumping out the encouragement and strategies to the girls.  Under a plethora of protective gear, keeper Caitlin O’Dwyer toiled away under the sun.

Sisters Ruth and Tess Torr provided run on the wings, while Stephanie Tait and Claire Hawson played their guts out to intercept passes.  A couple of errors allowed the UWA forwards to send through a couple of goals in what was a fast, hot and very attacking game.

The afternoon clash playing the University of Western Sydney tossed up plenty of challenges, including a grass field.  Uneven surfaces made it much harder to run and get the ball moving quickly.  Opportunities came but were very well defended by the UWS keeper.  Hawson, along with Georgia Bird and Katie Moloney kept looking for the gaps but time ran out on them.

Still in contention for a medal, the team will be looking to come back on Wednesday and score some commanding wins.


La Trobe 58 dft RMIT 27 by 31 points

La Trobe 50 dft University of Queensland 32 by 18 points

Tuesday action saw two wins for the AFL side, which makes it a perfect run so far for this University Games.

Oliver Tate took charge in the midfield, while Simon Close and Zac Simmonds were backline workhorses.  Nick Nagel continued to add to his goal tally, and Josh Hickey chipped in.

Weather conditions were hot, humid and the wind made for a bit of havoc when kicking for goal.  It also meant a lot of tired legs at the break.


Women: La Trobe dft Murdoch University 4-1

Men: La Trobe dft by Monash University 1-3

After a long hiatus, the women’s soccer team has been reignited, and boy are they killing it.  Three wins from three games will see them play in a quarter final on Wednesday.

Captain Melissa Missailidis was instrumental in setting up attacks, and the ball striking was very clean.  Murdoch had next to no answer for the might of the Eagles, who intercepted every pass, saved shots at goal, and nail almost every corner kick.

It’s a great achievement for the squad, and experienced captain Melissa is helping drive the team to a potential gold medal.

The male side came up against champions Monash, and from the outset it was always going to be tough. Physicality showed, with both teams incredibly hungry for the ball and to score.

Stefan Baricevic snatched an equaliser after an early Monash goal.  The defence worked gallantly to repel attacks, but ultimately let two second half goals through.

Win Wednesday’s games and there is still a chance for a medal.

Athletics results:

-Another hot day in Brisbane:

Josh Stefanis: 10th in 3000m steeplechase, new personal best time

Whitney Sharpe 6th in 800m, missed out on final, overall coming 9th 

Sharpe 11th in discus final, Simone McInnes 10th

Tahnee Cannon 10.60m in the triple jump final

(Get set for day 3 action, we’re rolling the ball again and going for the wins)


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