Victory at University Games – and women’s AFL football grand final:
La Trobe University for the second year in a row has won the Southern University Games. With five teams tying for gold medals, the University was awarded the overall champion’s John Campbell Trophy after a count-back of silver and bronze.
A team of 250 students from the Melbourne, Bendigo and Shepparton campuses competed in ten sports.
La Trobe won four gold medals – in cross country running, men’s tennis, mixed netball and women’s netball – six silver, and five bronze medals. Strongest victories were in the highly competitive sport of netball.
Sport Manager, John Dumaresq, said the University’s Netball Club has gone from strength to strength under the presidency of Teigan Redwood. The Club now boasts more than 500 members.
Three ‘Uniroos’ to China
Three La Trobe students made the Australian ‘Uniroos’ sporting team to Shenzhen, China to compete in the Summer Universiade in August. Held every two years, the event attracted more than 8,000 athletes from around the world.
Sam Sheppard, an Environmental Science student, and Travis Mahoney, second-year Biological Sciences, were selected for the swimming team, while Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Physiotherapy student, Simone Chuah was a member of the table tennis team.
Winning ways for women footballers
La Trobe University’s women’s AFL football team fought its way to victory, scoring eight goals straight, in the North West Conference Grand Final against the North Ballarat Eagles (4.3) at the Coburg City Oval in mid August. Top goal kicker was Samantha Greene with a score of four.
The win capped a great year for the ‘Trobers’ in the 31-team competition. It was the team’s first Grand Final appearance after just missing the preliminary final last year. More than thousand people attended the match.
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