AU Sport has taken out the 2018 SA Challenge. With nine sports being competed in 2018, AU won an amazing five pennants!
The first week of competition was held at Park 10, where a Hub was created. It was great to see the support from all teams competing, getting behind their fellow UofA students. A BBQ was provided to those competing and provided much needed energy as the day became evening.
AU had a strong start with Lacrosse, Tennis and Ultimate winning AU's three of a possible five pennants. Unfortunately for AU, our Athletics relay team ran a close second to Flinders, and the Beach Volleyball team were outdone by Flinders and UniSA. Lacrosse made their way to the final, only dropping one game. Come the final, theyt met the same team which knocked them off earlier in the day. It proved to be sweet revenge with a last minute ripper from poster girl, Briony Chamberlayne, saving a shot on the siren to take a one goal victory. The Tennis team had an equally hard day, when they came into the finals in form in the Women's, but strong underdog in the men. In the women, the final was contested between two AU players, assuring us victory, but in heartbreaking fashion, UniSA pipped us in a tie break to take out the men. On a count back, AU were awarded victory. AU Ultimate, for the second year running, had secured the win two games into the day after defeating both UniSA and Flinders in the opening fixtures.
Week two saw AU going in with a strong lead, and thankfully for us, the AU Netball team took out the first pennant for the week at UniSA's newly built, Pridham Hall. The mixed team, after losing its last round robin game, hit back to defeat the Flinders in the final by five goals. It was shortly followed with the news that AU had taken out Squash at Flinders to secure a unbeatable lead in the competition. With the news, the Basketball team which was the biggest team of the two weeks, found it hard to overcome some strong competition from Flinders and UniSA. In the first game against UniSA, it was shot for shot until UniSA strung some great play together to come away late. Unfortunately, Flinders got a hold of the AU in the second game, but they showed some great fight late in the match. The last contest for the SA Challenge was Badminton. With three teams lining up for AU, we had great numbers to give it a crack. Unfortunately, Flinders and UniSA had extremely strong teams lining up also. When it came down to the line, AU finished with a Bronze in a tight contest with one of the Flinders teams.
After the two weeks of competition, the points tally is in. AU Sport is proud to say that AU has reclaimed the SA Challenge. See below tally;
AU - 20 Points
FU - 18 Points
USA - 16 Points