Nationals Day 1 Wrap

Nationals Day 1 Wrap

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Michelle Wilson

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The University of Adelaide has sent a total of 105 student-athletes and support staff to compete at the 2018 UniSport Australia National Div 1 competition. Check out an up date from staff on the ground at the event - On day one, we have already come away with a couple of medals!

Kendo - For the first time, we have sent enough athletes to take part in the teams event and they did a great job. They just missed out in entering the Semi-Finals on the Sunday but played with unwavering spirit over the full weekend.

Judo - Like Kendo, Judo took place on Sunday and entered a team and three individuals into the competition. The boys have set the standard for the rest of the team as Ed 'bad-boy' Choi won Bronze and Richard 'always-the-bridesmaid' Lewis won Silver.

Hockey - Men - AU def QUT 3-2. After trailing 2-0 early in their clash, an amazing fight back took place. In the second game for the day, UQ got a hold of the team with a strong 6-0 result. Women - AU def USYD 2-1. Similar to the boys, the girls started slowly, but again hit back. After conceding in the first five minutes, the girls fought back hard with a 2nd half winner late on. The second game of the day saw a massive arm wrestle. In the end, the game ended at 0-0 and the girls walk away undefeated for the day.

Athletics - With a small team competing in 2018, the first day was a little quiet. AU started their campaign with Lucy Brown and Duncan Cameron in the 400m. Duncan was the reigning Gold Medallist from 2017, but unfortunately he could not follow the same course. After being 3rd heading down the final straight, Duncan's hamstring gave way and was not able to finish. Lucy, who is also competing in Hockey, did finish, but unfortunately her time was not strong enough to reach the final. Angus and Harrison finished the day in the 10,000m. In a field of over 10 runners, Harrison finished with a Bronze Medal to be the only medal winner for the day (our first in this distance in recent times) and Angus finished in a respectable fifth.

Futsal - After a strong 2017, the Futsal lads were out for blood. Unfortunately for them, they ran into a strong USC team. A 5-2 loss was the end result. Thankfully, to finish the day, the boys hit back with a strong 3-1 win against ACU. The team is setting its sights on a undefeated day two.

Beach Volleyball - Women - The women had an early start to the morning, but they came out breathing fire. A strong two sets to love destruction against WS, was followed by a two sets to love win against ADFA. Unfortunately for the girls. the weather turned and in probably the toughest game they will face in the pool stages, they went down two sets to one against QUT. In the girls' defence, the weather had turned so horrific by this stage that all games which followed them were called off. Beach Volleyball Mixed - In a surprising start, the mixed team had a big two sets to love win against WS. This followed with a game against medal fancy Deakin with Deakin too strong, winning two sets to love. As stated above, the weather took a turn, and the team's third fixture was called off.

Fencing - Day one was Men's Epee day. With three of our males competing, the stand out was Leighlan. Leighlan finished one place out of the semis and a possible medal, but a seventh placing with over 25 competitors was a great achievement. Oliver and Owen finished 12th and 17th respectively.

Lawn Bowls - In a completely new team for Nationals, the boys geared up for some tough competition. With the first match against a strong RMIT team, the boys battled until the very end. The highlight was in the doubles of Ben and Shuter, with an 11-8 win. Unfortunately, Ty lost in the singles by two shots, and Oliver and James went down by five. Second up was USQ. Shuter moved to singles, but was never in the contest, going down by 10. In two neck and neck doubles matches, Ben and Ty got up by a shot, with Oliver and James going down by two. Looking at a tough day already, the boys didn't want to go into day two with zero wins, and thankfully we got up against QUT! Shuter again struggled, going down by 19 shots, but he was backed up by Ben & Ty and Oli & James both winning their doubles by four and seven shots respectively.

Rowing - competition starts Wednesday
Swimming - our athletes start Tuesday

Keep an eye out on AU Sport's Facebook and Instagram channels for updates. More information about the event including results, can be found on the UniSport website and Facebook event.