Nationals Day 2 Wrap

Nationals Day 2 Wrap

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Michelle Wilson

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Lawn Bowls - After day one, the boys had a hard look at themselves. In reflection, they found they were close to putting a solid day together. The first match of the day was vital for a medal chance, and they came out like they wanted to be in the hunt. UTS came knocking, and the boys didn't let them in, winning all three matches (our first clean sweep). Shuter returned after a tough first day by taking a 10 shot win, and with Ty and Ben not wanting to be outdone, they got up in their contest by 22 shots! Oliver and James tried to replicate, eventually getting up by a single shot in an epic.

Game two rolled up and the lads were on a high. CSU looked strong on paper, but with the confidence boost, Shuter came up with another heroic effort, winning by nine shots. Again not wanting to be outdone, Ty and Ben came home with an impressive 10 shot win, claiming the win for the team. Oliver and James were no match for their opponents, going down by 4 shots. But fear not, the points were ours.

In the last fixture for the day, we lost to Deakin 3-0, in their first clean sweep of the week. Both pairs lost by three, but Shuter couldn't keep his strong form going, losing by over 10 shots.

Swimming - In an early start for both James and Tiffani as well as a super short warm up, both Tiffani and James did us proud. Tiffani made both her respective finals in the 100m Breaststroke and the 200 IM. James missed out in the 100m Breaststroke, but eclipsed his PB in the race. In the final of the 100m Breaststroke, Tiffani was fighting a back injury and finished in 7th. Due to the injury, she scratched herself from the 200IM.

Futsal - In a really tough start for the day, the lads fell to an 8-2 defeat at the hands of UTS. Instead of dropping their heads, they hit back to beat UWA 4-2. This means they finished third in their pool and faced a second placed team in the opposite pool on Wednesday. UNSW will be the competition, but this will be confirmed later tonight.

Fencing - In a great day for our fencers, the Men's Epee team just lost out in their semi, but fought back to take Bronze against UTS. After just missing the semis yesterday, Leighlan finished UTS off in a dominant display. In a cracking end to the day, Will Campbell won GOLD in Men's Sabre after winning Silver the past two years.

Beach Volleyball Women's - After a loss in their last fixture on day one in terrible conditions, the girls came out with fire, winning their first match of the day in two sets against ECU. It followed with a tough fixture against Gold Medal fancy SCU. The girls did an amazing job coming back from a set down to take out the next two sets to win the fixture. This puts them in equal top position heading into day three.

Beach Volleyball Mixed - In a day which saw a couple of losses, it seemed to be more of a positive than not. The team came together on the pitch, but were just overwhelmed by better competition. Losses to SCU in two sets, ADFA in three sets and USC in two sets.

Hockey Men - It was an early start for our Hockey, and it caught up with them with a slow 1-1 draw against UNSW in the opening fixture. It followed with a clash against UMelb, and the boys did not disappoint. They shot out to a 3-0 lead early, but two late goals to Melb made the boys work for it, but they held on. The men finished second overall and will play in the semi early on Wednesday.

Hockey Women - In a tough day for the women, they faced UC and QUT back to back. With UC just getting the best of them 3-1, it was followed by an even closer contest against QUT, going down 1-0. The girls will look to bounce back on Wednesday. Even with a tough day, the women finished the group in 4th place and will play in the semi final on day three.