Nationals Day 4 Wrap

Nationals Day 4 Wrap

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Michelle Wilson

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Rowing - Day two came and went, and the teams were aiming to make the finals tomorrow. The top four in each heat make the final which is on Friday, and it started with the Men's four taking out their race. The Women's Double and Coxed also qualified in third place, while the Men's Eight just made it with a fourth-place finish in their heat. Unfortunately, the Men's Double and Lightweight narrowly missed out with a fifth-place finish. Tomorrow shapes to be a big day for our rowers, and hopefully, some medals come our way.

Athletics - The last day of competition saw only two compete. Angus and Harrison lined up for the 5,000m, and after the 10,000m effort from both earlier in the week, we were hopeful for another medal. Harrison started strong, sitting in second for around three-quarters of the race. From there, the pace picked up and he gradually fell back. Harrison ended up in fifth, to go with his Bronze earlier in the week. With his Nationals Orienteering campaign next week back of mind, Angus just rolled the legs over to finish in the back end of the field.

Futsal - Futsal had their fifth-place playoff bright and early, and even though spirits were a little down after yesterday's result, showed some great fight. The team fell just short to round out the week with a respectable sixth place finish sealing their position in Div 1 next year.

Lawn Bowls - Deakin was the team in the way of UofA and a Bronze on the final day. With the singles being an uphill battle against a Pennant player, the doubles were crucial. The boys took the first of the doubles matches by seven shots, but it was Ty and Ben who eventually hit the last hurdle of the week going down by eight. In one of the better finishes in recent memory, the boys finished the week in fourth and gaining significant experience for next year.

Hockey Men - Entering the Gold Medal match as massive underdogs, the men really took it to UQ. After 40 minutes, the lads found themselves only one goal down. Throwing caution to the wind, they pushed up the pitch. UQ with their slick ball movement hit us on the counter three more times in the remaining 10 minutes to take the Gold 4-0. It had been over eight years since we were in a Gold Medal match, and over 60 since we had won, so to make it to the game was a huge achievement. The team did the University proud, and hopefully, this is the start of something big.

Hockey Women - The hockey women had one of the more controversial days for their week. Coming up against Canberra Uni in the Bronze Medal playoff, the girls scored with minutes left on the clock to tie the game. The game dramatically went to penalties where we went down after the sixth strike. Interestingly, as the team walked off deflated, we were told that the penalty shootout should have never occurred and we had won on a count back. So after all of the drama, the girls were presented with the Bronze Medal!

Beach Volleyball Women's Pairs - After the disappointment of yesterday, the Women's pairs came out with a Bronze medal after a three-set epic.

Beach Volleyball Mixed - The mixed team finished the week on a high, winning their final fixture to make it two on the trot to lock down ninth.

Fencing - In a week where Fencing led the way in regards to medals, day four was no different. It started with a Bronze in the Men's Foil. First-time fencer, Jordan Blanco, helped the team to the Bronze and continued his form to the Novice Epee. While never picking up a sword until two months ago, Jordan has shown some amazing skills. With competition scared at the time he had quickly picked up the sport, it led him to the Gold Medal match. In a tight contest, Jordan finished with a Silver going down 15-9 in the final.

Swimming - Tiffani came into the last day in bad shape, with an ear infection stopping her from competing. She scratched her last event of the meet. James had two events to finish the week with the 800m freestyle and 200m backstroke. James finished eighth in the 800m Freestyle final and 10th in the 200m Backstroke.