Adelaide University Sport’s Uni Nationals Div 2 squad have returned home with a gold medal team in the men’s basketball and a 9th place finish for our mixed touch football team.
Both teams had been eagerly awaiting this year’s competition throughout the year and were rewarded for their patience with a week to remember. Although the basketball team had some injuries in the lead up to the tournament, they managed to rally together and secure 8 wins and 1 loss for the tournament, winning the grand final comfortably in the end with the final score being 77-59. The win qualifies the team for Nationals Div 1 later this year which will be held from September 28 – October 3 on the Gold Coast.
While on field success was a phenomenal highlight for Adelaide University Sport, basketball coach Amy Brooks-Birve believes the week away was about more than just results. “If you asked any of the players or staff in attendance on the trip what their highlight of Uni Nationals was, they would not necessarily mention the success on the court or field, and rather promote the friendships and memories made throughout the tournament”, says Amy.
Jordan Blanco, captain of the touch football team has a similar perspective on the week away. “The touch football team, despite the on field results being less than stellar, managed to display refreshing levels of enthusiasm, positivity and team spirit, having such an enjoyable week that we all departed the Gold Coast feeling like winners as well”, says Jordan. “As the post Uni Nationals depression sets in, all of us take solace in the fact that we will be able to forever hold on to the memories, friendships and the lessons that we have found ourselves with after such an incredible week!”
So should you give Uni Nationals a go? Amy and Jordan reckon it’s one of the best things you can do while studying at the University of Adelaide.
“Uni Nationals has been such an important factor in my growth as not only a touch footy player, but also as a leader, a friend and a person, whilst undoubtedly being one of the most fun experiences I have ever been a part of”, says Jordan. “No matter, where you are on your sporting journey, I strongly urge to give Uni Nationals a go, and to give all you have to the cause! Once you’ve been on one, you’ll find yourself never wanting to miss another!”
“I have attended Nationals as both a player and a coach and both experiences have been beyond wonderful”, says Amy. “I could not possibly recommend signing up for a team more highly to any Adelaide University student. Hopefully I see some new faces on the Gold Coast in 2020!”
If you’d like to learn more about Uni Nationals and be involved in the future, contact Thomas Sharpe via email@example.com.