REPORT Rachelle Alchin
Macquarie University has returned from this year’s Eastern University Games (EUGs) with two gold medals, two silver medals and four bronze medals. Held in Wollongong between Sunday 29 June and Thursday 3 July, a team of 180 students represented Macquarie University across 11 sports.
Supporting all the teams during the Games was Macquarie University’s official mascot, the MacWarrior. Dressed in his signature kilt and booming Scottish accent, the MacWarrior outshone all other university’s mascots.
Mixed Netball and Mixed Ultimate Frisbee won gold in two nail-biting matches. Mieka Hynac, Luke Veverka and Michael Zylstra have now been to six University Games for Mixed Netball, spanning from 2009 to 2013.
Mixed Netball won gold against long-standing archrivals UTS, and Macquarie University Sports Scholar, Mr. Zylstra, who plays for the Australian Men’s Netball team said it has been a long time coming. “We’ve been versing pretty much this same team for the past five years,” said Mr. Zylstra.
Leonie Stewart-Weeks, Coach of Macquarie University’s Mixed Netball, said it was more than just skill that allowed the team to comeback from five goals down to win 41 to 40. “They had fight, focus and friendship,” said Ms. Stewart-Weeks.
Mixed Ultimate Frisbee wore Macquarie’s red, white and black with pride, entering the grand final undefeated and beating Sydney University in sudden death, 11 to 10, to win gold. Jimmy Tod-Hill, Coach and player of Mixed Ultimate Frisbee, said the team had to fight hard for their win. “It took a long time, over 100 throws, before the final winning goal was scored,” said Mr. Tod-Hill.
Three members of the Mixed Ultimate Frisbee team proved their versatility as athletes, with Stephanie Hawkins also being a bronze medalist as part of Women’s Futsal, Iain Watt playing with Men’s Hockey and Ollie Dousset competing in surfing.
Women’s Netball entered their grand final undefeated and walked away with silver, which meant that they qualified for the Australian University Games which will be held in September/October 2013.
Macquarie University competed in a diversity of sports including golf, in which the team placed first and Daniel Yu won silver in the scratch event. Mixed Touch, Mixed Oztag, Men’s Oztag and Women’s Futsal all won bronze medals.
Ahad Malik, Team Manager of Men’s Hockey, said that after such a great week at University Games it is always hard to return home. “Everyone gets P.U.G.D., Post Uni Games Depression,” said Mr. Malik.
Macquarie University will hold team sport trials for Australian University Games from Monday 29 July to Tuesday 6 August 2013.