Australian University Games: Day 1: Ultimate Frisbee, Netball and other results


La Trobe AUG frisbee team (photo mine)

La Trobe AUG frisbee team (photo mine)

Day 1 report

-ULTIMATE FRISBEE

University of Wollongong dft La Trobe 8-5

La Trobe lost to Queensland University of Technology 11-9

The team may have a lot of first year players, but that didn’t stop the La Trobe Ultimate Frisbee team (LATUUF) from giving everything they had against the University of Wollongong.

The scoreboard was not indicative of the determination that LATUUF put in to try and intercept every Wollongong attack.  Some brilliant plays resulted in a couple of fine end zone catches and fabulous end to end plays.

Neil Navarro worked tirelessly to provide a roving target, while first timers Adrienne Gyroi and Aisling Jordan provided some blistering run across the field.  The wind picked up throughout the game, and sitting up the top of the Runaway Bay sports centre amplified the effect.

A couple of quick breaks gave Wollongong a three point buffer before a superb dive from playing coach Mark Milne sent a huge cheer through the LATUUF camp.

Final score: 8-5. La Trobe MVP – Neil Navarro

A final score of 11-9 against QUT came after La Trobe were six points down before romping into the half trailing 8-7.  A last gasp just wasn’t enough to get over the line.  Conditions were somewhat testing but the team collaborated to push the disc up the field as hard as possible.

Netball:

Women’s Division 1

Final score: La Trobe 29 – Curtin 47

Up against Curtin University, the game was played at a blistering pace.  Lucy Batina was assigned the goal shooter role and had the upper hand for most of the first half against her opponent, but a few errors and fumbles allowed Curtin to go on a scoring streak, and La Trobe trailed 15-23 at the half.

Latoya Wards looked to spur her troops on, and the La Trobe netball team at Runaway Bay started to get vocal.  Jenna Boseley stopped attack after attack down in defence, and Hannah Gillard worked the wings.

The warmth could be felt indoors, and Curtin took advantage of the tiring La Trobe team.  Nevertheless, the girls never gave up, Ash Feehan through the centre helping deliver the ball into the goal circle.

Mixed Netball

La Trobe 17-16 University of Ballarat

It was the only game for the team on Monday, and having not played in the heat, the team was fresh and ready to take on Ballarat.  Having knocked off Charles Sturt 77-4 earlier in the day, there was plenty of competition.

No-one took complete advantage of the contest, and the tall La Trobe boys were advantageous in defence, being able to reach higher in the contests.

The wings became flooded as the ball was moved up the court, and Alexandra Schmidt was a workhorse while the aptly nicknamed “D-Coy” provided a strong option in and around the goals.  Sophie Mallett found her groove before the half time break, and Paige Stephenson followed suit, aggressive around the ball and hungry to score.

Overall a great result, and two games on Tuesday against the University of Southern Queensland and Charles Sturt means the team will be getting plenty of rest.

Other results:

Women’s soccer:

LTU d QUT 2-1

LTU d Griffith University 1-0

Futsal:

LTU lost to Edith Cowan University 3-6

LTU dft Griffith University (GU) 5-4

Athletics:

Heath Mitchell, 400 metres – 7th

Men’s medley relay – 5th

(I covered netball and Frisbee today at runaway bay.  Check out the LTU Uni Games page – the link is in my preview – for all our photos and other articles from the media team)

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