Australian University Games: La Trobe Day 3 – Tenpin Bowling, Basketball and Squash


Women's Basketball Team, 2013 AUG (photo mine)

Women’s Basketball Team, 2013 AUG (photo mine)

TENPIN BOWLING

La Trobe dft University of Adelaide 5-0

La Trobe dft University of New South Wales 3-2

La Trobe dft Griffith University 5-0

Taking on Adelaide University in the morning, the hard nights and long days were really beginning to take their toll. 

Over at the Ashmore bowling centre, Ryan Newell starred with an individual 182 as La Trobe swept away Adelaide with a 5-0 victory.  Division Two competition is heating up as the team heads into the finals and a very possible gold medal.

Enthralling affairs always make for an interesting game, and the first game brought two close games between Lani Campbell, Jay Pitman and their respective Adelaide opponents.  In a nail biting final frame, Jay scored the deciding nine pins while his Adelaide rival, much to the delight of La Trobe, missed.

Sounds of pins being struck by the bowling balls were largely followed by massive cheers for strikes, spares and the occasional gutter ball.  Three wins from three games not only puts the team in a good position, it’s also fantastic for future bowling teams who can look at the past results.

Having come fourth at Southern University Games, the team will be hungry for a prize to bring home.

Basketball

La Trobe 22 dft by University of Queensland 36

La Trobe 32 dft Griffith University 27

La Trobe 46 dft University of Sunshine Coast 17

Emmanuel College at Carrara hosted the women’s basketball on Wednesday, and the midday match against Griffith was no easy task.

Faced with a physical and running game from the outset, the La Trobe girls needed a quarter to find their rhythm, before hammering the nails down and brought the score back to all square at half time.

Emma Glynn didn’t stop running the ball up the court, while Nicole Cameron and Kate Bond were the rocks down back.  A couple of fantastic three point shots from well outside the circle meant La Trobe grabbed all the momentum as a frustrated Griffith team began to resort to heavy blocking tactics.

Mixtures of experience, shooting and blocking all combined to create a winning combination on Wednesday.  Darcy Saunders and Anja-Marie Marshallsay also featured among the best.

Squash

Women’s

La Trobe 94 dft by University of Western Australia 128

La Trobe 60 dft by Monash University 132

Men’s

La Trobe 133 dft James Cook University 23

La Trobe 98 dft by RMIT 152

Injuries may have stifled a couple of players, but it certainly hasn’t stopped the enthusiasm of Coach Kath to keep on competing.

The men took James Cook University to the cleaners in the morning, but RMIT were too strong.

For the girls, it’s been a much harder journey, losing Sophie Jewell to a jarred knee.  Madeleine Thorburn stepped up to the court, having never played squash before, and has made a valiant effort to push her opponents to the end.

Tomorrow

Finals time.  The women’s soccer team continue their march towards a gold medal, cleaning up their quarter final opponent by an amazing five goals.  To have a team that hasn’t played together at university games before make the quarter final, undefeated, is a superb achievement.

Women’s hockey are looking at a possible bronze if results go their way, and the AFL team are proudly marching their way to the end.

Athletics results:

-Daniel Balassone -13th in the 1500m final

Thursday competition means finals and some very serious competition.  Medals up for grabs will see teams have extra motivation.

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