Gwangju 2015: Australian water polo girls taste golden success at the Universiade

Australia takes on Russia in the women's semi-final (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Australia takes on Russia in the women’s semi-final (photo: Davis Harrigan)

One of the ultimate successes at a global sporting competition is to take home a gold medal.  To do so by saving three Canadian penalty shots is a bonus, and if Lilian Hedges, the Australian women’s water polo goalkeeper, will remember one thing above all else, it will be those crucial moments in the shootout on the penultimate day of the 28th Summer Universiade. Continue reading

Gwangju 2015: Universiade handball medals in Naju are a hit

Korea and Switzerland head to head in the handball bronze medal match (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Korea and Switzerland head to head in the handball bronze medal match (photo: Davis Harrigan)

The intensity of handball makes it so hard to turn away for even a second.  When you do, the ball’s already managed to make its way into the net at the other end of the court.

As the Universiade wrapped up an incredible competition, so did Switzerland, Korea, Serbia and Portugal in the men’s bronze and gold medal matches.  Thundersticks held by fans in the crowd turned a cavernous stadium into an electric sporting nirvana. Continue reading

Gwangju 2015: Double gold for France is a night to remember

France's three fencing medal winners (photo: Davis Harrigan)

France‘s three fencing medal winners (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Two fencing gold medal matches, two gold medals.  France’s colours flew in full force on Sunday at the Kim Dae-jeung Convention Centre, where Yannick Borell and Jeromine Mpah NJanga clinched victories in the men’s epee individual and women’s foil individual events. Continue reading

Ice Hockey: Mustangs have orange in their blood for 2014

Mustangs v Ice, 2013 (photo: M. Lyons/Triple M online)

Mustangs v Ice, 2013 (photo: M. Lyons/Triple M online)

Last year, the Melbourne Mustangs missed out on finals only at the final hurdle – but the 5th place finished always said bigger and better things were to come.

Ice hockey is still a growing sport in Melbourne, but each year it does so more rapidly.  Major sponsor and now naming rights partner for the team MOAT has done such a fantastic job over the last six months in revamping the “baby club”.  Continue reading

Sochi 2014: Torah shines Bright in the half-pipe

Torah Bright (left) with fellow Australian snowboarders

Torah Bright (left) with fellow Australian snowboarders (photo: Australian Olympic team Twitter)

To represent your country at the highest level of competition is an absolute honour – to share a part of the spoils even more so.

Overnight, Australian time, snowboarder Torah Bright secured her second career Winter Olympics medal, claiming silver in the women’s half-pipe, with American Kaitlyn Farrington taking the gold. Continue reading

Australian University Games: a La Trobe University preview

My personal Australian University Games Banner (Google Images - Source)

My personal Australian University Games Banner (Google Images – Source)

Back in July almost 2,000 students converged on Ballarat for Southern University Games for four days and nights of sport and socialising.

Now, it’s September, and University Games is back for its biggest event of the year.  This time, the number of students will be somewhat closer to 6,000, and the location will be the Gold Coast. It’s time for Australian University Games (AUG). Continue reading

Southern University Games and La Trobe University Preview

Southern University Games 2013/La Trobe University Banner

Southern University Games 2013/La Trobe University Banner

Southern University Games (SUG) is the biggest university sport event on the calendar in July for Victoria, and there is plenty of action and partying happening all week.

There are 16 sports to be contested over four days between Victorian universities, a couple of TAFE institutes, with Adelaide and Tasmania also included in the mix.

Before I continue, here are the 16 sports for the 2013 games, to be held in Ballarat, in partnership with the University of Ballarat: Continue reading

The highs and lows of being part of a sports club

Members of the La Trobe Ultimate Frisbee team.

Members of the La Trobe Ultimate Frisbee team. (my photo)

Being part of something in the local community can be a fulfilling experience.  Have a look at how people are involved, and sporting clubs appear with a large number of participants.

Playing sport with a team, and not just watching it, is great fun.  You participate with like-minded people, and play well enough and there could be rewards if you put in the hard work.

I currently play for the Blackburn Cricket Club, as well as the Ultimate Frisbee team for La Trobe University.  Playing with a sporting club is a massive thrill, and it keeps me fit, healthy and at the same time, happy. Continue reading