A handful of Red Lion students recently tasted success in the inaugural Northern University Games AFL 9’s competition held from 7 – 11 July. Contributing half of the teams to the competition, UQ walked away with bronze and silver medals from the week of fun.
The event was the first time that the Northern universities have managed to field teams for a competition, with athletes usually only able to compete at the Australian University Games in September. The recent NUGs were a great chance for the kids to dabble in the 9’s format, where sides are of mixed gender.
A large proportion of the university games is always related to off-field antics, but it was great to see the teams taste success on-field as well. Team 1 fought hard all week to lock in 6th place, while Team 2 overcame a slow start to the week to fire up in the repecharge and take them through to a bronze medal match where they ended up victorious of bitter rivals QUT. Team 3 looked the ones to beat early but were edged out in a tight gold medal match against Griffith Univeristy.
While Northerns was a lot of fun the focus now turns to the Australian University Games to be held on the Gold Coast from September 29 to October 4. For the first time ever UQ will be sending a women’s AFL side, while the men are striving to prove that they are the team of the week. To find out more about the university games click here.
Team 1 (Team Liability): Amelia House, Amelia Read, Harriet Yeates, Lauren Macdonald, Sally Davis, Shelley Judge, Ben Campbell, Matt Rosen, Nick Kent, Chris Stafford, Tom Barker, Casey Raymond, Martin Lippiatt
Team 2 (Team Keen): Caitlin Scantlebury, Sinead Hastie, Georgia Bertram Tia Bool, Sarah Lake, Philip Shaw, Tom Lie, Dan Beatty, Nic Finlay, Noah Hewison, Joe Michael, Ben Durance
Team 3 (Team Success): Marnie McGorm, Hilary van Herwaarden, Jate harvey, Anna O’Keeffee, Jordan Morrison, Jared d’Roza, Michael Swann, Zac Southern, Sam Barnes, Alec Townsend, Jordan McDonald