At the smartest sporting contest in town, The Australian National University (ANU) took on The University of Canberra (UC) in the 2015 Intervarsity Challenege. A total of 11 sports were contested across 15 games - and more than 350 participants. There could only be 1 winner. The ANU vs UC intervarsity event was held on Thursday August 27, hosted by ANU Sport.
Intervarsity sport is re-emerging on the sporting calendar for the nation’s capital. Mick Brady, CEO of ANU Sport said “The purpose of this Intervarsity sporting event is to give the students a chance to represent their University in a student-only local contest". The concept aims to bring people together through sport and developing a competitive rivalry between the two Universities. "It creates a sense of community and pride at the Universities through sport"
Students representing the ANU thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to compete agaist their counterparts at UC. Rebecca Beath from the Touch Football team mentioned “It was great to actually get the chance to put together our best team and take on UC, even better to come away with the shield at the end of the day”. Meanwhile, Excellence in Sport Officer, Zac Piesse, spoke on behlaf of the Men’s Football team, commenting “Despite our team not winning it was great to be involved in the event, and it has set good foundations for sport at the university as it will only grow from here. I’m already waiting to have another crack next year.”
Over the course of the day, 11 different sports were contested, 30 teams challenging each other in head to head battles for the Intervarsity shield. It was a great spectacle as the majority of the matches were very closely and keenly contested, as most of the games went down to the wire.
The day couldn’t have gone ahead without the efforts of Simone Freeman from ANU Sport and Jamiee Thorpe from UC Life and the support of other staff from both organisations – a fantastic example of collaboration and team work. Thank you to The ANU Student Woroni Radio and to Red Bull for creating a great atmosphere for the participants and spectators. The spectators on the day created a great vibe and support base for the students, it was great to see the students getting around each other, thank you to all the spectators. Most importantly, a big thank you to all the players for competing in the event and putting in a solid effort to bring out their best possible form on the day.
RESULTS were as follows:
- Basketball Div. 2 Men’s – UC (46-43)
- Basketball Div. 1 Men’s – ANU (64-43)
- Basketball women’s – ANU (44-35)
- Table tennis – ANU (11-0)
- Badminton – ANU (3-2)
- Futsal – UC (7-2)
- Hockey Men – UC (4-2 Penalty shootout)
- Hockey Women – ANU (4-1)
- Touch – ANU (7-5)
- Netball – ANU (30-26)
- Football – UC (2-1)
- Volleyball M – ANU (2 -1)
- Volleyball W – UC (2-0)
- Rugby 7s – UC (5-1)
- Ultimate – ANU (64 -43)
ANU coming away with the series, winning the contest 9 - 6.