2020 Intervarsity Review

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NEWS: ANU participated in two competitions against other universities - read the wrap here!

ANU Sport was delighted to welcome back Intervarsity sport after the postponement of the Black Mountain Battle from March and the UniSport Australia events throughout the year. Unfortunately with a number of COVID travel restrictions in place, ANU Sport was not able to compete in a number of Intervarsity events with the East Region Universities, so the focus turned to local opportunities. As well as working to reschedule the Black Mountain Battle event, contested between ANU and UC, both Universities welcomed the ACU Sport team on board to launch the Canberra InTRIvarsity tournament.

CANBERRA INTRIVARSITY

The inaugural Canberra InTRIvarsity was hosted by UC on Thursday 24th September. The event was contested between the three Universities (ANU, UC and ACU) and comprised of just two sports Netball and Touch Football. For the first event competitions comprised of Women’s Netball and Mixed Touch Football teams.

The University of Canberra took out the first Canberra InTRIvarsity shield going undefeated across their four matches and being dominant on the Touch field. The Women’s Netball match between ANU and UC was an exciting encounter coming down to the dying seconds with UC just sneaking through. ACU had a tough day on the grounds but were admirable and enthusiastic in every match!

After a successful tournament, this will now become an annual event moving forward.

Results:

RND

Netball

Touch Football

POINTS

Wins/Losses

Position

1

UC (54) vs. ACU (5)

UC (17) vs. ACU (1)

UC

4 / 0

1st

2

ANU (44) vs. ACU (11)

ANU (13) vs. ACU (0)

ANU

2 / 2

2nd

3

UC (26) vs. ANU (24)

UC (9) vs. ANU (0)

ACU

9 / 4

3rd

 

BLACK MOUNTAIN BATTLE

The Black Mountain Battle always showcases the competitive rivalry between both ANU and UC, but the sportsmanship and comradery between both Universities is the real winner. In its 6th year since the event launch in 2015, the format had to be changed slightly to allow for the event to go ahead with COVID-safe protocols in place. Normally a 2-day event comprising of 12-14 sports, 2020 was run over 4 days with only 7 sports to meet capacity requirements and maintain the safety for students and staff.

The Canberra InTRIvarsity matches between ANU and UC were also counted as part of the Black Mountain Battle results in which UC took the lead. The Mixed Netball saw another close match coming down to the wire the following day at UC which gave ANU its first win. After a couple of weeks, the event headed to ANU and for the first time, the event was livestreamed for the Women’s Volleyball match thanks to the UC Dragons Volleyball club. The ANU Men’s Basketball team was dominant on the court taking a 20-point win, and there were some competitive matches in the Badminton and Table Tennis, with UC recording their first Intervarsity Table Tennis win.

Fast forward another two weeks as the tournament wrapped up with Men’s Volleyball and Mixed Ultimate Disc. Both matches were very competitive with the Volleyball going to 5 sets, which was a much closer encounter than the previous year, UC pulled through with the win. Despite ANU finishing strong in the Disc and getting the 5-point win at the end of time-cap, the overall Black Mountain Battle shield winner for 2020 went to the University of Canberra with 5 wins to 4!

Results:

Day

Sport

Score

Winner

24 Sept @ UC

Netball – Women

ANU (24) vs. UC (26)

UC

24 Sept @ UC

Touch Football – Mixed

ANU (0) vs. UC (9)

UC

25 Sept @ UC

Netball – Mixed

ANU (37) vs. UC (34)

ANU

25 Sept @ UC

Table Tennis – Open

ANU (4) vs. UC (8)

UC

8 Oct @ ANU

Volleyball – Women

ANU (0) vs. UC (3)

UC

9 Oct @ ANU

Badminton – Open

ANU (5) vs. UC (2)

ANU

9 Oct @ ANU

Basketball – Men

ANU (55) vs. UC (35)

ANU

23 Oct @ ANU

Ultimate Disc – Mixed

ANU (14) vs. UC (9)

ANU

23 Oct @ ANU

Volleyball – Men

ANU (2) vs. UC (3)

UC

TOTAL POINTS:

ANU 4, UC 5

 

A huge thank you to the students that participated for their enthusiasm and sportsmanship, the team delegates for their efforts in pulling the teams together, and the sport staff from ANU and UC for organising the event.

Until next year!

Jesamine Wheeler
Sport Coordinator – Representative Sport