Southern Uni Games

Southern Uni Games
Southern Uni Games  

SWINBURNE WIN SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY GAMES LACROSSE TOURNAMENT

Swinburne University backed up last year's national university tournament title by claiming the gold medal at the Southern Uni Games' lacrosse tournament in Geelong on Tuesday.

Five teams from four universities and two states took part in the first lacrosse tournament to be played at a University Games, with Swinburne (2 teams) and Australian Catholic Universityrepresenting Victoria, while the University of Adelaide and University of South Australia sent teams from the Festival State.

Swinburne's first team set the tone early, finishing as the only undefeated team after Day 1, taking care of UniSA, as well as victory in the "Battle of the 'Burnes" over Swinburne (2).

However Adelaide Uni caused an upset in the first match of Day 2 with a one goal win over Swinburne (1), and with UniSA having defeated Adelaide Uni on Day 1, at the conclusion of the round robin matches, there were three teams sitting on 3 victories and 1 defeat.

With places determined by goal difference, Swinburne (1) were seeded first, Adelaide second, and UniSA third coming into the semi finals, with ACU claiming the last semi final spot on account of their victory over winless Swinburne (2).

The semi final matches were in contrast to each other, with Swinburne (1) easily accounting for ACU, while Adelaide Uni broke UniSA hearts in the all South Australian encounter in winning by the narrowest of margins, setting up an intriguing interstate gold medal game.

The bronze medal game saw UniSA take on a spirited ACU in a tight tussle, that saw the crow eaters pull away near the end of the match to claim a podium finish.

The grand final game was one for the ages. In a see-sawing contest, the lead exchanged several times with spirits and emotions running high. The match got quite willing toward the end, with Swinburne taking back the lead in the last few minutes and pulling away for a famous victory as inaugural Uni Games lacrosse gold medallists, and in the process the RazorLaxers retain the national university lacrosse trophy.

Lacrosse's appearance at a University Games for the first time has provided a wonderful opportunity for the development of our sport and the raising of its profile at this level. It has been a fantastic experience for our lacrosse playing university students to take part in a professionally-run multi sport event, to play with new team mates and against new opposition, and to be a part of something bigger in representing their university in an interstate sporting competition.

We are looking forward to lacrosse being part of Uni Games again next year, with Australian University Sport devising a new format consisting two divisions of national University Games. Rumour is that they will be held on the Gold Coast! The new format and the success of this year's competition should lead to a bigger tournament next year, and we would love to see teams from other states take part!

If you are a university student (or will be next year) and are interested in taking part in lacrosse at the Uni Games in 2018, please get in touch with your university's club, if they have one; or if there isn't one, or you are not sure, please get in touch with Luke Oswald at info@unilax.com for more information!

 

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