26 July 2012
26 July 2012
The University of the Sunshine Coast will be strongly represented in touch football at the upcoming Australian University Games (AUG) in Adelaide after strong performances at the recent Northern University Games in Lismore.
The USC men’s touch team returned home with silver after winning four of its five matches in the lead-up to the grand final, which Griffith University won 9-7.
The women’s touch team began its pool matches with a 17-0 thumping of the University of Queensland, before finishing third overall with a 6-2 semi-final win over Southern Cross University.
USC Sport Manager Nathan Gordon said he was proud of the performances of USC’s 50 athletes who competed in touch football, netball and golf at the Northern University Games from 1-5 July.
“Our three touch football teams have now qualified for the Australian University Games in Adelaide in September and they are our best chance of taking out medals,” he said.
“There will be a lot of focus on our mixed touch side, which automatically qualified after winning silver at the Australian University Games last year.
“But we are also expecting some great competition from our men’s and women’s sides, which were certainly impressive in Lismore.”
Mr Gordon said the Australian University Games was the largest multi-sporting event in Australia, attracting more than 6,000 competitors from around the country.
“We know we will be up against some well-established universities with a strong sporting culture, but I know USC’s athletes will do us proud,” he said.
— Michelle Widdicombe