Ballarat claims first victory in The Inter-Campus Cup
Oct 25, 2016 by Patrick Rebakis
After a 13 year long drought, Ballarat finally claimed the St. Patrick V Aquinas Inter-Campus Cup! 90 students from the two Victorian campuses battled it out in a refreshed competition structure that involved mixed ultimate Frisbee, mixed netball, Men’s and Women’s AFL.
Melbourne had dominated the competition since the event’s inception but this year saw a change in the history books. The much smaller Ballarat Aquinas campus gave the Melbourne students a run for their money and something to think about on their long trip home.
In typical Ballarat fashion, the weather threw everything at the competitors; wind, rain, hail and fog. Despite the conditions it was a hard fought event at Newlyn Recreation Reserve. The day started with cold, wet and blowy conditions for Mixed Ultimate Frisbee. The Ballarat campus lead the whole match until a late goal from Melbourne sealed a 2-2 draw. With an even playing field after the Ultimate match, this meant the stakes were raised for both the netball and AFL matches.
Tough conditions in Ultimate lead to a 2-2 draw.
Melbourne were simply too strong on the Netball court with their star-studded UniGames veteran squad. St Patrick’s campus were crowned champions of the court with a convincing g 32-14 win over Aquinas. The results heightened anticipation as the cup’s destiny was to be decided by the results of Men’s and Women’s AFL.
Melbourne campus proving their dominance on the netball court.
Women’s AFL saw Ballarat come out strong to demolish St. Patrick’s spirit (Ballarat 4.8.32 def. Melbourne 2.0.12). In Men’s AFL it was the same story as the wrath of the Aquinas was too strong to overcome for travelling team from Melbourne. It was the icing on the cake and a fairytale finish for the home team in Ballarat after using the familiar territory and weather to their advantage, storming home in the second half to hit the lead and run away with victory.
With both AFL games going to Aquinas, the Ballarat campus now retain the trophy for the first time in the event’s history. The taste of success was finally back on the menu for Aquinas after a long 13 years in the dark.
Jason Slater, Sport Activity Officer for the Victorian campuses said “the day was a great way to cap off the year of sport we have had at ACU. It highlights the spirit of ACU, with the two campuses coming together to have a competitive but very enjoyable day of sport.“