Melbourne Reclaim Inter-Campus Cup
Nov 1, 2017 by Patrick Rebakis
Melbourne has claimed back the annual Inter-Campus Cup in a thrilling day of sport hosted just outside of Ballarat. About fifty students from ACU’s two Victorian campuses came together on the 28th October to play Netball, Ultimate Frisbee and AFL in what was an enjoyable day of sport.
This year the Melbourne campus rightfully took back what had been theirs for twelve years, after Ballarat claimed their first and only cup win in 2016. This year was vastly different to the year before, with the cold and windy 2016 weather suiting those native to Ballarat, in contrast to this year’s beaming sunshine which played to Melbourne’s advantage.
First up was Women’s netball, which was won convincingly by Melbourne, setting up a great start for the city dwellers. Mixed netball was a tight contest with Ballarat leading most of the game, but Melbourne finished strong late in the fourth quarter, chalking up one more on the leader board. Melbourne held the lead 2-0 going into the Ultimate match.
It’s fair to say Ultimate wasn’t Melbourne’s strong point, as they went down to a more experienced Ballarat squad with the final score blowing out to 4-0. This meant the decider match went down to a modified game of mixed AFL where the inter-campus rivalry was in full flight.
Melbourne started the match strong, leading at the first break 2.1 to 1.1. Some excellent ruck work to the advantage of Alexa Madden, then a run, carry, don’t argue and goal combination sparked Melbourne’s second quarter. Ballarat student James Menzies offered a quick reply, lining up outside of the forward 50, played on and slotted the goal, igniting his team’s comeback.
At the last break, Ballarat were within one goal of Melbourne, but with the strong tackling pressure of the city campus, Ballarat’s inaccurate kicking ultimately lost them the game in the final term. Melbourne came away with a 2.1 lead, securing the overall Inter-Campus Cup.
Georgia Dyer, Sport Activity Officer for the Victorian campuses, said “the battle of the campuses really highlights the strong and inclusive sporting culture at ACU. I hope this event continues to provide our students with an opportunity to enjoy sport and expand their social networks. “
Thank you to all the staff and students who made the event possible and to Learmonth Football Club for hosting. A further congratulations to Ballarat student Sarah Cottier who won Best Female Athlete and Melbourne student Carl Nichols who took out Best Male Athlete.