AUG Team Profile - Golf

How has your team gone in the past?

The team came 8th in 2015, and then we backed it up with a 2nd place showing in 2016. 

How is the team looking?:

The team is looking good! We're all incredibly excited to go one better than last year and have gelled well as a team so far, with the inclusion of team rookies Callum Bakken, Sean Smith and Ben Fynmore. Ben took out the team long drive contest on an indoor golf simulator with a 265m whack, and it will be fun to see how he goes on the Palm Meadows Golf Course, this years venue.

The goal of your team?

Ultimately, the goal will be to be competitive and to improve on our position from last year. Golf is an individual sport by and large and the opportunity to compete as a team doesn't come along very often, hence, it is important to us that we enjoy the tournament and each others company, get to know our playing partners and contemporaries from other unis and represent Monash in the best way possible.

Who are the teams to beat in the competition?

RMIT is always competitive and they beat us to top spot last year, so we will be wary of the threat they present. However, we wont know the strength of the competition until we get to the Gold Coast, as it varies greatly from year to year.

Who to look out for?

One player to watch for sure would be our star rookie, Callum Bakken. We expect big things from him and am excited to see how he goes in his first AUG appearance. As always, sweet swinging Will Kendall will pose a serious threat if his putter gets hot, as will last years top performer, Cameron Kaye. The team is also excited to see how lefty Sean Smith and our resident bomber, Ben Fynmore perform. 

Good luck and bring home the GOLD!!!🏆😍 #monashpride

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AUG Team Profile - Men's Football

Men’s football has been on an upward trajectory over the last several years. Finishing 5th in Sydney (2014), despite comfortably beating the eventual champions in the group stage, 3rd on the Gold Coast (2015), and 2nd in Perth (2016). The team unfortunately lost to the University of Melbourne in the gold medal match last year and are looking for revenge.

The team is looking to match last year’s result. However, unlike last year they will be pushing to convert a birth in the gold medal match into a victory. Considering the talent of the squad, it would be a disappointing outcome to not, at the very least, walk away with a medal.

Football has always been a tight competition, especially when the Games are on the Gold Coast and teams bring stronger squads. Monash will look out for the traditional powerhouses of university football, the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney. However, overlooking teams like UNSW, VU, UTS and La Trobe could be costly.

This year’s team is the strongest in recent history with many talented players fighting for their place in the starting XI. The entire squad of 19 is good enough to be in the starting XI, highlighting the strength of the team. In addition, Monash has welcomed the return of Coach Brian Vasey, who brings a wealth of experience coaching at the top level in Victorian football.

In such a strong squad it is tough to highlight just one or two players. However, look out for one of our beloved players called Simba. He has been known to take teams apart with his speed and dribbling ability. The football team has added several strong new players, keep an eye on Tony, notorious for his ability to embarrass his teammates, he has been unreal in training. Also watch out for Ryan who's been nothing but class in the middle of the field.

Good luck to the boys as they push for a gold medal! #monashpride #bleedblue #teammonash

AUG Team Profile - Men's Futsal

Men’s futsal have a long history of success. In the past three years the men's team have won Gold (2014), Silver (2015) and Bronze (2016) at AUG. In addition to Silver (2015) and Bronze (2016) at SUG.

The team is currently going through a transition period. The ‘golden generation’ have passed on the baton to the new generation, with no futsal players from last year’s team in the squad. The new team has been working hard to form the chemistry needed to succeed in futsal. They have been putting in 100% effort with training and picking things up extremely quickly, they are shaping up to be a strong and competitive side.

The team has two goals. The team wants to make it to the gold medal match and take out the competition. However, they are also aiming to develop a strong foundation, to allow them to extend their abilities into future competitions representing Monash.

Men's futsal for the last few years have been dominated by Monash, RMIT and ECU all three of these teams have been extremely competitive and produced spectacular games of futsal and finals to be involved in. However, like the Monash team, the team is expecting a few changes to the other team lists this year.

This year we have three young guns to watch out for. Firstly the new GK Samir he comes from a strong futsal background and will be for sure one of the best in the competition. We also have two new players Matt Bucello and George Cummins who have shown to dominate the court and produce some great plays.

AUG Team Profile - Squash

How has your team gone in the past?

The Monash team in the past has been the Sydney Swans of University games – consistently making the finals, but suffering badly from injury and circumstance. The last gold for the men’s team was in 2015, whilst the girls took home silver last year.

How is the team looking?

The team this year is looking scarier than Toby Greene’s right hook. The women have a solid backbone of tennis experience and are led by veteran Shaylee Mann, whose skills would give most of the men a run for their money. Leading the men’s team, with squash ability in inverse proportion to his height, is pocket dynamo Darren Chan. Both teams bat deep and confidence is running high.

The goal of your team?

The team is obviously hungry for success, a great aspect of University games is getting to play solid squash with players from around Australia. There are some very good players at University games, and the team is excited for a challenge against athletes they wouldn’t otherwise get to play.

Who are the teams to beat in the competition?

Scoping out the competition before University games is about as straightforward as getting a perfect round in footy tipping this year. Nevertheless, it always pays to watch out for La Trobe. Their banter is usually vastly superior to their squash ability, but they’ve upped the ante in recent years with a couple of young guns who’re putting the squash and banter on an equal footing. Adelaide University are returning this year with a new-look outfit – it’s not clear whether this will be a Collingwood or Sydney style rebuild, but Adelaide are traditionally very competitive!

Who to look out for?

The odds are shortening on Darren Chan to go the entire tournament without dropping a single set, following a stellar performance recently in which he took the World No. 40 to five sets! Look out for University games
rookies Nic Gibbs and Benedict Long to play excellent squash at second and third seeds on the men’s team – Nic is banging on the door of Victoria’s top 50 and Benedict isn’t far behind.

On the girl’s team, look out for Zoe Lineham and Anita Karapanos, who are both converting years of competitive tennis and excellent fitness into high performance on the squash court. Shaylee Mann at first seed brings a wealth of squash experience as well as drop shots that would make James Willstrop weep.

Good luck to the squash teams, all of Monash is right behind you!! 🏆

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AUG Team Profile - Men's Badminton

Men’s badminton is the team to beat. Having won the gold medal at the 2016 Australian University, the target is firmly on their heads.

The team is looking as strong as ever, with a victory over rivals the University of Melbourne in the Varsity Challenge, earlier this year, cementing their status going into the competition.

The men’s badminton team have asserted that going back-to-back is not the only goal for the week, but also going through the entire tournament undefeated as a realistic aim.

The team have identified the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney as difficult opponents. Both are traditionally strong, and are bringing strong teams to try a defeat the reigning champions.

Who are players to watch out for? The team boast Olympian Matthew Chau and are hoping his talent and experience will guide Monash University to another gold medal.

Good luck guys, we know you’ll be amazing! #monashpride #bleedblue #teammonash

AUG Team Profile - Lawn Bowls

The Monash University lawn bowls team is the reigning Australian University Games champion. 

The team are renowned for their high standards having won a medal in the last 3 years.

The team have been busy recruited some talented players to further their push for back-to-back gold medals. The team will settle for nothing less than winning gold again.

There will be a few new faces in the team this year due to several players being unavailable, however, with a strong core group of players the team is confident in their ability and that they will challenge for gold.

The Lawn Bowls Team Organiser highlighted the new additions of Max Goldsmith and Rahul Banakar as key to their team’s chances.

Max has all the potential in the world to represent Australia in the future and adds some class to the team.

Rahul Banakar has been strong in training and is also an excellent addition to the team.   

Deakin have been identified as a highly anticipated match, with both universities playing for gold in 2016.

Newcastle are said to be making a long-awaited return to the competition, with a strong team.

However, the Monash team is confident in their ability despite the strength of other universities.

Good luck to the Lawn Bowls team in their push for back-to-back gold! #monashpride

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AUG Team Profile - Men's Basketball

Basketball men have a long tradition of success with their last 5 years including 2 gold medals and a silver medal.

The team will be looking to build on their success with another strong tournament. Basketball Team Organiser Craig Dent highlighted his team’s squad depth as the standout feature of the team.

The men’s basketball team is taking a full squad (12), with many capable of playing multiple positions.

“The goal is always to provide opportunities for students to represent Monash at the highest level. However, it is rare to have so many individually talented athletes suiting up in the same squad; a fact that we are looking to take advantage of,” said Craig.

Monash will face some tough competition at the Games on their quest for a gold medal.
“The old Monash-Melbourne rivalry is still burning hot, with our boys taking a 4-point victory in overtime during the 2017 varsity Challenge.”

“The recent 3x3 tournament on the Gold Coast also saw dominant displays by Macquarie and Griffith, but how we match up in 5x5 is yet to be seen.”

Craig identified 2 players to watch out for.

Umair Naleer - 2nd-year player, originally from Sri Lanka. Umair will be the quickest and craftiest point guard at the tournament, and his work-rate is second-to-none.

Nic Laycock - Nic played college basketball in the US for Iowa Central. A highly skilled athlete sure to entertain.

Monash have secured the services of Paul Furman as their head coach.

Paul was the Monash Men's head coach from 2012-2015, in that time he guided them to the collection of: two Golds, one Silver, and a trip to South Korea. In 2016 Paul coached the Monash Women's program, helping them secure a Silver medal and a trip to China for the World University League 3x3 Final. 

Despite being eligible to suit up and play for Melbourne University this year, Paul has decided to come back and lead the Monash Men to victory on the Gold coast.

Good luck team, bring home the gold medal! #monashpride

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