Recognising the talent of Monash

Student athletes and volunteer administrators from around Monash were awarded for their outstanding contribution and participation in Sport and community involvement for the University, at the 2014 TeamMonash™ Awards.

TeamMONASH members enjoy the awards night
Triathlete and PhD engineering student, Nathan Barry took home the award for Best Male Athlete of the Year.

Nathan finished in fifth place at the World University Triathlon Championships held in Brazil, and was the only Australian in the event.

Nathan was surprised to receive the award and thankful for all the support TeamMonash™, have given him throughout his time at the University.

“Monash has been fantastic to me, and I am extremely grateful for their support throughout my time here. Brazil has been my hardest race to date, and I couldn’t have done it without the backing of Monash,” Nathan said.

With her sights on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, fencing champion Samantha Auty won Female Athlete of the year. Samantha represented Monash at the Australian University Games where she placed first and is currently ranked number one in Australia.

Director of TeamMonash™, Martin Doulton said it was great to see so many Monash athletes recognised for their dedication and commitment.

“As well as the community awards 45 sport specific blues awards were presented to student athletes who played their part in representing the University at the varsity level during 2014. Monash is proud to have so many students represent the University at this high level, and these awards acknowledge all their hard work and effort,” Mr Doulton said.

Coach of the Year went to Qixiang Huang who coached the men's futsal team to a second gold medal at the Australian University Games futsal competition since its inception in 2013.

Sport Manager of the Year went to Matthew Powers, who has worked tirelessly as Touch Manager in the campaign for the inter-varsity program.

The women's netball team receive their award
Team of the Year went to AUG Women's Netball Team, who won their fourth consecutive gold medal, having been the unbeaten Division 1 champions at the Australian University Games since 2011.

The Monash Boardriders Club took out Club of the Year; the club has worked together over the year to create a successful calendar of events for 2014 for surf, skate and snow. The team organised five surf camps throughout the year, one of which was the Australian University Championships held in Newcastle where the team came third overall.

Program of the Year went to Run Monash. Now averaging over 80 participants every week Run Monash not only promotes healthy and active lifestyles but has developed into a welcoming community group for international and rural students of the University.

Male Volunteer of the Year Miguel Morales has been a key part of the Monash Touch Football Club. This is Miguel’s eighth year with the club and he has become a vital part of weekly training sessions and development of the first-year players.

Female Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Kavi Ramanayake. Kavi has successfully mentored 20 students in 2013 and 2014 with the introduction of the non-residential colleges at Monash, and has since been promoted to senior college advisor. Kavi was involved in the 2014 Australian University Games, and was integral to the success of Open Day.

Kavi receiving her award

Harris HMC go back-to-back upstaged by a hole-in-one at golf day

A change in course and threatening rain didn’t prove a handicap for the winning team of this year’s 2014 Chancellors Cup Golf Day held at the prestigious Sandhurst Golf Club on Friday 14 November.

Photo of 2014 CCGD winners from Harris HMC - from L to R:Andrew Headbury, Alex Merzvinskis, Brad Blunt and Marcus Spencer
Harris HMC team of Brad Blunt, Andrew Headbury, Marcus Spencer and Alex Merzvinskis didn’t let new conditions and challenges put them off their game, backing up their success in 2013 by again winning this year’s competition.

Now in its 17th year, this popular Ambrose format event attracted 51 golfing ‘enthusiasts’ from throughout the Monash University community.

TeamMONASH Programs Coordinator Simon Dart said the golf day was an outstanding success, from the networking opportunities for the participants to the raising of funds for Monash University Talented Student Support Programs and affiliated sporting clubs.

“The annual Chancellors Cup Golf Day is a great opportunity for Monash alumni and corporate supporters to mix in a relaxing environment while helping to raise funds for our programs and sporting clubs.

“The event raised well over $4,500 for participating programs and sporting clubs, combined with a stunning hole-in-one by Paul McNamee on the North Course 3rd hole; it was a very enjoyable day.” Mr Dart said

Competitors also enjoyed side novelty hole competitions – with Tony West winning both longest drives on the 9th and 11th holes, Alex Merzvinskis nearest to pin on the 10th hole, Dwayne Kick nearest to pin on the 15th hole, Samuel Catherine straightest drive on the 17th hole.

However, all were upstaged and stunned by Paul McNamee’s hole-in-one on nearest to pin on the 3rd hole. Congratulations Paul, well played!

Martin Doulton, Director of TeamMONASH applauded everyone involved in ensuring  another successful golf day.

 “To our sponsors, supporters and friends thank you for your efforts in supporting our sporting clubs who make a very important contribution to the overall University experience at Monash.” Mr Doulton said.

The day ended with an informal gourmet BBQ and presentations to the winners within the sensational Sandhurst Golf Club facilities and hospitality.

Harris HMC were again the major sponsor for the event with great support from O’Brien Capital, Programmed, Dexus Property Group as hole sponsors. This years Chancellors Cup Golf Day was supported by Monash University Alumni, AFN Fishing and Outdoors, Modern Promotions, Kukri, Net Promotions, Node Nanofabrication, Precor, Sandhurst Golf Club and TeamMONASH.

Monash University Student Succeeds on and off the Field

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SITTING  in the change rooms before training, Jessica Au prepared as she had for nearly every session since her first trial with Melbourne Victory.

Au warms up during a training session with Victory. Pictures: Mark Avellino.

However, with the 2014-15 ­W-League season on the horizon, this was to be the session the speedy winger would never forget.

The 19-year-old had arrived early, expecting she would have to continue pushing her case for a ­contract with the reigning W-League champion.

Au continues to mix her sporting and university commitments, studying a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Monash University.

She is just as committed to achieving her goals off the field as she is to making a success of her time with the Victory.

That means juggling five days a week of study as she chases her sporting dream and eyes a post-grad degree in medicine.

“I want to be a paediatrician and travel around the world doing volunteer work. That’s still the plan,” she said.

It takes serious determination — something Au has in spades — to crack into a squad which only months before her promotion had secured the W-League championship.

As her preparations for the session continued, Victory coach Joe Montemurro approached Au and delivered the news she had waited years to hear.

“One day I got to training early, I was sitting in the change rooms and he’s like, ‘I just thought I’d let you know that your hard work has paid off, we’ve decided to offer you a contract’,” Au said.

The right-winger first trialled with Victory as a 16-year-old and spent time at the National Training Centre honing her skills.

But this was the day she had dreamt of and vindicated years of juggling study commitments with soccer training and matches.

“It was tough because there’s so many great players, especially when we get quality internationals coming in,” she said. “To finally make it in, I was speechless when I found out.”

Au warms up during a training session with Victory. Pictures: Mark Avellino.
While she missed her club’s grand final win over Heidelberg United due to the conditions of her Victory contract, Au reflects fondly on the team and individual success she has achieved this year.

“Last year we were minor premiers as well, we went to the grand final and unfortunately we lost in the 90th minute,” she said.

“This year we said, ‘That’s not going to happen, we’re going to go all the way’.
“The last few months we bonded really closely together, worked really well as a team and went all the way.”

While she is ready to make the most of the chance when it comes, Au is happy to bide her time and learn from the more experienced members of the Victory squad.

Chancellor's Cup Golf Day on soon

Love golf?

Come join us at the Chancellor's Cup Golf Day, happening in November!

Date: Friday 14 November 2014

Venue: Sandhurst Golf Club, Sandhurst Boulevard, Sandhurst

Times: Shot Gun tee off at 1.30pm

Format: Ambrose, 18 Holes

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TeamMONASH presents its biggest team ever at the 2014 AUG

With over 600 Monash University students, playing in over 30 sports, across six days, the 2014 Australian University Games ended with Monash taking home the bronze medal.

Monash and Melbourne University battled it out for second and third place, with Melbourne University just getting in front of Monash by one gold medal.

Director of TeamMONASH, Martin Doulton praised the effort of all the athletes who represented Monash this year.

“It is outstanding to see over 600 students represent Monash so passionately. Placing third is a fantastic effort and we are extremely proud of all the athletes,” Mr Doulton said.

Monash won seven gold medals in women’s basketball, women’s beach volleyball, women’s netball, men’s and women’s taekwondo, and women’s softball. Monash also took home 10 silver, and eight bronze medals.

TeamMONASH™ athletes were awarded a staggering 45 green and gold nominations. The green and gold merit awards are selected to acknowledge, recognise and reward outstanding performances by individual athletes on the day.

Mr Doulton is looking forward to the 2015 Australian University Games,

whereTeamMONASH™ will have the chance to take on their archrivals for a re-run.

“We will come back better and stronger for the 2015 Australian University Games,” Mr Doulton said.

TeamMONASH would like to thank all the athletes, volunteers and staff who assisted during the week, and look forward to Australian University Games 2015.

The University of Sydney took home the overall championship with seventeen gold medals at the games.

The Annual National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games

A big congratulations to our athletes who represented Monash University at the 19th Annual National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games (NITESG).

The  five day competition saw 350 competitors from 21 universities across Australia compete in four different sports, including basketball netball, touch and volleyball.

The University of Western Australia took out the overall championship.

Next year's NITESG will be held at The University of Newcastle.

See the full results here.

Final Day Wrap

The TeamMONASH athletes had a remarkable conclusion to the Australian University Games on Friday. 

Monash University came a close third after winning seven gold, ten silver, and eight bronze medals. 

Melbourne University came second after winning eight gold medals, and the University of Sydney took the overall championship with a whopping seventeen gold medals. 

The gold medal winners were: Basketball women's, Beach Volleyball women's, Netball women's, Taekwondo men's and women's, and Softball women's.

Although Monash University did not win the overall championship, Director of TeamMONASH, Martin Doulton has praised the effort of the athletes, and thanked them to represent Monash University by being ambassadors for TeamMOANSH.

“We will come back better and stronger for the 2015 Australian University Games.” He said positively.

Basketball Athletes

#teamMONASH Social Media Wrap Up

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2014 AUG Wrap-Thank You

TeamMONASH wants to extend a massive thanks to all TeamMOANSH athletes, volunteers, staff, and supporters. 

Thanks to them, Monash University had a wonderful performance in this year’s Australian University Games (AUG). 

Although the games is over, TeamMONASH will be back for the 2015 AUG faster, fitter, and keener than ever.   

Stay tuned for more news on the TeamMONASH blog. And keep up to date with upcoming events and see your photos on Facebook

Team Profile: CYCLING

The cycling team consists of six male and two female cyclists and their trustworthy sports trainer. Although this is the first time competing at the AUGs for all cyclists, they are having an amazing time and gaining lots of experience for the years to come. 

 “The social aspect of cycling is fantastic, as you can chat and get to know each other a lot more when you ride side by side. Also getting the chance to travel for competition is an amazing opportunity,” said Isabelle Claxton, the cyclist from the cycling team. 

Although training starts at 6 am, the cyclist of the team, Naomi Dartnell said, “I am not a morning person at all, but on days I have training I know it’s going to be beneficial for me to get up earlier and see an improvement in my fitness and health!”  

Team Mantra
Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever

Team in one word: HUNGRY 

Highlight: Fight for Medals

TeamMONASH are playing in twelve gold medal matches and semi-final games today.

TeamMONASH was devastated to lose the overall trophy to Melbourne University at the 2013 Australian University Games. All 670 athletes are determined to win as many gold medals as possible and bring the trophy back home to Monash University. 

With the help of Taekwondo’s convincing win, TeamMONASH already have one gold medal under their belt, and are feeling confident to contend for victory on today’s final. 

The sports competing for the gold medal are: Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Football, Netball, Softball, Tennis, and Tenpin Bowling. 

Two of the most exciting competitions would be the Badminton and Football final, which TeamMONASH will face off against the University of Sydney, who claimed gold in Football and silver in Badminton last year; and the University of Melbourne, who dominated the games winning gold in Badminton, Football, and Baseball. 

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Day 4 Wrap

TeamMONASH claimed bronze in the AUGs Swimming Women’s Final. 

The Swimming team was faced a tough task from day one. They competed in a rematch of last year’s Swimming Championship, University of New South Wales, and the bronze medal team, University of Melbourne. 

Despite the TeamMONASH’s swimming team finished fourth overall, they won a silver medal in the 4x50 LC Metre Freestyle Relay and picked up a bronze medal in the Women’s Final. 

The TeamMONASH’s softball team continued their outstanding performance. They beat both Murdoch University and University of Melbourne by over 20 runs. 

Having winning over the games of Ruby 7’s on Thursday, TeamMONASH’s Rugby Union 7's team are now in the running to take a medal in the final. 

The AUGs final is hold Friday 3 October. Full sport results can be assessed through Australian University Games.

The Rugby Union 7's Team

Day 3 Wrap

The TeamMONASH Badminton team

TeamMONASH continued their impressive scores, booking their place in the AUGs final.

The Badminton man’s team stay undefeated and are through to the final on Friday. 

"I am looking forward to playing against the stronger universities at finals!" said Bryan Gui, the Sport Manager for Badminton.

Men's Futusal Team
The TeamMONASH’s Badminton victory is also attributed to the women's team. They showcase resolute defence and sent several universities packing in the first leg. 

The men's Futsal team have won all their games except losing one draw against the University of Sunshine Coast. 

"The team is having an amazing couple of days, if they keep this up we will definitely play for gold in the finals," said Qixiang Huang, the sport manager for Futsal. 

Having held strong defence, the TeamMONASH’s Softball team are on a winning streak.

"I am pleased to announce that the women's softball team are currently undefeated!" said 
Alysha Waye, sport manager for Softball. 

"This is giving our team the confidence to beat the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), the only other undefeated team on Friday." 

TeamMONASH Softball Team

Highlight: Athletics

Medal winners

The TeamMONASH’s Athletics team secure spots in the final by picking one gold, three silvers and one bronze in Session 3. 

They still have two days to compete and are expected to be heavily involved in the medal count again. 

The winners from Wednesday's competitions (Session 3) are:

  • Michael Vasailopoulos - Gold medal for Discus and Silver medal for Shot Put
  • Dan Leone - Silver medal for Pole Vault 
  • Chris White - Silver medal for Decathlon 
  • Hamish Robertson - Silver medal for High Jump 
  • Shawn Gherathy - Bronze medal in the 1500 Metre Run

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Highlight: Netball

Both the mixed and women's netball team set up a strong lead from the beginning of AUGs.

On day 2 of the AUGs (30th Sep.), the mixed team beat Latrobe University by 29 goals to 26, and Macquarie University by 40 goals to 18. 

The women's team thrashed the opposition by more than 40 points against James Cook University (JCU), and Queensland University of Technology (QUT).  

"I am incredibly proud of how hard everyone is working and am looking forward to playing for the gold medal," said Michelle Massarany, the sport manager for Netball. 

Highlight: Taekwondo

The TeamMONASH Taekwondo team won two gold, one silver and two bronze in Creative Poomsae this year. 

Top results from the week came from Male Mixed Colour Belt, Ken Ahunin and Herbert Cheung, claiming gold and bronze respectively.

Elaine Fung earned medal in Female 18-29 Years Black Belt, as well as Danae Ann Smith and Lucy Ho picked silver and bronze in Female Mixed Colour Belt. 

The Taekwondo team overall demonstrated an impressive record in the Sparring and Poomsae competition. 

Director of TeamMONASH, Martin Doulton said, "I am extremely pleased of how hard the team has worked and want to thank sport manager, Herbert Cheung, for his tireless work and leadership throughout this whole process!"

Day 2 Wrap

TeamMONASH establishes a firm lead of the race and streaked ahead to win gold. 

The Lawn Bowls Team had three wins and dislodged  University of New South Wales (UNSW), James Cook University (JCU) and the University of Western Australia (UWA) from first place. 

"Watching my team play and continue to fight in the scorching heat makes me feel so proud!" said Bernadette De Souza, the sport manager of the Lawn Bowls Team. 

"If we continue at this rate, we have a good shot of fighting for gold in a couple of days." 

The Basketball Women's team stays strong and defeated RMIT University and Deakin University by 15 points or more.

Lucy Dawson, sport manager for women's basketball team, has praised the efforts of the team. She encouraged them, "Although we won by several points, we know how much hard work we still have to put in to ensure we bring home the gold medal!" 

The Man’s Table Tennis won 11 goals to 1 against RMIT University. They hold a strong lead for most of the game and feel confident to contend for victory in the finals. 

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Day 1 Wrap

TeamMONASH athletes enjoying themselves at the 'Welcome Function'

TeamMONASH begin their hunt for the AUGs championship with fantastic results. They compete with athletes from all over Australian Universities in over 30 sports, including netball, water polo, rugby 7’s, and tennis. 

In Beach Volleyball, both men and women’s team held a strong lead from the beginning. The men’s team thrashed their opponents, the University of Melbourne, and the University of New South Wales. The women’s team defeated University of Tasmania and Deakin University. "It was a great start, which gives us the confidence to strive for gold!" said sport manager, Eloise Richard. 

The TeamMONASH faced off against a strong opponent, University of Melbourne, in Baseball. However, they beat RMIT University in an incredibly close score, and took 2nd position in the game.

The Tenpin Bowling team claimed silver overall last year, and is determined to fight for gold. They are on track to achieve this by winning both their games against The University of Western Australia (UWA) and Edith Cowan University (ECU). 

The Tenpin Bowling team

Highlight: Rugby Union 7's

Rugby Union 7's Sport Manager, Andrew Sanders

The TeamMONASH Rugby Union 7's team has already made it's mark at the Australian University Games in 2014. 

After the 2013 AUGs, the TeamMONASH team was placed 6th on the ladder. However, that did not stop them from having the determination to fight for gold this year. 

They had a big Monday, winning all three of their games against QUT, UNSW and Macquarie University. 

"I am incredibly proud of our team," said Andrew Sanders, Sport Manager, "... I couldn't have asked for a better start to the week." 

"We definitely believe we have the ability to play for gold this year," Andrew said. 

Highlight: Tennis

The men's team won the trophy overall last year, and came well prepared to defend their title. They are already doing a spectacular job by wining 4 out of their 5 games. 

TeamMonash's tennis team consists of both men and women, although they are completely separate, they are very close. Both teams consist of 6 players who train, cheer and encourage each other. 

The women’s team were given a tough task from day one. They came head to head with last year’s champions, the University of Western Australia; and silver medal, the University of Melbourne. With solid defence, the women’s team won 3 out of their 5 games.

They show strong determination that they are here for the trophy, and aim to exceed their last year’s performance--bring home gold instead of bronze this year. 

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TeamMONASH Rev Up for AUG

TeamMONASH Director, Martin Doulton (central); the Team Captains, Andrew Sanders (left) and Lucy Dawson (right)

The team is off to the fantastic start of the Australian University Games (AUG). The games kicked off with the annual welcome function and the opening ceremony held on 28th of September at Pacha Ivy, Sydney. 

The event set the stage for a fit, fun and challenging upcoming week. All the TeamMONASH athletes and staff wore blue TeamMONASH uniforms and gathered together in the venue to celebrate the opening of AUG.  

Director of TeamMONASH, Martin Doulton, gave an inspiring speech to get athletes pumped for following week.

"I am proud and excited to see how strong our team spirit is," Martin said, ".... I am looking forward to all of the medals and silver wear Monash will be bringing home."

Team Captains, Andrew Sanders and Lucy Dawson, recalled the excellent results of 2013 and encouraged TeamMONASH to do even better and bring home the gold in 2014.

"Remember that this TeamMONASH team will never be the same again, so enjoy every minute of it," Andrew said, "... don't forget to look out for fellow TeamMONASH teams and cheer them on."

The event finished off a chant sang by the team captains to get every athletes pumped for the Australian University Games.

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