Slam-dunk for Monash in Korea

The Monash Men’s Basketball Team had the honour of playing in the 1988 Seoul Olympic stadiums as they competed for gold in the 2014 Asia Pacific Men’s Basketball Challenge in Korea.
The boys battled it out over the eight day tournament, winning their first game against Japan, before losing their next three to Korea #2, Korea #3 and China, but there was no loss of face according to Director of TeamMONASH, Martin Doulton.
“Monash played the best university teams in the Asia Pacific, and all the boys should feel incredibly proud of the very professional way in which they represented themselves, their University and their country," Mr Doulton said.   
Team manager and postgraduate mechanical engineering student, Rob Jensen, said the experience has been amazing and well worth the journey.
The boys resting at 1/4 time
“From the time we stepped out of the airport in Seoul we have been treated like professional players, with quality facilities. Although the end result wasn’t the one we wanted , the whole team has taken a lot from the experience,” Rob said.
”We would also like to thank Monash University, Australian University Sport and Basketball Australia for their support of this once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Overall the Korean #1 team took out the challenge, but Monash worked as a consistent solid unit throughout their time and were able to position themselves as no easy beats against some stiff competition.
Off the court the team were able to explore the vast cultural hotspot that is South Korea, tasting new dishes, visiting tourist sights and learning the local language.
The team is now looking ahead to this year’s Australian University Games (AUG) in October, where they will again compete to defend their title  as the best university Mens Basketball team in Australia.
The boys ready to leave at Melbourne Airport

Coach Furman providing the Korean audience with some quality pre-game chat.
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Monash Supports Ronald McDonald House

Families of those with seriously ill children who have a home away from home at the Ronald McDonald House Monash, will be supported in this year's annual Monash Games.

TeamMONASH™ and Monash Sport will organise this year’s games, with all donations going towards helping the Ronald McDonald House Monash, which houses children who regularly need to travel to Monash Children’s Hospital for treatment.

TeamMONASH™ Director, Martin Doulton, has encouraged all teams to register and fundraise for this invaluable facility.

“The games are always a fun and friendly environment, with our students and staff looking forward to not only helping to raise money for a worthy cause, but taking part in a sport they enjoy,” Mr Doulton said.

Along with participant fundraising, ten per cent of all registration fees with also go to the charity.

Monash Sport Director, Brett Lavale, who will also be competing at the games, believes this event truly brings out the Monash spirit in all the students and staff.

“This is a truly fantastic event for everyone to take part in, and we look forward to putting this on for students and staff. We are so happy that this year we can also give back to the Ronald McDonald House Monash, and to show an appreciation for all the hard work of those involved,” Mr Lavale said.

To recognise the relationship with the Ronald McDonald House, a photography exhibition profiling some of the children at the house will be held at the Clayton campus, from 11 to 29 August.

The games, which will be held from 23 to 25 July, include a range of options for people to get involved in, including full day sporting competitions, shorter sporting challenges for staff and a call out for volunteers to assist on the day.

Anyone can support the games and Ronald McDonald House Monash by donating online via Everyday Hero.

Read the original story from Monash University here.

Let the Games Begin!

The annual Southern University Games will commence next week in Albury-Wodonga, with over 200 Monash students battling it out for gold.

Director of TeamMONASH™ Martin Doulton, hopes this year will be another outstanding one for Monash, with the team’s hard work and commitment paying off.

“The Southern University Games is a truly fantastic event for students to don the Monash uniform, while also competing against the best of the best in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania,” Mr Doulton said.

Thirteen teams from nine different sporting events will contend for victory, in an action packed five day schedule.

Leading Monash is Science and Commerce student Joel Moskovic an ultimate frisbee player who also plays for a men’s club called Heads of State, and Engineering and Science student Alexandra Gummer, a talented futsal and soccer champion. Both athletes are feeling confident in the lead up.

“We are both really excited for this year’s Games, apart from competing with our friends, it’s a really fantastic opportunity to represent Monash and hopefully win gold for our university,” Alexandra said.

Alexandra has competed in the Adelaide United Lady Reds Adelaide Women’s Professional League and is currently playing soccer for the Booroondara Eagles Women’s Premier League and futsal in the WV league for Ashburton Futsal Club. Joel is a talented frisbee player who won gold with Monash Ultimate at the Australian University Games in 2013, 2011 and 2010.

Since the inaugural games in 1991, the Southern University Games have become known as a friendly but competitive environment for student athletes from the southern region of Australia to compete against like-minded students.

Further information is available online detailing the Southern University Games and Monash University’s participation.

The Southern University Games will be held Sunday 6 July – Thursday 10 July at multiple venues in the Albury-Wodonga area.

Read Monash University's original story here.

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