Monash finished 3rd overall at the 2015 Australian University Games!

Monash University finished 3rd overall with a total medal tally of 5 Gold Medals, 9 Silver Medals and 7 Bronze Medals! Over half of our teams finished with a medal, and 27 of our 40 teams made it to the semi-finals of their sport. These amazing results capped off a fantastic week in the Gold Coast.

Monash University are now the reigning Australian Champions in Men's Hockey, Men's Taekwondo, Women's Taekwondo, Men's Tennis and Men's Squash.

2015 AUG Team Captains: Craig Dent and Amanda Fung

A huge thank you and congratulations must go to our team captains, Amanda Fung and Craig Dent. Amanda and Craig represented the 764 strong Monash cohort, speaking with passion and pride at functions and media events throughout the week. It was a pleasure to have Amanda and Craig as the face of Monash for the week. 
Men's Hockey Green & Gold recipients:
Callum Fraser, Tom Sinclair & Jack Walker

Monash also had 43 athletes selected to be members of the Green and Gold team at this years AUG. The Green and Gold awards are given to athletes for each sport who are chosen in the all-star team for the competition. The full list of Green and Gold medal recipients is here.

Worth special mention are our cheerleaders, who competed at the Australian University Games as well. However they competed in an individual sport Championship that was not counted toward the overall medal tally for AUG. Monash was crowned overall Cheerleading Champions and won this pennant.

To see more photographs from the week visit the TeamMONASH facebook page. 

TeamMONASH's Cycling Success

TeamMONASH has had an amazing year in Cycling at The Australian University Games (AUG).

Our 2015 team was made up of 10 cyclists who all traveled up to the Gold Coast with their bikes for a week of grueling competition.

The 2015 Monash AUG Cycling Team

Monash won a Silver Medal in the Men's Road Race, after first time AUG competitor Patrick Burt finished second overall in the 80km race. Patrick's result was incredible. For more about Patrick see his interview.

Patrick (left) receiving his Silver Medal

We had similarly amazing results at the Women's Pairs Time Trial, with our two teams coming Second and Third overall. The pair of Rebecca Beagley and Isabelle Claxton won the Silver Medal, and Freya Berenyi and Peta Faragher won the Bronze.

Beagley & Claxton (left) and Berenyi & Faragher (right)

Rebecca Beagley also finished strong in the Women's Road Race, coming 7th, and Freya Beagley finished 8th in the Women's Criterium. The pair of Patrick Burt and Matthew de Vroet came 5th in the Men's Pairs Time Trial as well.

Congratulations to our 10 cyclists who performed incredibly in the Queensland heat.

AUG Athlete Profile: Patrick Burt

Patrick Burt

SPORT: Cycling
FACULTY: Engineering
PROUDEST SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT TO DATE: 2nd place at the 2014 u/19 Victorian Metro Road Championships was a bit of a break through result for me
AMBITIONS: My current racing goals are the Melbourne to Warrnambool Race in October and then the under 23 National Road Cycling Championships in January next year. I’m also aiming to get a place on a National Road Series team for 2016
HOW MANY AUG’S HAVE YOU COMPETED IN? 2015 will be my first AUG
WHEN DID YOU START COMPETING? I’ve been cycling competitively for about 3 years now and I rode recreationally for a couple of years before that
WHAT GOT YOU STARTED COMPETING? I competed in triathlons for a few years through my school’s sport program and I enjoyed it a lot but I found that I wasn’t a good enough runner and didn’t enjoy running enough to be really competitive so I started pursuing cycling more seriously and found I loved it.
FAVOURITE COURSE? There’s a race that does laps around the Phillip Island Moto GP circuit which I really like. It’s a reasonably tough course on a bike and the weather is usually quite windy and often wet so it makes for a tough but exciting race
UNDERDOG OR FAVOURITE? Underdog. I respond well to a challenge and where’s the challenge in people expecting you to win?
BEFORE A RACE I ALWAYS...I try not to have too many pre-race rituals or anything like that. There’s usually enough going on before the start of a race without complicating it more. I just try to relax and make sure I do my warm-up well and eat the right stuff and that my bike and equipment is set up and ready to go, that’ll usually keep me pretty busy.
FUN FACT: I have a weakness for Nutella and banana on toast

AUG Day 4 Highlights

The second last day of competition was a great one for Monash. With most of our teams involved in semi finals, we're looking on track to take home quite a few medals tomorrow.

Our Men's AFL team have had one of their best years in history at the AUGs. After coming 8th last year, the team won every one of their pool games to finish first in their section of the draw capping off their perfect start to the tournament. Their pool games included beating The University of New South Wales (UNSW) 104-1 and Melbourne University 21-10.

Our guys made it to the semi-finals and are playing off for the Bronze Medal tomorrow against RMIT. Good luck Boys!

Our Women's Badminton team won their semi-final today, beating Melbourne University 247-180. The girls are still undefeated for the whole tournament, and are looking forward to playing in the Gold Medal game tomorrow against Macquarie University. Having already played Macquarie in the pool stages earlier in the week and won 197-188, they are a very good chance to bring home the Gold.

Monash's Finals

We have 8 teams who have won their semi-finals and are competing tomorrow for Gold Medals: Women's Netball, Men's Hockey, Women's Badminton, Men's Futsal, Men's Squash, Women's Squash, Men's Tennis, and Men's Volleyball.

We have 12 teams who have played their semi-finals already and are competing tomorrow for Bronze Medals: Baseball, Mixed Netball, Men's AFL, Women's AFL, Men's Badminton, Men's Basketball, Women's Hockey, Men's Soccer, T20 Cricket, Ten Pin Bowling, Men's Beach Volleyball, and Women's Volleyball. 

We also have The Lawn Bowls team who still have to play their semi final tomorrow, however after only losing one game on the way to the semi-finals they are looking promising to make it to the Gold medal match later in the day.

With a minimum of 8 Gold Medals and 12 Bronze's Medals up for grabs for Monash teams tomorrow, we're in for an exciting day! Go TeamMONASH!

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