|Monash University Football Team celebrating with goalscorer Thomas Lakic after an exquisite goal at the 2016 Australian University Games. Final Score Mon 3 - UTS 2. Picture: Australian University Sports|
Current Monash student Thomas Lakic was one of the key players for the Monash 2016 AUG Men’s Football team.
The talented midfielder was one of the driving forces behind the team’s success, bringing his skills and experience to a relatively new side.
Thomas currently plays for Box Hill United SC in the National Premier League 2 (Victoria-East), having previously been part of the Melbourne Victory youth system during 2015-16. His experience at the top level of Australian football proved invaluable as he showed his class game after game during the gruelling tournament.
|Box Hill United's Tom Lakic on the ball, |
in the National Premier League (Victoria)
The team fell cruelly short of a dream Gold medal, falling at the final hurdle to a strong University of Melbourne team who won the tournament.
Thomas reflected on his time at the recent tournament.
“The week for me was an absolute blast, and was definitely something I had never really experienced before. Playing 10 games in 5 days was intense but also so rewarding.”
“The week away brings together a team like nothing else really can, we became a tight nit group both on and off the field. The fact we achieved a silver medal was even better, hopefully we can go one better in 2017.”
His outstanding tournament also saw him receive a Green & Gold medal as one of the best player in the tournament.
“Personally the Green & Gold medal meant a lot as I felt I gave everything I could for the team and being rewarded with the medal was an exciting end to it.”
“However as a team I thought we had a great week and each and every one of us contributed so much in so many ways. In truth I really couldn't have done it without them or Chris our coach either.”
|Tom Lakic plying his trade |
with Melbourne Victory
Thomas will be part of Football team which will compete at the 2017 Australian University Games in Gold Coast and he outlined what excites him the most about going forward
“Obviously the attraction to success is something that drives me to continue to put my hand up and represent Monash. We will definitely push for the Gold this year!”
“The opportunity to potentially represent Monash on an international scale would be amazing and the bond with the boys is like nothing else. I'm sure we will achieve great things both nationally and internationally given the chance.”
Monash University provides an excellent opportunity to play against the best of the best.
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Written by: James Oana