Held in Geelong, from July 2 – 6, it is the perfect opportunity for student athletes to compete in a participation based event against like-minded students from across the south region: Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.
The Games has built up a reputation as an event not to be missed, attracting over 1,800 competitors each year.
Monash University will send two Ultimate Frisbee teams to the competition.
Monash Ultimate Frisbee (MUF) Blue represents the pinnacle of Ultimate at Monash University.
Coming off a tough loss last year, losing the eventual winning team in the semis and coming third, MUF Blue is making a bid for the top spot in 2017.
|A combined team photo with both the MUF blue team and the MUF white team. |
Picture: Monash Ultimate Frisbee (MUF)
Boasting a strong roster of both veterans and rookies, the team fields 1 former national athlete, 6 current national squad members and 8 former state athletes.
In addition to local grown talent, the team has enlisted the help of two Monash Malaysia players - both who currently are part of the Malaysian national squad.
Not only does MUF blue have a wealth of experience, the team has also given 4 upcoming rookies the chance to prove themselves on the big stage.
Armed with athleticism, good fundamentals and a passion to improve, the new recruits look to make their mark.
Bringing up the vanguard, the club has signed on the help of past club member, former national athlete, 2-time University Games Gold medallist Declan Frey as the coach.
Under his leadership, the team seeks to implement high level strategy to defeat our main rivals this year at Melbourne and Deakin University.
|MUF Blue team photo. Picture: Monash Ultimate Frisbee (MUF)|
With this combination of talent, experience and good leadership, MUF Blue aims to put Monash University at the top and prove to be the best team at SUGs.
The second team Monash University will be sending to compete in the ultimate frisbee competition is the MUF White tea,.
They are Monash’s developing, mixed Ultimate Frisbee team, made up of up-and-coming players looking to make an impact at Southern University Games.
They may be young, but they are hoping to make heads turn and establish themselves as a team to look out for in future tournaments.
For many of the guys and gals, this will be their first frisbee tournament, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look out for Wes Flavell with some long throws and Stevie Thomas, quick on defence.
|MUF white team photo. Picture: Monash Ultimate Frisbee (MUF)|
What about the girls?
Many would have had at least their first Ultimate Frisbee experience at Australian University Games last year.
They faced some tough competition, but after a full women’s season over the summer they’re coming back strong, ready to lead MUF White into some more tough battles at SUGs.
It won’t be hard to spot Shannon Newn cutting through the end zone, or Miranda Cowley, new to the sport, but a natural on defence.
They’re a strong team on the rise so keep your eyes out for them, because according to team “we’re looking to impress.”
Good luck to both teams competing at Southern University Games, Go Monash!
Written by: James Oana