Intervarsity October 2020

Even if you don’t know much about Intervarsity Sport, we have a feeling you’ve heard your peers talking about bleeding teal at UniSport Australia’s annual National University Championships (formerly Australian Uni Games). Often coined as the highlight of the university calendar, we were as upset as you were when things didn’t quite go to plan this year.

Whilst we were unable to travel to Perth in September to compete against the other 42 Australian universities, our friends at local universities around Sydney rallied together to keep the intervarsity rivalries alive, on home soil. This brought about the opportunity for 8 Team UTS squads to play 23 games across 5 different sports, against another 5 local universities. So, how did we go? Check out the highlights below.

Netball

3 games | 2 wins, 1 loss

There’s simply no better way to kickstart the 2020 intervarsity year than hosting fan favourites, UTS Netball, right here on home soil at the UTS Ross Milbourne Sports Hall in a clash with UNSW. To put it simply, our Mixed and Women’s squad had it all, from NSW Men’s Team representatives, NSW Premier League regulars, and even Suncorp Super Netball Academy players.

Our Mixed Team picked up two wins in the three-game series. Newcomer, Amy Sligar (B Biomedical Science) made her presence known in the midcourt for her first bout in teal, alongside self-proclaimed “Net Nerd” and final-year student Grace Hill (B Sport and Exercise Science, B Creative Intelligence and Innovation).

Teal veteran Callum Evans (B Sport and Exercise Science) explained opportunities like this as a “great way to get heaps of new faces on the court, and reward players who have been part of our Sunday social competition” such as Harrison Cole, Ash Buckland, Nick Katsilis and Andrew Cheok. Callum speaks for the entire squad when he urges all UTS students to make Netball their game in 2021, and join the squad who have picked up 6 National University Championships medals in the past 7 years.

SERIES RESULTS:

  • UTS 34 – 50 UNSW (L)
  • UTS 54 – 37 UNSW (W)
  • UTS 55 – 49 UNSW (W)

3 games | 3 wins

Somethings are for certain; death, taxes and the UTS Women’s Netball team claiming the honours at yet another intervarsity tournament. This powerhouse squad have an impeccable record in recent years, picking up four medals in a row at the National University Championships. It’s no surprise they were favourites going into this local derby with UNSW. Sarah Brown (B Sport and Exercise Science, B Arts in International Studies) was crucial behind the scenes leading the recruitment of this year’s talented squad, she speaks of this intervarsity series as a beneficial way for students to reconnect with others during the pandemic, whist also dominating on the court.

Olivia Rowntree (B Biomedical Science) was ruthless in defence as always, showing off the skills she’s picked up as a 2019/20 GIANTS Academy player when she’s not busy as club captain of our UTS Randwick Sparks squads. The Premier League experience just kept on delivering, with another Sparkie Capri Vidler (B Sport and Exercise Management) joining forces with Surf Life Saving UTS EAP scholar and GWS Fury netballer Brianna Tier (B Communication [Digital and Social Media]) in attack.

An impressive series swept up by an impressive squad. Congratulations ladies!

SERIES RESULTS:

  • UTS 57 – 44 UNSW (W)
  • UTS 45 – 43 UNSW (W)
  • UTS 50 – 49 UNSW (W)

Basketball

4 games | 4 wins

Sharp shooter Maja Jurlina (B Communication [Public Communications]) (Series Total: 44 points, 9 three points made) gave us a glimpse at this year’s squad dynamic, “with key players like Ali Burke, Maddy Norris and Sherrie Calleia all graduating, there are big shoes to fill for our new girls coming through the program”.

The ladies put on a show in this home and away series, keeping us on our toes with final score deficits ranging from as large as 48, to as few as 4. True to form, soon-to-be-graduate, Madeleine Norris (B Business) (Series Total: 99 points, 43 rebounds, 13 assists), put on an absolute clinic in Game 2, picking up a coveted triple double (23 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists) to assert her dominance in what’s been an outrageous career in teal. When reflecting on her time with UTS Basketball, Maddy put it simply, she never realised how much better it would make her uni experience.

Sherrie Calleia (B Sport and Exercise Science) has shown resilience and leadership since the beginning of her time at UTS, and was recognised as the Women’s player of the series boasting an impressive 71 points, 22 rebounds and 20 assists over the four games.

With ultimate bragging rights on the line against neighbours USYD, the entire roster went far beyond expectations, pulling off a clean sweep to continue what’s been a strong three years of UTS Women’s Basketball. An incredible start to the Battle of Broadway era, a series that will no doubt be a highly anticipated event for years to come.

SERIES RESULTS:

  • UTS 83 – 79 USYD (W)
  • UTS 88 – 40 USYD (W)
  • UTS 79 – 71 USYD (W)
  • UTS 63 – 44 USYD (W)

4 games | 1 win, 3 losses

Game 2 was a standout on all accords for Team UTS, with the boys snagging a victory of their own. The remainder of the series proved to be a fair contest, with all games coming down to a difference of less than 10 points.

Team leader, Reggie Ridlen (B Medical Science) (Series Total: 54 points, 7 rebounds, 8 three points made) speaks highly of the commitment, hard work and competitiveness shown by all men on the roster, and tells us “it’s evident that this team has a lot of potential and could be in the running for some big wins in 2021”. He credits new players Alexander Higgins-Titsha (B Sport and Exercise Management) (Series Total: 61 points, 29 rebounds, 11 assists, 4 steals) and Maxim Nesterov (B Business) (Series Total: 31 points, 5 three points made) as two exciting young additions to the team, true all-rounders as the statistics show.

Rolling into Game 4 with the momentum of a win and a narrow defeat in the previous two games, this one was always going to be big. Team UTS held a handy lead at each break heading into the fourth quarter, where USYD came out firing to tie the game up 84-84 at the final buzzer. A thrilling 5 minutes of overtime soon became a three-point-shot flex with Reggie Ridlen picking up a trio of 3s to account for all of Team UTS’ overtime points, trailing by just 1 point inside what was an eventful final minute. It just wasn’t to be, with USYD locking it down 96-93 to end the series.

SERIES RESULTS:

  • UTS 75-84 USYD (L)
  • UTS 78-64 USYD (W)
  • UTS 72-78 USYD (L)
  • UTS 93-96 USYD (L)

Ultimate Frisbee

3 games | 2 wins, 1 loss

Our friends at Macquarie University took the reins on this one, hosting a full day of Ultimate Frisbee to fill the UniSport Division 1 Nationals void. Team UTS featured a mix of UTS EAP scholars and resident national team stars such as Holly Reeve (B Sport and Exercise Science), Kya Wiya (B Science, B Arts in International Studies), Dani Alexander (PhD) and Lyra Meehan (MD at NDA), alongside UTS Ultimate Frisbee Club president Tobias Walsh (B Computing Science), and a stack of intervarsity regulars including Matthew Gregory (B Science, B Business).

All three games were decided by two points or less, with Team UTS coming away victorious on the first two outings of the day against hosts MQU and rivals USYD. Holly Reeve extended her appreciation to MQU for hosting, adding confirmation of how well this mix of players came together throughout the day. “Spirits were high, games were intense, and everyone gelled quickly, a sign of great things to come...I felt our UTS team really embodied respect of the game and I'm very proud of our victories!"

True to the high-spirited nature of their game, we can always rely on UTS Ultimate to be graceful and respectful regardless of the outcome, embodying both the traditional Team UTS competitiveness, with a touch of genuine sportsmanship. There are great things on the horizon for this group!

SERIES RESULTS:

  • UTS 10 – 9 MQU (W)
  • UTS 12 – 11 USYD (W)
  • UTS 10 – 12 UNSW (L)

Touch Football

4 games | 2 wins, 2 losses

UTS Touch haven’t become one of the most popular clubs on campus by accident. Nurturing an adoration of teal like no other, these guys and girls continue to build what will be a lasting legacy at UTS Sport. A mixed bag of results is easily pushed aside when speaking to two of the squad’s newest recruits, Jessica Nagy (B Sport and Exercise Management, B Arts in International Studies) and Justin Richardson (M High Performance Sport).

Jessica has been itching for the chance to bleed teal ever since being coached by former UTS EAP scholar Stephanie Maiolo (B Sport and Exercise Management, 2018). “Well, the famous #bleedteal did not fall short!” she tells us, going on to explain that her favourite part of the day off-field was “getting around the teal family”.

And what a family it is, welcoming former intervarsity rival and new UTS student Justin with open arms for another highly anticipated teal debut. “I definitely now know why people use the phrase “bleed it” when they talk about their teal experiences.”

Standout performances on the day are due for wingers Clara Finegan (M Physiotherapy) and Sammy Kotsakis (B Business, B Laws) who are relentless with on-field chat. Rose Murray (B Sport and Exercise Management) was in fine form with her skill and drive, not shy of a foot-race with literally anyone, girl or boy. Sheldyn Briggs (B Arts, B Education [Primary]) and coach Jarod Horan (B Business, 2019) both picked up special mentions for “providing the goods on and off the field”, as per usual. We’re excited to see what UTS Touch can produce in 2021.

SERIES RESULTS:

  • UTS – USYD (L)
  • UTS – MQU (L)
  • UTS – ACPE (W)
  • UTS – WSU (W)

Futsal

1 game | 1 win

Well well well, another win for Men’s Futsal. These guys have been on fire in recent years with three National finals, and a bronze medal at last year’s World Futsal Championships in Florida, USA. With the likes of UTS EAP scholars Nicholas Azzone (B Sport and Exercise Science), Josiah Gwozdecky (B Business, B Laws), Luis Ferreira (B Engineering [Hons], B Business) and Samuel Shainfeld (B Construction Project Management) linking up with intervarsity futsal stalwarts Kallen Ferrero (B Sport and Exercise Management) and Aaron Peters (B Business), what could go wrong.

The boys held onto their 4-3 lead at the full-time whistle, with Nicholas Azzone reflecting on squad depth in recent years. “Our team has grown younger in age since I first joined. However, we have a great balance of skill, fitness, experience and strength throughout the entire team. Simply put, we have a championship squad.” These guys talk the talk and also walk the walk, we have a good feeling about 2021. Thanks for hosting us again, Macquarie University!

SERIES RESULTS:

  • UTS 4 – 3 MQU (W)

1 game | 1 win

Like the boys, Women’s Futsal have enjoyed a whirlwind of success in recent years, spanning from Perth to the Gold Coast, and who could forget their 2019 bronze medal in Florida, USA. UTS EAP scholar Toni Sharp (Juris Doctor) has been instrumental to the squad’s recruitment and retention for the past three years, and this year was no different. Although there’s only been one hit-out this year, Toni’s favourite thing about the concept of intervarsity games is the high standard of competition, a nice addition to the social off-court aspect that comes with building your squad with players from all walks of life.

Familiar faces in the side’s 10-2 victory include new student Emily Bastow (B Marine Biology), fresh off a Grand Final win with Manly United in the NPL1 1st Grade competition the day before. Bryany Parker (B Sport and Exercise Science) brought her outdoor talents to the great indoors, with prominent features from another intervarsity regular Veronica Wolf (B Design in Interior Architecture). We’re looking forward to seeing what this bunch can string together when they get their next chance.

SERIES RESULTS:

  • UTS 10 – 2 MQU (W)

It’s far from a typical sporting year but we’re very proud of the persistence and enthusiasm shown by all of this year’s Team UTS representatives. Of course, this is just a glimpse of what you can expect with intervarsity sport, so why not check out UniSport Australia’s event calendar. If you’re keen to bleed teal in 2021, get in touch with us at unisport@uts.edu.au or drop by the UTS Sport Office on the ground floor of building 4 to chat.

Contact:

UTS Sport Department
unisport@uts.edu.au
9514 1490
UTS Sport Office – Ground Floor of UTS Building 4, next to ActivateFit.Gym Reception desk (cnr Thomas St & Harris St)