ACU students top of the class at Uni Games

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

8 October 2009: Australian Catholic University's (ACU) men's AFL team won gold this month at the 2009 Australian University Games.

ACU Campus Life coordinator, Mark Young, said the gold medal match against Western Australia's Edith Cowan University was a tough encounter.

"We were down by three goals at half time, yet the boys managed to fight back and run away with a convincing four goal win," he said.

Meanwhile, ACU's men's touch football team placed second in the competition following a gruelling final match against New Zealand's Auckland University of Technology.

Australian University Games, held at the Gold Coast last week, is an annual event with thousands of students attending from universities across Australia and New Zealand.

ACU had a record attendance this year with over 180 students from all six campuses participating.

Teams competed in sports such as athletics, AFL, beach volleyball, netball, rugby 7s, soccer, swimming, taekwondo, touch football and ultimate frisbee.

Captain of the ACU AFL team, Chris Dunne, along with men's touch football players Michael Daher and Luke Eisenhuth, were selected for the national team.

"The boys were hand-picked from all of the universities competing at the Games to be part of the prestigious green and gold team and they are all well deserving of this recognition," said Mark.

"All of our ACU students pulled on the uniform and wore it with pride, remaining defiant against strong opposition and displaying empathy in their victories," he said. "There is something very special and unique about the ACU team, we are not the largest university team, but we share in a spirit that drives our teams towards strong performances."

Executive Manager of the Office of Student Success, Maria Hegerty, said involvement in Australian University Games provides students with an opportunity to meet other ACU students.

"University Games allows students from across the campuses to come together as one, in a positive, healthy and fun filled event," she said.