2018 was littered with premierships and remarkable individual achievements from the University’s sporting clubs.
There were three premierships in one golden week in August, with the VAFA William Buck Premier Women’s Football
team defeating Marcellin by 18 points
, the Renegades Volleyball
Premier Women defeating Monash in a five-set thriller
, and the Uni Panther’s Women’s Rugby
team winning the 2018 Lindroth Cup
An altered format for the 2018 Australian Volleyball League did not prevent the inevitable, with the University Blues Volleyball
Women’s team winning an unprecedented sixth consecutive premiership
, only dropping one set all tournament.
The Women’s State League 2 Water Polo
team won two premierships in six months, beating rivals the NYP Dragons 6 – 3 in June
and 1 – 0 in December
to make it four-in-a-row.
The B Grade Men’s Baseball team were MWBL Champions
, and the DBA Women’s Baseball team finished runners-up.
Many other University teams claimed titles including Pennant 3 Men’s Tennis
, Royals Gridiron
Colts, Division 2 Men’s Touch Football
, and the Squash
club claimed five at Squash Melbourne’s 2018 Winter Season Grand Final.
Despite slipping up in the finals, the Melbourne University Lightning Netball
team had an outstanding season to finish minor premiers
, featuring a record-breaking 70-point win over the Selkirk Sovereigns
The State League 1 Women’s Soccer
team recorded several big wins throughout the season, scoring 45 goals and conceding just 12 (the lowest in the competition) to finish in second place
, just a point behind eventual champions Eltham Redbacks.
The second AFLW season featured a total of 24 University club members
, including AFLW Best and Fairest winner Emma Kearney and seven other Western Bulldogs premiership Football
Club member and Bachelor of Science student Jemima Montag won gold in a memorable 20km Walk at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April.
Ex-Australia’s Strongest Man
and Weightlifting and Powerlifting Club
member Tony Reinmuth scored Best Overall Male lifter
at the 2018 Australian Powerlifting Championships in October.
In the first round of Victorian Premier Cricket
for the 2018/19 season, Men’s 2nds cricketer Michael Clements scored 211 runs from 165 balls in a 5/317 vs 8/228 victory over the Greenvale Kangaroos
. The knock included 27 fours and two sixes over three hours at the crease.
The Cheer and Dance Club
scored two silvers and two bronzes at the AASCF Nationals
on the Gold Coast in late November, as well as finishing 9th at the Dance Worlds All-Star Open Pom competition.