Sport Shorts - 23 September
23 September; Liam Petterson

Congratulations to the University Blues Football Club for winning the VAFA William Buck Premier Grand Final after defeating St Kevin’s 18.8 – 116 to 10.16 – 76. The side were only eight points up at half-time, but six goals to five behinds in the ‘premiership quarter’ all-but-guaranteed victory for the Blues. It was the Club’s first grand final win since 2004, under the leadership of coach Heath Jamieson who clinched his fourth title in five years after a successful stint in the Geelong Football League. Luke Russell was best-on-ground for the Blues with 30 touches to win the Jock Nelson medal, while Tim Harper snagged a bag of six goals. Captain and Bachelor of Biomedicine alumnus Ayce Cordy added a premiership to his trophy cabinet which boasts two consecutive league best-and-fairest medals.

The Athletics Club’s dominance of the Botanical Gardens’ ‘Tan Relay’ continued as the Premier Women scored 1st place in XCR Round 10. Olympian Lisa Weightman beat her 10-year personal best by two seconds to finish with the fastest women’s time of 12:15, while Bachelor of Environments student Sarah Billings scored the third-fastest women’s time, coming in at 12:29. The Club’s Premier Men came in 4th.

The Cheer and Dance Club attended AASCF’s State Championships over the weekend, with the Trident cheer team taking out a silver medal in Uni Premier level 1/2.

The Gridiron Club’s Premier Men continued their winning streak with a commanding 65 – 8 win over rivals Monash University Barbarians. The Royals have now won five matches from five and sit equal-first on the ladder. Despite a disappointing 34-point loss in the division’s opening round last weekend, the Royals’ Premier Women will look to get their season back on track against the Northern Raiders next weekend.

Touch Football’s VT League commenced last weekend, with the Club’s Division 1 Men recording a 6 – 4 win over Galaxy Touch. Glen Walker was the side’s only multiple scorer with two touchdowns. The Division 1 Women’s team suffered a narrow 2 – 4 defeat also against Galaxy, despite double try scorer Steph Kelly's best efforts, and will be looking for redemption in this weekend’s match against Harlequins.

The University Blues won their 1st VAFA William Buck Premier grand final since 2004. Image: VAFA via twitter.
Sarah Billings (top left) and Lisa Weightman (bottom right) were standout performers at the Tan. Image: MUAC via flickr.
Weightman broke her 10-year Tan personal best by two seconds, finishing in 12:15. Image: MUAC via flickr.