JCU Sport Report: May

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Sport at James Cook University becomes as intense as the study workload as the end of semester nears.

By Gabrielle Vacher.

Fisher Shield:

Water Polo held on Sunday 30th March was the third Fisher Shield sporting final of 2014.

University Hall dominated in both matches, defeating Saint Paul’s College in the women’s competition and George Roberts Hall in the men’s.

“Uni Hall may have taken out the guy’s and the girl’s competition, but we did do a lot of training to get there,” says member of the female water polo team, Charley Bond.

“Sanders was an excellent coach for the guys and co-coach with Emily Dearling for the girls.

“The girls versed Saint Paul’s in the finals and it was very tough, but we really pulled it together in the second half.

“Both the guys and the girls were also the minor premiers of the carnival, and we never finished a game over the weekend with less than 12 goals to our team.

“Everyone played so well, and thankfully there were no injuries this year!”

Upon the introduction of Fisher Shield Cricket in 2014, the George Roberts Hall females and University Hall males were titled the first ever cricket champions after defeating the St Marks females and George Roberts Hall men at the finals on Sunday 25th May.

Captain of the winning female cricket team Imagion Brauer says she is thrilled with the outcome of the match.

“We were going into the final undefeated so we were feeling pretty confident, but we knew that the game against St Marks was going to be a tight match,” says Imagion.

“We batted first and ended up putting 63 runs onto the score board for St Marks to chase, with Talia batting so well she had to retire – she really stepped up when some of our first batters got out quickly.

“When we went into field Steph Clay and Katii Batty took some early and crucial wickets and Sarah Bensted also bowled two girls out.

“In the end we bowled the entire Marks team out before they ran out of overs, so it was a pretty convincing win.

“I’d say Katii Batty was our most valuable player, but every single one of the girls was absolutely incredible considering I was the only one who had played some cricket before the comp.”

Semester 1 Fisher Shield finished with a bang at the Rugby Finals on Friday 30th May.

JCU Sport and Recreation Officer and organiser of sporting events Renee Frizzell says the crowds are always entertaining.

“With four different colleges competing I knew that the finals were going to draw an enormous, animated crowd,” says Renee.

The Uni Hall males defeated St Marks 23-7, while the St Paul’s females dominated 17-5 in their match against John Flynn College.

Interfaculty Sport:

The Interfaculty Touch finals held on Thursday April 3rd determined that the Law, Business & Creative Arts females exhibited the most sporting prowess on the touch field, while the Engineering Science males celebrated their touch football talent after their triumphant match.

Semester 1 Interfaculty Sport then culminated after the soccer finals on Friday 23rd May, awarding the Public Health, Tropical Medicine & Rehabilitation Sciences females and the Arts, Education and Social Sciences males the winning titles.

Social Sport:

Social touch football, netball and soccer ended on Monday 26th May, while the social volleyball finals held on Thursday 29th May closed all social sport for semester 1.