Victorians claim top honours in Distance Running 

Published UniSports – – 20/11/2014.
Melbourne Marathon

Photo credit: Melbourne Marathon.

The 2014 Overall Distance Running Champion is The University of Melbourne just holding off Deakin University and Monash University by 15 and 50 points respectively.

The 2014 pennants for Australian University Championship for Distance Running have been decided, with Monash University claiming the women’s and The University of Melbourne taking home the men’s.

AUC Distance Running divisions are run as part of existing community running festivals, including the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Real Insurance Sydney Harbour 10km, Sydney Running Festival and the Medibank Melbourne Marathon.

This years championship was even more tightly contested with increased numbers of participants across the 4 event series, the race to champion came down to less than 100 points in each category.

Deakin University made significant inroads with their team almost pulling off the major upset coming in second in both the male and female championship.

Congratulations to both The University of Melbourne, Monash University and all runners, next year’s AUC – Distance Running will grow again!

Visit the AUC website for full results.

Congratulations Kate

Congratulations to Deakin student, Kate Linford, on being selected as part of the Australian team to compete at the 4th FISU World University Weightlifting Championships.  The 2014 event will be held in Chiangmai, Thailand, 5-8 December.

The Games are part of the World University Championships (WUC) and part of the sporting events of the International University Sports Federation (FISU). Alternating across summer and winter in line with participating universities, they are held every two years and held over multiple venues.

The FISU was formed within university institutions to promote sports values and encourage sports practice in harmony with, and complementary to, the university spirit.

Kate is completing her Bachelor of Health and Physical Education at the Burwood Campus and is part of the Elite Athlete Program.  Additionally, Kate also coaches a number of junior athletes in weightlifting.

We wish Kate every success at the, FISU World University Weightlifting Championships.

Deakin Congratulates its 2014 oustanding Young Alumni Award recipient.

Established in 2011, Deakin’s Alumni of the Year Awards, recognise, acknowledge and promote prominent Alumni around the world who have achieved outstanding success in their communities, professions or given outstanding service to the university.

Congratulations to the following outstanding Alumni members who have been awarded Deakin’s Alumni of the Year Awards for 2014; John Stanhope, Nino Ficca, James Farrell and Madison Robinson.

For more information about the awards, including detail of all 2014 winners visit Deakin Alumni of the Year Awards.

» Professional Netballer – Melbourne Vixens and Australian Team
» Bachelor of Education (Primary) 2010

One of Deakin’s most successful female sporting alumni, Madison began her professional career in 2006, when she was selected to play for the Melbourne Kestrels.

Throughout this time she continued her studies, graduating with a distinction average. She currently plays for both the Melbourne Vixens and the Australian Diamonds and in 2012 was voted ANZ Championships Player of the year, International Player of the Year and Liz Ellis Diamond winner.

With a raft of awards throughout her distinguished career, Madison is considered to be not only one of our most valuable players, but a remarkable and inspiring sporting leader.

In 2014 she represented Australia in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, winning gold.

Madison is also an ambassador for the Cotton On Foundation, Run Geelong and various other community charities in both Melbourne and Geelong.

Deakin Dragons holding their own at the 2014 AUG


The Deakin Dragons entered teams in the following sports at the 2014 AUG inSydney: Athletics, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Cycling, Football, Handball, Hockey, Netball, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee and Water Polo.   All of the Deakin representatives conducted themselves professionally both on and off the field at all times, and team spirit was high at all venues.   The overall attitude of teams was a direct result of the excellent leadership provided by the respective team managers.

Day one saw a mixture of success for our Deakin Dragons!   We had some wins and some losses to kick off the AUG campaign … but the overriding attitude of all the teams was one of optimism, enthusiasm and team spirit despite the scoreboard.   Issues on the first day included a couple of PUP’s at the Men’s Hockey due to stolen accreditations which we were fortunately able to rectify before a forfeit was implemented by AUS.

Only four Deakin Dragon teams had still been unable to come away with a win after Day Two of competition despite their best efforts.   Many of the matches had gone down to the wire and our teams never gave up on any occasion.   Two of our teams remained undefeated at the end of the second day of competition.   The spirit within the entire Deakin Dragons contingent was high and we capped off a great day with our first team dinner at the Star Bar.   Major issue for the day was the situation at Quest World Square regarding noise and room cleanliness which required a crisis meeting with hotel management and Stay Oz.

Individual sports such as Cycling and Athletics came to the fore on Day Three of competition.   Our two women cyclists were able to place an admirable 4th in the Pairs Time Trial and we narrowly missed out on a Bronze Medal in the Men’s High Jump.   Deakin Dragon spirit was exceptionally high with many teams taking advantage of their time off between matches to cheer on other sports.   This was extremely evident at the Athletics stadium where a huge congregation of Dragons assembled near the High Jump to cheer on our competitor.   We also had a really successful day in the team sports with two teams still remaining undefeated and only one of our teams still yet to register a win.

Day Four of competition was probably the most successful day across the board for Deakin Dragon teams with only 5 losses recorded from over 20 contests.   And, it was the day that the drought was finally broken for our last remaining team without a win who were successful in scoring a memorable victory over arch-rivals Melbourne University.

Major issue for the day was a trip to the hospital with one of our Hockey boys who copped a ricocheted ball into his right eye and was in a bad way there for a while. An ambulance was called and the Prince of Wales Hospital became home until he was finally discharged at midnight.   Elsewhere, the team dinner at the Pontoon Bar was another excellent team-building affair despite some members of the Beach Volleyball team wishing to boycott the event.

Day Five, the penultimate day of competition, was kicked off very successfully by the Women’s Tennis team who were able to notch their second victory of the competition to grab 9th position from UWA and the individual cyclists who were top 10 finishers in both the Men’s and Women’s Criterium.

There was a mixture of success and heartbreak for the Deakin Dragons on the final day of competition.   There were some great victories and some devastating losses, and no loss was more shattering than that of the undefeated Mixed Handball team by two goals in the Division 1 Gold Medal match.   They fought the game out to the bitter end, but were unfortunately unable to edge in front of USYD before the end.   There was more heartbreak in the pool with our Women’s Water Polo team going down to MON in the Division 2 Gold Medal match and on the hockey field with our Women’s Hockey team falling short in the Division 1 Bronze Medal match against UWA.

However, the tide began to turn later in the day with our Division 2 Men’s Basketball team scoring an emphatic 20 point victory over CU in the Bronze Medal match and our two Netball teams emerging triumphant from their Division 2 Gold Medal games.   Our Mixed Netball team fought off a fierce challenge from GU in the last quarter to claim a 37-33 win and our Women’s Netball team remained undefeated in the competition after clinching a 45-24 victory over LTU to claim the Gold Medal.

The 2014 AUG’s in Sydney were a successful campaign for the Deakin Dragons!   The successful results on and off the field were indicative of the excellent leadership provided by our team captains, Jess Hollett and Danny Hardisty, all of our sport team managers, and the overall spirit of the entire university team.   The Deakin Dragons will look to build on this performance in 2015!


Athletics 23rd 28th  
Basketball 11th (DIV 2 BRONZE) 6th  
Beach Volleyball   9th 20th
Cycling 10th 5th  
Football 15th    
Handball     2nd (DIV 1 SILVER)
Hockey 13th 4th  
Netball   9th (DIV 2 GOLD) 9th (DIV 2 GOLD)
Tennis 13th 9th  
Ultimate Frisbee     21st
Water Polo 9th 10th (DIV 2 SILVER)  


Pennant:         21st

Per Capita:      29th  


Basketball Simon Grant  
Mark Jeffers  
Football Joakim Holm  
Handball Michael Locco Jess Hollett
Hockey   Zoe Parlamentas
  Isabelle Peskett
  Laila Kahkonen
Water Polo Blake Edwards  


2014 Australian Uni Games


The 2014 Australian Uni Games competition commenced today in Sydney. The Deakin Dragons team consists of 148 Competitors, 6 Coaches and 5 DUSA Staff. Deakin will be represented in Athletics, Netball, Basketball, Volleyball, Beach Volleyball, Hockey, Handball, Tennis, Water polo and Ultimate Frisbee.

Deakin have some fantastic athletes across all sports. The competition will be fierce against the likes of Melbourne University, Monash University, RMIT and other universities from all over Australia.

Go Deakin Dragons!

Final days of competition for NITESG.

Following their endeavours on the touch field and the volleyball court in Perth, the Deakin Indigenous Dragons competed in Netball and Basketball over the Wednesday and Thursday. The basketball was very competitive, with the Dragons going down narrowly to both University of Newcastle and the University of Melbourne. On the netball courts, the Dragons also lost both their pool games. However, it was a great effort by the team, with a couple of players never having played netball before!

The Wednesday night was an allocated “free night” for the students, with no social program organised. The Deakin Indigenous Dragons took the opportunity to have another team dinner at Brass Monkey. Following the dinner, the team took advantage of the free night, and explored Perth.

Following the pool games on the Thursday, the team used the free time of the afternoon to soak up some sun, and have a swim in the pool. On Thursday night, the closing ceremony was held at The Game Sports bar. The event was very enjoyable, and the location for next year was announced, with the 2015 NITESG to be hosted by the University of Newcastle. Following the official part of the closing ceremony, the students then enjoyed the final social program night of the week before flying out Friday morning.

Overall, the week in Perth at the National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games was a resounding success. It was great for Deakin University to have a team competing in the event for the first time in the competitions 19 year history. While we will look to build the results over the coming years, it was noted in Perth by a number of people that the Deakin team was one to watch carefully. Additionally, the students showed great sportsmanship throughout the week, and were often praised for their behaviour as a team.