Uni games bring out the competition

La Trobe University’s Jacqui Hawkins at yesterday’s launch of the Southern University Games. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN
La Trobe University’s Jacqui Hawkins at yesterday’s launch of the Southern University Games. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

IT’S about sport and socialising and not drinking alcohol, students said yesterday at the launch of July’s university games in Wodonga.

More than 1800 students from 12 universities in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania will descend on the city competing in 16 sports across 20 venues from July 6 to 10.

La Trobe University sports scholarship student Jacqui Hawkins, 22, from Yackandandah, said the games are hotly contested and the Wodonga Diamonds seniors’ forward won’t be holding back when she represents her university in soccer.

“When you’re out on the field it’s a whole different feel from the weekend competition, but at the end of it, it’s all camaraderie and everyone is all here for the same reasons,” Ms Hawkins said.

“It’s a massive social experience.”

The Southern University Games, held in Wodonga, is one of three regional university games organised by Australian University Sports and held simultaneously in Newcastle and on the Sunshine Coast.

“This is students’ best experience of university,” Patrick Williams said.

Shihab Mish tries for a goal but goalkeeper Chris Masuda stops it during a practice session on an inflatable soccer pitch at La Trobe university.

Shihab Mish tries for a goal but goalkeeper Chris Masuda stops it during a practice session on an inflatable soccer pitch at La Trobe university.

 Samantha Clune, Heather Downey, Corina Modderman & Pettina Love cheering for their team during a practice soccer match at La Trobe University.

Samantha Clune, Heather Downey, Corina Modderman & Pettina Love cheering for their team during a practice soccer match at La Trobe University.

Players use an inflatable soccer pitch during a practice match at L a Trobe University.

Players use an inflatable soccer pitch during a practice match at L a Trobe University.