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The University of Queensland has won 10 champion pennants at UniSport Nationals Div 1 (28 September – 3 October) on the Gold Coast.

More than 400 UQ student-athletes competed at the event, with Team UQ Australia’s top-ranked university in Beach Volleyball (Women’s Pairs), Cycling (Men’s), Golf (Men’s), Handball (Mixed), Hockey (Men’s), Judo (Men’s & Women’s), Sailing (Open), Squash (Mixed), and Touch Football (Mixed).

The result betters UQ’s nine pennants at last year’s Nationals Div 1 event.

The Universities of Sydney and Melbourne each won seven pennants, with Monash University claiming five.

2019 UniSport Nationals - Judo
UQ won champion pennants in both Men's & Women's Judo.

UQ’s Mixed Touch Football team scored its fourth-consecutive UniSport gold medal after beating University of Newcastle 8-6.

UQ Sportsman of the Year Justin Cridland (Sports Achievement Scholarship recipient) said the team’s winning streak dated back to 2016 Australian Uni Games.

“To win one national title is a difficult task, but to claim four-in-a-row is a tremendous achievement and one we’re extremely proud of,” Cridland said.

“UQ has an incredibly deep roster of top-class Touch players, and we’re determined to build on our winning streak for many years to come.”

2019 UniSport Nationals - Mixed Touch
2019 UQ Sportsman of the Year Justin Cridland in action for UQ's Mixed Touch Football team.

UQ claimed a third-straight Men’s Hockey title after defeating The University of Melbourne 6-1 in the gold medal match.

The team has now won a medal at every UniSport-sanctioned event since 2013.

Hayden Dorge (UQ Sports Achievement Scholarship) said the side was delighted to go through the tournament undefeated.

“We scored a 7-0 win over University of New South Wales in the pool stages and that was a major confidence-booster for our team,” Dorge said.

“To beat Melbourne by such a margin in the final was extremely satisfying and is reward for the months of preparation we’ve put in prior to Nationals.”

2019 UniSport Nationals - Hockey
UQ's Men's Hockey team won a third-straight gold medal.

UQ’s Judo team won pennants in both Men’s (2018 champions) and Women’s divisions, while the University claimed back-to-back pennants in Women’s Beach Volleyball, Mixed Handball and Mixed Squash.

Team UQ secured its first-ever Men’s Golf pennant with a dominant 21-shot victory over Queensland University of Technology in the Team Strokeplay event.

UQ’s Men’s Cycling squad won six medals – including two gold to Carter Bettles (Road Race & Criterium) – to be crowned overall champions.

UQ took victory in 30 races in the Sailing competition, claiming gold after beating University of Technology Sydney 3-1.

UQ was second overall in six divisions, including UQ’s Men’s and Women’s Rowing.

The University’s Open Baseball team won a silver better to equal its best result at a UniSport competition.

The University of Sydney (11 pennants) leads UQ (10) on the overall leaderboard ahead of the final Nationals Marathon (13 October) and T20 Cricket (25-28 November) events for 2019.

Next year’s UniSport Nationals Div 1 and Div 2 events will be held in Perth (26 September – 2 October).

2019 UniSport Nationals Div 1 – UQ Results

Champion Pennants (10):

Beach Volleyball – Women’s Pairs
Cycling – Men’s
Golf – Men’s
Handball – Mixed
Hockey – Men’s
Judo – Men’s
Judo – Women’s
Sailing – Open
Squash – Mixed
Touch Football – Mixed

Second Placings (6):

Baseball – Open
Cheer & Dance – Mixed Cheer
Fencing – Women’s
Rowing – Men’s
Rowing – Women’s
Volleyball – Men’s

Third Placings (6):

Badminton – Men’s
Basketball – Women’s
Beach Volleyball – Men’s Pairs
Fencing – Men’s
Lawn Bowls – Mixed
Table Tennis – Men’s

Other Results:

Badminton – Women’s (4th)
Basketball – Men’s (10th)
Beach Volleyball – Mixed Fours (4th)
Cheer & Dance – Mixed Dance (8th)
Cycling – Women’s (5th)
Futsal – Men’s (9th)
Kendo – Women’s (5th)
Rugby 7s – Men’s (4th)
Tennis – Men’s (8th)
Tennis – Women’s (7th)
Touch Football – Men’s (8th)
Touch Football – Women’s (5th)
Ultimate – Mixed (6th)
Volleyball – Women’s (10th)
Water Polo – Men’s (5th)

Media: Jamie Mitchell, UQ Sport, JamieM@uqsport.com.au, 0423 785 752.

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