16 July 18Sophie Tudor

Deakin Dragons fought an almighty battle at University Nationals

The UniSport Australian Division 2 University Nationals kicked off last week with a bang! From 1 – 5 July, the Deakin Dragons dominated the Gold Coast to compete in a number of sports where they displayed incredible fitness, camaraderie and passion, and ended with varying levels of success. 


The Deakin Dragons, who participated in Men’s Badminton, Men’s Basketball, Men’s Futsal, Women’s Futsal, Women’s Netball, Men’s Tennis, Men’s Volleyball and Women’s Volleyball, were met with strong competition from 42 other Australian Universities, and let’s just say this, the game was on! 


All teams played every game to the best of their ability and were a credit to Deakin University, both on and off the court. The week was capped off with three teams reaching the medal rounds; two of these teams – Men’s Badminton and Men’s Basketball – ultimately progressing to the Gold Medal match and Women’s Netball to the Bronze Medal match.   


The undefeated Men’s Basketball team took center court at Carrara Stadium and had every spectator hanging off the edge of their seat. The skillful 11-player team used innovative tactics and great cohesiveness to win tight battles leading to the finals, which saw them compete against Swinburne University of Technology for the Championship Title. Deakin Dragon’s proficient setups and tough defensive structure posed a great challenge for Swinburne’s offense, and ultimately reigned victors, defeating Swinburne 74 - 50.  


In similar finesse, the Men’s Badminton team showed a spectacular array of sportsmanship. The team played their hearts out against an extremely talented Griffith team but were unfortunately a little outmatched on the day due to the consistency of their opponents. However, the entire Deakin Dragons team were extremely proud of them for claiming the silver and earning promotion for Badminton into the Nationals Div 1 event in 2019.


The Futsal, Volleyball, Netball and Tennis teams competed with sheer determination and endurance and all teams should be applauded for their dedication and strong representation of Deakin at such an elite and competitive standard. 


For many, University Nationals offers students an opportunity to not only compete against other Australian Universities, but allows students to continue competitive sport after school, build friendships, and most importantly, have fun. For more information about the Deakin Dragons and ways to get involved in social and competitive sport, please visit 



GOLD:             Men’s Basketball                               

SILVER:           Men’s Badminton

4TH:                Women’s Netball

5TH:                Women’s Futsal

                        Women’s Volleyball

7TH:                Men’s Tennis

8TH:                Men’s Volleyball

15TH:              Men’s Futsal