Deakin Dragons


The Deakin Dragons are the representative sporting team of Deakin University that compete on the national stage at University Sport events.

The Deakin Dragons also conduct additional programs, including the Sport Ambassador Program and the TeamDeakin Community Events Program ... as well as running other Deakin sporting events such as the Campus Clash, Intervarsity Friendlies and the prestigious Deakin University Sport Awards.

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The new UniSport Australia Nationals divisional structure was unveiled at the beginning of July on the Gold Coast with teams from across Australia sending their teams to compete in the Nationals Div 2 event.   Deakin University sent eight (8) teams up north to represent the school in the following sports – 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 – and experienced varying levels of success.   

All of the Deakin teams played out every game to the best of their ability and were a credit to the 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 Men’s Badminton team were a completely unknown quantity heading into the event with a number of international students recruited for the team.   It became very evident immediately that our first and second-ranked players, Hugo Leung and Atticus Kong, were both highly-skilled competitors who played every point with finesse and strategy.   The boys, along with fellow team members, Rahul Tiwari, Ajai Gulati and Maowen Yip dominated the competition early and progressed through the tournament undefeated until their final pool game against Griffith University.

Their undefeated run early in the competition earned the boys a place in the highly-anticipated Gold Medal match against Griffith University.   The team led by Hugo, Atticus and Rahul played their hearts out against an extremely talented Griffith team but were unfortunately just 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 a Silver Medal at the event and earning promotion for Badminton into the Nationals Div 1 event in 2019.

The Men’s Basketball team had a singular focus from the moment they stepped on to the court at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre for the very first time.   Their goal was to reach the Gold Medal game and earn a promotion back into the Nationals Div 1 event in 2019.   The boys achieved this goal by progressing through the tournament undefeated and claiming victory in the Gold Medal match over Victorian rivals, Swinburne University of Technology.

The boys began the game in blistering fashion with guards Tim Harmer and Will Gaythorpe shooting a couple of nice baskets and the lead quickly blew out to 18 points halfway through the second quarter.   The team from Swinburne, however, refused to give up and rallied with some exceptional rebounding and defensive skills to bring back the scores to level early in the third quarter. 

The scores remained level until guards, Darcy Stiles and Max Kos, nailed a few 3-pointers in a row which seemed to instigate a flurry of scoring from the Deakin team.   Forward Kyle Meyer followed up with a 3-pointer of his own and the boys led by point guard, Mitch Stoop, really lifted their defensive intensity to completely shut down the Swinburne offense.

Starting centre, Finn Kenny, was a powerhouse on the boards bringing down rebound after rebound and even managing a dunk or two.   Power forwards, Jono Fraser, Carson Crowe and Adam Norris, also stepped up throughout the game in the absence of team member, Adam Baxter, who heartbreakingly tore his ACL in the semi-final against Bond University.

It was a resounding victory and was a just reward for all the training and hard work that was put in during the lead-up by coach, Darcy Sharpe, and the boys!!!


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

Men's Basketball - UniSport Nationals Div 2 Gold Medallists (Back Row L-R: Carson Crowe, Kyle Meyer, Finn Kenny, Adam Norris, Darcy Stiles, Darcy Sharpe - Coach, Mitch Stoop & Front Row L-R: Tim Harmer, Will Gaythorpe, Adam Baxter, Max Kos, Jono Fraser)

Men's Badminton - UniSport Nationals Div 2 Silver Medallists (Back Row L-R: Ajai Gulati, Maowen Yip, Atticus Kong & Front Row L-R: Hugo Leung, Rahul Tiwari