Pride plays exhibition match at FedUni's new sports centre

OPPONENTS: Alice Langley of FedUni and Cindy Daniel of Ballarat Pride face off before the match. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

OPPONENTS: Alice Langley of FedUni and Cindy Daniel of Ballarat Pride face off before the match. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

FEDERATION University’s new sports and recreational facility welcomed Ballarat Pride for an exhibition match on Monday night.

The FedUni Living All-Stars faced off against Ballarat Pride club members in an exhibition match for the opening of the new FedUni sports and recreation facility at the Mt Helen campus.

All-stars goal attack and commentator Jayden Howe said he was confident rubbing shoulders with Ballarat’s best netballers.

“They’re the second best; we’re the best,” he said. “From what I’ve seen the last couple of weeks, it’s (our skills) top notch.”

However, Pride wasn’t going to play easy and defeated the All-Stars 35-18.

FedUni residential program leader for sport Troy Logan said the event showcased one of Ballarat’s best facilities.

“From the res perspective, it has enhanced the students’ sporting experiences,” Mr Logan said.

Although Pride will remain at Llanberris, the players appeared to make the most of the new facilities.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity for the Pride players to have the experience of playing at FedUni,” coach Jo Dash said.

FedUni campus life director Colin Marshall said the aim of the centre was to facilitate an array of sports.

“Our students in residence have been participating for the past couple of months in our inter-hall netball competition with the FedUni Pride game a real highlight in residential sports calendar,” he said.

The $3 million sports and recreational centre was officially opened by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, Senator Scott Ryan in February.

david.jeans@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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