BALLARAT came close to taking the Australian Catholic University’s cup at the weekend, claiming one of the three matches against Melbourne.
In their fourth annual clash, Ballarat and Melbourne ACU campuses versed each other in men’s and women’s football, and women’s netball at Russell Square and Eastern Oval.
Ballarat sports co-ordinator and third year student Rob Kemp said although Ballarat lost overall, all teams put on a remarkable performance.
For the first time, the men’s football team won, in an eventful game that saw the final scoreboard 83 to 75.
Matt Radojevic kicked four goals, but Luke Fisher, who has played every year for Ballarat’s ACU, in the midfield, was the team’s stand out player.
Melbourne were too strong for the Ballarat teams in women’s football and netball, with the football team finishing at 24 to 31.
“Tahni Nester in the midfield was great and Sophie Alexander kicked a 40 metre goal that held the girls in it – at three quarter time they were two points up,” Kemp said.
In the netball, the girls were down by eight goals at three quarter time and were able to narrow the gap to 23 to 25 finish.
“If there were a couple more minutes, they may have made it.”