The 2014 Australian Universty Games were once again attended by both a Men and Women’s hockey team from La Trobe University. Held in Sydney throughout September and October, the games proved to be one of the most successful with the Men’s team bringing home a Silver medal.
18 men and coach, Dev Darvall, competed with the team made up from players from various clubs with students from both the Bundoora and Bendigo campuses.
The team played exceptionally well throughout the pool stage only losing two narrow games to finish in 3rd place after the qualifying stages, securing a spot in the semi finals and a shot at medal contention.
In the semi final the boys were 0-2 down against RMIT at half time before team captain and leading goal scorer for the division, Rob Diffey, made his way back onto the field for the second half after finally unbuckling himself. The boys rallied and managed to score the next three goals unanswered to secure victory 3-2 and a spot in the gold medal match.
Unfortunately the boys lost the gold medal match against Curtin 2-1 with a very strong defense. Though in the end they could not claim the gold medal, a Silver medal at Australian University Games remains the best result the team has achieved at the national level of competition to date.
Highlights in the video above, including all three goals for the second half come back against RMIT to progress into the Gold Metal Match.
The women, plagued with injury and suffering from a restructured competition had a far more successful games off the field than on.
This year’s Australian University Games also saw a number of records broken, including Rob Diffey competing in his 5th Australian University Games and his 10th University Games overall while on the women’s side Kathleen Moloney competed in her fifth consecutive AUGs. Rob Diffey also claimed the leading goal scorer in the division for the tournament by slotting 17 goals for the week, including a staggering 10 in one game against Swinburne.