University tops Tertiary Championships table

Badminton players in action
Badminton players in action

The University of Auckland has been unstoppable this year-to-date in the New Zealand Tertiary Championships. With four wins and 62 points already towards the University and Tertiary Sport New Zealand Shield, the University is sitting comfortably in first place with four tournaments to go.

The most recent win for the University was in badminton. This is the third consecutive national badminton title for the team and coach, Chris Sharrock, credits each and every player for putting out such strong performances to get the team through to the final.

“We knew we would face a tough challenge against Waikato, so naturally we selected our best all-round team. We played aggressive, and tactically near-perfect badminton, and thankfully we had enough left in the tank to come away with a third consecutive title.”

Male  standout, Daxxon Vong, won the men’s singles, and partnered  Nicco Tagle in the men’s doubles - Tagle had competed for New Zealand at the Sudirman Cup only a week earlier. Deborah Yin made easy work of her women’s singles, and partnered Justine Villegas to win the women’s doubles. 

The team’s only loss in  the final was in the mixed doubles, where Tagle and Villegas went up against two strong former New Zealand Under 19  representative players from the University of Waikato. With only one loss, Auckland won the final  4-1. 

The University’s other wins this year have come from the men’s and women’s table tennis teams and the men’s futsal team which won a hard-fought tournament in Christchurch to bring the University’s tally to four. 

Our point’s advantage is also significantly higher than second-placed AUT’s due to teams which have placed in the top three in their tournaments. Women’s futsal and men’s 3x3 basketball both placed second, earning a total of 15 points. 

Albie Eaton, Sports Manager, says the University still has hockey, volleyball, netball and 5x5 basketball tournaments to go. 

“We are hoping for positive results from these teams to pull out the overall win and keep the shield at the University of Auckland.”