IT’S finals time at the Eastern University Games in Tamworth today.
The medals in most of the 15 sports being contested are set to be decided as the four-day sporting extravaganza comes to a close.
Yesterday saw the completion of the round games in several sports ahead of semi-finals this morning.
There will be plenty of local interest in how things play out at the hockey centre with around a dozen local players involved with various university sides.
Close to half are representing the University of
Both their men’s and women’s sides have qualified for the semis with the women facing Charles Sturt University (CSU) and the men Maquarie University (MQU).
They played them yesterday, coming away with a 2-1 win before playing out a 3-all draw with Australian National University (ANU) to finish the round stages undefeated.
University of Technology (UTS) and Uni of NSW (UNSW) will face off in the other semi-final.
The other women’s semi will be between University of Wollongong (UOW) and MQU.
NCLE already have one medal in the bag after taking home the first gold of the games on Tuesday.
They beat UTS narrowly to win the men’s Rugby 7s comp.
UTS were in front at half time, but the NCLE boys surged home to win 26-17.
The University of Sydney (Cumberland Campus - SUCSG) won bronze.
Yesterday the teams returned to the field to compete in the Rugby League 7s format.
The Tamworth Sports Dome has been a busy venue with three sports being played out there – basketball, futsal and netball.
The futsal competition has been progressing well although not for the only New Zealand University competing – Massey University.
After dominating the competition last year they won’t be defending their title after being knocked out by NCLE 4-nil in the quarter-finals.
NCLE will now play UNSW in one semi-final with ACPE (Australian College of Physical Education) and UTS battling it out in the other.
The University of Sydney (SUCSG) is faring better in the football competition.
They have had a long reign over the men’s and women’s competition at past EUGs and will figure in both semi-finals this morning.
The men face MQU and the women UNSW, whose men’s side has also qualified for the semis.
UNSW is having a pretty good week with the women’s basketball side also reaching the semi-finals.
UTS and the University of Sydney have also been doing well in the basketball competition with both their men’s and women’s sides playing semi-finals.
The medals in netball, tennis, lawn bowls, golf, touch, tenpin bowling, volleyball and ultimate frisbee and the inaugural AFL 9s will also be up for grabs today.