June 19, 2019, by brzmjb1
Tri Campus Games 2019 | Day 5 and Closing Ceremony
On the final day of the Tri Campus Games 2019, there were 6 fixtures left and it was all to play for. With some sports finished, athletes took the opportunity to watch and support others and with the knowledge that the remaining games could change everything; there was a real atmosphere to be felt.
The pressure didn’t stop Ultimate Frisbee in their infectious support of one another, just as it had been all week; Team China watched from the sidelines as the UK and Malaysia battled it out. Team UK were looking for their first win of the week and it certainly looked possible as the sides traded for the full 65 minutes, leaving the score at 8 all. A deep huck from captain Kat Cheng to Theo Rutter sealed the victory for Team UK despite huge defensive pressure from Malaysia. With one win each under their belts, Team UK and Malaysia were seperated only by ends scored which saw Team UK come out on top, placing second behind Ultimate winners, China.
Women’s basketball, after a tough first game, went from strength to strength over the course of the week and closed it out with a strong win over Malaysia in their final game. Malaysia also narrowly lost out in the Men’s basketball against China, in a much tighter contest than their first round match. Dominico Yapinski’s continued pressure and drives to the basket kept his team in the game and saw them fall short by just 4 points.
The final fixture of the day was between the hosts and Team China in the Women’s football, a hard fought match in the heat finished 2-1 to China after a late winner.
Friday 29 June 2018
|Ultimate Frisbee||UK v Malaysia||9 – 8||UK|
|Men’s Football||UK – Malaysia||1 – 6||Malaysia|
|Men’s Basketball||Malaysia – China||50 – 54||China|
|Volleyball||UK v Malaysia||0 – 2||Malaysia|
|Women’s Basketball||Malaysia – UK||19 – 28||UK|
|Women’s Football||Malaysia v China||1 – 2||China|
With that, the athletes dispersed after the final morning of action and a calm descended on the Sports centre as the students left to prepare for the Closing Ceremony.
180 athletes and staff gathered in the Great Hall of the Trent Building for a closing speech from Event Director, Glynn Dignum who thanked the students for their efforts and respect for one another on the field and the way in which they had embraced the spirit of the games: ‘Friendship through Sport’.
The final results were read out sport by sport and all athletes were invited to the stage to to receive their respective bronze, silver and gold medals. The Tri Campus Games 2019 proved just as close as the previous year with just one point determining the overall winner. Team UK took the trophy with a total of 22 points, Team China finished in 2nd place with 21 points and Malaysia ended on 17 points and came third.
Last year’s ‘Spirit of the Games winner’ Menaf Alnasir took to the stage with flag bearer Ben Wye to accept the trophy to cheers from all teams.
Congratulations to Team UK on their success and to Team China and Malaysia for their impressive performances throughout the week.
The Games wouldn’t be possible without a commitment and effort that goes into its delivery, supported in the main by the professionalism and dedication of the volunteers who gave up their time to see the events run smoothly.
The Games has once again achieved many things, not least the logistical feat of transporting, managing, kitting out and accommodating over 180 students from different countries, background and cultures. But more than this, it has achieved an increased appreciation amongst those 180 students of the different backgrounds and cultures from which they come. The Games have again united students from across our international campuses in a desire to grasp the most unique of opportunities and to create memories that will live with them forever. The honour of representing their home campus and of experiencing another was felt by all involved.
As Patrick Joseph so aptly stated in the opening ceremony; at the culmination of the Games, “all students were champions and all were at home on any University of Nottingham campus”.
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