The 2016 Roland Bryant Cup was hosted by Sydney with men’s basketball kicking the day off at UNSW Fitness and Aquatic Centre. Charles Sturt University looked dominant early on and went on to take the first event 68 – 34.
Women’s dodgeball followed in what was a thrilling match. It was apparent early on in the heated exchanges that the Sydney dodgeball team had taken Professor Bryant’s critique of prior year’s performances to heart. The blue and white won the match five to three despite the CSU team getting off to an early lead (team pictured below).
Activities re-commenced at Wentworth Park but not before some much needed lunch and drinks. The mixed touch event was another close encounter with the lead changing every few minutes between the competing teams. In the end CSU came away with a tight ten to eight win (CSU and Sydney university teams pictured left).
With the cup now at two to one to the visitors the pressure was on the women’s soccer team to keep the home side in the competition – and the ladies didn’t disappoint. With team captain Khushy Athwal (DMD2) at the helm Sydney managed to keep the series level with a spectacular goal from Amanda Slamka (DMD2).
For the first time in the seven year history of the RBC we had a two all series draw coming into the final game – men’s soccer. If previous years were anything to go by spectators were due for a tight match not without controversy and the match certainly lived up to this reputation. Mark Keresztes (DMD3) sunk a spectacular header into the net to get Sydney off to a good start. Scores were levelled by a penalty to CSU but Jason Pak (DMD1) managed to bring Sydney one goal in front. In what would have been the last two minutes of the game CSU were awarded a penalty bringing the game into overtime. Overtime saw no goals scored by either team and in a nail-bitting penalty shootout the red and white got the upper hand meaning the away team won their seventh straight series.
The Most Valuable Player award for the home team went to Jonathan Harrison (DMD3) for his efforts in touch football (three tries scored), the men’s soccer and in promoting the event throughout the year. The MVP award for the away team went to Mark Bechara for his outstanding effort in multiple sports. After the presentations we all headed to Work In Progress in Sydney CBD to mingle over so much needed drinks and nibbles.
Special thanks needs to go to Professor Bryant and the Australian Dental Association for their support. A huge thank you to all those who participated in the events and the spectators who contributed to the electrifying atmosphere. SUDA would like to especially thank all those who helped out on the day and prior with a special mention going to Rui Dai (DMD3) who put in a tremendous effort organising the post RBC social event.
Pictured above L-R: Akshay Sidana (SUDA President), Rui Dai (SUDA Vice Secretary) and Benjamin Gad (DMD3 Sports Representative)
Til next year,
Ben (DMD3 Sports Representative)