The Monash University Dodgeball Association are gearing up to launch into the Australian Dodgeball Championships (ADC) this long weekend.
The Monash University Dodgeball Association is sending three teams to the national event, this year to be held at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) from March 10-13.
A Monash men’s, women’s and mixed teams will all take to the court in pursuit of a gold medal over the coming days.
President of the Monash University Dodgeball Association (MUDA) Gavin Qian says all teams head to MSAC with a strong chance of bringing home silverware.
“Obviously getting gold would be the best possible option,” Gavin says.
“We are pretty strong contenders coming in. Our men’s team finished top of the state and Melbourne and Sydney are typically the ones testing for the title.
“Our men’s team are doing really well, they defeated the reigning men’s champions I believe, which are the Doncaster Demons in the semi-finals.
“Our women’s team is also doing really well. This is our women’s team's first season together as a team, which I think is an incredible accomplishment. They managed to get silver at the state league and now they’re coming into the ADC, we’re hoping for a gold (medal) for them as well.
“Our mixed team has been pretty consistent… even from 2019 when they first started they won silver in states, and since then they’ve been pushing them harder and I’m very happy to see how they’re doing.”
MUDA prides itself on offering a direct pathway from learning the basics of the sport, right through to state and national level representation, a level numerous Malamutes have reached.
But Gavin is especially proud to have helped create such a fun environment that gives every dodgeballer the chance to succeed.
“It’s really great to see all of our work paying off (in being in a strong position to contend),” he adds.
“We’re probably the biggest grassroots organisation in the country. We’re the ones probably bringing the most amount of players in all the country and seeing all these players that are brand new coming in and being able to be trained up into national representatives, it’s a big honour to have.
“We’ve only been active for five years and I think we have some of the highest intake of any organisation (for players who go on with it).”
MUDA would love to see as many Monash faces get down to support the team.
Monash teams will be in action on both Friday and Saturday before we hopefully get to see them all play in finals on Sunday!
“It’ll be a great opportunity to come and support Monash. Dodgeball is an incredibly fun spectator sport, it’s a crazy sport to watch live and in person,” Gavin implores.
“But if you can’t make it down to MSAC the games will be streaming live on twitch, so you can look for our court on there.”
For those keen to get involved, MUDA is currently taking applications for Varsity teams to play Melbourne University in the next month.
You can also sign up to trial for the state teams. And who knows, with MUDA’s record, you could be throwing dodgeballs for Australia in the not-too-distant future!
Reach out to the Club on their website here!