Sydney dentistry students compete in Roland Bryant Cup
Marking the 5th anniversary of the Roland Bryant Cup (RBC), it was Charles Sturt University’s turn to make the trip to Sydney for a day of healthy sporting competition against their Sydney Dental School counterparts. The five events featured that day included men’s basketball, women’s netball, men’s and women’s soccer and mixed touch.
The first fixture—men’s basketball—saw the Sydney team highly motivated as they played in front of their peers. This year’s squad consisted of veterans and rookies, who provided fresh legs and new skills to the side. First quarter “tip off” was won by Sydney. Following plenty of defensive play with a few blocked shots and steals, Sydney trailed CSU at the beginning of the second quarter. The second quarter had Sydney Dental School‘s shots not connecting and CSU further in the lead. The final quarter started with a scoring burst from Sydney aided by a few steals from the guards, however, CSU’s strong athletic prowess proved to be too much for Sydney, and they closed the game with a 16-point lead.
Next, it was the women’s turn to take to the courts for netball. Despite the scoreboard, the women’s netball game provided some great entertainment and much fun for the University of Sydney girls. Off the back of a few training sessions compared to the experienced CSU girls, Sydney tried their best. Clare Cheung was a notable standout for playing a full game as goalkeeper, capitalising on any rebounds we were given. Ultimately, the CSU girls demonstrated strong, confident passing, tight defense and almost flawless shooting, a win well deserved.
Touch football was the third sport of the day and coming in 2 games down, the Sydney team was determined. An explosive diving try from Nick Stratas was shortly followed by Lyle Worrell breaking through the CSU defensive line and giving an offload to Diana Bruncke for 2 points. CSU replied, taking advantage of a mismatch on the outside and scoring on the wing. The University of Sydney finished the first half with fancy footwork from Johnny Harrison, scoring to end the half 4–1. CSU responded in the second half with the CSU captain making a break and offloading to score 2 points. Thrilling the spectators, both Sydney and CSU scored back to back,and Sydney provided a flourishing conclusion to win the game 5–4.
Set to be an exciting match was a keen Sydney women’s side. Striker Priyanka Ponna scored a terrific goal early in the match with a beautiful curve ball just sliding in to the net at the last moment and Kara Everingham saving many shots on goal. CSU, however, prevailed for a final score of 2–1 after a tight, exciting game provided by all players. Congratulations to our team for a close game, particularly to those who played soccer for the first time. That’s what RBC is all about!
The final men’s soccer game was a very physical affair with both teams getting stuck in and providing a fantastic spectacle and the second half saw CSU providing a resounding victory of 4–1. While the price of admission entitled spectators to the full seat, they only took up the edge!
Sydney Uni Sports and Fitness (SUSF)
Sydney Sports and Fitness is proud to be one of Australia’s oldest and most renowned sporting clubs. Joining SUSF means you’ll take away more than your degree—you’ll get to enjoy a healthy, active, and social uni experience!
As a member you will have access to 47 sport and recreation clubs, be able to take part in regular sporting competitions, have access to fitness programs and top-level sporting facilities, as well as be invited to SUSF social events where you can make new friends out of your teammates.
With 300 Australian sporting representatives coming out of the University of Sydney, including 140 Olympians and 111 Australian Rugby Union Representatives (92 of whom are Wallabies), SUSF is the country’s premier tertiary sporting body.
University of Sydney Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
The Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) has been purposefully designed to adhere to the well-rounded course structure of the North American postgraduate dental school model, but has also maintained the sophisticated clinical training for which the University of Sydney has come to be renowned, giving students an applicable knowledge of dental health from the community to the laboratory.
Sydney Dental School is about comprehensive learning, and embracing all the aspects of becoming a successful dentist. Sub-units integrate academic disciplines such as endodontics and orthodontics with the requisite training needed to evolve dental health knowledge into the highly specialized skills of a dental health professional.