Olympian Heming Hu dominating Australian table tennis


Monash University student and Olympian Heming Hu has had a brilliant start to the 2017 table tennis season.

It was never in doubt that Heming Hu, who’s studying science and education, would become a star in table tennis.

Heming started in the garage at age 6, playing with his family.

It did not take long for Heming to win his first singles title, winning the under 13 National Championship, which would prove to be the beginning of his rise in Australian table tennis.

In the following years, Heming won the Australian Under 15 boys singles title, catapulting him onto the world table tennis scene.

Heming went to represent Australia at the World Junior Championships from 2008 to 2012, which was a “huge dream come true,” said Heming.

“After my first World Junior Championships in 2008, I became literally obsessed and in love with the sport,” reviewed Heming.

A focused Heming Hu about to serve in the 2017 Varsity Challenge against University of Melbourne. Picture: Melbourne University Sports.

However, it was a disappointing qualification bid for the 2010 Youth Olympics which spurred Heming to work harder to achieve the success he desired.

“I missed out by one spot to represent Australia at the 2010 Youth Olympic games, despite being the 1st seed for the qualifying tournament.”

“This urged me on to want it more and more in the future and be hungrier for success.”

Heming Went on to qualify for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2016 Rio Olympic Games, representing Australia at both.


Australian table tennis player Heming Hu
 in full flight. Picture: Heming Hu.
Heming Hu serving in his doubles match
at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Picture: Heming Hu.


2017 has seen Heming dominate Australian table tennis.

Heming has won all 4 Men’s singles titles, winning the Croydon Open, the Mornington Open, the Dandenong Open, and the Australian Top 10 tournament.

The Australian Top 10 tournament was held over two days, May 6 and 7, consisting of the top 9 ranked Australian table tennis players, and one player who is given a wildcard.

Heming played in the final against fellow Australian Olympian Chris Yan, who was leading 3 sets to 0, and leading 10 – 8 in the fourth set, giving Yan 2 match points.

Heming saved both match points, in doing so he turned the game around to eventually beat Yan 4 sets to 3 and win the Australian Top 10 event.

Heming posing with the Monash University table tennis team after their win over the University of Melbourne in the 2017 Varsity Challenge. Picture: Melbourne University Sport.

“I have had an extremely wonderful start to the year, incorporated all my experience and skills into the tournaments in 2017,” said Heming.

With his great form, Heming is hoping to do “some extraordinary things at the upcoming World Individual Championships (Dusseldorf, Germany May 29-June 5), ITTF Platinum World Tour Australian Open (July 1-7), Victorian Open (July 24), and World University Games (August 19-30).”

Heming will look to take his great form with him into 2018, where he has one eye firmly focused on qualifying for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Monash University wish Heming all the best with his table tennis and will continue to support him with both his education and his sporting career. 

Elite Monash athlete - Rossa To

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Monash University table tennis player Rossa To will be competing for Australia at the 2017 World University Games in Taipei.

From the community centre in Springvale to playing table tennis in the garage, Rossa To, like most athletes, has humble beginnings.

Rossa credits Simon (her dad) for being the reason she started playing, despite being self-taught and having no trophies of real significance, Simon has always been her main coach and main source of wisdom.

“There was lots and lots of training, at some point I was training 7 days a week with dad in the garage, we didn’t really have a goal of going to compete at any level, the main goal was self-improvement,” said Rossa.

Simon saw something in his daughter from an early age, suggesting, after years of training, that she should start playing pennant at the Greater Dandenong Table Tennis Association.

Rossa warming up with Simon (her dad) before she played Melbourne University in the 2017 Varsity challenge. Picture: Melbourne University Sport.

It did not take long for Rossa to show her talent.

At the Victorian Open Junior Championships in 2009, Rossa’s first tournament, she finished runner-up.

She was then selected to represent Victoria at the National Junior Championships in Tasmania, where the team achieved a bronze medal.

Despite her early success, Rossa’s career was hindered by several personal difficulties, causing her to miss a string of National Championships and other key tournaments in the years to follow.

2010 - 2013 saw the talented table tennis player only play tournaments “here and there.”

2013 marked the turning point, as she received a wildcard to play in the Junior top 10 Championships.

“I was so nervous at the beginning of that tournament, because I hadn’t played in such a long time prior to that competition.”

Playing against the top 9 ranked junior players in Australia, Rossa beat the number 1 seed on her way to winning the tournament.

“I had played the top seed twice before and never beaten her, not even a chance, but somehow defeated her in five sets that day.”

“Winning top 10 was overwhelming, mum almost cried and dad was extremely proud, all he could do was smile.”

Rossa was then asked to join the Victorian team competing at the National Championships, the Victorian under 18 girls team won the gold medal.

In the following years VCE took precedence over Rossa’s sporting career.

Since Rossa started her Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Commerce at Monash University, she’s had more opportunities to further her table tennis career.

Rossa showing immense concentration as she serves in the 2017 Varsity Challenge against Melbourne University. Picture: Melbourne University Sport.

Rossa competed at the Victorian University Games in 2016, where she helped Monash achieve a bronze medal.

Her talents did not go unnoticed as she was asked to represent Australia at the 2017 World University Games in Taipei.

With support from Monash University, Rossa accepted the invitation.

After all her adversity, Rossa will proudly represent Australia at the Universiade.

As for Simon, he could not be more pleased with his daughter’s success.

“I am very happy that I have trained Rossa well enough to be recognised for her talents, and for her to be able to represent Monash at World Uni Games in this sport.”


Monash University would like to wish Rossa the best at the World University Games.

Monash University continues its League of Legend dominance



Monash dominates the University eSport League, winning gold and bronze in the League of Legends tournament.

Monash University has continued its great form in League of Legends, having one team win the grand final, in the University eSport League, and their second team finish third.

The tournament, run by GradConnection and ESL, has a total prize pool of $10,000, with the winner walking away with a cool $2000.

Starting early in semester 1, the tournament began with four qualifying cups (group stages), both Monash teams finished atop their group, staying undefeated.

After a series of knock-out games, the two Monash team’s found themselves playing each other for a spot in the grand final, guaranteeing Monash a chance at the gold medal.

The entire Monash team posing for a photo before their grand final match against UTS, including Andrew Hong, Tommy Trieu, Morgan Khuu, Daniel Wang, Harrison Nguyen, and Team Organiser Eric Lee. Picture: ESM


The Monash line-up for the grand final was - Andrew Hong (Business) – Top, Tommy Trieu (Busniess & Banking and Finance) – Jungle, Morgan Khuu (Busniess & Banking and Finance) – Mid, Daniel Wang (Computer Science and Commerce) – ADC, and Harrison Nguyen (Radiography and Medical Imaging) – Support.

The grand final was held on April 29, in Sydney, with Monash beating UTS 2 – 0.

Team Organiser Eric Lee (Business and Arts) reviewed the final “Game 1 was really close, Monash faced a massive deficit for much of the game, we essentially tried to stall the game and pick up little victories where we could, before we eventually came back to win.”

“In game 2 we got over our nerves and jitters, we played with confidence and ran away with a convincing win.”

The Monash League of Legends team collecting their cheque for $2000, after their emphatic win in the University eSport League. Picture: ESL Australia

Having won the inaugural League of Legends tournament at the 2016 Australian University Games (AUG) against QUT, Monash used the tournament to “scout out other universities, as well as send 2 teams to unearth talent,” said Eric.

Monash certainly unearthed some talent, having replaced 4 players from their winning AUG team.

With the 2017 Australian University Games drawing ever closer, Eric said “We’re confident in our ability, even though we replaced four players from a winning 2016 line-up.”

Monash sent an ominous warning to the rest of the competition, Monash is the team to beat.

Monash University congratulate the team on a great victory, and wish the team all the best heading into the 2017 AUG. 

Winter is coming, and so is Olympian Brodie Summers


 
Winter Olympian and current Monash University Student Brodie Summers is one of Australia’s finest skiers. Hailing from Perth, Brodie is a real medal chance for the upcoming 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games in the moguls discipline.
I know what you’re thinking, yes, mogul skiing is as gruelling as it looks, and no, I have no idea how Brodie still has functioning knees. However, despite being a physically taxing sport, you can feel the passion and the desire burning inside Brodie.
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Brodie tearing up the moguls. photo: brodiesummers Instagram
Nevertheless, when talking to Brodie, through that passion and will to push himself to new limits, there is also another side of Brodie. He is a genuinely good bloke. There are few people as humble and down the earth as the Australian athlete.
To say he’s ‘one of the nice guys’ does not acknowledge the extremely tight-knit and respectful community which is mogul skiing. Brodie could not have spoken more highly of those within the sport.
From the world number 1 Mikael Kingsbury, who he has likened to the dominating force of Tiger Woods or Usain Bolt, to each and every athlete who competes in the moguls, there is an underlying respect for one another.
In addition, the comradery within the Australian mogul team is unparalleled. Brodie’s team mates, Matt Graham and Britt Cox, are his second family, who he spends a lot of the year with.
“It’s a very tough sport, and we all know what it’s like to be away from home for so long, so it really helps to have such great people around me. I look forward to travelling, training and competing with Britt and Matty.”

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Catching some air with an amazing background seems like a normal day for Brodie Summers. Photo: brodiesummers Instagram
However, despite his love of travel, Brodie professed that leaving behind his terrier cross miniature poodle is one of, if not, the hardest thing he does every time he leaves.
Upon his return from training or competition, Brodie’s routine religiously consists of “getting breakfast and taking a very happy pup to the beach.”
Brodie’s genuine and passionate character is exemplified in his skiing. His desire to push himself to the limit and improve, regardless of the obstacles, has left him in good stead for the Olympics.
After missing the entire 2014/15 season due to a back injury, Brodie has gone from strength to strength since his recovery. Despite being admittedly hesitant when he returned to the competition, Brodie was able to regain his confidence in the 2016/17 season just passed.
Brodie solidified his good form by taking home the silver medal in the 2017 World Cup event in Thaiwoo Park, China. The performance proved, to not only Brodie but to the rest of the competition, that Brodie Summers is a real threat.
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Brodie on the Podium after winning silver at the 2017 World Cup event in Thaiwoo park, China. Photo: brodiesummers Instagram
“On my day, I know I can match it with the best.”
Brodie’s grit and determination will prove to be his greatest asset as he looks to leave nothing to chance in his preparations for the 2018 Winter Olympics. He is poised to have his best season yet and it couldn’t have come at a better time with the 2018 Winter Olympics drawing ever closer.
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Whilst competing at the highest level, Brodie is also completing a Bachelor of Business Specialist (Banking and Finance) at Monash University. Brodie emphasised the value of university, and discovered his interest in banking and finance through his course and internships.
“I wanted to continue with higher education because I know the importance of life after sport.”
Monash University is proud to support and facilitate Brodie’s learning.
We at Monash University wish Brodie all the best heading into the Winter Olympics.

Elite Monash Player Profile – Stefan Uzelac


The Men's 2016 Australian University Games basketball posing for a team photo.
Current Monash University mechanical engineering and biomedical student Stefan Uzelac is seen as one of the best university basketball players in Australia. He currently plies his trade with the Sandringham Sabres who play in the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL). Only Australia’s premier basketball league, the National Basketball League, is considered better than the SEABL.

Stefan’s commitments with the Sabres and finishing his degree means that the semesters can become busy.

“It gets pretty full on, especially during semester one when the bulk of the season is played. So basically the two are my life for the best part of the year.”

Stefan dribbling the ball for the Sandrimgham Sabre's.
Stefan was part of the Monash Men’s Basketball team which competed at the 2016 Australian University Games (AUG) in Perth. He was integral to Monash’s medal push at the Games.

Stefan’s talents were on display as the Monash team took the group stage by storm finishing on top of the ladder. Stefan asserted that they played really well throughout the tournament.

However, a tough semi-final against the University of Western Australia saw the team fall short by a few points. The team looked to bounce back after an agonising loss, however, the loss to UWA was still being felt by Monash.

“I think we played our worst game fighting for bronze, felt a little disheartened from the loss in the semi’s earlier that day.”

Unfortunately, Monash narrowly missed out on the bronze medal.

Stefan’s experience playing in the SEABL proved invaluable for the Monash basketball team. He was rewarded for his excellent tournament with a Green & Gold medal, which is awarded to the best Basketball players at the Games.

Whilst the tournament did not end with the planned outcome, the week was still one to remember.


Stefan is appearing to fly towards the basket,
playing for the Sabre's.
“I really enjoyed it! The standard of play was quite good this year and venues were awesome.”

“Being able to meet all of the other student-athletes was definitely a great experience too.”

Stefan will be one of several basketball players who will have graduated before AUG17. Despite the loss of players, Stefan is confident that the younger guys will step up and take responsibility for the team.

With the 2017 Australian University Games drawing ever closer, Stefan peered into the future to give his prediction.

“I honestly don’t have a clue,” he joked, “but you never know what can happen. A big part of why we were relatively good as a team last year was because we worked out how to play together and win games.”

Whilst it will naturally be difficult to replace a talent like Stefan, having a team which knows how to win will hold them in good stead for AUG17.

As for Stefan’s Sabres, they have an exciting team this season. His plan is to stay focused, push for a play-offs spot and go from there.

We wish Stefan all the best with the remainder of his studies this semester, and the season ahead with the Sabres.


T20 Cricket - Varsity Challenge


The Monash University Cricket team posing for a team photo before they take on The University of Melbourne in the 2017 T20 Varsity Challenge cricket game.
Monash University and The University of Melbourne played off in the highly anticipated T20 cricket match as part of the 2017 Varsity challenge.

Having won the toss, Monash decided to bat first and put on a classy display.

Monash’s Captain and current Arts student Sachin Varadarajan starred with the bat, hitting the Melbourne bowlers all over the park, including four big sixes, en route to scoring 66 runs.

Varadarajan gave an insight into his thought process while at the crease.

Victorious Monash captain Varadarajan
collecting the Varsity Challenge trophy.
“The other opener and the number 3, James Wiseman, and Jarrod Munday respectively, I had great partnerships with both of them. And the majority of what we were saying together was get a boundary an over, limit risks and get the team close to 150 if possible."

"As soon as Jarrod came to the crease, he started hitting boundaries regularly, so the pressure was equally distributed, he played brilliantly. We both just tried to limit risks and push the pace of the game to where we were happy it being, and then maintain that.”

Monash built their innings around Varadarajan, with Jarrod Munday scoring an impressive 39. James Wiseman and Rupert O’Toole chipped in with handy scores of 16 and 18 respectively, and bringing the innings home was Adi Narayana and Hayden Rayner, both scoring 10.

Varadarajan reflected on the batting performance of his team.

“We dominated right through. We set a massive total through mainly the top order, lots of boundaries and hard running.”

Monash were unrelenting on their way to an impressive 4/180 off their 20 overs.
After a superb effort with the bat, and an imposing total to work with, Monash put on a bowling clinic.

The Monash’s bowlers were hungry for wickets, Rishabh Nagpal lead the bowling with the figures of 3/25, taking two of the top four Melbourne batsmen. Nagpal combined with Luke Shimmin, who took 3/38, to terrorise the Melbourne batsmen.

In addition, Rayner, who took a wicket with the first ball of the innings, finished with a tidy 1/11. Thomas Leatham also chipped in taking 1/14. Varadarajan, showed that he is also handy with the ball, bowling a maiden from his one over.

Varadarajan praised the opening bowlers for getting on top of the Melbourne batsmen early.

“We bowled brilliantly, with a wicket with the first ball of our bowling innings and 3 wickets in the first 2 overs.”

The Monash University team during the
after match presentation.
Monash were able to put the game away early and wrapped up the game with several overs left.

Melbourne were bowled out for 115, with Yaksender the highlight of the Melbourne innings scoring 56.

Monash convincingly took out this year’s T20 cricket Varsity Challenge by 65 runs.

The victory combined with their bronze medal at the Australian University games in 2016, holds the team in good stead for 2017.


Well done to all involved for put on a great game to watch.


For more information about TeamMONASH and the Varsity Challenge visit:
https://www.monash.edu/teammonash
http://varsitychallenge.com.au/




Tom Lakic - Player Profile

Monash University Football Team celebrating with goalscorer Thomas Lakic after an exquisite goal at the 2016 Australian University Games. Final Score Mon 3 - UTS 2. Picture: Australian University Sports

Current Monash student Thomas Lakic was one of the key players for the Monash 2016 AUG Men’s Football team.

The talented midfielder was one of the driving forces behind the team’s success, bringing his skills and experience to a relatively new side.

Thomas currently plays for Box Hill United SC in the National Premier League 2 (Victoria-East), having previously been part of the Melbourne Victory youth system during 2015-16. His experience at the top level of Australian football proved invaluable as he showed his class game after game during the gruelling tournament.

Box Hill United's Tom Lakic on the ball,
in the National Premier League (Victoria)
The 2016 AUG Men’s Football team had its best finish in several years, achieving a hard fought silver medal.

The team fell cruelly short of a dream Gold medal, falling at the final hurdle to a strong University of Melbourne team who won the tournament.

Thomas reflected on his time at the recent tournament.

The week for me was an absolute blast, and was definitely something I had never really experienced before. Playing 10 games in 5 days was intense but also so rewarding.”

“The week away brings together a team like nothing else really can, we became a tight nit group both on and off the field. The fact we achieved a silver medal was even better, hopefully we can go one better in 2017.”

His outstanding tournament also saw him receive a Green & Gold medal as one of the best player in the tournament.

 Personally the Green & Gold medal meant a lot as I felt I gave everything I could for the team and being rewarded with the medal was an exciting end to it.”

“However as a team I thought we had a great week and each and every one of us contributed so much in so many ways. In truth I really couldn't have done it without them or Chris our coach either.”
Tom Lakic plying his trade
with Melbourne Victory

Thomas will be part of Football team which will compete at the 2017 Australian University Games in Gold Coast and he outlined what excites him the most about going forward

Obviously the attraction to success is something that drives me to continue to put my hand up and represent Monash. We will definitely push for the Gold this year!”

“The opportunity to potentially represent Monash on an international scale would be amazing and the bond with the boys is like nothing else.  I'm sure we will achieve great things both nationally and internationally given the chance.”

Monash University provides an excellent opportunity to play against the best of the best.



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