Monash Games Breaks Records

After breaking participation records set in 2013, Monash Games is over for another year.

Monash Sport's 2014 annual Monash Games had a record 75 teams entered with over 400 Monash University student and 200 Monash University staff competing in the three days of social sport competitions.

Sports played included basketball, futsal, netball, dodgeball and volleyball.

Director of Monash Sport, Brett Lavale, praised the event.

"The Monash Games is a fantastic lead into semester 2 for both staff and students. It is a great way to have fun, compete, be active and social in a team."

"This years competition demonstrated a great standard of sport, but most importantly a great spirit of community from the students and staff who participated," Mr Lavale said.

Over $1,300 was raised for the Ronald McDonald Charity House, with mixed netball team Wii-not-fit raising over $420.

Ronald McDonald Charity House provides a "home away from home", where families with seriously ill children can stay while their children receive treatment at Monash Children's Hospital.

"We raised what we could," said Wii-not-fit team captain, Michael Dower. "Recently one of my friend's parents passed away.  His wife had trouble finding a place to stay... I can't image how hard it would be for a sick child and their parent."

The Charity Houses are particularly important for families from regional areas, who often have to travel hours for their sick child's daily hospital appointments, and don't have family or friends who they can stay with in the city.

"I'm from a regional area and so were most of the team," said Michael. "We can understand how hard (finding a place to stay) is."

The 2014 Games ran with assistance from TeamMONASH who organised over 25 volunteers to help run the games.

"Volunteering shows (people) care about helping others," said TeamMONASH Director, Martin Doulton.

"A volunteering experience builds skills in communication, problem solving, teamwork, cross cultural understanding and presentation skills all which are important for a Uni student to demonstrate they have experience of."

Planning is already underway for the 2015 Monash Games.

Monash Sport thanks all the staff and students who played and volunteered over the three day event, and looks forward to an even bigger competition in next year.

The Winners of the 2014 Monash Games were:

Men's Futsal: Equipo Guapo

Mixed Futsal: Philthy Physios

Mixed Netball: The Ressies

Women's Netball: AUG Women's

Dodge Ball: Can't Dodge This

Men's Basketball: Masters of Melting

And in the winners in the staff challenge included:

Volleyball: Pink Panthers

Basketball: eSolutions Abusement Park

Netball: Psyched 8

Futsal: CSC FC