From Social Sport to National Championships

Michael Dower began playing Social Sport at Monash University before going on to the National Championships.

When Budgeting & Reporting Accountant, Michael Dower, joined Monash’s Social Netball Competition in 2013, little did he realise that just a few short years later he would be a team member in the Australian Men’s & Mixed Netball Championships.

Michael played a couple of netball seasons in his younger years but it wasn’t until he moved to Melbourne in 2013 that he reconnected with the game as a way to meet people in his new home city.

His initial return to the sport was in the Monash Games when he joined the Finance mixed netball team. He then continued playing Social Sport and a series of competitions and teams, including the Victorian m-league.

Michael and his team won Monash Sport's Champions League for Mixed Netball last year.

When Michael saw the advertisement for the National trials and knew his coach was trying out, he was tempted too, “The hardest thing though was convincing myself to give it a go.” It’s a good thing he did because after trying out, Michael was selected for the Mixed team, one of five adult teams participating in the national competition starting 27 March at the State Basketball Centre, Wantirna South.

Details of the competition are available on the Australian Men’s and Mixed Netball Association webpage. Should Michael and his team be successful, they will compete in the finals 1-2 April.
If you’re interested in getting active, Monash Sport hold social competitions across Caulfield, Clayton and Peninsula campuses that are open to all levels of ability. Why not check it out – you might be like Michael and end up in a national championship!

Spa upgrades

Dear all, our spa at the Doug Ellis Swimming Pool will temporarily be unavailable Wednesday 23 March between 7:30am-10:30am due to an upgrade of the heat exchange component.

We apologise for the inconvenience, but we hope this upgrade means a more consistently enjoyable experience for spa users in the future.

SummerFest's Epic Clash of Colleges

Centarus College has claimed its maiden College Clash title to be the 2016 champions across Clayton, Caulfield, Peninsula and Berwick campuses this week, winning the overall competition in front of over 700 students at Monash Sport Clayton.

Centaurus celebrating their win

Tug-o-war was the usual headline game of the College Clash, as hundreds of students crammed into Monash Sport's Recreation Hall, cheering and chanting to their College's teams. However the inaugural Campus Community Cup stole the show in the 2016 Clash, as eight members from each of the 14 Monash Colleges raced their self-made cardboard boats.

Deakin Hall was the confirmed winner of the cardboard boat race, winning $1,000 prize money for their College. The cardboard boat race generated an electric atmosphere, as each College entered two teams of four students to complete the relay race using the same cardboard boat. While some College teams were unfortunate to miss out on 1st place, other College's will aim for success in 2017, as they realised the level of difficulty in keeping a cardboard boat intact for a highly intense racing environment.

Deakin Hall ready to race

Adam Fernandes is the Coordinator of Non-Residential Colleges, giving advice and counseling to students who don't live on campus however seek the same support given to students who live on residence. He believes the new Campus Community Cup was a great addition to the College Clash.

"When I spoke to members last night, a lot of them really loved it, and they felt that kind of excitement around watching the race. So I think they'd like to see that happen every year now," he said,

"College Clash has always been one of the highlights of our calendar, and it appeals to a lot of members who play sport, because it's in the spirit of competition and it's a big event. So it's not just a weekly thing, you get to see the other halls of Res, and it's a lot more colourful."

"For those who don't play sport, it's a great introduction into something that can be fun, but at the same time can be competitive. So it appeals to two very different groups and it brings them together."

The students were given the task of building their own cardboard boast for the Campus Community Cup, therefore best dressed boat awards were given out with cash prizes.

Best Presented Boats:
1st - Turner, $500
2nd - Berwick, $250
3rd - Normanby House & Campbell, $150 each

The Berwick "Bull"

In between their competitions, students were able to enjoy blending their own smoothies on a push bike under the Bike'N'Blend tent, running around playing Bubble Soccer and re-energising with provided catering.
The College Clash encourages students from Monash's Colleges to get active in games that are enjoyment focused, and are open to College's belonging to students living on residence and non-residential Colleges. This is the fourth College Clash, which has been included as part of the inaugural SummerFest.

Students enjoy the catering in between competitions

Tug of War

Bike n Blend smoothies

Summer Splash at Sorrento

78 Monash students ready to learn about water safety
A combination of Water Wise Learn to Swim participants and new Monash students took a bus down to Sorrento for a day to learn about water safety at the beach.

On arrival at Sorrento Surf Lifesaving Club, the Lifesaving Victoria Multicultural project team gave a fascinating information session about beach safety, giving the group some important advice on what they can do to be safer in the water.

Following the lesson at the Surf Lifesaving Club, the group was taken on a walk along the ocean front before jumping into some beach activities at the Sorrento bay beach. There were fun games on the sand such as beach soccer, while other games involving rescue tubes and boogey boards were intended to simulate ocean rescues.

The day was organised by the International Student Engagement Division and is supported by the Rootvij Kadakia Foundation, all the students had a great time, and Monash Sport look forward to a continued involvement in the future!

Any Monash students that would like to seek further aquatic education are encouraged to enrol in the fully funded Water Wise program. Thanks to SSAF funding, the program is totally free to Monash students.

Monash Circuit in Development

Monash University continues works to install a nature walking track, which can also be used as a circuit track around Clayton campus.

The Monash Circuit will consist of a 1km and 2km loop tracks, both circulating around Monash Clayton's Sports precinct.
The track will circumnavigate Monash Sport's top terrace (sports ovals) including Frearson Oval (Oval 1) as well as the main soccer pitches behind Monash Sport. This will form a 1km loop track. The 2km track will include this loop, and carry on around the Jackomos and Brigss Residential Halls, where it will connect with existing pathways around the hockey pitch and lake. The track will then return along Scenic Boulevard and link up with the 1k loop track, to form the 2km loop track.

Drinking stations, pedestrian lighting for evening use, two exercise stations and distance markers will be placed along the track. The project also includes the installation of a nature walking bridge through Jock Marshall reserve, linking the University through to Blackburn Road. 

Recipe for a Detoxifying, Recovery Smoothie

By Monash Sport Health and Fitness Instructor Carmen.  

Why it’s Great:
This smoothie is ideal to have post-workout. The combination of protein and carbohydrates will assist in rebuilding muscle tissue, decreasing recovery time and optimising performance. Enjoy within an hour of finishing your workout; this is when blood flow to the exercised muscles is high and the muscles are especially receptive to nutrients.

Celery is a healing vegetable known for its detoxifying, circulation promoting and immune-boosting properties

Chia seeds are a great source of fibre, omega 3’s and protein, which makes them super nourishing. The fibre also helps eliminate toxins from the body.
Coconut water is a natural isotonic drink loaded with minerals such as potassium, calcium and magnesium. This will give you a burst of energy and help your body hydrate and revitalise.
Cucumbers – These cool, green vegies have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They help normalise blood pressure and relieve fluid retention.
Ginger has potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It helps to boost immune function and combat cellular damage.
Protein is high in BCAAs (branched chain amino acids) which can reduce fatigue, improve exercise performance, reduce muscle breakdown and facilitate healing. As well as aiding recovery, protein will support your immune system and help to stabilise hormones, which is great in times of stress. Adding this to your smoothies is Ideal for improving skin, digestive health, sports performance and sustained weight loss.
Spinach helps to increase alkalinity and detoxification in your body that can promote healing. Spinach is also rich in vitamins A, C and K and folic acid, as well as calcium, potassium, copper and iron. These nutrients are necessary for healthy bones, skin and eyes.
Serves 1
1 cup of pure coconut water
1 small stick of celery, chopped
¼ cucumber, chopped
1 big handful of spinach leaves
1 lemon, juice only
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
¼ bunch of parsley
8 - 10 mint leaves
~ 1 inch piece of fresh ginger
1 – 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder

2015 at Monash Sport: The Numbers

Below are some of the statistics from last year's Social Sport, memberships and general visits to our facilities, as well as our recorded satisfaction rating from you, our members.
Social Sport in 2015 saw a major increase in teams compared to 2014.

 The number of teams registered at Peninsula campus dropped. However both Caulfield and Clayton saw a major incline in teams last year.
The number of teams registered in Social Sport has a direct correlation to the number of participants. This could be due to teams moving to other campuses due to availability.
Mixed Netball proved to be the most popular Social Sport competition in 2015, with 43 teams registering in 2015 over two semesters. Open Indoor Soccer was also popular.
The graph above divides the number of visits to our facilities in 2015. Monash Sport received over 1,073000 visits to our facilities last year, including the three campuses along with Social Sport and SWAP Programs.
In 2015, Monash Sport's total number of members reached over 11,900, with approximately 9,200 of these being students. The peak number of members represents the period Monash Sport had the highest number of active memberships. The peak number of current members symbolises the highest number of active members at some point in 2015, made up of students, Monash University staff, and Monash community members.  

See below our customer satisfaction ratings, as given by our members. If you would like to give us feedback to help us improve, head to our website or the link at the bottom of our monthly member email.

Ride to Uni Day


Monash University is proud to support National Ride2Uni Day.   Held on 16 March 2016, the day celebrates the benefits of riding to work and brings together the Monash community.  It helps people who have never ridden to work before to give it a go, and it allows frequent riders to stay motivated and encourage their workmates to get involved.
Sign up for your local campus event using the links below
  • Clayton 8-10am at the Bike Arrival Station
  • Caulfield 1-3pm at the Central Common
To encourage riders to get more active we are offer 20% off selected Garmin cycling products.   Simply follow the instruction upon registering.
On the day bring your bike or helmet to the event for some free treats including: fruit, muffins, puncture repair kits, coffee cups and water bottles. At Clayton, the Bikery will also be providing free bike checks.  You can say hello to other cyclists, chat about cycling to Monash, or boast about all of the benefits of cycling like:
  • Reducing traffic
  • Saving money
  • Keeping fit
  • And helping the environment
We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday the 16th of March!

Doug Ellis Swimming Pool - Spa Closure

Unfortunately the spa will need to be closed for around 4 hours from 9.30am on Tuesday 8 March, as we implement an upgrade to a cleaner, safer and greener pool.
We apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Doug Ellis Swim Shop Sale!

The Doug Ellis Swim Shop is having a sale to kick off the new university year!

This special deal is only valid for Aquatics members, Fitness and Aquatics members, as well as Learn to Swim participants, who can receive 15% off swimwear, goggles and accessories.

Make sure you hurry down, as the offer is only available during March!

Find out more information about the Doug Ellis Swim Shop, including stock available here.

Monash Footy Tipping 2016: All You Need To Know

Footy Tipping was a great addition to campus life in 2015. If you're new to AFL tipping, here's all you need to know.

AFL is important to many Australians, and Footy tipping is importantly tied into the lifestyle of AFL fans. For the second year running, Monash will continue its only University-wide tipping competition, which will allow students and staff to tip against each other.   

How it works:
Before the start of each round, you must tip which team will win their upcoming match. You receive one point if you correctly tip the winner, and no points if you tip wrongly. This is all carried out via the Monash AFL Tipping website.

Private leagues:
AFL tipping is as fun as it is competitive, and lots of fun can be had by arranging your own private league with Uni friends or colleagues. This competition is exclusively for Monash staff and students, so leagues for college groups, faculty groups, staff groups and friendship groups are encouraged.

A 50 inch TV, Monash Sport membership and weekly dinner vouchers are only some of the prizes up for grabs in the 2016 competition, with more to be announced closer to the start of the AFL season.

How can I win prizes?
Prizes can be won by anyone who enters the tipping competition. Even if you enter in a private league, you are still automatically entered in the overall competition, in which the tippers with the highest number of points at the end of the season will be awarded awesome prizes. There is not cost to enter, it is all FREE!