2022 Australian Under 22 Ultimate Championships – Team Vic wrap-up

The 2022 Australian Under 22 Ultimate Championships were held from Friday July 8 to Sunday July 10 at Victoria Park in Ballarat.

Congratulations to the Weedy Seadragons – our U22 Women’s team – on becoming national champions!

Six Victorian teams in total attended across the U18 and U22 divisions. Read on to find out how they all performed.

Team Vic at the 2022 Australian Under 22 Ultimate Championships in Ballarat

U22 Women

Our U22 Women’s team won the gold medal and were crowned national champions! This is the first time the Weedy Seadragons have won the event, having previously finished as runners-up in 2016 and 2019. A huge congratulations to the whole team!

2022 Victoria Weedy Seadragons
Back: Christina Van (team manager), Yvette Nguyen (assistant coach), Ellen Ho, Venetia Chan, Chinatsu Hoshi, Hannah Phillips, Riona White, Wan Lin Chin, Meg Graham, Simar Dhaliwal (head coach), Ash O’Sullivan (assistant coach)
Front: Alysha Roberts, Hannah Bradley, Kala Rosebirch, Annabelle Davey, Pania Preston, Julie Chong, Julia Cabai, Kat Buckser, Maddy Buckingham
Absent: Kass Mathison

U22 Open

The Leadbeater Possums were in a super competitive battle all weekend against NSW and ACT, but unfortunately went down in the gold medal match and came home with a silver medal. Congratulations to the team for their efforts.

2022 Victoria Leadbeater’s Possums
Back: Per Henriksen (head coach), Kolya Vakhnin, Max Miller, David Hall, Kelvin Du, James French, Angus Wicks, Luke Bleeser, Layton Patel, Ryan Samuel, Jake Wilson (assistant coach)
Front: Matthew Brown, Theo Burnside, Izaak Luitjes, James Walker, Damon Prendergast, Hamish Menses, Nicholas Huang

U22 Mixed

We were represented twice in the mixed division by the Vic Metro Blue Devils, and the Vic Country/Tasmania Greater Bilbies. Both teams performed admirably, chalking up hard-fought wins throughout the weekend. The Bilbies finished in 5th place overall, and the Blue Devils finished 4th.

The Blue Devils came away with the Spirit Of The Game award, tied with ACT. This is the fourth time in a row that the Blue Devils have won the award.

2022 Victoria Metro Blue Devils
Back: Elise Bradley (head coach), Emily Williams, Kelly Koay, Olivia Bradley, Zhi Yi Lee, Vanessa Gan, Ashleigh Fraser, Elizabeth Chen, Nicola Carra, Greta Murdoch (assistant coach)
Middle: Jack Holt, Noah Midgely, Liam Paterson, Harry O’Dea, Benson Chiang, Peter Mantzounis, Jared Olsen
Front: Ervin To
Absent: Genevieve Tan
2022 Victoria Country/Tasmania Greater Bilbies
Back: Kate Hammerton (TAS, assistant coach), Simon Talbot (head coach), Shiloh Leeke (TAS), Callum Dungey (TAS), Hannah Sheers (TAS), Adam Baines (TAS), Louis Lai, Harry Price, Joseph Micheli, Jesse Rowlands (TAS), Jay Lim, Axel Blitzman, Kelvin Choo (assistant coach)
Front: Charmaine Tan, Bethany Forster, Gabrielle Kontanidis (TAS), Junyi Zhang, Ella Kuchel, Cora Hayes, Bonny Dickie, Sulyn Khoo, Adley Tan

U18 Teams

Our U18 Girls and Boys teams attended this tournament, competing in a three-game series against New South Wales in a “reboot” of this division after a lengthy hiatus. NSW took out all games in both divisions, but we are very hopeful about future years as the U18 division re-grows!

Click here to browse the full results from the event

Click here for photos from the event from Pat Thorpe Ultimate Photography

U22 Green & Gold Teams

UV extends their congratulations to the following athletes that were selected to Green & Gold Merit Teams in the U22 divisions, and looks forward to whatever opportunities they pursue next!

Women – Chinatsu Hoshi, Julia Cabai, Julie Chong (Women’s Division MVP), Kassandra Mathison, Pania Preston

Open – Angus Wicks, Damon Prendergast, James Walker, Luke Bleeser, Tiernan Somers

Mixed – Elizabeth Chen, Hannah Sheers (TAS), Jesse Rowlands (TAS)

Click here to see the full team lists