Champions! Renegades win first BBL title

Melbourne Renegades made history on Sunday night winning their first Big Bash League Twenty20 crown, defeating the Melbourne Stars at Marvel Stadium.

The Renegades – who formed a partnership with RMIT at the start of the season – looked to have the lost the final with just seven overs remaining in the match, but recovered to steal victory from the Stars, claiming seven wickets for just 19 runs late in the match.

Batting first, the Renegades scored 5-145 from their 20 overs. The Stars were then cruising  at 0-90, then dramatically collapsed, scoring just 7-132 and handing the Renegades the silverware.

RMIT is the Official Community Partner and Education Provider of the Melbourne Renegades.

18 February 2019

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From left: Lauren Louey, The Renegades' Kane Richardson, Georgia Rajic, Annika Forstmanis at RMIT's Melbourne campus

At the announcement of the partnership in December 2018, Melbourne Renegades CEO Stuart Coventry said the strong community connections between both organisations could deliver great opportunities in the partnership.

“As one of not just Melbourne’s but Australia’s oldest tertiary institutions, we are delighted to be partnering with RMIT.

“In 2017, RMIT was home to more than 87,000 students and 11,000 staff globally. That footprint, combined with a strong focus on providing opportunities to regional communities, puts us in an excellent position to work closely with RMIT to achieve our collective goals,"  Coventry said.

“As an RMIT graduate myself, I know it is an educational institution that strives for excellence both inside and outside the classroom. At a club level we have the same approach in striving for success both on and off the field.”

Associate Dean, Computer Science & Software Engineering, Professor John Thangarajah, who founded RMIT’s cricket club back in 2002, said the University was delighted to join forces with the Melbourne Renegades.

“This partnership adds to our already strong connection with Melbourne’s vibrant, world-class sporting scene, and positions RMIT as the university of choice for a quality student experience in Melbourne,” Thangarajah said.

“We are committed to our connection with industry and creating quality learning outcomes for our students, so we’re excited to see what opportunities might develop out of this newly-formed partnership.

“We have our own thriving sports scene through the RMIT Redbacks, and I know that many of our students, including the cricket fanatics from our strong international cohort, will be at games this summer experiencing the excitement of BBL,” he said.

18 February 2019

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