UTS would quickly fire back with comfortable wins in the Ladies Futsal (14-1) and Basketball (55-74).
Men's Futsal saw the two sides play out a 2-2 draw after 40 nail-biting minutes in what was the highlight of the day.
The result of all of this left it all to play for heading into the return leg at the RMIT Sports Centre aka “The Web” a week later.
It was a great experience, being able to get out of the comfort zone of Melbourne, meet and play competitively against students from other unis was a real highlight of my degree
– John, Men’s Futsal
The return leg brought a mix of nerves and excitement as all athletes knew how high the stakes were.
It was clear that The Derby was going to go down to the wire.
UTS opened proceedings with a victory in the Ladie's Futsal, but the Redbacks quickly fired back once again winning the Men's Basketball and Mixed Netball.
Over in the tennis courts under the roof, the honours went to the UTS Ladies winning 5 sets to 1 and the RMIT Men rallying to secure victory in dramatic circumstances, holding their nerve in a thrilling tiebreaker.
With RMIT up by one overall, the outcome of The Derby would come down to the final two events; Men's Futsal and Women's Basketball.
Another thrilling draw in the Men's Futsal meant it was down to the Women's Basketball to decide the inaugural winner.
Cheered on by a raucous crowd, it was the RMIT Women’s, the underdogs, who successfully reversed the result of the previous week to cause the upset and knock off the more favoured UTS side 79-77 in a game that went to the very last seconds at the net with UTS in possession.
The Derby has been so much fun; I really enjoyed travelling to Sydney and meeting new people whilst supporting the other teams. I recommend you get around it next year.
– Sophie, Women’s Basketball
A fantastic event both on and off the court concluding later that evening with an awards night held for both sides to mingle in a more social, less competitive setting.
RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Alec Cameron presented the Derby trophy to the winning RMIT Captains Aria Adel and Steph Calabrese.