The JKU is challenging Vienna! We want to stir up the Austrian College Sports League with our two teams. Or at least have a lot of fun while trying...
The JKU is competing against some of Austria's largest universities in the ACSL, the Austrian College Sports League, opens an external URL in a new window, in basketball (men's & women's teams) and soon in American football (co-ed). During game day in Vienna, over 5,200 students will come together to support their university! The JKU aims to show Vienna that Linz is Austria's sports capital! If not, then at least it's Austria party capital!
It's a bold move: The JKU is Austria's first university outside of Vienna to join the ACSL. There are now teams at JKU and games will also be held on campus!
Last Thursday, over 400 JKU students thunderously cheered our JKU Astros ladies on to their first victory over the Med Uni Serpents (60 - 46). Despite a close loss in Vienna against the TU Robots (by 1 point), the strongest team in the league, the JKU Astros, are now an insider's tip in the fight for a spot in the Final 4. Lisa Ganhör, well underway to becoming MVP (most valuable player) is showing first-hand just how well the JKU women's team is positioned in the ACSL.
It was a close game! The JKU Astros men's team is getting better and better and compared to the test game in October, the team is becoming more fluid! They even led by 6 points during the 3rd quarter. However, the Med Uni Serpents demonstrated their years of team experienceduring the last quarter and turned the game around with a score of 52 - 42.
Despite the defeat, the JKU Astro fans celebrated their team as winners, proving the JKU's unique university spirit. Nina, a student at the JKU, remarked: "I was at a basketball game today for the first time in my life and overwhelmed by the amazing atmosphere! I am a new fan here at the JKU!" Nina added that she is greatly looking forward to the next game on December 15 against the BOKU Beez.
Expect thrilling university rivalries, an unparalleled atmosphere, the JKU cheer dance team, DJs and, of course, exciting games.
Do I have to be a die-hard sports fan?
Not at all! The most important thing is showing your JKU spirit - my university against your university! Be part of the JKU community, get to know new people on campus and across the university, and join the fun!
Challenging Vienna's dominance - the new JKU Astros football team launches into the season this year.
As to the question of whether or not the new football team will can beat the women's basketball team’s initial success (in which the women's team brought home the championship) remains to be seen. But the Astros are certainly enthusiastic! Quarterback and JKU business major Michael Deimek remarked: "The Astros football team has progressed well in recent months! On one hand and in terms of play, we've taken a lot of steps in the right direction. On the other hand, the team spirit is outstanding and everyone is highly motivated!"
Over 40 team members - and one female player - are very much looking forward to kicking off the season. As in basketball, the JKU is Austria's first university to challenge Vienna's dominance in the Austrian College Sports League, opens an external URL in a new window - and maybe soon tje JKU will be Austria's university football capital!
During the scrimmage against the more experienced Vienna BOKU Beez, the JKU Astros football team played an impressive game. Coaches Mike Süß and Carson Wittwer accomplished a tremendous feat in just eight months, their efforts clearly on display during the game. The team (dressed in white borrowed uniforms from the Huskies) not only managed to keep up with the Beez, they were able to clearly dominate the game.
Number 17, Nils Kühn, proved to be the player to watch, scoring not only the first, but also the second touchdown in the JKU Astro’s history. The touchdown scored by number 87, Jakob Riedlsperger, was every bit as remarkable. The winning score demonstrated the JKU Astro’s offensive strength.
In addition to an outstanding offense, the JKU Astros team's defense also delivered. The players were able to effectively defend against the opponents' offenses while preventing them from scoring. The team’s strong defensive play is a testament to solid team preparation and cohesion.
The JKU Astros’ first exhibition game has demonstrated the team's potential and future prospects. The Astros plan to continue to build on their foundation to grow and evolve to ultimately accomplish greater goals during the upcoming season.