Sport at the University of Adelaide

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Sport at the University of Adelaide is primarily organised by the Adelaide University Sports Association (AUSA). Other bodies affiliated to the University of Adelaide providing sport include the various sports clubs forming part of the residential colleges and the Roseworthy Agricultural Campus Student Union Council (RACSUC).

Adelaide University Sports Association[edit]

Adelaide University Lacrosse Club. 1896 premiership team

The Adelaide University Sports Association (AUSA) was founded in 1896 by the Adelaide University Boat, Tennis and Lacrosse Clubs.[1] The Association was, until 1 January 2010, affiliated to the Adelaide University Union (AUU).[2] They are now affiliated directly to the University of Adelaide (AU).

In 2006 funding for the AUSA was dramatically reduced by the implementation of the Australian Government's Voluntary Student Unionism legislation.[3] The AUSA, until this point in time, had received an annual grant of approximately A$500,000 from the AUU. Since the beginning of 2007, the University has provided a low level of financial support to the AUSA.

The AUSA supports 37 sporting clubs, providing a diverse range of sporting opportunities to University's students. The AUSA is a major stakeholder in the Adelaide University's North Terrace Campus-based Sports Hub fitness centre[4] and the North Adelaide-based university playing fields.

Throughout its history, the AUSA has had to deal with the vagaries of the student politics of the AUU. Although separately incorporated, the AUSA has never received independent funding from the Student Services Fee (the 'Union' Fee). In the past, a sports fee was disallowed by the South Australian state parliament. The traditionally cosy relationship between the AUSA and AUU has seen the AUSA make few decisions to obtain separate funding or facilities. Unlike other "Sandstone" or "Group of Eight" universities, the AU has limited space for facilities and must rely on a tenuous permit system operated by the City of Adelaide to occupy sporting fields in the Adelaide Parklands.

The AUSA is incorporated in South Australia as a not-for-profit society under the Associations and Incorporations Act. The association is administered by an executive officer and assisted by an administrative and projects officer. Governance is through an elected board of management including an annually elected executive committee comprising: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, 6 two-year-term general board members and a University nominee. Constituent clubs elect 3 general board members at the annual general meeting. The executive members are elected by general student franchise.

Founding sporting clubs[edit]

Adelaide University Boat Club[edit]

The Adelaide University Boat Club (AUBC) was founded in 1881 and is one of South Australia's premier rowing clubs. The AUBC is a member club of Rowing SA (South Australian Rowing Association).

The AUBC operates from the Torrens River in the Adelaide city centre, and from West Lakes (near Port Adelaide). The city boathouse was donated by Robert Barr Smith in 1909. The West Lakes Boathouse is shared with the other South Australian rowing clubs and is administered by Rowing SA.

The main focus of the AUBC is to provide rowing for the students of the University of Adelaide. Each year the club competes in the Rowing Intervarsity (IV) and local and national regattas. The premier event at IV is the Oxford and Cambridge Cup (a silver cup similar in style to the Americas Cup) for Men's Eights. The cup was donated by Old Blues of Oxford and Cambridge Universities in the 1890s.

Past members have included Olympians Kate Slatter (Women's Pair Gold and Silver medallist), Jaime Fernandez (Men's Eight Silver), Tim Willoughby (Men's Eight Bronze) and Amber Halliday (Lightweight).

Adelaide University Tennis Club[edit]

The Adelaide University Tennis Club (AUTC) was founded in 1885. The club was instrumental in the founding of the Adelaide University Sports Association. The AUTC is a lawn tennis club.

Adelaide University Lacrosse Club[edit]

The Adelaide University Lacrosse Club (AULC) was founded in 1889 by Nobel Prize winning Professor William Henry Bragg.[5] It is one of the oldest lacrosse clubs in Australia and is a founding member of the AUSA.[1] The AULC takes part in an annual competition against the Melbourne University Lacrosse Club that was first contested in 1905[6] and competes locally in the Lacrosse South Australia competition.[5] Club membership is focused on University of Adelaide students and graduates. Other non students are also members. The AULC trains on the University of Adelaide's Park 10 sports fields in the parklands between the University campus and North Adelaide.

Seven Rhodes Scholars have been members of AULC:[7]

University Blues[edit]

An Adelaide University Blue is awarded for excellence in a particular sport. The awarding of a Blue is usually for competing in a state or national team. The AULC has 134 full Blues awarded to members since 1908. Many more half blues and club letters have also been awarded.[14]

A Grade Premierships[edit]

The AULC has won 11 men's and 1 women's A grade premierships since 1893.

Other sporting clubs[edit]

Adelaide University Gliding Club[edit]

Adelaide University Gliding Club was formed in 1976, and operates a fleet of gliders that includes a pair of two-seat training aircraft, a motor glider and several single-seat gliders. Launches are provided by a winch. The club shares an airfield at Stonefield in the Riverland with the Barossa Valley Gliding Club and Fly Down Under, a commercial gliding operation. AUGC is heavily involved in flying training, which is carried out in the 2 seat sailplanes under the guidance of club instructors. AUGC has trained many pilots from ab initio (complete novice) level through to cross-country, national and international (as members of the Australian Gliding Team[15]) competition. Several AUGC pilots have gone on to a career in aviation, as RAAF pilots, commercial helicopter pilots and flying for QANTAS. Three club members have received University Blues.

Adelaide University Football Club[edit]

The Adelaide University Football Club was officially formed on 26 March 1906 and became affiliated with the Sports Association two weeks later on 9 April 1906. Prior to this time, there was no University Football team competing in a regular competition; however games were arranged on an irregular basis.

The earliest reference to football at University was found in a PAC School Chronicle of 1885. The report stated that Adelaide University could not organize a full side for a Saturday game; however there were enough available for a mid-week game. This was arranged for Wednesday 19 June 1885 and several League players and old scholars from PAC comprised the side. University lost this encounter 4.11 to 1.1.

The Blacks were successful in winning the A Grade Premiership in the following years 1911, 1912, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1926, 1929, 1932, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1975, 1986, 1996, 1999. In 2006 the Blacks were runners up to Goodwood Saints 10.12 72 - 18.11 119.

Adelaide University Touch Club[edit]

Touch Football is a game derived from rugby league, where tackling and kicking are outlawed. The Adelaide University Touch Club was formed in 1983 and joined the Sports Association in 1985. It is the largest touch football club in South Australia. The club has players ranging from complete begineers to players who have represented Australia and England at international tournaments. The club enters teams in the local park touch competition in both single sex grades and mixed grades in both summer and winter competitions. During summer the club runs a mixed competition at the Waite Campus of the University.

Adelaide University Athletics Club[edit]

Established in 1906, the Athletics Club has a participatory focus and competes in events such as the City-Bay Fun Run. Famous past members include Olympian and eight-time Australian champion David Fitzsimons, as well as scientist Henry Brose. Since the Club's establishment, forty-seven club members have been awarded a University Blue.

Adelaide University Sailing Club[edit]

The oldest university sailing club in Australia, it was established in 1959 and hosted the first intervarsity competitions in 1960 and onward. Always a power of Australian university sailing, it maintains a fleet of boats at Henley Beach for novices and has many state, national, and international representatives.

Roseworthy campus[edit]

RACSUC (Roseworthy Agricultural Campus Student Union Council) is an affiliate of the Adelaide University Union. It represents the interests of students at Roseworthy Campus and runs activities including orientation, sports and other social events. Up until the 1980s, sport at Roseworthy was organised by the Roseworthy Agricultural College Sports Union, founded in 1927.[16] Sports included athletics, cricket, football, golf, judo, rifle shooting, rugby union,[17] swimming, table tennis, tennis, and water polo.

Intercollegiate Sport - High Table Cup[edit]

There have been two cups awarded for the Intercollegiate Sport championship between Adelaide University Colleges, both with the generic title of High Table Cup. The College Cup was donated by the High Table of St. Mark's College in the 1950s, and remained in use until 1995 when the Douglas Irving Cup was donated.

Current participants are the College Clubs of Aquinas College, Flinders University Hall, Lincoln College, St. Ann's College and St Mark's College.

While the majority of participants are from the University of Adelaide, most residential colleges also accept students from other South Australian Universities and technical colleges, who are also able to participate in the competition.

There are 12 sports in the championship. They are (in chronological order) tennis, swimming (mixed), cricket, basketball, debating (mixed), Australian Rules Football, netball, soccer, table tennis, field hockey, volleyball and athletics (mixed).

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Blacks, Adelaide University Sports Association.
  2. ^ "Your life on campus", Home page, Adelaide University Union.
  3. ^ Uni and union forge the way ahead, Media release, 14 December 2005, adelaide.edu.au
  4. ^ Students win in Sports Hub expansion, Media release, 9 Jan 2006, adelaide.edu.au
  5. ^ a b Adelaide University Lacrosse Club, theblacks.com.au
  6. ^ "LACROSSE.". The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) (Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia). 12 August 1905. p. 19. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c List of South Australian Rhodes Scholars, www.adelaide.edu.au
  8. ^ Philip Jones, 'Fry, Henry Kenneth (1886 - 1959)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 14, Melbourne University Press, 1996, pp 230-231.
  9. ^ E. T. Williams, 'Cairns, Sir Hugh William Bell (1896 - 1952)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 7, Melbourne University Press, 1979, pp 524-525.
  10. ^ Obituaries, 17 March 1994, Oxford Gazette.
  11. ^ Brigadier Myles Landseer Formby, www.generals.dk
  12. ^ Alasdair Sutherland, A Highland Chindit, BBC - WW2 People's War
  13. ^ a b c Rhodes Scholars, The Blacks - University of Adelaide Sports Association
  14. ^ Blues, The Blacks - University of Adelaide Sports Association.
  15. ^ http://rieti08.ausglidingteam.com/team%20profile.html
  16. ^ Roseworthy Agricultural College Sports Union Papers, www.adelaide.edu.au.
  17. ^ Recent history of the Barossa Rams