What is a winning culture? Is it sacrificing the ‘me’ for the ‘we’? Is it being passionate as well as performance-focused? Is it hard work, sacrifice and success combined? At Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF), we’d say it’s all of the above.
In the winter of 2019, our clubs experienced a season of success like no other, embodying the “winning culture” SUSF is so proud to cultivate. Read on for a snapshot of some of the incredible results recorded across several thriving programs.
Athletics – Sydney Uni Athletics Club were named 2019 Winter Premiers, the seventh consecutive title for the women and eighth victory in nine years for the men.
Aussie Rules – Growthbuilt Sydney Uni Australian National Football Club were well represented in finals across all their high- performance competitions. The Club claimed the AFL Sydney Division 1 premiership, however despite a valiant effort, were unable to seal the deal in NEAFL, Premier Division and 1st Colts. The Women’s Premier Division and Reserves team also appeared in their respective finals series, falling just short of the grand final.
Baseball – While first grade fell painfully short of a claiming their championship, going down to eventual winners Petersham in the minor semi final, Sydney Uni Baseball’s second and third grade teams celebrated consecutive titles in the Sydney Winter Baseball League. In fact, third grade’s win was the team’s fourth straight championship.
Basketball – The Sydney Uni Flames wheelchair basketball team were crowned 2019 Champions, winning the WNWBL gold medal match over Perth, 55-50. Read more about their championship win on page 18.
Boat – Sydney University Boat Club has won the Australian Boat Race to retain the Edmund Barton and Bella Guerin Trophy (their third consecutive victory).
Hockey – In a historic year for Sydney Uni Hockey Club, all top five women’s grades enjoyed a grand final appearance with 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade claiming victory in their respective competitions. It was heartbreak for 1st and 4th grade who were narrowly edged out by their opposition, settling for runner’s up honours. The men claimed the Premier League 3 premiership while the Masters A team were scarcely beaten in their grand final.
Rugby – It was an enormous year for Sydney Uni Football Club with First Grade securing back-to-back Shute Shield Premierships, the Women retaining the Jack Scott Cup, 1st Colts defeating 2018 premiers, Randwick and 2nd and 4th grade winning their respective fixtures. The club picked up 5/8 possible championships plus their 16th consecutive Club Championship.
Soccer – Sydney Uni Soccer Football Club had another standout season, spearheaded by the women claiming the Club Championship in record time, 1st and Reserve Grade Major Premierships, the 1st Grade NPL1 Championship and NPL Women’s Challenge Cup against ACT champions, Belconnen United. Other results included:
- Reserve grade won the minor premiership but lost the grand final
- AW1 and AAW3Gold won the competition in the All-Age division
- U15 Girls won the championship
- U17 Girls won the premiership
- U14 Girls went undefeated but finished 2nd
- Men’s 1st Grade finished 11th, U20s finished 2nd and U18s finished 2nd
- Boys U13s won the competition and championship
- U20s made semi-finals, while U18s were narrowly defeated in their grand final
- U15 and U16 Boys made the semi-finals
And it isn’t over yet…
As ROAR Magazine goes to print, our American Football Club (across three grades) are in contention to take out their respective competitions, the Brydens Sydney Uni Flames has begun its 2019-20 WNBL campaign and our Cricket Club has started their season on a high. Here’s to not only a season of success, but a full year of it.