Sydney Uni Football Club: 5 Things to Remember

2013 sees SUFC aiming to hang on to their position as one of the most formidable rugby clubs around. Amazing athletes, Friday Night Football and Family day are just a couple of things on the cards this season. Keep reading to discover the five things to remember about SUFC as they celebrate 150 years or success.

1. An Unrivalled History

The Sydney University Football Club, founded in 1863, is the birthplace of Australian Rugby and is the oldest Rugby club outside of Britain.The past few seasons have been amongst the most successful in the Club’s history. Since 2001, the Club has won eight 1st Grade (Shute Shield) Premierships, along with ten Club Championships, including the last nine consecutively. As a product of this success SUFC has been able to develop countless Super Rugby franchise players, Australian U20 and 7’s representatives.

26 SUFC players are contracted to play for an Australian Super Rugby team in 2013, by far the greatest representation of any Club. In total, the Club has produced 112 Australian Representatives, of which 93 are Wallabies and between them they have played 930 test matches. Current Wallabies are: Berrick Barnes, Dave Dennis, Ben McCalman, Pat McCutcheon, Nick Phipps and Paddy Ryan. There have been 12 Australian Test captains amongst SUFC players, including John Solomon, John Thornett, Dick Tooth, Phil Waugh and 1991 World Cup winning captain Nick Farr-Jones.

SUFC has the enviable reputation of being a market leader both on and off the field. The Club has a proud history of being involved with a number of community based organisations and charities and of developing men who have played leadership roles in medicine, politics, banking, law, engineering, business and academia. The Club has also produced 18 Rhodes Scholars, including 2012 Scholar, Jacob Taylor.

The Club’s history and achievements are unrivalled by any other sporting team in this country, making SUFC the leading Club Rugby brand in Australia.

2. Next Generation of Stars

Season 2013 promises to be another exciting year for the Sydney University Football Club, as the Club continues to develop players of the future.
Rugby fans watching Sydney University over the past few seasons would have witnessed the emergence of some of the Club’s future stars, through the likes of Angus Roberts, Tom English, Sam Talakai, Oli Atkins, David Hickey and Michael Hodge. Others players expected to make their mark from Season 2013 include Will Skelton (lock), Jake Gordon (scrum half), Australian under 20’s representatives Jock Merriman (scrum half / fly half) and Tolu Latu (loosehead prop) and former Colts captain Benn Melrose (openside breakaway).

The future looks bright. 

3. Grade Draw

In season 2013, SUFC will be hosting 9 home Grade games at University No.1 Oval and will also play 9 Grade away fixtures in the regular season.
The finals series for both the Grade and Colts competitions will be played over 4 weeks, with the competition culminating on Saturday 14th September with the Grade Grand Final. The format for the 2013 finals will be based on an 8-team elimination series over 4 weeks.

Round 1 – 6 April Parramatta v SUFC Grandville Park, Merrylands
Round 2 – 13 April SUFC v Eastwood No. 1 Oval, Sydney University
Round 3 – 20 April Eastern Suburbs v SUFC Woollahra Oval, Bellevue Hill
Round 4 – 27 April SUFC v Warringah No. 1 Oval, Sydney University
Round 5 – 4 May Penrith v SUFC Nepean Rugby Park, Penrith
Round 6 – 10/11 May SUFC v Northern Suburbs No. 1 Oval, Sydney University
Round 7 – 18 May Southern Districts v SUFC Forshaw Rugby Park, Sylvania
Round 8 – 25 May Gordon v SUFC Chatswood Oval, Chatswood
Round 9 – 1 June SUFC v Randwick No. 1 Oval, Sydney University
8 June BYE  
Round 10 – 15 June Manly v SUFC Manly Oval, Manly
Round 11 – 22 June SUFC v West Harbour No. 1 Oval, Sydney University
Round 12 – 30 June SUFC v Eastern Suburbs No. 1 Oval, Sydney University
6 July BYE  
Round 13 – 13 July Warringah v SUFC Pittwater Rugby Park, Narrabeen
Round 14 – 20 July SUFC v Penrith No. 1 Oval, Sydney University
Round 15 – 27 July Northern Suburbs v SUFC North Sydney Oval, North Sydney
Round 16 – 3 August SUFC v Southern Districts No. 1 Oval, Sydney University
Round 17 – 10 August SUFC v Gordon No. 1 Oval, Sydney University
Round 18 – 17 August Randwick v SUFC Coogee Oval, Coogee

Please note game dates and venues may change. Please check the Club’s website closer to the date:

4. Exciting Events Planned for Home Games

Throughout season 2013, SUFC is planning to once more entertain crowds at University No.1 Oval with some exciting attractions.

Friday Night Football / Student Day

One of the most popular home game events each year amongst the student population is Friday Night Football (to be held 10th of May), when the “Students” of Sydney University do battle with Northern Suburbs. In 2013 SUFC will be looking to build on the popularity of this event by introducing some additional crowd attractions. It promises to be an event for students not to be missed.

Family Day

In Round 12, SUFC host Eastern Suburbs on Sunday 30th of June. Many family-friendly events are planned on this day, including several mini rugby games from the Club’s junior teams of Balmain, Canterbury and Petersham. The hugely popular Kids Animal Farm is expected to be once more a hit with kids.

Ladies Day

The Club’s Grand Final re-match against Southern Districts will take place on Saturday 3rd of August, coinciding with the annual Ladies Day event. Ladies Day allows the girls to dress up and be pampered at the Rugby. A hugely popular event, crowds each year are treated to live entertainment and an after match party.

Services Day

First introduced in 2011, the Club will once more dedicate one of its home games to the outstanding efforts of the Emergency Services. This annual event has seen a Police helicopter land on University No.1 Oval, releasing a Police Dog which rounded up a makeshift bandit and the Fire Brigade demonstrating the dramatic effects of a kitchen fire. Crowds can expect similar highlights in 2013.

5. 150th Anniversary Year

In 2013, the Sydney University Football Club turns 150. To mark this occasion, many unique events will be held across the year to celebrate the remarkable milestone of 150 years of Rugby Excellence at Sydney University.

“To put the jersey on and know that you are a custodian for all players that have gone before you is a unique feeling for the fifteen guys who do it across any grade at any time this year”, said veteran of 186 Club games and 106 1st grade appearances, Nathan Trist.

“The jersey represents 150 years of people who have unconditionally supported, sacrificed for and loved this Club. The opportunity to be part of any legacy, in any capacity, is something that I think is really rare and a very special honour and privilege”, said former Colts captain and two time Colts premiership player Benn Melrose.

150 Years of Rugby Excellence –major events to be held

✶ Buildcorp Australian Club Championship – SUFC v University of Queensland (curtain raiser to
Waratahs v Auckland Blues) – Sunday 24th March 2013
✶ 150th Anniversary Dinner – Saturday, 13th April 2013
✶ SUFC 1st Grade v World University Barbarians (curtain raiser to Wallabies v British Lions Sydney Test Match) – Saturday, 6th July 2013
✶ Re-Enactment of SUFC’s first game (half time at Wallabies v All Blacks Sydney Bledisloe Cup Test Match) – Saturday, 17th August 2013.
✶ …many more exciting events and activities are planned for our celebrations and will be held at various 2013 events and home games throughout the year.