The University of Adelaide has a long history of intervarsity competition in many sports. In 2016, a number of Go8 universities decided it was time to revive the rivalry and re-establish the intervarsity football (men’s) competition. Josh Stewart, 2016 IV co-Captain and Law graduate, has fond memories of playing IV. "IV football was not only a great opportunity to compete with and against the best players within the university system, but also a chance to take part in a well-established history of students doing the same.”
Last year, the team missed the grand final with a heartbreaking ‘after siren’ lost to Melbourne University, who went on to win the completion. Check out the highlights here.
This year, with the support of the Adelaide University Football Club (AUFC), the University team is planning to be a force of the competition and is looking for players to strengthen the team.
If you are a current student at the University of Adelaide who plays A or B grade for your current football club, we need you to be involved and take this opportunity to represent your University. The team is open to all University of Adelaide (male) students and last year’s team included players from a number of different clubs such as Aiden Curyer, (Christian Brothers College Old Collegians), Stuart Henshall (Mitcham), Cameron McPherson (Old Ignatians) and was captained by Eddie Dadds (Adelaide University).
This the team will take on Melbourne University in the first round on Tuesday, April 16 in Melbourne (fly in/fly out at no cost to players), while Monash University will host Sydney University. Depending on the results, the winning teams from both games will battle it out in the Grand Final which will be played in May and the losers will fight for third and fourth.
There is limited training held before each game, starting Wednesday, March 20 at 6pm (Park 12, University Oval) and these will be used to select the best possible team for each game. These sessions will be led by Criag Smith, 2019 IV Football Coach who is also AUFC A Grade coach as well the team’s leadership group.
Over the last few years, there have been discussions about an IV Football competition for women, but due to the development of women's football at a national level, the Universities involved could not find a suitable time in the year to run such a competition. That said, anyone who would like to be kept up to date with developments with this, please provide your details here.
If you would like to read more about the competition and its history, click here.