Club of the Year

Club Success

The University has a strong and very long history of sporting club involvement with the first established clubs being the AU Boat Club (1881), AU Tennis Club (1885) and the AU Lacrosse Club (1889).

Over time, more and more clubs have become affiliated with AU Sport and had many successes. To highlight the AU Sport club achievements, AU Sport rewards three clubs each year through the presentation of the following club awards:

The Patron's Cup

The Patron's Cup is awarded to a club which had an outstanding achievement in the past 12 months. It is presented in recognition of Professor McWha's support of AU Sport during his 10 year tenure as Vice-Chancellor. This award does not have to be awarded annually; it is very dependent on the standard of applications.

Club of the Year - The Jessop Shield

Is awarded to a club with less than 50 members which AU Sport considers to be an “ideal” club. It is an honour that all AU Sport Clubs should strive for and winning clubs are awarded with a $1,000 financial incentive towards a particular club project. A perpetual shield is presented in recognition of Charles Jessop, one of the first two AU Sport Life Members.
 

Club of the Year - The Bennett Shield

Is awarded to a club with more than 50 members which AU Sport considers to be an “ideal” club. It is an honour that all AU Sport Clubs should strive for and winning clubs are awarded with a $1,000 financial incentive towards a particular club project. A perpetual shield is presented in recognition of Richard Bennett, one of the first two AU Sport Life Members.


In 2017, AU Sport reviewed the process of how clubs were nominated for 'Club of the Year'. Previously, nominations were put forward by AU Sport staff based on results from the ‘Club Reporting Survey’ and their general experience with the club.  The AU Sport Board would then make the final decision on the winning clubs. From 2018, clubs can now nominate themselves.

The aim of the award is still “to recognise clubs with strong off field management”. The criteria still values a number of key mandatory requirements and these areas are of higher value compared to others. If a club does not meet these requirements and still nominates, they will be ‘punished’ by receiving a lower points score but not ruled out of consideration. This change in process allows clubs to nominate themselves, with their submission being reviewed by the Board. The winners will be announced at the Blues Awards. This new process will assist in recognising the achievements of the ‘quiet achievers’. 

Nominations must be submitted online and are close on 15 october.

 

The 2018 Recipients

 
Football

The Patron's Cup

AU Badminton Club

The Badminton Club had an outstanding 2018 both in the summer and winter seasons. There were a total of five premierships (including State League) and two runners-up.  Team members also took out 13 of the 18 divisions in the City of Adelaide graded titles.

Swimming

Club of the Year - The Jessop Shield

AU Wing Chun Kung Fu Club

The 2014 winner, Wing Chun has seen a large influx of new university students in 2018, largely as a result of its positive club culture.
Attendance at national events and higher gradings for its members are other highlights.

 

Basketball

Club of the Year - The Bennett Shield

AU Netball Club

A first time finalist, Netball has developed both Strategic and Marketing Plans with an emphasis on an agreed set of values.  It has a strong social media presence and was heavily involved in the organisation of the inaugural intervarsity Go8 netball match this year.


Previous recipients