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 Monday, 15 october.

 

The 2017 Recipients

 
Football

The Patron's Cup

AU Football Club

Football had an outstanding season, winning three premierships, including the Division 1 women’s premiership. Added to this were an undefeated intervarsity season; team of the year nominations; top vote winners in best & fairest association awards and multiple draft selections. 

Swimming

Club of the Year - The Jessop Shield

AU Swimming Club

A first time finalist, the club has been very active in building the club both in and out of the pool. Attendance at various sport forums to enhance the capacity of the club; policy development; social media promotion and weekly training sessions have put the club on a firm footing for the future.

Basketball

Club of the Year - The Bennett Shield

AU Basketball Club

Basketball was a finalist  in 2016 and won the award in 2017. Not only excelling on the court, the club has addressed its governance responsibilities, which has been recognised by Basketball SA.


Previous recipients