Success at Blues Awards
Congratulations to Alex Schreier on her Blue Award
Katie Richards, Tom Ralph and Joanna Richards received Half Blues. Lachlan McDonald received a club letter. For further details on the awards criteria visit the the AU Blacks Page.
Coaching Expressions of Interest for 2018

We are currently seeking EOIs for several coaching positions available in 2018. Head Coach and Assistant Coach to facilitate club trainings and member's development and Unigames Coach. Please email us if you're interested in applying for any of these positions.
End Of Season Dinner
Thanks for joining us for a night which was full of smiles, responsible drinking and awards. 

Club Awards~
Best Coach: Owen Teakle 

Best Male: Oscar Evans 
Best Female: Katie Richards 
Best Club Person: Lachlan McAllister 
The Tale of the 2017 AUGs Campaign

The AUTC had a successful Australian University Games taking out a Division 2 bronze medal on the Gold Coast. Determination was the key to the team’s success. The desire to win never wavered despite some poor results over the first three days and the win in the bronze medal match was the result of the ‘never give up attitude’ across a week of warm days and long eventful evenings. It is the first time Adelaide University has taken out medals in successive Uni Games, impressively, with a team that included six players who have been playing for a game for less than a year.

The team’s commitment to a fatiguing short side, chase out defensive policy paid dividends, we conceded only more than 10 touchdowns twice in eight games. Our scarred and burnt (despite remembering his slip, slop and slap) captain, Lachlan McAllister, showed his bravery with several effective defensive dives and Tyson Blanco enjoyed getting up in player’s grill with his squaring touches. This frustrated sides from the touch dominant states of New South Wales and Queensland and showed we weren’t a push-over side.

We started against the University of Canberra and the game set the tone for the week. The team rucked, kudos to Tiana Harris and Julia Scott for getting the ball up the field, giving us many opportunities at the score line, but we could not complete our line attack moves, only scoring once in a 7-1 defeat. To utilise our speed and Rick Wilkinson’s long balls we moved some of our secret speed out to the wing for our second game. The change paid off with rookie Nat Inglis hitting the line hard for an epic touchdown, Daniel John also made his first (on field) Uni Games score and April Zimmermann had a heated discussion about phantom touching with a purple haired unknowledgeable player from CSU and was eventually rewarded with a score off a quickie on the line. Unfortunately the team still went down 11-5.

Day two started with a winnable game against Western Australian Uni Curtin, we were in the contest early, matching them touchdown for touchdown and headed into half time 3-2 down.  A combination of some interesting refereeing decisions, which had Coach Owen reminding the officials of his own credentials (“I’m a level 4 mate”), and our team running out of legs late in the game allowed the WA team to run over the top 7-2. For the final game of the day we threw the playbook out of the window and told everyone to back themselves and have fun.  It worked; only one team in our pool conceded less to Griffith. We scored touchdowns from Jonno Anderson’s first half run and a sophisticated volleyball set by Claire Finn and ended with a 6-2 loss.

After two days of 2pm starts, Wednesday’s 10am first game meant the hangovers were still fresh. We started with a humorous game against Macquarie University. It was tough but friendly opposition and Stephen Daenke’s “very flat” long ball to Nat Inglis helped us to score twice against the Gold Medal favourites. Our final round game was against another winless team, Southern Cross University. We were confident of the win required to make the division two semi-finals when our opponents arrived straight from the pub with water bottles filled with Little Fat Lamb (look it up, it’s potent). But when the whistle went, it was clear that whatever their blood alcohol level was, they were as keen for a semi-final berth. After reaching a 5-3 lead we conceded twice in the last two minutes and thought we were destined to the playoffs for bottom place. However, manager Jordan Blanco did his best work of the week getting his calculator out and realising our touchdown difference was actually two better than our fellow cellar dwellers and we were into the semi-finals.

The comradery grew following a revealing game of ‘Never-Have-I-Ever’ and we were buoyant of success in our semi-final game. Unfortunately, we were no match for a well drilled Sydney Uni side, going down 9-2 on Thursday.

And so, to our final match for a Bronze medal. After four days of touch and five days of a good time we could be forgiven for losing interest. But to the credit of the team were determined for the hard work over the week not to be wasted. We might not have been as skilled but we were more resolute than our Western Sydney opponents. Our girl wing and link players, particularly Rachel Neff and Iona Skyring, played their best games of the week, a stepping Wilbert Li got a much deserved score. The 7-6 win and Bronze medal was testament to a team that never gave up.

After a long week, most of the team retired to the hotel pool, spending a quiet Friday night partaking in a few quiet cups of tea.
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