Blues Awards Finalists for 2021

Blues Awards Finalists for 2021

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Adelaide University Sport are excited to announce the finalists for our 2021 volunteer, coach and club awards to be presented on the night of the Blues. Regardless of who wins these awards, it is important to recognise the efforts of all nominees who have helped further the development of sport at the University of Adelaide in 2020.

Congratulations to the finalists listed below.

Student Volunteer of the Year Finalists

Miles Barret from the AU Football Club

Miles has volunteered for the Adelaide University Football Club for the 2021 season looking after the electronic scoreboard at University Oval whenever there were games played. This resulted in Miles volunteering for 14 weeks during the 2021 season always doing at least 2 games each week. This involved approximately 5 hours each time. He was required to set up the software at the beginning of each match and track each game closely. It also involved liaising with the game's umpires to ensure the correct scores were kept. Miles has done this as a volunteer whilst completing his first year of his Bachelor of Arts (Japanese Studies Major) degree at Adelaide University.

Christopher Lipapis from the AU Football Club

Chris is currently studying Bachelor of Psychological Science and Music (Sonic Arts) Major at University of Adelaide. At the beginning of the 2021 academic year Chris approached the Adelaide University Football Club looking to volunteer in any capacity the club needed. The club identified that Chris would be well suited to be the club's mens C grade team manager role. He soon embraced this and operated with great maturity by ensuring all the behind the scenes administration was taken care of, including securing another University of Adelaide student to assist the club's mens C grade as a trainer. This all resulted in Chris being recently awarded the 2021 Adelaide University Football Club's Volunteer of the Year Award.

Callan James Bubner from the AU Volleyball Club

Callan is an electrical engineering and computer science student who has given his time to the betterment of AUVC. He has contributed to many areas of our club through running off season training programs and being AUVC’s state league coordinator for 2021.

Belinda Rutherford from the AU Athletics Club and AU Touch Club

Belinda volunteers across a number of positions across AUSF, she is a committee member for both the Touch and Athletics Club, a sports writer for the On Dit Magazine and has volunteered and participated in a number of SA Challenge events in 2021. This has included scoring for the SA Challenge cricket competition and participating in wheelchair basketball, wheelchair football and the Inclusive Sport Event. Belinda is an asset to AUSF and is always willing to give her time to assist where she can.

Non-Student Volunteer of the Year Finalists

Warren Pengilly from AU Baseball Club

Warren has been a long-standing volunteer for over 12+ years now, in a range of roles from assistant coach, base coach and most recently President of the club for the past 3 years. Without Warrens time and dedication the baseball club wouldn't be here today, his knowledge of the game in unmatched and spends a cast amount of time passing on this knowledge to those new to the game and those experienced. Warren is an incredible asset to the baseball club and the AU brand.

Ricky Han from AU Volleyball Club

Ricky has been involved with the AUVC for 5 years. He contributes to volunteer in many areas of the club. Ricky has taken on many roles within the club this year coordinating social trainings, organising social teams to play in outside competitions and coaching the AUVC division 2 women’s team.

Coach of the Year (Development) finalists

Tony Choi from AU Judo Club

Tony Choi is a 4th Degree Black belt from the prestigious Yong In University in South Korea where he specialised in coaching judo. Tony joined AUJC in 2019 and set-up a program for fitness and technical development for juniors. Tony coached the AUJC Junior Elite Squad to achieve 22 medals at local SA competitions, culminating in two Gold Medals in Junior Boys and a Bronze Medal in Senior Girls at the 2021 Australian National Championships on the Gold Coast.

Thomas Barone from AU Volleyball Club

Thomas has been involved in AUVC for 6 years. He contributes to all areas of the club, being on committee, coaching social and competitive teams, and playing in the VSA state league. This year Thomas has stepped up and become the coach of both VSA men’s teams for our club.

Coach of the Year (Elite) finalists

Ben Hilliard from the AU Cricket Club

Ben joins a select and illustrious group of AUCC 1st Grade Coaches to guide their team to a SACA Premier 1st Grade (2-day) Premiership, the highest-level cricket competition in South Australia outside First-Class Cricket. We could not be prouder of Ben as a mentor and as a person: his leadership has led AUCC to sustained premiership success.

Michael Matricciani from AU Soccer Club

Michael was appointed the 2021 SL2 Coach in late 2020, bringing his expertise and experience from a high-level club at Adelaide City to Adelaide Uni with the hope of getting us promoted from the 3rd division to the 2nd division in Federation football. He achieved this and won the SL2 championship + was heavily involved in developing our Reserves and u18s squads championship teams.

Club of the Year (Bennett Shield)

The Bennett Shield is awarded to the Club of the Year with more than 50 members.

AU Judo Club
The highlight for the year was having three of our Juniors medal at the 2021 Australian National Championships - 2 Junior Boys Gold Medals (different weight divisions) and 1 Senior Girls Bronze medal, in addition two of our Seniors placed 5th in their divisions. At the 2021 Canberra International Open, 1 Junior Boy Gold and 1 Senior Girl Gold.
AUJC has introduced several new initiatives this year (i) commenced new sessions for current members interested in sport judo with a Thursday ground-work session run by one of our volunteer coaches. (ii) engaged an experienced elite coach to extend and take member performance to the next level. (iii) for the Junior program an additional skill development session was started as well as training for our Junior Elite squad. (iv) A series of short courses for womens' self-defense were delivered for our female members and the general public. (v) A collaboration was initiated with AU Dept of Gerontology to explore a program to teach older adults to fall safely and minimise harm from falling, resulting in an ongoing Ethics-approved Pilot Study (vi) increased promotion to the AU student body by booking a space at the Hub from Ask Adelaide and setting up a table and demonstration area to support Term 2 recruitment. (vii) School holiday judo clinics run for City of West Torrens (and AU Sport)

AU Volleyball Club
Our club entered 4 teams into the VSA state league volleyball competition. While only one of our teams made finals, all teams had a fairly successful season, with one division mens team missing out by just 0.08 points to make it into finals. Following the season, we conducted a survey with our players and were pleased to find that 90% of players were very happy with the overall quality of our state league program and over 80% are keen to play again for us next year. To ensure we'll be more competitive in years to come, we have established our off-season training program to ensure that players will be ready for next season.

AU Cricket Club
AUCC has been successful in entering a team into SACA women's 1st grade in season 2021/22. We have also further expanded our girls program to include 4 junior girls teams. Veteran's cricket continues to grow with entry of an Over 70's team in 2021/22.
AUCC won the men's SACA 1st grade premiership for the first time in 23 years and also won back to back 1st grade T20 premierships. AUCC also achieved premiership success in men's 4th grade and Men's over 60's.

Club of the Year (Jessop Shield)

The Jessop Shield is awarded to the Club of the Year with less than 50 members.

AU Baseball Club
The Club registered three teams in this seasons SA Winter Baseball Association - 2 In Division 2 Central being Varsity and Varsity Thunder Slugs and one in Division 3/4 Central being Varsity Giants. The Club had a very successful season with all three teams qualifying for finals with Varsity Thunder Slugs and our inexperienced Varsity Giants (included 2 inexperienced student members and 3 inexperienced junior members) both finishing third after suffering close Preliminary Final losses and our Varsity team finished Premiers after defeating Flinders University 9-1 in the Division 2 Central Grand Final held on Saturday 11th September at Glenelg Baseball Club (their third Premiership in 4 years having also won that Premiership in 2018 and 2019). The Club did not compete in the shortened 2020 season due to the Covid-19 pandemic and modified playing rules.

AU eSports Club
At the beginning of 2021 eSports started with 3 members, before we started a recruitment drive at O’Week. We have now grown to over 70 members with the majority being current students. The club saw continual growth all year and competed in the Australian eSports League as well as the SA Challenge. We are now looking into opportunities to engage international students who are not able to return to university in Australia.
From an AUSF perspective, we have been really impressed with the growth of the eSports Club and their commitment to increasing student participation opportunities. The Club was heavily involved in the consultation process for the eSports Facility, providing SME advice about equipment and hardware that would suit our student needs.

AU Table Tennis Club
AUSF has been impressed with the Table Tennis Club’s commitment to rebuilding their club. In May a new club committee was elected and we immediately saw an increase in student memberships and the clubs involvement in our social sport program. They have been the first to volunteer for any events that we need club involvement in and have also volunteered their time to help the Union and University society events. Boasting one of the most entertaining Instagram feed’s we are excited to see the continual development on this club.