Club of the Year

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 close on 9 October 2020.

 

The 2019 Recipients

 

The Patron's Cup

AU Football Club

AU Football Club had six out of nine teams make the finals all at senior level, winning two premiership in the Men’s C1 and Women’s D1 Premiers who won for the second time in three years.
The club had a number of individual successes including four players named in the SAAFL team of the year and members being recruited to the AFLW with one player selected by St Kilda in the national AFLW draft and SANFLW coach for West Adelaide FC.

 

Club of the Year - The Jessop Shield

AU Cycling Club

The cycling club have a three year strategic plan and were successful in receiving a grant for a female coach to host women’s only training sessions to improve the gender balance of the club.

 

Club of the Year - The Bennett Shield

AU Cricket Club

The AU Cricket Club offers all levels of participation from Elite (state) level cricket down to first entry participants and provide both men’s and women’s programs.
The cricket club has successfully developed new opportunities to encourage new members to play non-traditional forms of the game, especially amongst international students.  The club’s Rock Up Cricket initiative engages current international student club members as the face of the program to provide a soft entry option to the club.
On top of a number of individual achievements, the club won the
2019 SACA Premier Cricket Club Award.


Previous recipients