varsity football kicks off today - 14 MARCH
The Melbourne Varsity football team is looking to improve on a tough 2016 as they begin their 2017 campaign today.
Dates set for 2017 varsity challenge
Melbourne and Monash will renew their sporting rivalry in 2017 when the two Universities meet each other in the annual home-and-away series.
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Unless otherwise stated, events will follow the match rules set out by Australian University Sport and will be officiated by qualified referees. Game length will be adjusted according to the event schedule. All uniforms are to be worn in accordance with Australian University Sport’s guidelines.
Team Size: 18 + 6
2 x20 + Time on
2 x5 Extra Time
Team Size: 5 + 6
4 x10 (Fully-timed Q4 Only)
1 x5 Extra Time
Team Size: 11 + 6
2 x40 + Injury Time
Penalties to decide draw
Team Size: 11 + 6
Penalty Strokes to decide draw
Team Size: 11
20 Overs/10 Wickets
Team Size: 6 + 8
Best of 5 Sets
90 minute time limit
The Varsity Challenge is Australia’s premier university sporting conference. Members universities – the Australian National University, the University of Adelaide, the University of Melbourne, Monash University, the University of NSW, the University of Sydney, the University of Queensland and the University of WA - are recognised as Australian leading academic and research institutions as well as leaders in intervarsity sporting opportunities and performances.
With intervarsity competitions between Varsity Challenge universities dating back to 1870 when the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney competed in cricket and rowing. Varsity Challenge universities dominated the intervarsity sporting competitions from the 1900s through to 1990s. This domination continued with the introduction of the multi-sport Australian University Games in 1993 with Varsity Challenge members winning 23 of the 25 events since their inception. Student-athletes have the opportunity to compete across more than 70 intervarsity competitions as part of this annual Australian University Sport program.
The Varsity Challenge provides student-athletes with opportunities to represent their university against the best student-athletes from around Australia. With sporting contests played on or near campuses, big crowds of students, staff and alumni add to the atmosphere and build on the rich tradition and history of intervarsity sporting battles. How will your university compete this year?
For more information about competing in the 2018 Varsity Sport competition, contact your universities below.