Melbourne Through to Varsity Challenge Cup Grand Final

Melbourne University's Men's Football team are through to the Varsity Challenge Cup Grand Final after a thrilling win on the road at Adelaide University. It was the first win for Melbourne over Adelaide in recent times, with Adelaide having tasted victory on the previous two occasions.

The match started with the ground bathed in sunlight with a breeze clearly favouring the cathedral end, which Melbourne kicked to first. First quarter goals to Sam Allen, Matt Blair and Captain Connor Lappin, with Nick Cottrell the sole goal kicker for Adelaide, saw Melbourne go in to the first change with the lead.

Adelaide had the run of play in the second quarter with goals to Ryder Thomas and Harry Walters on the blast of the siren sent the game in all-square at half time, after a quarter in which Melbourne failed to register a goal.

With competition rules having 16 players on the field it meant the game really opened up in the second half, with Melbourne again able to capitalise on the favourable breeze. Good forward pressure by Melbourne was rewarded with Oscar Dowd able to kick the first of the second half before Eddie Dadds answered straight back for Adelaide with an opportunist snap. Melbourne’s forward persistence paid dividends with Dowd and Allen both able to kick their second goals for the match. Cottrell for Adelaide kept his team in it with a second major, before Nick Ziemkiewicz danced his way around several defenders to kick the goal of the match on the three quarter time siren.

The final quarter was pulsating with both teams having opportunities to swing the game in their favour. Adelaide came charging with goals through Aiden Curyer and Ellias Tsouvallas before Harry Walters had a tough chance after the siren to win the game with a shot on goal from the boundary 40 meters out. The shot faded to the right and Melbourne was able to head back to Victoria with the win by just 4 points.

Amazingly, Melbourne was unable to kick a goal to the Torrens River end all game, with only 3 of the 15 goals for the match registered in that direction. As the winner, Melbourne will take on the victor of the Northern conference semi-final between University of Queensland who travel to the University of Sydney. The Grand Final will be played early in Semester 2.

 Melbourne: 3.3, 3.4, 8.6, 8.8.56 Adelaide: 1.2, 3.4, 5.5, 7.10.52  Goals: Melb: 2 Dowd, Allen, 1 Blair, Lappin, Sack, Ziemkevwitz Adel: 2 Cottrell, 1 Curyer, Dadds, Thomas, Tsouvallas, Walters

Melbourne: 3.3, 3.4, 8.6, 8.8.56
Adelaide: 1.2, 3.4, 5.5, 7.10.52

Melb: 2 Dowd, Allen, 1 Blair, Lappin, Sack, Ziemkevwitz
Adel: 2 Cottrell, 1 Curyer, Dadds, Thomas, Tsouvallas, Walters

Adelaide to battle ANU in Aussie Rules Friendly

IV Football - Friendly battle against ANU

It’s that time of year again! For footballers, the months of March and April traditionally represent the end of torturous, arduous pre-seasons and the beginning of long-awaited matches.

For those student-footballers at the University of Adelaide, these months have also come to represent the beginning of the intervarsity football schedule. Set in a context far apart from the standard local and country leagues abundant throughout South Australia, intervarsity is a platform for footballers studying at the University of Adelaide to come together, put aside their home-club allegiances and represent their university on the national stage.

Trials to make the AU intervarsity team began in early March. Numbers and the general excitement around IV has grown year-on-year, and 2018 was no exception. Over 30 footballers registered their interest in playing IV footy this year by showing up to one or both of the trials.

On the 30th anniversary of his selection to the All-Australian intervarsity team as a player, Michael Dadds (President of the AUFC) is back on board in a coaching capacity. Michael’s enthusiasm on his return to intervarsity has been palpable. “For me, intervarsity represents one of the truly great joys of being at uni and playing footy. I’m genuinely excited to have the privilege of being part of bringing this joy to another generation of Adelaide Uni students.”

The final team was selected on 27 March. It is made up of a host of Adelaide University Football Club players, but also others from clubs such as Kapunda, Mitcham, Modbury, Payneham, Saint Ignatius and Pembroke Old Scholars. Ryder Thomas, from Mitcham Football Club, missed out on IV in 2017 after playing in 2016 and says it feels “really good” to be back. “It's pretty special playing intervarsity football for the University of Adelaide, especially when we are up against the other universities around Australia. We got the win [against ANU] last time I played and this year I feel the boys are ready to do that again.”

Whilst for some (including key forward Patrick Baker, midfielder Sam Harms and half-back Toby Maughan) it is their third consecutive year of intervarsity Football, 10 members of the team travelling to Canberra will be making their intervarsity debut. Elias Tsouvallas, from the Payneham Football Club Falcons, says he is highly impressed by the standard of the team. Tsouvallas says he feels extremely lucky to be a part of the IV program and is “itching” to get on the plane to Canberra.

“The energy out on the track has been fantastic, and from the outset, the boys have all been really welcoming and encouraging; even when we were competing for spots!. [Intervarsity] looks set to be a fantastic event and a really innovative initiative by the University and AU Sport to get students involved in its community. Now in my 4th year at the Adelaide University, I honestly thought I’d experienced everything uni life has to offer, having been involved in student societies, academic tutoring, and peer mentoring programs in the past; but it just goes to show the wide range of experiences Adelaide Uni has on offer - regardless of where your interests lie!”

The Adelaide University team as named below travels to Canberra on Tuesday, 17 April to play Australian National University, before taking on Melbourne University in Adelaide on May 15.


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Melbourne Top Monash in Varsity Challenge Cup Round 1


Melbourne University were victorious in their round 1 match held at Monash’s Frearson Oval on Tuesday night. The win sets up a Semi-Final clash with Adelaide University in May.

Ryan Sack and Sam Allen from the University of Melbourne were unstoppable up forward with player each kicking 4 goals.

A tight first half from both teams saw just one goal a-piece scored in the first 30 minutes of play – Ziemkiewicz from Melbourne and Trigg from Monash with the only majors troubling the scorers.

Monash kicked the first goal of the second half through Cosgriff, before both teams traded goals within 3 minutes of each other. However, it was Melbourne who was able to wrangle the momentum kicking 6 goals to 2 in the third quarter, heading into the last quarter with a 22-point lead.

The highlight form Melbourne being an end to end goal, finishing with Allen getting the ball 50 meters out and winning a footrace against his opponent.

Melbourne continued to pile on the pressure in the last quarter, kicking a further 5 goals - before Monash was able to finish the match with a couple of late goals. The score line not quite reflecting the tight nature of the match, with both teams showing determination at the ball and speed and skill throughout.

Melbourne’s next match, the Southern Conference Semi-Final, will be against Adelaide University, with the winner going on to play either the University of Sydney or University of Queensland for the Varsity Challenge Cup.


Final Scores

Melbourne – 1.0, 1.4, 7.6, 12.13.85

Goals: 4 Sack, 4 Allen , 2 O’Callaghan, Hucker, Ziemkiewicz

Monash – 0.2, 1.5, 3.8, 5.9.39

Goals: Twigg, Cosgriff, Jenke, Buck, McLaren




Melbourne University have named their T20 Cricket squad for next Wednesday’s match vs arch-rival Monash University.

Third year Bachelor of Commerce student Andrej Yaksender will lead the team, as they seek to avenge a loss in the 2017 match. Yaksender is enjoying a fine run of form for Melbourne University Cricket Club, having scored a century in both 1st and 2nd XI cricket this season at an average of 61. Also in the team is Master of Teaching (Secondary) student James Bett – a regular MUCC 1st XI player. James will pull on the Winged Victory uniform for the first time in several years, having returned to study after graduating from Arts in 2012. 

Students, staff, alumni and supporters are invited to come to the University Oval for the match on Wednesday 28 March from 4.00pm – 7.00pm – there is a free sausage sizzle, DJ, giveaways and the bar will be open with cheap drinks on sale.

The full University of Melbourne squad can be found below, with the final team to be named prior to the first ball being bowled.

List of student athletes

Andrej Yaksender, Bachelor of Commerce

James Bett, Master of Teaching (Secondary)

James Browning, Bachelor of Science

Christopher Diggle, Bachelor of Environments

Harrison Emms, Bachelor of Commerce

Daniel Ingleton, Bachelor of Science

Fergus McKenna, Bachelor of Arts

Ben Roughsedge, Bachelor of Commerce

Jacob Stevenson, Doctor of Medicine

Muhammad Sufiyan, Master of Engineering

Daniel Van Der Merwe, Bachelor of Biomedicine

Andrew Young, Bachelor of Arts



Five universities from across the country will compete in the inaugural Varsity Challenge Australian Rules Football competition across the academic year. The University of Adelaide, the University of Melbourne and Monash University will battle it out in the South group, while the University of Sydney and the University of Queensland will fight for victory in the North group. The winners of each group will fight it out for the Varsity Challenge Australian Rules Football Cup and title of 2018 champions.

Director of Team Monash Mr Martin Doulton said the Varsity Challenge was a fantastic opportunity for universities to showcase their student-athletes while engaging their wider university communities.

“Bringing sport back on to campus is a win-win. Our student-athletes get an expanded sporting program across the year, while students, staff and alumni get the opportunity to show their university spirit and cheer on their class-mates against wonderful rivals in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and UQ”, said Mr Doulton.

“It’s free, fun, quality entertainment that students, particularly our international students are crying out for”, he added.

Netball will be the second Varsity Challenge competition in 2018 with games throughout Semester 2 (August – October). It is hoped that three additional universities – the Australian National University, the University of NSW and the University of WA will have also committed to this competition before the first centre pass is thrown.