Welcome to your weekly wrap up of all things AUFC.
Spring has finally arrived (although you wouldn't know it) which means that finals footy is here. The women's teams fought valiant finals campaigns but unfortunately couldn't get over the line last week.
That means that the only team left in the running is the Chardonnay Socialists, an amazing effort seeing as most of these blokes wouldn't look too out of place in the Greys.
The Chards went down last week to Definitely Not Drugged Up at Henley where some wildly inaccurate kicking gifted Henley a 7 point win. Luckily for the C1 minor premiers they have a double chance and this week it's do-or-die against Ethel's Stoned at glorious Bob Neil 1 on Saturday. The winner of this match qualifies for the WADA Cup against Henley Can I Please Emphasise That We Are Not Drugs Beach the following week.
The Long Room will be open for the final AUFC match of 2016 so lets make sure the Chards can take advantage of a huge home crowd.
Super Sunday 25/9
Super Sunday is on at the Havey next weekend! No words needed to promote this one - by far the best/loosest event on the blacks calendar. Worth coming along just to see who will gets kicked off of the balcony first this time.
Upstairs at Havey
Tab starts from 12.30pm
Sing song’ing and b&f counts to start from 1pm
$40 each – covers lunch and drinks
Tab will cover West End, Super Dry and Cider
Food options will be: Chicken schnitty/ beef schnitty/ chicken burger/ chicken green salad/ S&P squid
There will be other drink specials on offer through the day (to be sorted and locked down next week)
Player Profile - BJ Meier - 150 Games
From the desk (read: Grace Emily front bar) of Dirty Darien O'Reilly:
"Brenton Meier came out to Park Ten one sunny Tuesday evening in February in the early 2000s. An Adonis like physique, boyish good looks and rakish charm set him apart from the traditional pasty and spindly Uni footballing specimen. He followed out Tom Colebatch who said he could play a bit and that traditional Chardonnay talent hiding procedures should begin. Tom also suggested that BJ's natural competitive streak would see him in the higher grades before too long but the weight of tradition is a hard thing to break. As an aside, Goalbatch did some fine work in the early 2000s with The Bastards and B J. Certainly, it didn't take long for his marking ability to become apparent and have Uni coaches excited. It didn't hurt that his genial off field streak matched his combative on field nature in its grandeur and sweep.
BJ is a footy card come to life. He propels himself at the ball with all limbs at full stretch, with his jumper's woolen collar flapping in the breeze taking the ball at its highest point. Simultaneously, he's sledging his opponent about how deflating it must be for a young buck to have an old fella sitting on his scone. He'll go back and, with that classically inelegant left boot, dob a goal, let out a victorious roar and cuss before doing it all again. As an aside, there's a popular theory that BJ is actually right footed but has never been told. Certainly BJ never needs to be told that it's retro guernsey night as every training night is an ode to footballing history.
BJ is an all or nothing player, one that coaches love as you know he'll be giving everything he's got even if it is to show young Harrison Meier what to do from an early age ie taking hangers and impressing comely lasses like Kim.
BJ has played the majority of his Blacks "career" playing Chardonnays and holding down either CHB or CHF, doing both successfully with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of passion. Indeed, he's passionate about everything he does; from moulding young people's mind to vigorously yet flexibly debating politics with the soft left of the Club, from double fisting celebratory vodkas to splitting eights at the Casino. BJ's passion and desire to do well however, has never led to umpire abuse or vigorous personal interaction with opposition players. There's certainly no, or little, truth in allegations of him pointing out to opposition supporters that he's just kicked five or so and that they could go pleasure themselves.
He's intensely loyal to his team, his family and friends without being intransigent. He's been a pleasure to coach, and, more importantly to have him become a mate."
University of Adelaide v Monash University
The final Intervarsity Football match will be held at 2pm on Wednesday 21st September at University Oval (Park 12). The Adelaide Uni side have gone undefeated in their first two matches against ANU and Melbourne Uni, and seek premiership glory against Monash (also undefeated) in the final match for the year.
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Women's Teams - Awards Night
Courtesy of Screecher
On Monday night the SAWFL held its annual awards dinner night, The Dutschke Medal Night, whereby awards are handed out for league best and fairest winners, leading goal kickers, and players player awards, to name but a few.
There is also an award handed out to the Rookie of the Year, the Pitman Medal. This medal is named after Deb Pitman who is a Life Member of the SAWFL. This award is given to the first year player with the highest number of votes in the Open Women's competition.
After Jamilla Hull (Hulk) won the award last year as a member of the Adelaide University Football Club, Ebony O'Dea (The Animal) backed up in being the joint winner of this award in 2016.
Ebony is only 17 years old, and is known throughout the SAWFL for her fabulous tackling ability. She has an unusual sporting background, which includes competing in Unicycle competitions (of which she is a World Record holder!!!!), and has been a stand out player for Adelaide University this year. Ebony was also equal runner- up in the Mulvihill Medal, the Best & Fairest award for the Division 2 SAWFL competition.
Great work Ebs!!!
Look A Like
Ebony the medal winner Ebony the Drummer
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Div C1 (Chardonnay Socialists) 5.11.41 defeated by Henley Shards 7.6.48
Goal Kickers: D. Jean 2, B. Meier, N. Noack, A. Butler
Best Players: C. Rohde, S. Fulton, R. Doecke, Z. Hambour, N. Noack, M. Heath
Div 1: The Postie and her Dead Letter Office Raiders 2.4.16 defeated by the Toothless Hounds 3.6.24
Goal Kickers: Hannah Beale, Ruth Wallace
Best Players: Sarah Watherston, Whitney Benson, Sophie Li, Jess Edwards and Jess Schulz
Div 2: Hollywood and his Rising Stars 2.0.12 defeated by the Barkwe-Who's? 3.5.23
Goal Kickers: Tarryn Ruediger, Nicole Collie
Best Players: Jordan Dickie, Tiff Lee, Bridget Corver, Jordon Keipert, Ebony O'Dea and Suzanne Holliday
Saturday 17th September
The Chardonnay Socialists v Ethel's Stoned at Bob Neil #1 Saturday at 2:15pm
The A and B grade playing list (with Guernsey Numbers) is available here for those who have requested player numbers when attending games. There are a number of players moving in and out of these teams but we have done our best to cover most players. However, we do apologise if this is not all encompassing of the potential Div 1 playing squad.