30 Apr USYD Sports Club of Year
WE ARE SYDNEY UNI’S PREMIER SPORTS CLUB OF THE YEAR! With over 40 sports clubs at Sydney Uni this is the first time in the club’s history we have ever won the award!
2020 was SUHC’s most successful season yet. In the women’s side, the top five Women’s grades all played in the Grand Finals, with 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade all winning premierships. Both the 1st and 5th grade sides were undefeated all season, and both teams only had four goals conceded against them in the regular season. This incredible result saw SUHC awarded the Club Championship award for the most successful club by Sydney Women’s Hockey League.
The men’s side of the club also had one of their most successful seasons yet, with 1st, 3rd and 6th grade all qualifying for Semi Finals. However, unfortunately the three teams did not progress any further. The Master’s 1st Grade team also scored a birth in the Grand Final and lost in a shoot-out at the end of regular time.
In 2020 SUHC had 264 members playing across 14 teams. This included 8 women’s teams, 6 men’s teams, 4 masters’ teams and 2 juniors teams. Given that only half the regular season went ahead, membership was only slightly down from 2019.
In February, SUHC, along with the UNSW Hockey Club, hosted a Bushfire fundraiser event with proceeds donated to Red Cross and WIRES wildlife rescue. The event consisted of a social competition as well as Men’s and Women’s premier games. A raffle and silent auction were held on the day, which raised a total of $6,260.
An enormous thank you must go to our Director of Hockey, Scott Barker, for his tireless efforts and dedication to the club on and off the field. Also to our President Eliza Roche, for all her hard work in ensuring the 2020 season went ahead in the face of COVID-19.
A round of applause also to all our other committee members, volunteers, supporters and players for making the club the special community it is. The award was truely won by the whole club.
Scott was also nominated for Premier Coach of the Year, Eliza was nominated for Female Administrator of the Year and 1st Grade’s captain Alice Arnott was nominated for Female Athlete of the Year and also received a Sydney Uni Blues Award.