Since joining the North East Australian Football League (NEAFL), our club is both Australia’s only university club, and NSW’s only club, to field a side and compete in a state league.
The NEAFL was formed in 2011 to improve the standard of second-tier football across Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory. In its inaugural season the league comprised of teams from the Queensland Australian Football League (QAFL) and the AFL Canberra competition, plus the Sydney Swans Reserves and Northern Territory Thunder.
The teams were split into two conferences, a 10-team Northern (Morningside, Southport, Redland, Labrador, Mt Gravatt, Aspley, Broadbeach, NT Thunder, Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast Suns) and a six-team Eastern (Ainslie, Eastlake, Tuggeranong, Queanbeyan, Belconnen and Sydney Swans). The clubs mainly played each other within their respective conferences apart from once or twice a season when they would play cross-conference matches.
In 2012, Sydney University Australian National Football Club (SUANFC), along with the Sydney Hills Eagles (East Coast Eagles) joined the NEAFL. At the end of the 2013 season the NEAFL announced major structural changes to the competition as part of the league’s long-term focus on increased competition standard and enhanced talent pathways. As a result, five clubs left the competition and the conference system was abolished. Broadbeach, Labrador, Morningside and Mt Gravatt exited the NEAFL and re-joined a reconstructed QAFL competition, while Tuggeranong went back to the AFL Canberra Division One competition.
At the end of the 2014 season, the competition and talent pool was further consolidated as three further teams, Belconnen, Queanbeyan and Sydney Hills, chose to leave the NEAFL.
After the departure of Ainslie back to AFL Canberra. The NEAFL is now a 10 team competition that is rapidly becoming more elite every year.
Sydney University is now the only state league AFL club in NSW. This is a tremendous privilege and great responsibility.
Sydney University can therefore offer young people the opportunity to play at the highest level outside the national AFL competition and at the same time provide an opportunity to study at a leading tertiary institution. This is a unique offer on the AFL stage.
Our partnership with Sydney University Sport & Fitness (SUSF) allows our club to provide young people the opportunity to develop as sportsmen and women within a world class high performance sporting environment and at the same time study with the support of elite athlete scholarships. SUSF has over 400 student athletes on sports scholarships, many made possible with the support of corporate and philanthropic partners. Although based at Sydney University, our club welcomes community members to play at all levels through the club, as we understand that we have a responsibility to grow and develop the game of AFL in our own backyard.
In 2018, Sydney University Australian National Football Club (SUANFC) will fields 6 teams in the Sydney AFL competition (5 open age and 1 U19s side) and one side in the NEAFL, formed in 2011.
1st Grade Seniors: NEAFL
2nd Grade Reserves: Sydney AFL Premier Division
U19 Colts: Sydney AFL U19s Division 1
3rd Grade Blues: Sydney AFL Division 1
4th Grade Reds: Sydney AFL Division 2
5th Grade Golds: Sydney AFL Division 4
6th Grade Plats: Sydney AFL Division 5
Our club welcomes new players of all levels of experience. Students and community members alike are invited to join SUANFC. We also welcome non-playing members interested in assisting around the club. As a club run to a great extent by playing members, we welcome any volunteers passionate about AFL, and who are keen to help us continue to play a part in this great narrative that has been going since 1887!
The club is a ‘home away from home’ for many interstate players coming to Sydney to study or for work. The club welcomes enquiries from interstate players and those new to Sydney.
For general enquiries about playing at SUANFC please contact the Operations Manager, Jack Prato at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to enquire about the SUSF Elite Athlete Program, please contact EAP Coordinator Anika Lalic at email@example.com.
Sydney University currently has one team in the Sydney Women’s AFL competition.
This competition has been running since 2000, with six teams currently in the league.
It’s a great sport for girls to participate in, with training twice a week focused on improving skills and fitness levels. We encourage all girls to commit to both nights of training so as to create a fun and positive team environment.
For any enquires regarding Womens AFL please visit www.suwaflc.com