By Andrew Jackson,
Last weekend, Growthbuilt SUANFC’s Premier Division stormed home to claim a dominant 103-60 win over Western Suburbs.
The win itself was an added bonus though, as the victory held far greater significance beyond simply posting another four points on the ladder.
Last week’s game saw the Students retain the Peter Ramus Cup, which was inaugurated in 2008 in honour of SUANFC stalwart and Western Suburbs junior official Peter Ramus.
Ramus, who was known as ‘Branch’, epitomised the importance of the dedication and support of volunteers.
His legacy at both SUANFC and Western Suburbs can’t be understated.
Branch was heavily involved in Sydney University’s club affairs for over four decades. More recently, he played a key role in the establishment of SUANFC’s new Under 18s team.
At Western Suburbs, Ramus also had a profound impact in his role as President.
His love for the game also extended to his work with the Sydney AFL History Committee and the organisation of past player reunions, highlighting the commitment he had to honouring the club’s rich past.
SUANFC President Sam Power says recognising Ramus’ devotion to the club is essential.
“Peter Ramus was a fantastic servant as a club volunteer and he had a profound impact on our club and the Western Suburbs football club,” he says.
Power also says that commemorative events such as the Peter Ramus Cup are integral in raising awareness for the broader role that volunteers have played in contributing to SUANFC.
“It is important to commemorate the people who have helped build our club into what it is today,” he says.
Power says that this idea is not lost within the players either, who appreciate the role that they play in helping the club grow.
“To the players, they understand that our club is one run by the players for the players,” he explains.
“They play an important part in making our club what it is today.”