This weekend the Students will go head to head with the Magpies in challenge for the Peter Ramus Cup. The Peter Ramus Cup was inaugurated in 2008 in honour of the SUANFC stalwart and Western Suburbs junior official.
Ramus, who was known as ‘Branch’, epitomised the importance of the dedication and support of volunteers and 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 paying a key role in the establishment of SUANFC’s Under 18s team. Meanwhile, at the Magpies, 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 Board Member Roger Down noted that, “Peter “Branch “ Ramus, is the best football brain I have know in my 45 years at the Club. He not only thought about where the game was but where it could be in 3 years. He coached us and advised the club that way. “
“He provided employment to many, was a keen IV participant and was an enthusiastic organiser and participant of the clubs social activities. I have many fond memories of discussing how we played and what the club needed to do to achieve greater success, with Branch over a cider.”
Branch and his wife Jan have made an enormous contribution to our club. In a club that has a 133 year history, he is one of our greatest club men.
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 Inner West 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.”
The Premier Division match vs. Inner West will take place at 1:40pm at Sydney Uni Oval #1