``A life changing experience. Great for enduring relationships, terrific and convenient venue, and particularly relevant to, and supportive of the fact that study /exams etc are a real priority---as is representing the Blacks!``
Wayne Jackson, ex CEO of the AFL, A Grade Premiership Player 1962, 1963
“AUFC. The Blacks. Uni. The Scum. Bob Neil. Connections. That’s what life is all about. From Sydney to Singapore, Shanghai, Seoul, St Petersburg, Seattle, Sao Paulo, Santiago and back to South Australia, the AUFC gives me great connections. Life is about building networks and relationships. AUFC gave me contacts from all walks of life from Elizabeth migrants to Silver spooners to good old SA country boys and set me up to see the world.”
Tim Harcourt “The Airport Economist”, UNSW academic, former Austrade Chief Economist, International Adviser to the Premier of South Australia.
AUFC – The (original) Scum, A10 and A9, 1983-88
“I joined the Blacks in 1987 and played there for 18 years. It was a wonderful part of my life as a player, Member of the Committee and Club Captain. I was able to enjoy the success of multiple A1 Premierships as well as the opportunity to represent South Australia on multiple occasions. The very special and unique culture at the Blacks has resulted in the formation of many professional networks as well as enduring personal friendships that have continued to this day. The University Football Club is one of a kind with its combination of historical significance in amateur football , fantastic playing facilities and support, the spirit of the teams at all levels and the wonderful opportunities and personal satisfaction that come from being involved with such a great Club.”
Andrew Muir, Commercial Director, Ahrens Group
A Grade Captain 1991-1996, A Grade Premiership Player
“The Club motto says it all – “The World’s Greatest Football Club”!”
Phil (Shotgun) O’Leary – Played 1980-1993. Premiership player- A1Res 1984, A7Res 1993. A4 Coach 1991.
“I joined Ad Uni FC in 84 and have been heavily involved ever since , the participation not win at all costs , the Uniqueness of Hold your Bowlies , Chocka Bloch , the variation of characters you meet . The sheer size of the club all contribute to make , The Blacks The Worlds Greatest Football Club.”
“Within minutes of you turning up to training, you will be a member of a club that values your contribution. You will get a (usually life-affirming) nick-name and 20 new friends who will put their bodies on the line for you no matter how well (or badly) you play. And when you grow old and grey, the only things that they will remember will be the times that you were great! This is a club from which you don’t transfer out; you run slower and slower while your memory gets better and better.”
Rick Sarre, Law Professor UniSA – Div 8 Premiership player 1980
“The Blacks, put simply, changed my life. What started as a run around with some mates who seemed to be having a lot of fun turned into a journey which has been running for 15 years and still counting. On field we play for the right reasons, with a culture of pride, success and respect. We enjoy the success and celebrate hard. Off field the club is bigger than the team and the people we meet along the way make it extra special.”
Anthony Di Marzo, Chief Executive Officer, Lucid Consulting Australia.
Scum player 1998 to 2008, Scum coach 2000 to 2008.
“I joined the Blacks in 1997 looking to reignite my passion for footy – it only took me a short amount of time to rekindle my love for the game the way the Blacks enjoy it. I’ve been fortunate to meet and form friendships with people of the highest calibre, and play footy in successful teams in my time at the club. We are fortunate to train and play at a magical venue steeped in history in University Oval. Even though my playing have long gone I still remain keenly interested in the ongoing success of the club and have had no prouder sporting moment than upon our win over “Tee Hee Gully” in the 2012 finals series that secured our return to A1 for 2013. Simply the Blacks offer a brilliant way to broaden your horizons, meet new like-minded people and develop lifelong friendships. These friendships and relationships will benefit you in ways you will only fully understand with the passage of time. Sign up – join the Bob Neil Army – improve Your life.”
AUFC 1997-2006, A1 Runners Up 2001/02, A1 Res Premierships 2004,06
Network TEN Group Sales Manager, University of Adelaide MBA
“The Blacks is much more than Australia's greatest and most successful footy club. The mixture of so many diverse people, the unrivalled Blacks network and the camaraderie of playing for your mates rather than for dollars make the Blacks a unique and special place. So many doors open when you're surrounded by great people. An absolute privilege to be part of the club - get on board!”
Club Captain 2000, A grade premiership player in 1996 and 1999, Current Blacks VP, and joint runner-up in the AUFC 1998 player review with Chappy, Milesy, Puddy-Wiggle and the Stormtrooper of Love.
Partner with Maples and Calder (Singapore) LLP
“Adelaide’s business community is built around relationships, and there is no better way to start those and life-long friendships than the Blacks”
Chairman of Partners, Kelly & Co. Lawyers, Board Member Port Adelaide FC
Blacks Player: 1990 - 98, Club Treasurer: 1994 – 1997
“Football is pure at the Blacks. A bunch of young men with different backgrounds coming together and playing for the right reasons with a vision of greatness and overcoming odds through a mix of talent, extreme passion and fun. Uni Oval in Spring ahead of a beckoning finals series brings goosebumps to the neck and a serious itch in the foot. Footy at the Blacks brings friendships that endure and an affinity to a white V that will last forever.”
A Grade Captain, A Grade Premiership Player, Leading Goalkicker
CEO South Adelaide FC
“I remember venturing out to University Oval to watch my brother Tom Kurzel play in 2007. At the time, it had been difficult year for the club, recently demoted to Division 2 for the first time in the club's proud history and losing some senior players from the year before. The A's were playing Payneham and after battling early, played an inspired last half to get over the line by a few points for a memorable win. I remember sneaking past Boz into the rooms after the match, fortunately in time to witness the most passionate and inspiring rendition of the famous club song I have ever heard. I left Bob Neil #1 that afternoon understanding for the first time what the Blacks was all about… mateship. I joined the following week. The Blacks culture embodies loyalty, equality and friendship; everything that is great about playing team sport. It encourages uniqueness in individuals by creating an environment welcome to all. Most importantly, it recognises why we love to spend our Saturday afternoons chasing a piece of inflated leather around an oval together, not just to win, but because it’s fun.”
Nick Kurzel #18
AUFC Club Captain 2008-10, Ex North Adelaide League Football
Aspect Capital Limited (Alternative Investment), Analyst, London
“Playing footy with the Blacks will start a fire in your soul that will never go out. It will burn like a meteor in your playing days, then leave you with a lovely warm glow for the rest of your life, stoked and refuelled with every sight and thought of Uni Oval.”
A Grade Captain, A Grade Premiership Captain
Special Counsel Norton Rose Fullbright, Perth
"The Blacks have an unsurpassed Australian amateur football history having won 78 premierships in its 107 year life, 23 of those in Division One. The Blacks hold too many stunning record achievements to list but we hope you too can be a part of history with us. It may take you more than one season to beat the club record of 462 games and 1,347 goals but now is an excellent time to start in any one of our 9 teams".
Dr Peter Sharley. OAM. Immediate Past President, Australian Medical Association, Deputy Director, Royal Adelaide Hospital Intensive Care Unit, University Sports Blue for Football, Division 1 half back flanker '82-85 and state half back flanker '83.
“The culture surrounding the Adelaide Football Club is like no other football club I have ever known. Embracing, fulfilling, no stereotypes, just decent guys bonded by the love of football and all things that are good. Great place to start making life long friends and business/employment opportunities, not to mention trying to win flags in your respective team.”
Current A Grade Captain
"Adelaide Uni is the greatest football club in the world because……
….it has the coolest guernsey in aussie sport
….it has more registered players than any other footy club in the country
….it has a club song the envy of the nation. who else references 2 club legends, beer, ginger wine and general fitness levels
….it has a losing song. the very existence of which is reflects the spirit and attitude of the club
….all players are treated equally from A1 to A10 enabling them to coalesce as one mighty team
….it has the single greatest club legend in the history of sport………Bob Neil"
Anthony "Lehmo" Lehman
Radio & Television Personality, Accountant & AUFC A grade (1992-1994)
"For me personally, The Blacks re-ignited my passion for footy in a way only this great club could. After school I was left wondering where and if I would even continue to play football. Luckily for me, on the eve of the season and not knowing anyone I chose to have a kick at The Blacks. Within weeks I had made some great mates and my passion for footy was at an all time high. The best part of this club is that it caters for all individuals with a range of abilities but most importantly it has a culture of mateship and fun."
Ex A Grade Player, current Sturt League Footballer