Athletic Union Awards Nights
30th Athletic Union Dinner
The Athletic Union Awards Dinner took place on Friday the 8th of May. Students, staff and guests were joined by our guest of honour Vice-Chancellor Professor Janet Beer. It has been a very successful year for the AU clubs and individuals with Liverpool sitting presently 29th in the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) table. Our top 30 target is tantalisingly within range.
Our clubs have collectively won 11 leagues, produced five cup finalists of whom two teams, Netball and Hockey were successful. Our Varsity event with JMU was secured very comfortably by 83 points to 52 and a never to be forgotten Christie Championships was lost by the narrow margin of four points to Manchester with Leeds languishing in third. When you consider this event has 500 points on offer the 177 to 173 score-line tells you how close we ran a very committed Manchester. There was much to celebrate at the 30th Dinner which took place again at the Adelphi.
Male captain of the year went to cricket captain Callum Morris with the female award going to the boat club's Rosie O Donnell who becomes a Guild sabbatical officer in August. Most improved team went to women's football second team who won their league after forming just three seasons ago and also won Varsity in their first year participating. The most improved club award went to Netball who had an incredible three out of five teams win leagues this year as well the first team doing the double with a cup win as well.
Coach of the year went to Jackie Wright who has played an instrumental part in the netball club’s successes, leading the first team to the double and saving the second team from relegation. Netball went on to complete their triple swoop of awards by claiming the coveted Vice- Chancellor Cup. This is awarded to the club achieving the highest percentage of BUCS points available. President Stephanie Devine (who had been elected AU President the day before) received this award from Professor Beer; the first time it had been awarded on the night by the Vice-Chancellor.
The Top team laurels were carried off by the women's hockey first team who won League 2A this year with games in hand, and held their nerve in penalty flicks to win the conference cup final against Sheffield at Durham University in March. Top club went unusually to a to non-BUCS club; women's rugby league who have had an outstanding year in terms of retention and charity work. Their naked calendar saw them raise awareness across the world for the Joining Jack charity when newspapers as far as Thailand and America published stories on it. They were ecstatic.
A donation of £3,500 was also awarded to Alder Hey Children's charity by AU President Danny Harvey on behalf of the Athletic Union clubs. The money had been raised following a successful 7s tournament in early May organised by our students and also from the very popular AU socials that are organised monthly throughout the year.
The annual AU Dinner began in 1986 and is the highlight of the year for our clubs. 500 were in attendance this year 470 of whom were club members. Many received full colours for their efforts at 1st team level over two years or more. A few also received University Blues and Royal Blues. Alex Boyce was one such Royal recipient who went on to receive the Arnold Dyson sportsperson of the year award after his incredible performance at BUCS this year where he won both a silver medal at the indoors and gold at the outdoors in the 400m. In addition Alex was selected for the GB & NI 400m squad for the European Indoor Games. The standard of our Royal Blues winners was outstanding with five out of the six being senior or junior international athletes.
The evening concluded with an After Party at Revolutions where other students joined their club mates to celebrate Liverpool’s best BUCS year to date.
8th Campus Sports Presentation Night sponsored by Pinnacle
Three days later our eighth Campus Sports Presentation night was held for the first time in the Mountford Hall in the Guild of Students. 200 students attended in what is becoming a growing event. The 2014/15 season’s activities have been sponsored for the first time by Pinnacle who a major developer of private student accommodation in Liverpool.
Campus sports were formerly the Inter-Departmental leagues and events which began as far back as the 1890s when a swimming gala brought students from different disciplines together. We now offer leagues in 11 a side football, 6 and 7 a side football as well as netball and mixed hockey. It is complemented by other offers such as no strings badminton, basketball and indoor 5 a side football.
Football is the largest programme and consequently dominated the awards on the night. Players are even selected for a Dream Team based on the number of man of the match awards. The league and Cup winners were as follows:
- Hockey Div 1 Winners – ENGINEERS 1s
- Hockey Div 2 Winners – MEDICS 2s
- Netball Sunday League Winners – ALL STARS
- Netball A Thursday Winners – VETS LIONS
- Women’s Football Winners – VETS H
- Men’s 6 a side Winners – MEDICS REDS
- Sunday Division 1 Winners – MEDICS A
- Sunday Division 2 Winner – CSKA ROSCOE
- Sunday Division 3 Winner – MORTON HOUSE
- Campus Cup Winners – MATHLETICO MADRID
Further awards went to the Computer Science squad who were voted the most improved team and the referee of the year award went to Nick Vincent, a management school student.
A new award was introduced this year. The Campus Sport personality of the Year Award sponsored by Pinnacle was awarded to Zoe Moore Martin of the Law Netball team.
Zoe has been an active and integral member of the Thursday Campus Netball League throughout her time at Liverpool. With her involvement and enthusiasm Law have grown and improved so much as a team and arrive to every game with a full squad keen to improve. Zoe epitomises the campus netball spirit and her enthusiasm for the sport is infectious.
This event continues to grow and with 737 members of Campus Football plus a further 200 plus involved in the other sports our campus offer continues to appeal. We hope to develop the offer in 2015/16 and add a couple of sports.
We are very grateful to our student club officers, campus team captains and coordinators who ensure Campus activity within the AU is high.
Athletic Union – May 2015