Intervarsity Sport

Represent the University of Melbourne in sporting competitions across Australia and overseas.

Intervarsity Sport at the University dates back to the first university sporting competitions in Australia in 1870. We provide students with the opportunity to represent the University in a variety of regional, national and international sporting competitions, such as the Big Blue, Varsity Challenge, and Uni Nationals.

We are Winged Victory

The University's sporting teams are collectively known as Winged Victory. Nike, the Greek Godess of Victory is our symbol and a poet Homer's promise, to 'grow in the esteem of future generations" is our motto. Together they create the University's crest, which guides our aspiration to compete and contribute in equal measure. Our representative sport program is recognised as one of Australia's most successful. The majority of inter-university sporting opportunities are provided through the national sporting body UniSport Australia. In recent times, the University has been Overall University National Champion in 2008, 2012 and 2013 and National Runner Up on three other occasions in 2009, 2014 and 2017.

All University of Melbourne representative teams, participants and officials must be approved by Melbourne University Sport, and teams are to be approved according to the Representative Sport Policy. For a student to be eligible, they must be a currently enrolled student at the University of Melbourne. If you would like to represent the university or become a team manager, then please fill out the appropriate form below.

Intervarsity Sport

What are UniSport Nationals?


UniSport Nationals provide an opportunity for students at our 43 member universities from across Australia to compete head to head in a number of national standard sporting competitions.

​Nationals are comprised of our flagship event, UniSport Nationals, and a number of standalone national championships throughout the year.

​The winners from each sport in UniSport Nationals will be combined with the winners of the various Nationals Championships throughout the year to name one university the Overall Nationals Champions.

Please note that the Uni Nationals in Canberra is 7-13 September, which is week 8 of second semester and not in the mid semester holidays. Please speak to your team manager for more information.

Canberra 7-13 September 2024 - Event Information Uni Sport webpage

Intervarsity - Uni Nationals Trials

Uni National Trials - Men's & Women's Badminton

Location

West Stadium

West Stadium

Date

07 July 2024

14 July 2024

Day

Sunday

Sunday

Time

3:00 - 5:00 PM

3:00 - 5:00 PM

Uni National Trials - Women's Basketball

Location

East Stadium

East Stadium

East Stadium

East Stadium

Date

25 June 2024

28 June 2024

02 July 2024

05 July 2024

Day

Tuesday

Friday

Tuesday

Friday

Time

7:00 - 8:30 AM

7:00 - 8:30 AM

7:00 - 8:30 AM

7:00 - 8:30 AM

Uni National Trials - Mixed lacrosse 5's

Location

Hockey Pitch

Hockey pitch

Date

24 June 2024

01 July 2024

Day

Monday

Monday

Time

6:00 - 8:00 PM

6:00 - 8:00 PM

Team Deadlines

Due to the dates of the 2024 Uni Nationals in Canberra being set in Week 8 of second semester, we are aware of the challenges this poses to students-athletes. We are still required to make the deadlines that Uni Sport have set. Please note the deadlines below, as these will have to met by all teams wishing to compete in the competition.

If you have any questions please direct them to tony.sephton@unimelb.edu.au

Team Manager Expression of Interest

For every team that competes at the Uni nationals, they are required to nominate a Team Manager. Their role is to assist the Sport Performance Coordinator, in recruiting and registering athletes to represent the University in their chosen sport. Details for the role are included below.

TM role and responsibilities

Deadline for this Nomination is Wednesday 29th May 2024. (Nominations after this date run the risk of not having a team entered into the competition.)

To nominate yourself for the role please fill in the expression of interest below, giving a detail description for why you would be suitable for the role.

Team Manager EOI 2024

Uni National Coach - Application form

Benefits

- An opportunity to develop and utilize leadership and coaching skills
- Hands-on team and event management experience
- Written reference available upon request
- Networking opportunities with other Intervarsity coaches
- Eligible for event remuneration/stipend at the discretion of MU Sport

If you want to coach one of our representative teams at Uni Nationals, then please submit your application here.

Coach Application form

Event Costs

Event Costs for Canberra 7-13 September 2024

Accommodation Package

$286 = 2 Night stay Weekend (Martial Arts)

$645 = 6 NIght Stay (Check in Sun 8th - Check out Sat 14th)

All students are required to stay in accommodation provided by the University.

Registration Costs:

$225 = 3-5 Days Competition (Late registration $275)

$185 = 2 Day Competition (Late Registration $235)

$160 = 1 Day Competition (Late Registration $210)

Travel

Flights average cost $400-$550 (price correct as of 1st June)

Event Accommodation & Travel

Uni Nationals Accommodation

We will be staying in the hotel "Pavilion on Northbourne", which is a combination of appartments and standard rooms. We have fought hard to get the best price, taking into consideration type of accommodation, location and amenities. All students competining in the Uni Nationals event are expected to stay in the accommodation provided by the University of Melbourne.

There are a few option to travel to the event including the following.

Flights direct to Canberra

Flight time is 1hr 5 mins

Price range currently June 1st $350- $550 return (8th-14th Sept)

Train and Bus

This is the cheapest option

Travel time is 8hrs 42 mins, train to Aubury and bus to canberra

Price range currently June 1st $99-$350 return (8th-14th Sept)

Driving

Drive time is 8hrs with 2 x 30 min breaks

Cars will require two drivers

Licence and registration details sent to Sport Perforance Coordinator

Travel plan sent to Sport Performance Coordinator

Uni Nationals Student-Athlete Financial Hardship Fund

Uni Nationals Student-Athlete Financial Hardship Fund

Melbourne University Sport proudly offers students facing financial hardship with a subsidy towards Intervarsity representation at the Uni Nationals event in Canberra 7-13 Sept 2024.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be enrolled in a course of study with the University of Melbourne
  • Be an Australian / domestic student or International student
  • Have an academic status of good standing
  • Must be selected for representation for Uni Nationals in Canberra 2024.

Eligible candidates are selected based on the quality of their personal statement and level of financial need.

You must complete and submit the following form.

Uni Nationals Student-Athlete Financial Hardship Fund - form (currently not available)

Applications Open June 17th 2024

Applications Close July 17th 2024

Applicants will be notified by July 22nd 2024

Sport Access Scholarship - (Financial Hardship)

Melbourne University Sport proudly offers students facing financial hardship with a complimentary fitness membership, a subsidy towards joining a Sport Club or Intervarsity representation, a subsidy towards participating in our Campus Sport competition and free court hire.

Scholarship benefits include:

  • Unlimited use of the Strength & Fitness Gym (subject to maximum numbers)
  • A free introductory session with a trainer in our Strength and Fitness Gym and one complimentary training program per month (subject to availability)
  • Unlimited access to Group Fitness classes (subject to maximum class numbers)
  • Unlimited access to the Beaurepaire 25-metre heated lap pool (subject to maximum numbers)
  • Access to Member rates for all other MU Sport services and facilities, such as court hire and accommodation at the Melbourne University Ski Lodge
  • Access to casual lockers during your workout
  • Up to $300 subsidy towards an MU Sport Club Membership or Intervarsity representation
  • $50 per semester towards entry into a Campus Sport competition
  • Free Court Hire (1-hour free court hire per week – subject to court availability)

Eligibility

To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be enrolled in a course of study with the University of Melbourne
  • Have an academic status of good standing

Application

you must complete both forms to be eligibile for the scholarship

Sport Access Scholarship - Application form

Student Financial Assessment - Round 2

Open: 1st June 2024

Close: 19th Aug 2024

Recipients will be notified by 26th Aug 2024.

Semester 1 - Intervarsity Events 2024

UBL Men lost in semi finals - Women 9th from 14 teams

The University Basketball League Australia (UBL) is a nationwide competition between the best eleven women's and men's basketball teams. The competition is played over an epic eight-week battle, culminating in a two-week final series.

2024 Men's Melbourne University lost to Sydney Uni in the semi finals

2024 Women's Melbourne University finished 9th from 14 teams.


Big Blue Basketball - Men Won 51-76 Women Won 50-61

The Big Blue encapsulates the sporting rivalry between Victoria’s two largest Universities, Melbourne and Monash.

Rivals on and off the sporting field, the matches are played at Melbourne’s Parkville Campus or Monash’s Clayton Campus during Semester and offer a chance for students to represent their University in a local and competitive setting, at no cost.

A winner is declared at the conclusion of Semester 2 when the head-to-head results are tallied up.

This is the first fixture for 2024, and will be contested between Men's and Women's Basketball. Match will be held on Monash Uni Campus.


Big Blue T20 Cricket - Monash won 124-5 Melb 121-9

The Big Blue encapsulates the sporting rivalry between Victoria’s two largest Universities, Melbourne and Monash.

Rivals on and off the sporting field, the matches are played at Melbourne’s Parkville Campus or Monash’s Clayton Campus during Semester and offer a chance for students to represent their University in a local and competitive setting, at no cost.

A winner is declared at the conclusion of Semester 2 when the head-to-head results are tallied up.

Big Blue AFL Men's Melbourne won 156-7

The Big Blue encapsulates the sporting rivalry between Victoria’s two largest Universities, Melbourne and Monash.

Rivals on and off the sporting field, the matches are played at Melbourne’s Parkville Campus or Monash’s Clayton Campus during Semester and offer a chance for students to represent their University in a local and competitive setting, at no cost.

A winner is declared at the conclusion of Semester 2 when the head-to-head results are tallied up.

AFL Men's and Women's will be played on Monash Uni Oval.

Expression of Interest (click here)

Big Blue Multi Event - Melbourne 4 - 4 Monash

Results on the night.

Fixtures:

  1. Men Soccer - Melbourne 0-1 Monash (Monash Winners)
  2. Women Soccer - Melbourne 5-1 Monash (Melbourne Winners)
  3. Men Touch - Melbourne 4-6 Monash (Monash Winners)
  4. Women Touch - Melbourne 8-5 Monash (Melbourne Winners)
  5. Men Hockey - Melbourne 3-1 Monash (Melbourne Winners)
  6. Women Tennis - Melbourne 1-2 Monash (Monash Winners)
  7. Women Squash - Melbourne 4-0 Monash (Melbourne Winners)
  8. Mixed Roundball - Melbourne 2-3 Monash (Monash Winners)

Results on the night.

Melbourne 4 wins to Monash 4

Overall scores

Melbourne 7 Monash 5


Athletics Uni Nationals Men 5th of 25 Uni's - Women 5th of 33 Uni's

Athletics Medal Winners

Athlete / Event / Time-distance-height / Medal

Roman A - High Jump - 2.23m - Gold

Sopia G - 400m - 54.53 - Gold

Women - 4x400m - 3.47.84 - Gold

Char H 5000m walk 25.46.36 Gold

Erica H 800m 2.08.46 Silver

Zoe E Triple Jump 12.29 Silver

Ella T - 400m - 54.99 - Silver

Marlin G - 5000m - 14.51.89 - Silver

Jack E - 3000m Steeple - 9.51.69 - Bronze

Women - 4 x100m - 49.01 Bronze

Jamie B - 10,000m - 33.02.63 - Bronze

Final Team Placing

Men finished 5th Overall from 23 Universities

Women Finished 5th Overall from 33 Univeristy

Big Blue Multi Event - Melbourne 4 - 3 Monash

Results on the night.

  1. Mx Netball - Melbourne 49-74 Monash (Monash Winners)
  2. Mx Ultimate - Melbourne 10-7 Monash (Melbourne Winners)
  3. Women Hockey - Melbourne 8-0 Monash (Melbourne Winners)
  4. Men Tennis - Melbourne 2-1 Monash (Melbourne Winners)
  5. Men Squash - Melbourne 2-2 Monash (Monash Winners on points count back 141-123
  6. Men Volleyball - Melbourne 2-1 Monash (Melbourne Winners)
  7. Women Volleyball - Melbourne 0-2 Monash (Monash Winners)

Results on the night.

Melbourne 4 wins to Monash 3

Overall scores

Melbourne 11 Monash 8

Swimming Uni Nationals Men 10th of 23 Uni's - Women 8th of 25 Uni's

Swimming (event has now past 9-11 May 2024)

In 2024, Swimming will be contested in men's and women's events at the 2024 Sydney Open at Sydney Olympic Park, NSW. Multi-class events will also be offered.

Indigenous Nationals (23-27 June)

In 2024, the 28th Indigenous Nationals will be held from 23-27 June at the University of Wollongong in Wollongong, NSW. The event will contested in a mixed competition across four sports: touch football, basketball, netball, and volleyball.

National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games (NITESG) began in 1996 as a joint class project between 13 students enrolled in a Diploma of Aboriginal Studies (Community Recreation) at the then Wollotuka School for Aboriginal Studies, The University of Newcastle.

Now referred to as Indigenous Nationals, the event is a week-long multi-sport competition for indigenous student-athletes. The annual event aims to bring together student-athletes from universities across Australia to compete in a variety of sports and ultimately crown one university team the champion of the games. Indigenous Nationals is an amazing environment to not only celebrate the rich sporting culture of indigenous Australia but to also acknowledge the heritage and history of the participating student-athletes.

Eligibility to participate

Indigenous Nationals is open to both staff and currently enrolled students of UniSport Australia member universities.

In maintaining the integrity of the Indigenous Nationals as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander event and in keeping with the rules of engagement, confirmation of Aboriginality is required by each player participating in the competition.

​Uni Sport Guidelines

(Registration is not currently open 10 Jan 2024)

Semester 2 - Intervarsity Events

Surfing Uni Nationals (10-12 July)

More information coming soon

Big Blue Badminton & Table Tennis (9 Aug, Melb Uni)

The Big Blue encapsulates the sporting rivalry between Victoria’s two largest Universities, Melbourne and Monash.

Rivals on and off the sporting field, the matches are played at Melbourne’s Parkville Campus or Monash’s Clayton Campus during Semester and offer a chance for students to represent their University in a local and competitive setting, at no cost.

A winner is declared at the conclusion of Semester 2 when the head-to-head results are tallied up.

Badminton and Table Tennis will be played in the stadiums at the same time, which will bring a festival atmosphere to the Melbourne Stadiums here on Campus.

Fixtures:

Badminton Men

Badminton Women

Table Tennis Men

Table Tennis Women

Expression of Interest (click here)

Fixture still to be arranged

Golf

Water Polo

Rowing

UniSport Uni Nationals ( 7 - 13 Sept) Week 8 of second Semester

The 2024 UniSport Nationals will be held in Canberra, and will see over 6,000 participants from across the country battle it out to be crowned national champions in one of 31 different sports.

This is the flagship event of the year, and the winners from each sport will be combined with the winners of the various Nationals Championships throughout the year to name one university the Overall Nationals Champions.

Registration, costs and specific details are not available currently.

Expression of Interest (click here)


Distance Running Uni Nationals (15 Sept)

More information coming soon

The Australian Boat Race (Oct)

The Australian Boat Race is an annual rowing race between the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney in the sport of Rowing.

Held annually, the venue alternates between the Yarra River in the heart of Melbourne and on Sydney Harbour. It encapsulates the long-standing rivalry between two great cities and two great universities.

Crews are selected from currently enrolled students at the University of Melbourne.

Expression of Interest (click here)

ABR 2022


A full calendar of UniSport Australia events can be found on the events page on the UniSport Australia website.

  • You must be an enrolled student at the University of Melbourne to be eligible for selection in any intervarsity event.
  • If you want more details? Contact the Sport Performance Coordinator
Intervarsity Sport

University Champions 2023

The University of Melbourne continued to prove it is one of the country’s premier sporting universities by winning eight National Championships at the 2023 Uni Nationals on the Gold Coast, to claim equal third overall in the 2023 overall rankings. We also won the Men's UBL Championship for the first time, with a stunning Grand Final Victory against UTS. The eight titles mean the University claims the John Campbell Trophy as South Overall Champions.

Intervarsity Results

Big Blue Challenge

The Big Blue encapsulates the sporting rivalry between Victoria’s two largest Universities, Melbourne and Monash.

Rivals on and off the sporting field, the matches are played at Melbourne’s Parkville Campus or Monash’s Clayton Campus during Semester and offer a chance for students to represent their University in a local and competitive setting, at no cost.

A winner is declared at the conclusion of Semester 2 when the head-to-head results are tallied up.

  1. Overall Champions
  2. Big Blue results 2023
  3. Big Blue results 2022


Unisport University National Competitions

UniSport Nationals provide an opportunity for student-athletes at our 42 member universities from across Australia to compete head to head in a number of national standard sporting competitions.

Nationals are comprised of our flagship event, UniSport Nationals, and a number of standalone national championships throughout the year.The winners from each sport in UniSport Nationals will be combined with the winners of the various Nationals Championships throughout the year to name one university the Overall Nationals Champions.

  1. UniSport results 2023
  2. Unisport results 2022


Resources

See below key Athlete, Team Manager and Coach resources and documents that are related to Uni Nationals events

Contact Us

Can’t find what you’re looking for? For further information regarding Winged Victory and Intervarsity Sport, please contact the Sport Performance Coordinator Tony Sephton on (03) 8344 3833 or via tony.sephton@unimelb.edu.au