Tradition and Success

The University of Melbourne has a long and proud tradition of sporting competition and success

From the first intervarsity contests between the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney in cricket and rowing in 1870, through to the current Uni Sport Australia rivalries such as with Monash University, our student-athletes continue to display camaraderie, sportsmanship and passion in representing the University.

Uni Games and Uni Nationals Era

The Uni Nationals, formerly Australian University Games (Uni Games), is Australian’s largest annual multi-sport event and began in 1993. Competing teams play to win Australian University Championships in Men’s and Women’s sporting competitions. Some competitions also award historic titles and trophies specific to the sport. Until 2017, The University that won the most number of Division 1 championships at the Games was crowned the Australian University Games Overall Champions (prior to 2011 this award was determined using a complicated points system). In 2018, the event format changed to a Div 1 and Div 2 format and the ‘Overall Games Champion’ was no longer recognised.

Stand-alone Australian University Championships are also held throughout the year for sports not contested at the Uni Games/Nationals like Distance Running, Snow Sports and Triathlon.

The University that wins the most Australian University Championship pennants (Uni Nationals plus stand-alone championships) for the year is also crowned UniSport Australia Overall Champions.

University of Melbourne Team Success Year

AUS/UniSport Overall Champions

2013, 2012, 2008, 2006, 2005

Uni Games Overall Champions

2013, 2012, 2006, 2005, 2004, 1997

Uni Games Runners-up

2017, 2011, 2008, 2002, 2001, 2000

South Overall Champion*:

2018, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2000

*Prior to 2018, the South Champion was recognised as Southern University Games Champion, a regional multi-sport event between Southern institutions. This was replaced by Uni Nationals Div 2

University National Champion Teams Year

Adventure Racing (O) National Champions

2006

Aerobics (O) National Champions

1998

Athletics (O) National Runners-up

2006

Australian Rules (M) National Champions

2014, 2012, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000

Australian Rules (W) National Champions

2005

Badminton (M) National Champions

2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009

Badminton (W) National Champions

2018, 2017, 2014, 2013

Baseball National Champions

2016, 2013, 2012, 2008, 2002

Basketball (M) National Champions

2010, 2002, 1998

Basketball (W) National Champions

2009, 2001

Boardsailing (O) National Runners-up

2002

Cricket (M) National Champions

2010, 2001

Cross Country (O) National Runners-up

2006

Cycling (O) National Champions

2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 1998

Cycling (M) National Champions

2014

Cycling (W) National Champions

2017, 2016

Distance Running (M) National Champions

2018, 2017, 2014

Distance Running (W) National Champions

2018

Diving (O) National Champions

2005, 2004

Fencing (O) National Champions

2009, 2008, 2007, 2004, 2001

Fencing (M) National Champions

2018, 2017, 2016, 2013, 2012

Fencing (W) National Champions

2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Golf (M) National Runners-up

2006

Golf (W) National Champions

2014

Hockey (M) National Champions

2013, 2012, 2000, 1999

Hockey (W) National Champions

2013, 2011

Judo (O) National Champions

2008

Kendo (O) National Champions

2012, 2008, 2001

Mountain Biking (O) National Champions

2005

Netball (X) National Champions

2005, 2004, 2002

Netball (W) National Champions

2010, 2008, 2007

Orienteering (M) National Champions

2017, 2016, 2013

Orienteering (W) National Champions

2015, 2014, 2013

Rowing (O) National Champions

2011, 2006, 2004, 2000

Rowing (M) National Champions

2011

Rowing (M) Australian Boat Race Champions

2013, 2009

Rowing (W) National Champions

2016, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2008

Rowing (W) Australian Boat Race Champions

2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

Sailing National Runners-up

2003

Soccer (M) National Champions

2016, 2013, 2009

Soccer (W) National Runners-up

2018, 2017, 2016, 2013, 2005

Snow Sports (O) National Champions

2013, 2012, 2010, 2006, 2005, 2004

Snow Sports (M) National Champions

2012

Snow Sports (W) National Champions

2014, 2013

Squash (M) National Champions

2017, 2006, 2005

Squash (W) National Champions

2005, 1998

Surfing National Champions

2008

Swimming (O) National Champions

2011, 2006, 2004

Swimming (W) National Champions

2013, 2012, 2011

Table Tennis (M) National Champions

2017, 2013, 2004, 1998

Table Tennis (W) National Champions

2017, 1998

Taekwondo National Champions

2008

Tennis (M) National Champions

2018, 2012

Tennis (W) National Champions

2018, 2004

Ultimate Frisbee (X) National Champions

2014, 2012

Ultimate Frisbee (W) National Champions

2015

Volleyball (W) National Champions

2018, 2009, 2008, 2006

Volleyball (M) National Champions

2011

KEY: (M) Men, (W) Women, (O) Overall, (X) Mixed

Intervarsity Era

Prior to the commencement of the Uni Games in 1993, universities competed against each other in stand-alone Intervarsity (IV) competitions hosted by individual universities and/or university clubs. There are a number of historical records that will be updated here over time.

Historic Games and Matches

  • Boat (Rowing - Men) Winners: First intervarsity race vs. Sydney Uni 1870
  • Cricket (Men) Winners: First intervarsity match vs. Sydney Uni 1870
  • Hockey (Men) Winners: First intervarsity match vs. Sydney Uni 1909
  • Lacrosse (Men): First intervarsity match drawn vs. Adelaide Uni 1905
  • Rifle Shooting Winners: First intervarsity match vs. Sydney Uni 1907
  • Tennis (Men) Winners: First intervarsity match vs. Sydney Uni 1906
  • Tennis (Women) Winners: First intervarsity match vs. Sydney Uni 1908



Past alumni who may have University sporting memorabilia are encouraged to contact:

Rod Warnecke
Sports Development Manager
rod.warnecke@unimelb.edu.au
+61 3 8344 8891