Universities

There are currently three Universities with active Australian rules football teams.

Oxford University Australian Rules Football Club

OUARFC is the oldest AFL Club outside of Australia, and one of the oldest Varsity clubs of the University of Oxford. Formed just prior to World War I, the Club recently celebrated its centenary year, playing its first match against Cambridge in 1907, which makes it (easily) the longest running Australian AFL rivalry outside of Australia. OUARFC is also one of the first clubs in the UK to start a women’s AFL team, with the first Oxford women’s match played in February 2015.

For more information head to their website: http://www.ouarfc.co.uk/

Cambridge University Australian Rules Football Club

CUARFC is over 100 years old but the connection between Cambridge University and Australian rules football dates back even further to the 1850s when Tom Wills, one of the inventors of the sport, was a student at the University.

For more information head to their website: http://www.cuarfc.org.uk/

 

Varsity Match

The annual Varsity match between the Universities is the longest-running Australian rules fixture outside of Australia. Oxford currently lead the standings 20 – 6. Cambridge are the defending champions having defeated Oxford 4.10 (34) to 4.4 (28).

Year Winner Results
1923 Oxford Oxford ?.? (80) d Cambridge ?.? (30)
1925 Oxford Oxford 10.17 (77) d. Cambridge 1.11 (17)
1926 Cambridge Cambridge 8.11 (59) d Oxford 8.7 (55)
1927 Oxford Oxford 10.10 (70) d. Cambridge 5.10 (40)
1928 Cambridge Cambridge 11.12 (78) d Oxford 5.10 (40)
1929 Oxford Oxford 9.19 (73) d Cambridge 5.9 (39)
1930 Oxford Oxford 4.4 (28) d Cambridge 4.2 (26)
1931 Oxford Oxford 12.11 (83) d Cambridge 7.5 (47)
1935 Oxford Oxford 9.8 (62) d Cambridge 1.4 (10)
1949 Oxford Oxford 12.6 (78) d Cambridge 3.13 (31)
1954 Oxford Oxford 12.10 (82) d Cambridge 8.10 (58)
1983 Cambridge Cambridge 15.10 (100) d Oxford 7.9 (51)
2003 Oxford Oxford 10.7 (67) d. Cambridge 0.5 (5)
2004 Cambridge Cambridge 3.4 (22) d. Oxford 2.6 (18)
2005 Oxford Oxford 14.15 (99) d. Cambridge 3.4 (22)
2006 Oxford Oxford 32 d. Cambridge 27
2007 Oxford Oxford 19.11 (125) d. Cambridge 3.10 (28)
2008 Oxford Oxford 8.11 (59) def Cambridge 5.2 (32)
2009 Oxford Oxford 6.15 (51) d. Cambridge 1.1 (7)
2010 Oxford Oxford 17.16 (118) d. Cambridge 9.12 (66)
2013 Oxford Oxford 10.6 (66) d. Cambridge 3.6 (24)
2014 Oxford Oxford 14.6 (90) d. Cambridge 2.2 (14)
2015 Cambridge Cambridge 7.13 (55) d. Oxford 3.4 (22)
2016 Oxford Oxford 9.4 (58) d. Cambridge 7.10 (52)
2017 Oxford Oxford 12.8 (80) d. Cambridge 4.4 (28)
2018 Cambridge Cambridge 4.10 (34) d. Oxford 4.4 (28)

In 2018, as the women’s game continued to evolve in the country, there was the first ever women’s Varsity. This resulted in the first-ever tie in an Australian rules Varsity match.

Year Winner Results
2018 Tie Cambridge 11.12 (78) d Oxford 5.10 (40)

Birmingham  University Australian Rules Football Club

BUARFC play regular games throughout the year against clubs across the country. They also have a unique rivalry with the University of Birmingham’s Gaelic Football club against whom they play an annual International Rules fixture.

Members of the club have gone on to win AFL London Premierships, represent England, Wales and Great Britain. There are several alumni of the club currently playing club football in Melbourne.

In 2018, the Birmingham University women’s side won the Haggis Cup.

For more information: https://www.sportandfitness.bham.ac.uk/student-sport/clubs/aussie-rules/