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History

UTS...
 
The University of Technolgy, Sydney first fielded a womens AFL team in the Sydney Womens AFL (SWAFL) competition in 2001. They were competitive for five years before folding. In that time the women trained alongside the men at Trumper Park and were sponsored by the Cornstalk Bookshop in Glebe.
 
From 2010 there were several attempts to get the team up and running again. Informal training sessions were held during the 2010 and 2012 pre-seasons out of the Kuring-gai Campus however each year there were not enough players to enter a team into the SWAFL competition. 
 
How the Shamrocks began...
 
Born out of respect for the skills that the gaelic game has in improving the way we play AFL some kind encouraging, begging, forcing, pressuring, and pesturing players to cross-over the codes. Brilliant pestering techniques has meant many more players than we counted on, and then gave birth to the crazy idea of having a team full of Irish ex-pats to take on the Aussies at their game.

Many of these girls had a taste of the full contact sport when they played in the compromise rules match in October 2008 against a SWAFL select side, where the luck of the Irish was evident that day and they ran out eventual winners in the "Irish Australian' cup match 49-14. As the series is planned to continue every year, these girls couldn't wait for the once a year match, and decided to have a go at the oval ball game.

Fun and learning were the key priorities for the team in 2009, as well as getting to grips with the culture and traditions that Australia and this game has to offer. Based in County Bondi, the team booked in for that almost expected experience of learning how to stand up on a flat board and ride a wave. Yep surfing in the warm blue ocean amongst the manta rays, and then sampling the natural bush surrounds, handfeeding wild kangaroos, possums, and of course barbecues and beer. Whilst not compulsory, some may already be experts at the drinking part.

As if being Irish and playing this game isn't crazy enough, the Inaugural team was coached by New Zealander, Lisa 'Kiwi' Roper who managed to pass on all the good Aussie traditions she has experienced in the game, like the banner run through, the guernsey presentation, the man of the match toast, and the special team song.

At our sponsor club, the City of Sydney RSL we have a bar named after us, a cocktail we created and available in our club colours.
 
The Merger...
 
Towards the end of 2011 the UTS Womens Football Club was approched by the Bondi Shamrocks to form a merger. This was supported by both the UTS Sports Union and the UTS Bats. Since then the alliance between the Bats and the newly created UTS Shamrocks has been strong and in 2016 integrated completely.

The Shamrocks would like to thank past sponsors, The City of Sydney RSL Club, Bee Active Personal Training, and The Olympic Hotel for playing an integral role in securing our future.