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Warratah bowl

UNSW Raiders played with passion and heart throughout a nail-biting game against a tough opposition. Sadly, the scoreboard truely doesn’t reflect the success and culture within this club. Thank you to all that follow us, support us in various ways and cheer us on. We hope to see you all back with us for 2020 so rest up and enjoy your offseason!



UNSW Raiders defeated the Northern Sydney Rebels 22 – 8



Both the UNSW Raiders Men’s and Women’s team are going to represent in their respective bowl games the Warratah Bowl and the Opal Bowl next weekend! Firstly the Women’s secured a spot in the final with a tough win against the Sydney Uni Lions defeating them 28-16.

Later in the day the UNSW Raiders Men’s secured their spot in the Waratah Bowl for the second year in a row beating the Sydney Uni Lions 62-45! Winning in what the players described as a ‘dog fight’, both teams put everything on the line to pursue a berth in the championship. “I think two of Australia’s best teams battled to the final whistle” Coach Medrano said after the game. “To their credit Sydney Uni have been in the Grand final for 20 years in a row and they knew how to bring it in the finals.”

Both the Raiders teams look to face off against the Northern Sydney Rebels.



The UNSW Colts bowed out of the 2019 competition yesterday after making to the first round finals against the Sutherland Seahawks. Trying to fight back in the second half from a 20-0 deficit, the Colts put two TD’s on the board but couldn’t peg back the scoreline ending their season. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the guys for their hard work and never give up determination. I couldn’t be more proud of the Colts this year and the effort they’ve put in.” Head Coach Darryl Jones said after the game. “I’d also like to thank the coaches, Tanner, Jaylon, Sam, Colton, and Austin for turning the team around and getting us into the finals.” he added, “Lastly, we hope that the players had fun during the season and come back in 2020 with renewed enthusiasm after a well earned rest.”


Women in Sport

Today UNSW Raider and New York Wolves Gridiron athlete Kira-Lea Dargin hosted the Girls in Sport Festival at Bankwest Stadium. Kira-Lea was joined by an impressive panel of Women in Sport including Australian Rep and Roosters Captian Simaima Taufa, NSW Swifts coach Briony Akle, Australian u21 Hockey player Lexie Pickering, Cricket NSW manager Sabrina Shaideen and GWS Giants AFLW player Erin McKinnon.

The host and panel discussed athletes in male dominated sport, the importance of women in sport, the many roles on offer, obstacles they’ve each overcome and the value of team work. The ladies have certainly inspired the next generation of girls in sport!


2019 SEASON – WEEK 14

Huge day for the UNSW Raiders as all three teams qualified for finals. This morning the Colts had a a day off as the Giants unfortunately forfeited the game overnight. They will have a first round finals next weekend. The Women’s had a huge win over the Ducks 42-16 giving them 3rd on the ladder for the season. Because the Sharks are ineligible for the finals they get a first round bye next weekend. Lastly the Men’s had an equally huge win over the Pirates 63-14 cementing the Minor Premier spot at the top of the ladder and giving them a first round bye next weekend as well.


Coaching Announcement

Announced last week, we’d like to congratulate UNSW Raiders coaches Mark Medrano, Michael ‘Rook’ Vardavas, Shane Dixon, Austin Karr and Josh Lawton for being chosen to coach the NSW State team – Wolfpack.