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Today, Saturday 28 November 2015 the UNSW Raiders Women played strong rivals UTS.  It was a slow start for the green machine but they managed to dig in deep and secure the win defeating UTS 36 to 18.

The UNSW Raiders women now have a 7-0 season record and the Minor Premiership for the 2015 regular season. This is the best record for the women’s team in the last three years.

Watch the highlights from the UNSW Raiders Women final game of the regular season.


Victory at Home!

This Saturday the 14 November 2015 was our last regular season game at home.  The afternoon kicked off at 12noon  with the RGA Youth Gridiron Academy playing some exhibition games.  The boys had an excellent time and you can see their skills and game sense improving each time they play against each other.










The UNSW Raiders Men kicked off at 4pm against the 3rd placed Northwestern Predators.  The men stayed strong and fought hard against a strong opponent to secure a well deserved 17-12 victory.  This takes the Raiders to season record of 5-3 which places them 3rd on the ladder (based on head to head  results). With one more game of the regular season, the finals dream is one step closer.

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The UNSW Raiders Womens team then kicked off at 7pm against the Northwestern Phoenix looking to continue their undefeated season and they did not disappoint.  The ladies annihilated the opposition and shut the Phoenix out of the game defeating them 60-8.  Such a superb effort by our ladies who continue to show their dominance in the 2015 Gridiron NSW Womens competition.

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Watch the UNSW Raiders Men vs Predators highlights here:

Watch the UNSW Raiders Women vs Phoenix highlights here:

NEXT GAMES: Next Saturday 21 November 2015 the UNSW Raiders teams will travel to the Central Coast where the Men will face the Central Coast Sharks and the Womens will play the Newcastle Cobras.  Will our teams continue their winning streak?  We hope so!

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UNSW Raiders at Home

Come down to David Phillips Sports Complex this Saturday 14 November 2015!  Our RGA Youth Players will be playing exhibition matches from 12 noon.  The North Sydney Rebels face the University of Sydney Lions and our own UNSW Raiders Men and Women will face the North Western Predators at home.

We will have BBQ, Drinks and Merchandise available all day ~ Hope to see you there!

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UNSW Raiders defeat UTS

This Saturday the UNSW Raiders Mens and Womens teams faced the UTS Gastors at Neptune Park, Revesby.

Our afternoon commenced with the UNSW Raiders Womens team kicking off at 4pm looking to improve their season record to 5-0.  They did not disappoint shutting the UTS Womens team out of the game and defeating them 36-0.  An awesome effort by our ladies who continue to show their dominance in the 2015 Gridiron NSW Womens competition.

Next up were the UNSW Raiders Men who kicked off at 7pm against old rivals UTS.  The mens game was a very tough and physical match however our Defense held strong and our Offense did enough to hold out a hard hitting opponent. In the end, they manged to secure a strong and much needed win against the UTS Gators deafeating them 11-7 and bringing our season record to 4-3.

Watch the UNSW Raiders Men vs UTS highlights here:

Watch the UNSW Raiders Women vs UTS highlights here:

NEXT GAMES: Next weekend (Saturday 7 November 2015) the UNSW Raiders teams all have a BYE week.  Our next games on Saturday 14 November 2015 will be at our home ground (UNSW David Phillips Sports Complex) where we hope our teams can continue their winning streak!  We hope to see an awesome crowd, dressed in green, to cheer on our UNSW Raiders Mens and Womens teams to victory!



This Saturday saw a HUGE weekend of football at the UNSW David Phillips Sports fields as we hosted our HOMECOMING for 2015.   We had BBQ, drinks and merchandise on sale throughout the day and our brand new scoreboard was installed and operational for this game!










The day commenced at 12 noon with RGA Youth Gridiron Academy playing their first exhibition matches for the year.  The boys aged 7 – 14 years showed their parents what they had been learning and had a fabulous time putting their skills and drills to the test!  The boys will participate in “FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS” this Friday 30 October 2015 for some more game time action!  Thanks to Bring it on Sports Directors, Paul and Elissa Manera, for assisting with this fabulous program.








UNSW Raiders Women kicked off against the Newcastle Cobras at 4pm.  Our ladies had a fabulous game defeating the Cobras 40-16 given them a 4-0 record for the season.  Watch the highlights of the game here:

At 6pm the UNSW Raiders men kicked off against the Newcastle Cobras.  The guys fought hard and made some awesome plays to defeat the Cobras 49-14 giving them a 3-3 record for the season.  Watch the highlights of the game here:

Both the Men and Women formed a tunnel to welcome each other to the field prior to their games which added great atmosphere to the day!  You can watch the fun here:

The UNSW Raiders would like to thank their members, players, fans and the parents of the RGA for contributing to a successful Homecoming.


Friday 30 October 2015 – RGA Youth Academy “Friday Night Lights” kicks off from 7-9pm at David Phillips
Saturday 31 October 2014 – UNSW Raiders Women vs UTS Women kick off 4pm followed by the UNSW Raiders Men vs UTS kicking off at 7pm.  Both games are at Neptune Park, Edinburgh Road, Revesby



Saturday 24 October 2015 is the UNSW Raiders Homecoming Day!  Our RGA Youth Gridiron Players will be showing off their new skills during their exhibition matches, the West Sydney Pirates play the Central Coast Sharks and our UNSW Raiders Men and Women will take on the Newcastle Cobras.

We invite the friends and families of current and former players to join us at David Phillips Sports Fields from 12 noon for an action packed afternoon and evening of football.

We will have BBQ and Drinks available all day.  We will also have a large selection of UNSW Raiders Merchandise available for sale including: T-Shirts, Hoodies, BBQ Aprons, Snapbacks, Beanies, Baseball Caps, Umbrella’s, Mens Business Ties and our new UNSW Raiders Youth Footballs.

We hope to see many of your there!

Schedule for the day is as follows:



UNSW Raiders vs Nepean Ducks – Highlights

On Saturday 17 October 2015 the UNSW Raiders Men played in Round 6 of the Gridiron NSW Competition against the Nepean Ducks.   It was a tough game but the UNSW Raiders dug deep to secure a 17-3 win.

















Thank you to Tommy Larkin for providing these great highlights of the game:

The UNSW Raiders Women and Men will be playing this coming weekend (Saturday 24 October 2015) at the UNSW Raiders Homecoming game at David Philips Sports Complex against the Newcastle Cobras at 4pm and 6pm respectively.  The and RGA Youth Academy will also be playing exhibition games at 12 noon that day.


Welcome Back #23!

The UNSW Raider Gridiron Club would like to welcome back  Darryl Jones (#23).  Darryl and his family have been living in the USA for the past 4 years and only returned back to Australia last week.

Darryl is the brother of the Steven Jones who founded the Raiders in 1979 and his commitment to the club is very strong!  After stepping off the plane of Wednesday he attended training on Thursday and played his first game in 4 years on Saturday against the Nepean Ducks which saw the Raiders win 17-3.

Welcome Back #23!










UNSW Raiders Womens Highlights

Round 3 (Saturday 10 October 2015) for the UNSW Raiders Women finished on a high note with them defeating the North Western Phoenix 30 – 20 giving them a 3-0 record!













See highlights on of the game here:

The men and the women next play at the UNSW Raiders Homecoming game at David Philips Sports Complex on Saturday 24 October 2015 against the Newcastle Cobras.


The Foundation Shovel

There is a long history between the Raiders and the Lions – they are the  two oldest clubs in NSW.

In 1984, the Sydney University Stormtroopers and the Waverley Raiders (as the clubs were called that year) played in their first AAFC game and a rivalry is born.  








Since 1985, the Raiders and arch-rivals the Lions have battled against each other in 6 Championship Games with both teams having won 3 championship victories each:

  • Lions – 1985
  • Raiders – 1989
  • Raiders – 1990
  • Raiders – 1991
  • Lions – 1992
  • Lions – 2005

The Foundation Shovel was started in 2008 and was created in recognition of the Raiders and the Lions being the only two surviving foundation clubs from 1984 Gridiron NSW league.  


The Foundation Shovel is held by the winner of each game played between the two teams and therefore each time they meet they battle for ownership of the Foundation Shovel which been held by the Lions for the past 8 years.  

The battle continues: This Saturday 10 October 2015, the UNSW Raiders play the Sydney University Lions in Round 5 of the Gridiron NSW Men’s Competition.  The game kicks off at at 4.00pm at Robert Ziems Park, Short Street, Corrimal.

In other Games this weekend: The UNSW Raiders Women hope to continue their winning streak when they take on North Western Phoenix at Pennant Hills Hockey Centre, Britannia Street, Pennant Hills.  Kick off is at 4pm.

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Photo from 2008 – the first game that the Foundation Shovel was played for.


UNSW Raiders Highlights – 26 September 2015

This weekend saw the UNSW Raiders Women play their 2nd game of the season as they kicked off Round 3 of the GNSW Womens league at 10am against UTS at Forestville Oval.  The team played hard and came up with a tight victory defeating the Gators 6 -2.

Unfortunately, it was a different story for the UNSW Men who played their 3rd game of the season at 3pm against the North Sydney Rebels in Round 4 of the GNSW Mens competition.  They played hard and had some opportunities however were finally defeated by the Rebels 14-6.

This coming weekend (Saturday 3 Ocotober 2015) is a GNSW LEAGUE BYE and we hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable long weekend.


  • UNSW Raiders Men vs Sydney University Lions – 4pm kick off at Corrimal (Short Street, Corrimal)
  • UNSW Raiders Women vs North Western Phoenix – 4pm kick off at Pennant Hills ( Brittania Street, Pennant Hills)



Raiders Gridiron Academy at Lugarno Festival

Last weekend the UNSW Raiders Youth Gridiron Academy (RGA) were invited to exhibit at the Lions Lugarno Spring Festival.

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This was an awesome opportunity for the UNSW Raiders Gridiron Club and Bring it on Sports to showcase their Youth Football Program.  All the boys who were able to travel to the festival to participate braved the weather and had an awesome time playing a 30 minute tackle football game in the LugarIMG_9333no Festival Main Arena.

There has been a lot of hype regarding American Football in the media lately with Jarryd Hayne
making the move from the NRL to the NFL to make the 53 man San Francisco 49er’s roster however not many of the general public really understand the game.

Coach Paul Manera did a spectacular job commentating the RGA exhibition so that onlookers had a much better understanding of not only what the boys were demonstrating but also giving them a better understand of the game of American Football!

Following the exhibition the RGA moved the the Lugarno Festival “Youth Sports Arena” where they ran a “Come and try” session.  Around 15 kids joined in the fun with the RGA players learning throwing footballs into the Quarterbacknets and carrying the football while running into the hand shields.








The UNSW Raiders and Bring it on Sports would like to thank the all of the parents who made the trip to Lugarno Festival to make the exhibition possible.

If you are interested in learning more about our RGA Youth Football program please click here: http://www.raidersgridiron.com/rga/

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2015 Trivia Night

The UNSW Raiders held their 2015 Trivia Night on Saturday 19 September 2015.  There were 55 Trivia buffs who joined in the fun – everyone had an awesome time. Highlights of the evening included the “Sit Down” Game and the “Throw the Coin to the Bottle” game.

Congratulations to the 2015 Trivia Winners – Team “Quiz in my pants”

























Click here to see all the photos in our Facebook Photo album 


Youth Gridiron at Lugarno Festival

The UNSW Raiders Gridiron Club have been invited to showcase their new RGA Youth Gridiron Program at the 36th Lugarno Spring Festival this Sunday 20th September from 1.00-3.00pm. Come down and say hello!

DATE: Sunday 20 September 2015

ADDRESS: Gannons Park, Peakhurst (cnr Isaac St & Pindari Rd)

1.30pm – 2.00pm at the BATES BIKES ARENA

:  2.20pm – Following the RGA exhibition we then move over to the YOUTH SPORTS EXPO area where we will run a “Come & Have a Go” Session for anyone kids that would like to give American Football a try.

For more information on the RGA please click here: http://www.raidersgridiron.com/rga/















What’s on at the Festival: http://www.lugarnolions.org.au/images/pdfs/Festival-Program.pdf
Festival Map: http://www.lugarnolions.org.au/images/pdfs/festival-layout.pdf
Spring Festival Web Site: http://www.lugarnolions.org.au/spring-festival/4-festival



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The UNSW Raiders Gridiron Club have a long legacy and are looking forward to expanding not only the club but the sport in general.  The UNSW Raiders kick off the 2015 in a new location, new players but same never die attitude.


  • RGA Youth Academy – Tuesday afternoons from 5.00-6.30pm
  • Men – Tuesday and Thursday from 7.30-9.30pm
  • Women – Tuesday and Thursday from 7.30-9.30pm

All training is held at David Philips Sports Complex.