Sport plays a big part in student life at Trinity.
The availability of high quality sporting facilities – tennis courts, squash courts, the football ground, soccer field, athletics track, indoor swimming centre, gymnasium and indoor sports centre – at the College and the University of Melbourne, and the provision of opportunities for participants with all levels of skill, make joining in simple and appealing.
Most sports are played at a competitive amateur level. Intercollegiate competitions in the key sports are played in short seasons of no more than a month to fit in with University course commitments. Competition is ‘round robin’ style, and events are widely supported by the whole College community. All students are encouraged to try out for teams and should register their interest with their Sports Representative.
Trinity’s Bulpadock, the large grassed College quadrangle, is used for fitness training and practice as well as encouraging casual field games. Backyard cricket, soccer, basketball, tennis and squash are all played. Indoors, the darts and billiards competitions are also popular among students.
Students can participate in team and individual sports to a high level of ability, and also develop sportsmanship, teamwork and leadership. Specialist sports coaches help build students’ skills and fitness levels.
Participation in sport is voluntary, but warmly encouraged, and there are many opportunities for those who are not particularly skilled but simply want to have a go. Opportunities to compete in team sports in a more light-hearted but no less committed way are provided in teams like the 'Football All Stars'. College life presents the perfect chance to try different sports for the first time.
Intercollegiate competition with teams from other residential colleges of the University of Melbourne are coordinated and supported by the Women’s and Men’s Sports Representatives of the TCAC.
Captains of each sport organise try-out sessions and training, and select teams to represent Trinity in the various competitions organised by the Intercollegiate Sports Committee (ICSC).
Trinity’s teams compete enthusiastically – and with a very strong record of success – in the intercollegiate competition each year in the following sports:
Softball, volleyball, rowing (1sts & 2nds), hockey, soccer, football, netball (1sts & 2nds), athletics, swimming.
Cricket (1sts & 2nds), volleyball, rowing (1sts & 2nds), rugby 7s, soccer, hockey, athletics, swimming, football (1sts & ‘All Stars’).
Squash, badminton, table tennis, tennis.
Competition is held every second year on rotation in:
- women’s soccer
- men’s hockey, basketball and volleyball
- mixed badminton and table tennis.
2011 Intercollegiate Sports Results
2011 was a very successful year on the sporting field for Trinity. Strong participation rates along with vocal supporters at every game culminated in vast improvement from many of our sports teams, dominating enough to bring home five Intercollegiate Premierships.
The College ended 2011 by winning the prestigious Cowan Cup, the overall intercollegiate sports trophy for men, for the first time since 2006. Hamish Stein (3rd year Commerce), the new male sports representative on the TCAC Committee was judged to be the best individual sportsman across all colleges.
Hockey – 1st Place
Softball – 2nd Place
Rowing – 1st VII – 4th Place
Rowing – 2nd VII – 2nd Place
Swimming – 4th Place
Football – 3rd Place
Cricket – 1st Place
Rugby – 1st Place
Soccer – 2nd Place
Football – 5th Place
Swimming – 1st Place
Rowing –1st VII – 3rd Place
Rowing – 2nd VII – 1st Place
Hockey – 4th Place
Tennis – Quarter finals
Table Tennis – Semi finals
Athletics – 1st Place
Swimming – 2nd Place
Other college-based sporting activities
There is a tradition of rugby union at Trinity that appeals especially to students from New South Wales and Queensland. A rugby union game is held each year against Ormond College, and Trinity has been victorious in this match every year since 2003.
The College’s rowing VIIIs have always been competitive, and they enjoyed a return to form in 2010 when the Trinity men won the competition and the women finished as runners-up.
Other sporting activities:
- inter-building competitions (favourites include backyard cricket and harroway tennis)
- fitness training sessions
- visits to public sporting events such as the cricket (summer) and football (winter)
- rugby 7s
- snow/skiing excursions
- surfing excursions.