Playing for the Blacks

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Welcome to The Blacks - The home of the Adelaide University Cricket Club.  For all current, past or potential future Blacks please see the information below which will give you the details of what it means to be a Black, what you can expect, and what is expected of you.  

Everybody is eligible to play for The Blacks.  We area University club that is open to all cricketers -student or otherwise. Players join us from a variety of sources; some from overseas, country areas or inter-state students from the University of Adelaide.  We also recruit players locally from Adelaide schools or clubs who are looking for new opportunities to play at a Premier Cricket club to progress their career, or those who want to join a young, sociable club based in the CBD area. 


What we offer all players is high-quality coaching and top-class training facilities, and a great place to continue their cricket career.  We have had many aspiring cricketers join the club and go on to achieve higher honours – most recently Jake Weatherald, Joe Mennie and Nick Winter who have all had success with the South Australian Redbacks after starting out with the Blacks.  There are other examples of players overlooked at their grade clubs that have joined the Blacks and improved their game out of all recognition. 


Whilst all players love the experience of playing cricket for The Blacks and playing at University Oval, the AUCC expects an appropriate degree of commitment from its players. Our senior sides are expected to train hard, to enjoy doing so and to seek to improve their cricket.

Training times

Training takes place at the northern end of Park 12 (University Oval) on the turf practice wickets and also at the newly refurbished hard-wickets at the Southern end. 
Tuesday 5.30-7.30pm   3rd & 4th Grade
   ATCA Teams 
Wednesday 5.30-7.30pm   1st & 2nd Grade. Specialist Coaching
   Women’s teams 
Thursday 5.30-7.30pm   All Grades
All players are expected to train in a club training top and to bring their own training equipment, including spikes and flat footwear.  

Playing Ovals

AUCC First and Second grade teams and the Women’s 2nd Grade  play at beautiful University Oval #1, generally considered the finest Premier Cricket ground in Adelaide. The outfield is in magnificent condition and is a pleasure to play on.  
Men’s Third and Fourth Grade play on University Oval #2, and our teams in ATCA competitions play on University Park 10.  Our Women’s teams use University Oval #1 or #2. 

We also have playing ovals and training facilities at the University of Adelaide West Beach Facilities which comprise four brand new ovals and turf nets.  We use these facilities during pre-season and periodically throughout the season when University Oval Park 10 or Park 12 are unavailable for use.


For the 2019-20 season we will field teams in the following divisions;
SACA Premier Cricket Grades 1 – 4
ATCA B2, C2, LO1 and LO4
SACA Super Cricket  (community level)
SACA Premier Cricket 2nd Grade
ATCA 1st Grade

We also have a number of project teams that manage specialist areas within the club, these are;
1. Cricket Performance
2. Cricket Development
3. Finance
4. Sponsorship & Fundraising
5. Facilities
6. Volunteer Management
7. Community Engagement 
If you would like to get involved in any of these areas, please contact the club directly. 

Men's Cricket

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We currently run ten men’s teams throughout the season, with our first to fourth grade teams playing in SACA Premier Cricket competitions in 2-day, one-day and T20 competitions.   2017-18 and 2018-19 saw The Blacks reach the semi finals in the SACA PC First Grade Premiership for the first time in many years. With both the 2nd & 3rd Grade sides matching the feat in the 2018-19 season. 

In 2018-19 ATCA Competitions we made the semi-finals in the LO1 & LO5 Divisions, as well as the T20 competition.  2019-20 will again see us field 4 regular teams in the B2 & C2 two-day competitions and in the LO1 & LO4 divisions, as well as a Vets Over 50s side.  

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We have teams for all levels of players, from established A Grade cricketers, to aspiring young cricketers across 2nd, 3rd & 4th Grade  looking to improve their game and play at A Grade or higher, while we have teams in ATCA competitions competing on a weekly basis throughout the season.  Whatever your level you can find a team at The Blacks to suit your aspirations.   

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AUCC Women's Cricket

Join a successful women and girls program with a record in developing new players and catering for all ages, backgrounds, skill levels and playing aspirations.

In 2018, Cricket Australia awarded AUCC the Premier Cricket Club of the Year Award at the Cricket Australia Sport for All Community Cricket Awards, recognising that "AUCC is committed to establishing a strong women’s program focussed on learning, improving and retention. The club has a firm focus on inclusion demonstrated by their commitment to introducing international students from non-traditional cricket countries to the game.”

We currently field two teams – our SACA Women’s 2nd Grade side, who play in both the SACA Premier Cricket T20 and 40 over competitions, and a Women and girls development team playing in the ATCA Competition (T20 format).

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Pre-season is usually from August/September, with matches played on Sunday afternoons from October to March. Training is generally on Tuesdays or Wednesdays throughout the season (at University Oval nets from 5.30pm). Home games are usually played at University No 1 or University No 2.

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Experience isn’t necessary – we’ve taught players who’ve never even watched a game of cricket before! AUCC have all you need to learn and grow your game, with access to excellent turf and hardwicket training facilities, dedicated coaching, and a team playing kit for new players. 

The Women’s ATCA side is the ideal place for beginners and new players wanting to learn basic skills and experience playing games in a supportive and fun environment. In 2017-18, the SACA Women’s 2nd Grade team won the T20 Competition and are looking to go the next step in the 40 over competition having finished runner-up in the last two years.

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AUCC also supports the Strikers Girls Cricket League and have opportunities for juniors under 18 wanting to learn the game.  

Our goal is to keep growing our women’s program, and one day play in the SACA Premier 1st Grade competition. In the last three years, we’ve more than doubled our playing numbers in the women and girls program, and have welcomed players from far and wide, including from Hong Kong, Vietnam, Canada, Venezuela, India, and Pakistan. 

If this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, please contact:

Rebecca Law

Women’s Cricket Coordinator




Kit & Equipment

All players are expected to purchase Blacks Official match & training gear.  

This can be purchased online via our official kit provider Viva Global.  CLICK HERE

It is expected that, as a minimum, all players have the following essential Blacks kit;
- Match Shirt (Long or short sleeves)
- Training Shirt
- Training Shorts
- Blacks Cap - baseball, baggy or sun hats can be worn. 

For 1st Grade additional requirements;
- One Day Match Shirt (Black)
- One Day Pants (Black)

For Women additional requirements;
- Match Shirt (Black) 2nd Grade squad only.

We also have recommended suppliers for other equipment;
Helmets- Masuri 
Other Playing / Training Kit - Rebel Sports

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