Friday 12 November, 2021, was a special day in the history of the Friends of Sydney University Football Club. The 25th anniversary of this unique mentoring and business network was celebrated with a dinner at St. Andrew’s College by 75 Members of the Friends of SUFC and guests. The piper, Nicholas Reynolds, from St Andrew’s, led the attendees from the Junior Common Room to the Chapel and was joined by singer Elise Nolte to perform the Club Song and the National Anthem.
The Chairman of the Friends, David Mortimer AO, expertly MC'd proceedings and introduced a wonderful short video of the history of the Friends which had been created by Theo Clark. The Founder of the Friends, Peter Hemming then provided some interesting historical background in his toast to the Friends. Ian Jackman SC, regaled the audience with a highly entertaining toast to the University and he was followed by the Chancellor, Belinda Hutchinson AC, who responded to Ian’s toast. The Chancellor then introduced the newly appointed Vice Chancellor, Mark Scott AO, who outlined his vision for the University. The guest speaker, Ben Darwin of Gainline Analytics then presented some interesting data on his research into multiple sports.