Every breath counts!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Every breath counts... especially at the Steinfeld Cup! 

Every breath counts! Something you learn very quickly as an underwater rugby player. Yes- that’s a real thing; people play rugby 5m below the water’s surface by simply holding their breath and duck diving. Underwater rugby is a bizarre 3-dimensional sport relatively new to Aussie shores. It has everything a good sport needs; tactics, teamwork and underwater bearhugs.  Players aim to take the negatively buoyant rubber ball and score in the opposing team's basket on the pools floor, as well as defend their own goal against the opposition's attack.
The University of Adelaide offers a vast range of clubs. This is proven by the presence of Adelaide’s Underwater Rugby Teams; Adelaide White Pointers (Mixed) and Breathtaking Adelaide Dolphins (Female). I highly implore anyone who is looking for a fun, active sport with incredible people to give this unique sport a try. I promise you will get hooked.
This September, I had the opportunity to travel to Sydney with 12 of my best friends and fierce team mates to compete in the 2018 Steinfeld Cup. Here, the close-knit community of 14 teams, from across Australia, conjugated to, escape gravity, wrestle and play the sport we all love.
The tournament was named after Celine Steinfeld, who in 2007, founded the first underwater rugby club at the University of New South Wales. She learned about the sport whilst on international student exchange in Sweden in 2004. There are now more than 300 players across Australia with teams in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobert, Melbourne and Perth. This shows the strength and power of change confined in one determined Uni Student!
Contrasting the underwater chaos, above the surface there is nothing but love, joy and comradery, as players and teams reunite. Everybody knows everybody, so the atmosphere is always fun, positive and inclusive reflecting the true nature of underwater rugby in Australia!
A tournament is a great way for any shark to truly sink their teeth into a new sport. Many new players attended and did extremely well, many already taking home their first goals. I personally scored my first goal and have never felt such a rush in all my years of basketball and water polo. It takes such a level of team work and determination, when utilising each millisecond of each breath hold. My oxygen thirsty body shot to the surface and I proudly punched my fist in the air to signal my team of our victory.
The weekend concluded in Sydney’s City centre with an award ceremony and afterparty. Somehow my body is more tired from that one nights dancing than wrestling fully grown men underwater for a full weekend.
We were victorious! Adelaide White Pointers taking home the 3rd place medal and the Breathtaking Adelaide Dolphins 4th place medal. We are now reflecting on our achievements and looking to grow in size and skill for our next tournament at the beginning of 2019. We hope to see you there!

Group photo of all teams competing at the Steinfeld Cup - Sept, 2018
- By Mia Vandergoot

Underwater Rugby and the Adelaide White Pointers

Friday, May 18, 2018


So if you haven't yet heard about this amazing sport yet... keep reading!


Ludwig von Bermuda - sound familiar? If you are an Underwater Rugby fanatic, then it should! It was 1961 when Bermuda came up with the idea of an 'underwater ball game', and proceeded to invent, for some of us, one of our favourite games! The salt water filled ball enabled it to sink - initially to the bottom of a net which stopped the play 1m from the bottom, although this version of the sport has long been forgotten.

Photo credit: Peter Ward ('_imorpheus_'  on Instragram)
Taken at Brisbane Training Camp 2017
Among others, Dr. Franz Joseg Grimmeisen was the next person to take Underwater Rugby to the next level by organising the first official tournament, dubbed, 'the Battle for the Golden Ball' late in 1964 and this has become the oldest tournament in the history of Underwater Rugby.

Splash forward to 2015 approximately 60 years after its initial creation, Underwater Rugby had particularly settled into Scandinavia and South America, and was starting its roots in other parts of Australia; however South Australia for the most part remained unaware of this sport.

Another question - Charlotte Jordans and Tore Nielsen - sound familiar? Well they should! These two experienced Underwater Rugby players came together with AUSC to form the Adelaide White Pointers Underwater Rugby Team. Alongside Katherine Heldt who has started the Port Lincoln Underwater Rugby Club, (check out their new Facebook here: Port Lincoln Underwater Rugby Club) the sport is growing in South Australia!

The Adelaide White Pointers UWR Team

We are looking for volunteers who will have FREE entry to Nationals. If you would be interested to see what underwater rugby is about you are welcome to come and watch the games also with free entry. For any interested volunteers, sign up on the link below:


The 2018 committee

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Following Thursday evenings AGM we would like to introduce and welcome the new AU Scuba Diving Club committee and Adelaide White Pointers subcommittee for 2018.

President - David Warren
Vice President - Tim Brown
Treasurer - Matt Westlake
Secretary - Nino Bartolovic
Equipment Officer - Emily Ahren
Boating Officer - Marc Phillis
Information Officer - Meg Feeney
General Member - Steven Saffi
General Member - Gail Jackman

We farewell and thank Modra Paulson, Geoff Johnston and Ralph Kinasz for their hard work and contributions to the club over 2017. On the Adelaide White Pointers subcommittee we would like to welcome the following:

Chair - Mustafa Amiruddeen
Secretary - Meg Feeney
Administration Officer - Mia Vandergoot
Finance Officer - Tore Silverskye
General Member - Charlotte Jordans
General Member - Miroslaw Pliszko

We farewell and thank Angela Dodd and Katherine Heldt who have put in huge efforts on the committee during 2017 in organising events and getting Adelaide ready to host Nationals in May.

Please join us in welcoming our new committee members! 👏👏👏👏

If you have any contributions to make, feedback to add or are interested in joining the shark side (aka the Adelaide White Pointers) or the AU Scuba Diving Club you can contact any of our committee members or send us a message on our respective Facebook pages (linked in above).

We look forward to the year ahead,

Adelaide University Scuba Diving Club

AGM 8/03/2018 Notice

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Hi all,

Adelaide University Scuba Diving Club’s AGM is scheduled for Thursday 8/03/2018. The agenda, proxy forms, and officer reports are available on AUSC’s website under Meetings. This documentation is currently available to members only, and include:

The club is required to vote in a new Committee for 2018-2019 on this date under the requirements of our Constitution. A description of the responsibilities of the executive, officers and general members is available in the Committee Portfolios Policy, and if you would like to know more, feel free to have a chat to any of the current serving committee members. If you are interested in serving on the Committee, you may advise the Secretary (Modra) by e-mail prior to the AGM, or nominate during the meeting.

The AUSC Underwater Rugby Management Subcommittee is also required to be voted in under the requirements of the UWR Management Subcommittee Terms of Reference. This Subcommittee is responsible for developing underwater rugby training and competitiveness on behalf of the Committee. Again, you may advise the Secretary (Modra) by e-mail prior to the AGM, or nominate during the meeting.

If you wish to add any other business to the AGM’s agenda, then e-mail the Secretary (Modra Paulson is currently acting in this position).


David Warren
Information Officer

Underwater Rugby Nationals

Thursday, January 25, 2018


Adelaide University Scuba Club, the Adelaide White Pointers and Underwater Rugby Australia invite you to Adelaide for Underwater Rugby Nationals 2018. We promise two full days of Underwater Rugby with an awesome awards ceremony and after party on the Sunday night.


The event will be a THREE DAY event starting Friday 25th of May and finishing up Sunday 27th of May.


The Adelaide Aquatic Centre - this is an indoor pool with a small canteen for all your energy needs.


Three full days of Underwater Rugby with a women's and mixed competition.


Register your teams interest before the 31st of January by emailing us at


Follow us on Facebook at 'Adelaide White Pointers Underwater Rugby Team'  and also 'Adelaide University Scuba Club'.

If your addicted to Instagram be sure to follow us at @adelaidewhitepointers for all things Underwater Rugby and for more scuba content like awesome marine photos follow us at @auscubadivingclub.

Alternatively head to our website http://www.adelaidescuba.com on our tournaments page for more information.

Thanks for reading - and see you all at Nationals in May!!! ;)

Training and Personal Development Update

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Hi all,

From our final round of applicants for AU Sport grant training allocations, we congratulate the following members:

  • Marc Phillis - Oxygen provider;
  • James Young - First aid;
  • Nino Bartolovic - Seamanship and VHF radio; and
  • Zijing Du - First aid.
Just a reminder to all our members who have received training grant assistance, that they must complete their no training no later than 11/11/2017.

We hope to see all our applicants around the club soon putting their new skills to good use (or hoping not to use those skills where possible, in the cases of first aid and oxygen provider hehe).

David Warren, 25/10/2017.

Adelaide White Pointers UWR Team in Sydney nODEX 2017

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Here's our latest UWR competition news!

The Adelaide White Pointers team of the Adelaide University Scuba Diving Club and the wider Australian underwater rugby (UWR) community spent the weekend of 23-24 September in Sydney for the 2017 nODEX tournament.

Excitingly, this was the first Australian UWR tournament to have several competitive women’s teams Yaahoo! The Adelaide White Pointers joined forces with Canberra and NZ, to make a hybrid ‘Silver Dogsharks’ team. Other women’s teams were the UNSW Platypuses, the Victorian Seadragons, and a combined Hobart/Brisbane team. Each team fought it out with passion, good-natured rivalry and strong team spirit. I think all of us ladies were also enjoying the sense of growing women’s empowerment in the Australian UWR arena.

Overall the Hobart/Brisbane women’s team claimed the gold, the Vic Seadragons silver, and the Sydney Platypuses the bronze. The newly formed Silver Dogsharks did not make a win; this time.

A whopping 11 teams made up the mixed-team component of the tournament: the Adelaide Whitepointers, UNSW whales (A and B), Victoria Seadragons (A and B), Canberra Underdogs (A and B), UniDive Gauls, Tasmanian Convicts, New Zealand, and the Eastern Stallions (an underwater hockey team, that having never played UWR before, blew us away with their skills). The Perth team was unable to attend as they won the National Championships earlier in May 2017 and are saving for the Champions Cup in Berlin.

The mixed teams fought hard and long for the medals. Some teams made astounding wins over teams once thought more skilled. The Canberra underdogs A team returned home with bronze, the UNSW Whales A secured the silver, and the UniDive Gauls claimed the gold.

Having attended the ODEX tournament in 2015, I was amazed at how the event has since doubled in size. This year, tents and bodies were overflowing from the lawns around the outdoor pool, and several teams were using the grandstand seats above the adjoining lap-pool at Sydney’s Ashfield Aquatic Centre.

Adelaide White Pointers team sent 4 new players from the club to their first ever UWR tournament. Considering that some players have only been learning the game for 2 months, they are extremely proud of their 8th place out of 11 teams in the mixed competition. Well done to all players for an amazing effort!

Being a Canberra Underdog myself, I enjoyed the opportunity to play on a team with the Adelaide UWR ladies. No nicer way to bond than a weekend spent around a sunny poolside.

Written by Alice Bauer (Canberra Underdogs UWR team)