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Club History

The Hawkesbury Agricultural College Rugby Union Football Club was founded in 1891. This was the same year that the College itself commenced operation. In that first year there was one side in the club, the 1st XV, which won three games and drew their fourth. Eight years later in 1899, the club introduced Honour Caps for the best forward and best back, a tradition which continues today. In 1907, the first match between the Old Boys and current students was played, another tradition which continues today, and the following year saw the college employ a professional coach for the club.

At the start of 1911, HACRC joined the Sydney Suburban Competition. 1912 saw the college grandstand built, which is rumoured to be the second oldest surviving grandstand in Australia (Only the stand on the Richmond Oval is older). 1929 saw HACRC commence its long list of achievements by winning the First “Country Week” title. Between 1950 and 1960, HACRC were frequently invited by the Australian Rugby Union, New South Wales Rugby Union and the Country Rugby Union, to play as curtain raisers to various international matches played in New South Wales. Also, in 1953, the 1st XV played 18 matches, winning 17 and losing one. 1962 saw the introduction of the Sydney second division competition. Hawkesbury were one of the founding clubs in this competition.

In 1970, the College introduced the semester system. Students received a four week holiday break in mid-winter and in the middle of rugby season. In 1989, and the University of Western Sydney took over the operations of Hawkesbury Agricultural College. Students were now able to enrol in a greater number of courses, and to reflect this change the club changed its name from HACRC to the University of Western Sydney Hawkesbury Rugby Union Club.

The club still plays in the traditional “Blood and Mustard” stripes. In recent times the Club has experienced varying levels of success due largely uncontrollable forces shaping the developing culture of the UWS Hawkesbury Campus. The Club was very strong through the 1990’s and participated in the Kentwell Cup (Subbies First Division). However, the changing nature of the campus demographic especially since 2000 has seen a drop in the number of rugby players attending the university.

The tough times of the early 21st century were certainly trying years as the club re-established itself in the NSWSRU 4th division. Yet now sees a new era beginning for the Club. Today large numbers of students, non students, or ex students (from many Universities) fill the ranks of the HAC teams. Responding to the signs of the times the club has a new 5 year strategic plan and is actively working to ensure that the traditions of the HAC are never lost. The key strategic goals to be focussed on in the next 5 years are:

  • Player Participation and Club Performance
  • Club Profile and Positioning
  • Finance & Sponsorship
  • Club Governance and Organisational Structure
  • UWS / HAC: The Headquarters of Rugby
  • Maintaining of Tradition & Heritage.

What else can we say but….. Wazzie, Wazzie, Yah!!

2003

4th Division

1st Grade Premiers

2007

4th Division

Club Champions

2016

3rd Division

1st Grade Premiers

2nd Grade Premiers

2017

2nd Division

1st Grade Premiers

2018

2rd Division

1st Grade Premiers

2nd Grade Premiers

Life Members

Life membership is the highest honour which can be awarded to a member of the HAC Rugby club. In 128 years, only nine members have been awarded this honour.

  • Sam Baker
  • Jim Dunn
  • Tony Martin
  • Steve McInerney
  • Stephen Staff
  • Brad Thomas
  • John Mullinger
  • Cameron Arthur
  • Paul Hewett
  • Jose Sanz

Patrons

EMERITUS PROFESSOR GRAHAM SWAIN AM

A Patron of the UWS Hawkesbury RUFC is Emeritus Professor Graham Swain AM. Prof Swain is the retired Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney and Chief Executive Officer UWS Hawkesbury. He was formerly Principal of the Hawkesbury Agricultural College; foundation Dean of Applied Science of Riverina College of Advanced Education; Associate Professor / Senior Lecturer in Agronomy at University of New England and Research Supervisor / Research Agronomist at Wollongbar Agricultural Research Station of NSW Department of Agriculture. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Maryland and is a life member of the HAC.

Graham was appointed a Member of The Order of Australia (AM) in 1991 and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology (FAIAST) in 1979. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD). In May 2000 the University of Western Sydney conferred on him a Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa (Hon. D. Lit.). In 1993 he was the first to be awarded the title of Emeritus Professor by the Board of Governors of the University of Western Sydney. Since retirement he has served as a director of three agricultural production companies.

Professsor Graham Swain embodies the heritage of Hawkesbury Agricultural College, yet is one who has also embraced the signs of the times, and taken an active interest in the growing academic credentials of the University of Western Sydney. His outstanding academic credentials and meritorious personal achievements are an outstanding example of the very spirit of Hawkesbury life and culture to the young men and women of our Rugby Club at Hawkesbury and indeed the entire student population of the University of Western Sydney.

Club Songs

HAWKESBURY WAR CRY

Hawkesbury, Hawkesbury, Hawkesbury

Who pray, Who pray, Who pray

Woolloongabba Woolloongabba

Ho Ho Ho Wazzie Wazzie Yah!


HAWKESBURY THE BRAVE

To the tune of Scotland the Brave

There are some youthful farmers

And Quite alot of charmers

Who grace the Rugby Scene,

Around Richmond way

Hey! Hey! Hey!

Far from the cities bussle

Many’s a rugby tussle

played on the green swords of
Hawkesbury the Brave

Boom! Boom! Boom!
Visitors all cry Bingo!

When they hear the rural lingo

What do they mean by

Wazzie Wazzie Yah!?!
Far from the ruck thats busted
when in the club we’re clustered

we`ll drink to Blood and Mustard

Hawkesbury the Brave
Hawkesbury! Hawkesbury! Hawkesbury!

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