Sydney University Men’s Water Polo Club Fred Mayer SU Men’s Water Polo Scholarship



 The Sydney University Men’s Water Polo Club would like to thank the Mayer family for their generous support to our Club by way of a $5,000 a year donation in perpetuity to fund the Fred Mayer SU Men’s Water Polo Scholarship.

The Fred Mayer Scholarship will honor a man who spent so much time and money supporting the sport of water polo and will reflect Fred’s sentiments - “Everyone’s a mate”.

Fred Mayer immigrated to Australia from Hungary in 1950 and started an importing company, F Mayer Imports, which flourishes to this day. Fred started his business in a garage in Bondi and the company is now based at Banksmeadow (Sydney) and Altona (Melbourne).

“When arriving in Sydney we found a holiday flat to lease at Bondi which was where I joined the North Bondi Surf Club and re-established my lifelong involvement with playing water polo. I had started playing water polo when living in Johannesburg and over the two years playing in competitions there I had quite polished skills at that sport,” Fred told the Migration Heritage Centre in chronicling his personal history.




Fred started his water polo in Australia with the Bondi Club and eventually becoming a highly active member of the Sydney University Men’s Club for many years.  Fred was also a regular at the Men’s and Women’s Club’s Saturday morning all in scrimmage.  Fred’s boys Sammy and Robbie played with the Club and Sammy still features in SU’s mighty M6 team. Fred’s last competitive game of water polo was at an age of 70 winning the Sydney Metropolitan M5 Championships Grand Final alongside his boys and in which the Mayer family contributed 8 goals to the victory – 4 each to the boys and none to Freddy!!

The Fred Mayer Scholarship for Sydney University Men’s Water Polo Club is in addition to another perpetual scholarship with Water Polo NSW. The Scholarship will be set up to provide equality of opportunity to young Lions in the pursuit of their goals and to assist participation in Club and representative tours and tournaments and to have great experiences through water polo.

Fred loved the game of water polo. “Fred might not of played water polo at the highest level but no one has achieved more pleasure playing, watching or talking about water polo”. (Sammy Mayer).




§  To provide equality of opportunity to those who need assistance in the pursuit of their goals and assist young Lions achieve great experiences through water polo


§  Junior Club Member(s) with a track record of dedication to the Club and the sport of water polo

§  Legitimate and demonstrated financial need

 Annual contribution to be made available to SU Men’s Lions player(s):

§  $5,000 annual contribution to the SU Men’s Water Polo Club

 Criteria to be considered by SU Club Executive Committee:

§  How have you demonstrated commitment to SU Lions and water polo

§  Financial / personal challenges

§  How will a scholarship assist you

§  Previous or current sponsorship or funding



For more details, please contact the Club Secretary on or your team Coach or Manager

Sydney University Men’s Water Polo Club

Sydney University Men’s Water Polo Club (SU or the Club) had another fantastic and extremely busy 2017/18 with great participation from our over 250 strong membership ranging from our elite Australian Water Polo League squad, senior grade players to juniors in the U18 to U12 age groups. We continue to grow “from the bottom up” and support our players in taking numerous teams to both State, National and independent Competitions throughout the year which have become a highlight to both player and supporters alike. This would not be possible without the dedication of our volunteers and coaches who ensure the experience is a memorable one for which we are truly grateful.

The Club held two amazing offshore Training Camps in July 2017 to help with player development and personal growth. A group of U16’s went to Malta and a group U14’s went to Santa Barbara (USA). Both tours were extremely successful and the club looks forward to hosting more overseas tours in the years to come.

More difficult during the year was the passing of Club great Stewart Moar. In recognition of Stewart’s contribution and service to the Club, it was announced at our Blue & Gold Water Polo lunch that the Club’s highest award was to be re-named The Stewart Moar President’s Trophy. We were also saddened by the passing of Ronnie Glasel.  We continue to send our support to Club member Nick Dempsey who suffered spinal damage and our annual Charity Tournament this year assisted raising funds to assist The Australian Spinal Research Foundation charity.

Looking forward to continued success and enjoyment of all our members at all levels from the great game of water polo.




Sydney University Men's Water Polo Presentation Day Awards 2018

Perpetual Award Winners

Stewart Moar's President's Award Johnno Cotterill

Coach of the Year Dusan Krstic

Geoff Winterton Award - Club Administration Person of the Year Neil O’Shea

Balla Award Steven Gotsoulias

Nerryl Watt Award - Encouragement for upcoming junior Tom Mateffy


Ali Visch Australian Water Polo League MVP Award Anthony Hrysanthos

Most improved Cody Ingram

Best Team Player Scott Nicholson


MVP Thomas Kearns

Most improved Tom McJannet

Best Team Player Andrew Cameron


MVP James Butcher

Most improved Tom Harris

Best Team Player Stefan Despotovic


MVP Raph Pirat

Most improved Harry Nixon

Best Team Player Steven Gotsoulias


MVP Patrick Rohl

Most improved Adam Sharman

Best Team Player Mark Burgess


MVP Phil Howarth

Most improved Stephan Cerni

Best Team Player


18A Blue

MVP Rory O'Shea

Most improved Caleb Millin

Best Team Player Harry Nixon

18A Gold

MVP Phil Tzoumis

Most improved Joel Butcher

Best Team Player Jock Ferguson

16A Blue

MVP Zac Green 

Most improved Luka Krstic 

Best Team Player Pat Hogan


MVP Luke Stimson

Most improved Gabe Carmody

Best Team Player Joshua Magdas

16B Blue

MVP Gianni Sciacca

Most improved Matt McGuinness

Best Team Player Harry Carson


MVP Oliver Utteridge

Most improved Harry Barnier-Bate

Best Team Player Charlie Bladon

14A Blue

MVP Harrison Miller

Most improved Matthew Davies

Wise Owl Ben Scott

14A Gold

MVP Riley Martin

Most improved Rhys Williams

Best Team Player Lachlan Hull

14A Cubs

MVP Finn Hearn

Most improved Eric Carney

Best Team Player Tom Williams


MVP Lucas Banfield

Most improved Nicholas von Behr

Best Team Player Jake Varone


MVP Zac Izzard

MVP Lachlan George

MVP Felix Pal

MVP Lewis Saupin

Most improved Jonah de Groot

Most improved Irinaios Maneas

Most improved William Richardson

Most improved Ilija Todic

Best Team Player Mitchell Chen

Best Team Player Hugo Owen Jones

Best Team Player Toby Torrible

Best Team Player Daniel Tzioumis