The Blacks found themselves at the top of the VAFA in 2014, winning the Premier Division premiership. Following a close fought but unsuccessful 2017, the Blacks competed in Premier B in 2018 and have found themselves consistently pushing for ultimate success and a highly coveted return to A-Grade. In 2018 and 2019, the Blacks lost heartbreaking preliminary finals to Old Carey and Old Scotch respectively, with both games being decided in the final minute of the 4th quarter. 

Following this, a cancelled 2020 season and a stop/start 2021 could be enough reason for many within the playing and coaching group to move on, but the fire within to return to A-Grade continues to burn. High levels of player retention, encouraging growth from our Reserves and Under 19s, and a couple of exciting new recruits have led the Club to be well positioned once more to launch an attack on finals, a 2022 Premiership and A-Grade. 2022 is a year where resilience, determination and opportunity will come together and provide reward for effort for the University Blacks. 

Appointed at the start of 2020, Senior Coach Dale Bower will return to lead the Club, supported by returning Senior Co-Captains Josh Steadman and Jordan Quaile. 

In the Reserves, Rob Paterson also will feature once more as Coach, coming back to the Blacks after experiencing the 'golden years' of success in the mid 2000s. Rob will once more welcome Co-Captains Tom Cousins and Lewis Steere back to lead the Heart and Souls.