Tug of war

University of WA Engineers’ and Blackstone Society club members Mitchell Tatam, Ben Tomasi, Ben Watson, Sophie Yin, Sarah-Jayne Robinson, Tobias Penno and Jad Osseiran battle it out.
University of WA Engineers’ and Blackstone Society club members Mitchell Tatam, Ben Tomasi, Ben Watson, Sophie Yin, Sarah-Jayne Robinson, Tobias Penno and Jad Osseiran battle it out.

It was one of the many battles fought between the University of WA’s oldest student club, Engineering, and the Blackstone Society, which included food fights, rugby grudge matches and the occasional dunking of a law student in the pool.

Fast-forward to UWA’s centenary and the rivalry between the two student clubs still exists but is absent of the messy antics, which are still legendary on campus and fondly remembered by alumni.

University Engineers’ Club president Tobias Penno said while the clubs probably could not get away with most of what they used to do, the friendly rivalry was still felt by students today.

‘That’s definitely something more from our history, what we’re about and what we really do is to try and support new students and give them a support community,’ Mr Penno said.

Blackstone president Mitch Tatam said in the past few years there had been more friendship groups between the two clubs, which made the rivalry more casual.

‘It’s always good to have a little bit of rivalry between people, it’s all a bit of fun and nobody takes it too seriously,’ Mr Tatam said.

UWA has more than 160 student clubs and associations on campus, thought to be more than any other university in Australia.