2017 Junior Outback Qualifier Squad

Saturday 8th April 2017 was the final day of the Gridiron Australia Junior Nationals. Congratulations to all states on a fantastic tournament which saw the Queensland Sundevils taking out top standing over the NSW Wolverines & WA Raiders. The SA Sharks and the ACT/TAS/NQ All-Stars taking 4th and 5th respectively.

It was an important tournament for all the players as it was being used as the selection process for the Qualifier Squad that will be invited to fight for a position on the 2018 Australian Junior Outback National Team.

At the conclusion of the event Junior Outback Head Coach, Luke Chapman, made his selections!  We congratulate all the players from all the states that have been selected and look forward to the final squad announcement prior to the 2017 IFAF Oceania Qualification Tournament in August this year!



Gridiron Australia to use HeadSmart Sports Concussion Program

Gridiron Australia are very pleased to announce they will be trialling the FirstResponder Concussion App from HeadSmart Sports Concussion Programme at the upcoming 2017 Junior National Championships.

HeadSmart™ provides an end-to-end sports concussion solution for grassroots schools and clubs to the same standard as professional teams.The First Responder Concussion App is a very practical tool for the coaches and it helps to reduce the risk for both the player and the coach. Parents will be happy to know that the coaches will be equipped with the First Responder Concussion App.

National Coaching Director, Paul Manera, has introduced the program to Gridiron Australia whom are very happy to endorse this safety initiative.

All coaching staff that will be participating at the upcoming Junior National’s will have access to the HeadSmart™ FirstResponder Concussion App on their phones.  This will help them to determine, on the sidelines, if a player is concussed.


The 2017 Gridiron Australia National Coaching Conference gives participants the opportunity to network, learn and discuss all things GRIDIRON!

This event is open to players, coaches, officials and administrators from Gridiron Australia Member States.

DATES: 19th to 21st May 2017

COST: $50 per person


  • Morning Tea
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Tea and Coffee making facilities are available


  • Parking: There is ample FREE Parking at the Conference Centre on a 1st come 1st serve basis.
  • Accommodation:  For all participants seeking accommodation the hotel in the local area are as follows:
  • Transport:
    • BY BUS: Olympic Park is serviced by the 525 and 526 bus routes, with bus stops nearby. There is more information here: www.sydneybuses.info
    • BY TRAIN
      • Trains to Olympic Park leave from Lidcombe Station.  Lidcombe station is serviced by Bankstown and Blue Mountains trains and regularly serviced by the Inner West and Western Lines (20 min journey from Central and Redfern Stations.  At Libcombe station, go to Platform 1 and follow the signboards to “Olympic Park Sprint Platform” (this is a “hidden” platform).  A 5 minute journey, trains leave every 10 mins but are not listed on the electronic board.
      • Click here for information to travel to Sydney Olympic Park from the Sydney Domestic Airport



ATTENTION EXHIBITORS – Are you interested in showing off your product or service? Please contact National Coaching Director and Conference Organiser, Paul Manera on 0406 538 634 or email paul.manera@ga.org.au


We are very pleased to announce that Australia field a Senior (18 + Men’s) Australian Outback Flag Gridiron Team to compete in the IFAF Oceania World Championship qualifying match against New Zealand.

The proposed date for the possible match has been penciled in to be held in June/July this year in New Zealand.

If successful in winning the match the team will then qualify for a spot in the 2018 IFAF Flag Gridiron World Championships (host country yet to be confirmed)



Please note: This is only open to Gridiron Australia current registered members and member states .

Outback Flag Gridiron Coaches – Applications Open

After an overwhelming response, Gridiron Australia are excited to be adding a National Flag Team to our International Program!

We now are seeking applications for Flag Gridiron Coaching Staff (Head Coach and Assistant) for our very first Australian Outback Men’s Flag Gridiron National Team.

The team will compete in the IFAF Oceania Flag World Championship qualifying match against New Zealand in July 2017 and if successful will then qualify for a place in the 2018 IFAF Flag Gridiron World Championships (host country yet to be confirmed).

Applications close on Sunday the 26th of March 2017.

This exciting opportunity is available to registered members of Gridiron Australia member states only.

All applications must include the details as set out in the selection criteria and must be submitted by email to: applyforoutback@ga.org.au


Support the Australian Outback Women’s National Team

The Australian Outback National Women’s Gridiron Team will be competing for the very first time in the IFAF Women’s World Championship of American Football which will be held in Langley, British Columbia from the 24-30 June 2017!

This is a historic event for the sport of Gridiron in Australia – the FIRST EVER Australian Outback Women’s National Gridiron Team to compete on the world stage!  American Football in this country is a minority sport and the sport for Australian women, is very young with the first clubs commencing only around 7 years ago – funding is very scarce.  All of the travel squad including players, coaches and support staff will pay their own way to attend the preparation camp and tournament – this will cost thousands!

Much needed funds are required to assist the team and any media exposure, donations or sponsorship would be gratefully appreciated.  In turn, we would certainly ensure that the Australian Outback National Team and Gridiron Australia Social Media accounts and Websites give thanks and visibility to any company or person who has supported us.



If you wish to support SA, NSW, WA or ACT please go to the individual players account.


HUDL for GA Member Coaches

Gridiron Australia is happy to announce the purchase of a HUDL Account for the sole development of Gridiron Australia Member Coaches. The account is titled Gridiron Australia Coaches Development. All member coaches of Gridiron Australia will gain Automatic membership to this Hudl account and they will be able to log in and watch coaching Lectures as well as on field demonstrations teaching Techniques and scheme.

The account will also be used to roll out Gridiron Australia combine Testing so that all states will be able to measure their athletes in a consistent format.

National Coaching Director, Paul Manera, is excited by this initiative. “It is a resource that Club, State and National Coaches will have access to”.

Hudl has traditionally been a tool that has been utilised to analyze game film but now it is also a leading tool to help Gridiron Australia in developing their coaches.

Australian Outback Women’s National Team Announced

Gridiron Australia would like to congratulate the following players who been chosen as a member of a 52 strong player roster that will travel to represent Australia at the 2017 IFAF Women’s World Championships to be held in Canada. In accordance with IFAF Rules, the final squad of 45 players will be named by team management immediately prior to the tournament based on the most competitive team available. There can be no greater honour than to represent your country and your selection should be considered an excellent achievement. In addition, by being selected for Australia’s inaugural National Women’s Team you will be creating history for women’s sport in Australia.  Congratulations to the following players and staff!


Zoe Barnett Offence RB QLD
Temikka Beeston Offence WR VIC
Ashleigh Brewer Defence LB QLD
Kirstie Bridge Defence ML NSW
Ella Briscoe Defence LB QLD
Jayne Caldwell Offence QB QLD
Brandie Clucas Defence LB QLD
Jasmin Collins Defence DL NSW
Ayla Cook Offence DL QLD
Alicia Cronin Defence CB SA
Casey Cubis Offence QB QLD
Tracy Day Offence OL QLD
Jordan Di Mizio Defence DL VIC
Theresa Ealdama Offence WR VIC
Rhyanna Edbrooke Offence OL WA
Lauren Evans Offence QB QLD
Amanda Ewers Offence WR QLD
Renae Hahn Offence OL NSW
Samantha Harris Offence WR QLD
Ramona Havili Offence OL VIC
Marissa Hayes Offence WR QLD
Rebecca Hirsch Defence S QLD
Riley Hodgson Offence WR QLD (INJ)
Kody House Offence WR QLD
Jessica Johnson Offence OL VIC
Sarah Kane Offence OL QLD
Melissa Kelly Offence WR QLD
Samantha Kelly Offence WR VIC
Rhianna Kuss Defence CB QLD
Bliss Love Offence RB VIC
Emily Malone Offence K & WR ACT
Sarah-Jane Mills Offence OL VIC
Kristy Moran Offence RB QLD
Iliana Mulraney Defence CB SA
Tammy Napier Offence OL QLD
Isabella Paholek Offence WR VIC
Hayley Peterson Defence S QLD
Grace Power Offence WR QLD
Pier Pritchard Defence CB NSW
Matilda Quist Defence LB NSW
Melissa Rowland Offence WR ACT
Tanya Russell Offence RB VIC
Canecia Sims Defence DL QLD
Daniela Stosic Offence OL ACT
Rachael Suisala Defence DL VIC
Renee Targett Defence S NSW
Brittney Todd Defence CB QLD
Veitolose Tomasi Offence OL NSW
Analiliani Toutai Offence OL/DL NSW
Kestra Triasmono Offence WR/RB QLD
Rachelle Ware Defence LB QLD
Megan Wills Defence DL QLD


Jen Welter – Head Coach
John Konecki – Offensive Co-Ordinator
Matt Jenkins – Coach
Josh Gargiulo – Coach
Dane Robertson – Coach
Kelvin Howsan – Coach
Anthony Stone – Defensive Co-Ordinator
Cat Bouwhuis – Coach
Rob McKinnon – Coach
Andrew Stevens – Coach
Bryce McCarthy – Coach
Elissa Manera – Team Manager and CDM
Rachel Doutreband – Team Physiotherapist
John Stuart – Team Strength & Conditioning Coach
Stacey Speer – Support Staff
Kate Gardiner – Support Staff
Andrew Mills – Team Photographer
Mike Crawley – Equipment Manager

National Coaching Director

paulGridiron Australia would like to congratulate Paul Manera on his appointment as the Gridiron Australia National Coaching Director.
Paul will be responsible for implementing our new Online Coaching Accreditation Scheme through USA Football which will include the Heads Up Football Principals and Safe Play. Paul will also be driving the Outback Outreach Program which is designed to assist in the development of players and coaches across the country. Paul has been involved with the sport in Australia for 32 years and has coached at Club, State, National and International level. We wish him every success in his appointment.