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.

Australian Development Team in Tahiti

2016 - Tahiti SquadThe Mens Australian Outback Development Team travelled to Tahiti to participate in the first Tahitian Football Festival hosted by the Fédération Tahitienne Football Américain (FTFA).  The purpose of this trip was to assist Tahiti with the development of their very first National Team.  American Samoa were also invited to the festival which is also aimed at assisting the growth of the sport in the Oceania Region.

Australia played 2 games during the 12 day trip with some great results.

Game 1 was held on Wednesday 27 July 2016.  The Australian Outback Development team defeated American Samoa 40-14.  Touchdowns by: Mark Shoebridge (QB), Josh Taylor (WR), Conor Foley (RB), Max Nina (WR), Jacob Kerin (WR) and Ben Gough (RB) Punt Return. Kicker Aaron McEvoy kicked 4/6


Game 2 was held on Saturday 30 July 2016.  Australia defeated Tahiti 82-6. Touchdowns by: 3 x Liam Bennett, 3 x Ben Gough, 2 x Ben Raglione, Brad Ferguson, Mark Shoebridge, Brad Ebdon and John Leilua. 9/11 kick conversion by Aaron McEvoy with 1 unsuccessful run through and 1 x safety.


Game Film – Both games have been loaded into our YouTube Channel and can be watched here:

Game 1 – Australia v American Samoa
Game 2 – Australia v Tahiti

Photos – Some photos of the event can be viewed in our Facebook Album

Finally, we would like to thank the Fédération Tahitienne Football Américain FTFA for the opportunity to travel to Tahiti, we thank the federation for their hospitality and we hope to see them again very soon!

2016 IFAF Junior World Championships

The Junior Australian Outback National Team will be competing in Harbin, China in the IFAF U19 World Cup which is the world championship of American Football for players under the age of 19 organised by the International Federation of the American Football (IFAF).

Keep up to date with the 2016 IFAF U19 Junior World Championships here: http://www.ifaf2016u19.com/