2018 U19 Junior Outback Coaching Staff Announced 

Head Coach Luke Chapman and the Board Of Gridiron Australia have great pleasure in announcing the coaching staff for the 2018 U19 Oceania Championships and World Championships Qualifier to be held in August 2017 at Runaway Bay, Gold Coast.
Offense

Eugene Crosby – US

Glen Bowes – NSW

John “Hollywood” Roe – Qld

Milos “Wolfie” Vrcelj – NSW

David Holmes – WA

Defence

Marc Wilson – US

Matt Noonan – Qld

Peter Tos Snr – NSW

Shane Salmon – Qld

Management

Michael Kerr – WA

Nathan Crookes – WA

Congratulations to all involved.

Gridiron Australia partner with Headsmart

Gridiron Australia is proud to announce that it has partnered with HeadSmart Sport Concussion Programme to provide an end to end sports concussion solution for all Gridiron Australia Members.  Gridiron Australia are the first National Sports Organisation (NSO) to partner with the HeadSmart program!

As part of the program all members will have access to Baseline screening, a computerised brain function assessment that is routinely used to establish normal thinking ability in an athlete or player. The results of a baseline screening can be compared to the results of an after-injury computerised brain function test to assist in the diagnosis of concussion and plan recovery.

In addition, all GA members will have access to the “first responder” app which assists in the immediate diagnosis and handling of concussion whilst awaiting professional medical intervention.

Gridiron Australia, is working with Headsmart to integrate the process into our existing membership portal as well as reviewing our existing concussion protocols and further details on this will be provided through your State Bodies.

Gridiron Australia is strongly committed to the health and safety of its members and believes this partnership will provide value to its members for many years to come.

Gridiron Australia (GA) is the governing body of American football (gridiron) in Australia. It is an approved sporting association under federal government regulations and is a member of the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). Seven out of the eight Australian states and territories run leagues; comprising a total of 70 teams consisting of approximately 3000 players.

Gridiron Australia also oversees the country’s national teams, which have competed in several World Cups. It also manages the Junior (U19) National Championships and the Australian Gridiron League (AGL) for both Men and Women.

Further detail regarding this release can be provided by Kevin Wilson (GA Director) on kevin.wilson@ga.org.au

Gridiron Australia looking to field a Mens Australian Outback Flag Gridiron Team 

Gridiron Australia is calling for expressions of interest to potentially 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)

Expressions of interest will close Friday 24th March and is for Players, Coaching Staff and Team Management. This is only open to current registered members of Gridiron Australia.

Please email: info@gridironaustralia.org.au

GRIDIRON AUSTRALIA APPOINT FIRST FEMALE NFL COACH AS THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM HEAD COACH

Gridiron Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Jen Welter as the Australian Outback Women’s National Team Head Coach to lead Team Australia at the 2017 IFAF Women’s World Championship.

Dr Jen Welter is uniquely qualified for this important position having played professionally and having coached at the highest level of the sport.

Dr Welter graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Boston College and graduated with a master’s degree in Sport Psychology followed by a PhD in Psychology at Capella University.

She was a member of the gold medal-winning Team USA at the International Federation of American Football’s (IFAF) Women’s World Championship in 2010 and 2013. In 2014, the Indoor Football League’s Texas Revolution announced signing Welter as a running back making her the second female player for a position other than kicker or placekick-holder on a men’s professional football team, and the first at running back making her not the first female to play a male dominant sport; however, the first woman to play a “contact” position in a male dominant sport.

In 2015 the Revolution named Welter as their linebackers and special teams coach making her the first woman to coach in a men’s professional football league. In the same year she was presented with the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Sports Pioneer award at the United Nations. On July 27, 2015, the Arizona Cardinals hired Welter as an assistant coaching intern for training camp and the preseason – making her first female coach in the NFL.

“In 2010, I had the opportunity to represent Team USA in the inaugural Women’s World Championship. Under Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator John Konecki, Defensive Coordinator Anthony Stone and Special Teams Coordinator Mark Mclaughlin (Coach Mac), we committed to not only winning a gold medal but also to being International Ambassadors for the game of American Football. I am honoured to uphold this promise by assuming the Head Coaching role of Team Australia with my original Offensive Coordinator, John Konecki and Defensive Coordinator, Anthony Stone. These coaches had 2 profound impacts on my career and I know we will do the same for Team Australia. Additionally, I hope other teams will follow suit and continue to open doors and expand the roles of women in football and sport as a whole” – Head Coach Jenifer Welter

Gridiron Australia and the Australian Outback Women’s Program looks forward to the positive influence that Dr Welter will have with our first-ever Women’s National Team and welcome her to the position of Head Coach. We look forward to a successful 2017 IFAF World Championship campaign.

For more Information:
Matt Steel
Gridiron Australia
matt.steel@ga.org.au

Elissa Manera
Team Manager
elissa@bringitonsports.com.au

Applications for Head Coach Women’s Australian National Representative Team

womens world championshipGridiron Australia is calling for applications from suitably qualified coaches who are interested in becoming part of the Women’s Australian National Representative Team which will be looking to compete in the 2017 IFAF Women’s World Championship. Applicants are being sought for Head Coach, Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Coordinators and Positional Coaches.

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Gridiron Australia Meeting Summary 2014

ga-logoGridiron Australia Limited (GA) held its 2014 Annual General Meeting and then its annual face-to-face board meeting on the weekend of 14/15 June 2014 in Sydney.  I am pleased to advise that all affiliated bodies were represented at these meetings, including Gridiron Victoria.

I am proud to advise that I have been elected as your Chairman replacing David Sedgwick who recently advised of his intention to step down from this position after many years of strong service to the sport at both a State and National level due to work commitments.

I would personally like to thank and acknowledge David for his contribution to our game which has given the sport a solid foundation to move forward.

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Gridiron Tasmania (GT) Officially Join Forces With Gridiron Australia

Gridiron TasmaniaIn a huge development for the sport of gridiron in Australia, Tasmania have now officially become an affiliate member of Gridiron Australia. The application was well received by the new GA Board, headed by new GA Chairman and former GNSW president, Darrin Mitchell at the GA Annual General Meeting this weekend.

Mitchell who has been a stalwart for the sport in NSW stepped into the chairman role this week, had this to say regarding GT’s nomination and acceptance. “The Board of Gridiron Australia were happy to receive and approve the application from the Executive of Gridiron Tasmania for affiliation with Gridiron Australia”, explained Mitchell. “It is important that Gridiron Australia invest in the development of the sport in all regions of the country, and the achievements to date and the enthusiasm displayed by the Gridiron Tasmania representatives resulted in the unanimous approval of the affiliation request. We are proud to welcome Gridiron Tasmania to the Gridiron Australia family”.

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Gridiron Queensland – Tim O’Donnell heading to Pima Community College


Yet another Bayside Raven is about to cross the pond to take up the sport he loves in the USA.  QLD Sundevils captain, Tim O’Donnell has been offered a position at Pima Community College in Arizona.  This would make the third Raven to head …over to Arizona to play ball.

It wasn’t all easy going for the beastly FB/LB.  Tim’s first ever game was stopped short by a devastating knee injury.  Through his dedication to fitness and football, he rehabilitated his knee to the point where physiotherapists and his surgeon could not believe his progress.

Tim is renowned for his hard running, heavy-hitting blocks and being a beast in the gym.  Pima CC will be very happy with their newest import!  Best of luck, Timmy!  We are all cheering for you and your future success in this sport.

Gridiron Australia AGM being held 14 June

Gridiron Australia Limited advises that it’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 14 June 2014 at 9 am at the Holiday Inn Sydney.

All member States and affiliates have been invited to send a delegate on their behalf.

Also in attendance will be members of the newly formed Gridiron Tasmania to discuss future affiliation.

Any players, staff or supporters who wish to raise any National issues should contact their State representative so that the issues can be discussed at the AGM or the subsequent general meeting.