Admin Officer EOI

GA is seeking responses from suitably qualified persons to take on the part time role of Administration officer who is responsible for providing administrative support to the Gridiron Australia board and its member states.
The position is open to applicants anywhere in Australia and would suit someone interested in working from home.

More details here.

Applications close January 13th, 2018.

Gridiron Victoria joins Gridiron Australia

Gridiron Australia and Gridiron Victoria have reached an agreement for GV to join GA from 1 January 2018.  Full press release here

 

Outback Training Camp – Postponement

The Board of Gridiron Australia have decided to postpone the recently advertised and planned Outback Training Camp until a later date. This decision has been made to give the players around Australia a chance to represent their state in the 2018 AGL.

In addition, Gridiron Australia will be relaunching the Outback Outreach Program for players. These clinics will also be used to develop Australian coaches and to create a pathway to becoming involved in the Outback program.   It is planned that clinics will be running in early 2018.

Australian Outback Men’s Training Camp

Gridiron Australia is pleased to announce that the next Australian Outback Men’s National Team Training Camp will be held from 9th – 14th February 2018 at Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre.

As part of the recruitment process we invite Head Coaches from eligible clubs around Australia to put forward players they would like to recommend for this training camp.

We would ask that ONLY Head Coaches should send their recommendations via email to either:

National Camp invitations including details in relation to the camp will be sent out to the relevant players in the coming week.

 

WAGL 2018 Tournament Director EOI

GA is seeking responses from suitably qualified persons or organisations to act as tournament director(s) for the Women’s Australian Gridiron League (WAGL) for 2018.  The tournament will run in camp over a week, with a location to be selected.

Full details here

Closing Date Friday 27 October 2017

Coaching Staff Announcement – Round 1

Gridiron Australia are pleased to announce the appointment of the following coaches to the Australian Outback Men’s National Team Coaching Staff.

  • John Leijten – Head Coach
  • Paul Manera – Offensive Co-Ordinator
  • Ben Walker – Defensive Co-Ordinator and Defensive Backs
  • Gary Price – Running Backs
  • Bradley Bennett – Defensive Line

Congratulations to the above coaches on their appointment!

Further appointments will be announced shortly after applications close on Friday 27 October 2017. Positions currently vacant are:

  • Quarterback Coach
  • Offensive Line Coach
  • Wide Receivers Coach
  • Linebackers Coach
  • Special Teams Coach
  • “Shadow Coaches”

If you are interested in applying for the above positions please email your resume, experience and which position you are applying for to  applyforoutback@ga.org.au

Coaches required for Men’s Outback Team

Coaches are required for the  Australian Outback Men’s National Team and applications are now open for the following positions:

  • Quarterback Coach
  • Offensive Line Coach
  • Wide Receivers Coach
  • Linebackers Coach
  • Special Teams Coach

In addition, there will be limited “Shadow Coach” positions available.  These positions will give the successful coaches national team experience and the opportunity to learn and be part of the team.

All applications for the above position will close on Friday 27 October 2017.  Please ensure you email applyforoutback@ga.org.au with you full resume, experience and which position you are applying for.

Travel Management Partner JC Travel Professionals

After an extensive tender process, with a number of high quality submissions, Gridiron Australia is proud to announce that it has appointed JC Travel Professionals to be its Travel Management partner for the next three years.

As one of Australia’s leading providers of corporate and sports travel management, JC Travel will be in a great position to support Team Managers with the extensive logistics associated with State and National campaigns.

As part of the agreement JC Travel will provide travel and accommodation management services for all National programs, as well as both the Men’s and Women’s Australian Gridiron Leagues and the Junior National Championship.

As GA’s preferred supplier, JC Travel will also provide all members the opportunity to arrange their travel through them, including leisure travel at preferential rates. In addition, JC Travel have committed to a sponsorship arrangement to further support our National Programs going forward.

Gridiron Australia is strongly committed to raising the professionalism and exposure of the sport for its members and believes this partnership will provide value to its members for many years to come.

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

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Preferred Uniform Supplier Tribal Sport

After an extensive tender process, with a number of high quality submissions, Gridiron Australia is proud to announce that it has appointed Tribal Sport to be its provider of Outback uniforms and associated merchandise for the next five years.

With over 20 years’ experience in the Australian market and most recently providing uniforms for a number of Junior State Teams to the Nationals as well as the Junior Outback Program Tribal Sport are well placed to provide the level of quality and service demanded by our sport.

As part of the agreement Tribal will provide game day, travel and training uniforms for all Gridiron Australia National programs. In addition, Tribal Sport will provide an online portal for the purchase of supporter merchandise and associated items, providing an additional revenue stream that will go back into supporting the Outback programs.

As GA’s preferred supplier, Tribal Sport will also provide State bodies and individual clubs the opportunity to set up their own online merchandise shops as well as providing preferential rates on uniforms and other merchandise.

Gridiron Australia is strongly committed to raising the professionalism and exposure of the sport for its members and believes this partnership will provide value to its members for many years to come.

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

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PREGAME: Australia v Finland play for 5th place

The last 18 days of Outback camp and IFAF Women’s World Championships (WWC) tournament has been a roller coaster journey for not only the players, but also the coaches and the support staff.

There isn’t one person who has been a part of this squad for the last 18 months who hasn’t been tested in one aspect or another, who hasn’t learnt something to take back home. For the US coaches, Welter, Konecki and Stone, learning the way the Australians work both from a coaching perspective and understanding the ‘digger mentality’.

The biggest hurdle for the girls in preparation for this competition was not being together, being scattered around the country. Struggling to form the bonds that ultimately make a team a ‘football family”, but since the Outback arrived at Simon Fraser University (SFU) two weeks ago, the trust and teamwork is finally showing through the hard work, preparation and learning to work as a unit.  Here in this team lie the foundations for the entire women’s program back home,  creating a unit and network of talented athletes to continue the work that Welter, Stone and Konecki have worked so hard to instil.

As the girls take the field for the final practice before facing Finland, battling for 5th placing in the 2017 WWC the energy is better than ever before. With some pressure of the team’s first international competition lifted slightly, you can see that the girls finally feel comfortable. Both with each other and with themselves. They look focused, and ready to finish the competition on a high note.

Watching the coaches reflect on what has been, and looking ahead to the next piece of business, Finland will be no easy opponent. But it’s the culture of the Aussie way that will make all the difference. Determined, underdogs, and lead by fiery US coaches – could this be the Outback Women’s greatest moment of the 2017 tournament?

As QB #14 Casey Cubis takes the starting snaps in practice, she is holding herself better than the previous few games. The offence looks back in rhythm, having the QB step up in control and to be given the chance to lead. This is the time to not hold anything back on offence, and given the opportunity each player could potentially provide something we haven’t seen yet, which makes the offence a much bigger threat.

The Outback defence is still standing strong being lead by #45 CJ Sims, and they have proven their worth in the past two games against Canada and Mexico. The score line for each game doesn’t reflect the game that was on the field. If Coach Stone’s staunch DL unit, and the much improved secondary can hold, the Outback will be in with a fighting chance against a run heavy Finland offence.

This will be THE game to watch for the Aussies, with nothing to lose and everything to gain, watch as the Outback come alive to finish out this tournament with everything that is left in the tank.

Australia v Finland (5th Place Final)

Friday 30th June – 11.30am PDT
Saturday 1st July – 4.30am AEST

Watch the stream here: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/tfsetv/portal.htm

By Stacey Speer.
Photographs by Andrew Wills