The Aussie Women arrive at WWC 2017

Australian Women’s Outback Arrive in Langley!  The buzz around Trinity Western is electric. The Outback girls arrived today after a long week in camp at Simon Fraser University with 2-a-day practices, battling jet lag, cases of vertigo and lost luggage.

The last week at training camp has been an eye opening experience for many of the team. Being at a national competition with training’s that match the intensity that you would expect from a team that is representing Australia. The squad are also meeting together as a team for the first time since February, and getting familiar with each other again.

From a sideline perspective the team have finally come together, the offence under Coach Konecki’s guidance and defence being lead by Coach Stone, all being held together by Head Coach Jen Welter. The girls are displaying the kind of energy and fire one would expect from a national representative team.

The journey  for most of the girls since Outback selection started in 2016, has involved many sacrifices; some recovering from injuries sustained in club competition, others struggling with the financial side of competing in an unfunded sport, but it has all lead up to this moment.

Coach Welter was very clear that despite whathappens over the next nine days, “Team Australia has already won, just by getting this far”.  Many of the foundation players in this team are from the clubs that started the women’s competition in Australia over 5 years ago and are looking at this as the last opportunity to represent their country.

Women’s gridiron players across the country are faced with the same reasons that women stop playing sport in general, such as; family commitments, finances, age, injury recovery. It’s important that these players take this experience back to their clubs and states.

Armed with the connections and benefits of the WWC environment, coaching, and being among some of the alumni of women’s football from across the world. With an aim to develop the game from a club level and ensure sustainability for the next generation of Outback Women.

As young as the Women’s Outback team are in terms of international competition. Team Australia arent just here to participate. When the Outback face Canada on Saturday 24th 7.30PT it will be a hard fought battle until the end and but one thing for sure is, it’s not in the Aussie nature to go down without a fight.

Written By: Stacey Speer
Photographs by: Elissa Manera

GA to adopt USA football coaching accreditation framework

Gridiron Australia (GA), through its National Director Coaching Paul Manera, has conducted a full review of the existing coaching accreditation systems throughout its’ member states.  After this review, GA has decided to adopt the USA Football coaching accreditation framework. By adopting this framework GA can not only standardise the accreditation of coaches throughout Australia but also provide a career pathway for Australian coaches both here and overseas. GA is also working with the Australian Sports Commission on having the program recognised Nationally in conjunction with their Community Coaching Principles (previously known as level 1 general principles).

As part of the program GA will work with all existing accredited coaches on transitioning to the new framework. All coaches regardless of existing accreditation will be required to complete the USA Football level 1 youth tackle certification which focusses on the safety and wellbeing of players and covers the concept of Heads Up Football.

By becoming certified under the USA Football program, coaches will have ongoing access to the USA Football coaching resources portal as well as access to GA’s Coaching development HUDL site.

If you want further detail on the program or in fact want to become certified as a Gridiron Australia recognised coach please contact Paul Manera (NDC) via Or visit

Gridiron Australia is strongly committed to development of its coaches and believes this program will better facilitate that development going forward.

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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.

Eugene Crosby – US

Glen Bowes – NSW

John “Hollywood” Roe – Qld

Milos “Wolfie” Vrcelj – NSW

David Holmes – WA


Marc Wilson – US

Matt Noonan – Qld

Peter Tos Snr – NSW

Shane Salmon – Qld


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

Uniform RFQ

Gridiron Australia is seeking a vendor to become the preferred supplier of Uniforms and associated ancillary items required as part of Gridiron Australia’s National Programs.

We are looking for interested suppliers to send us a proposal responding to our specific requirements as detailed in the RFQ Gridiron Australia – Uniforms.

Closing date is 9th June 2017.

Travel RFQ

Gridiron Australia is seeking a vendor to become the preferred supplier for the provision of Air travel management required as part of Gridiron Australia’s National Programs.

We are looking for interested suppliers to send us a proposal responding to our specific requirements as detailed in the RFQ Gridiron Australia – travel.

Closing date is 30th June 2017.

2017 WWC Australian Officials

Gridiron Australia would like to congratulate the following Australian Gridiron Officials Association (AGOA) Officials on their appointment to represent Australia at the 2017 IFAF Women’s World Championship to be held in Langley, Canada from 24th-30th June 2017.

There can be no greater honour than to represent your country and being selected to officiate at this event should be considered an excellent achievement.

We wish you all the very best of luck!

BARBARA JOHNSON – Barbara Johnson is a long standing state and national official with previous experience at International level. Barbara comes from the Australian state of Queensland, where she likes to tell us the weather is beautiful one day and perfect the next.  She has been officiating in Australia since 1993 and has previously worked in the Australian Gridiron League including the Junior National Championships on the Gold Coast in April this year, where she was on the Finals crew. As a result of this tournament she qualified as a National level official.  Barbara has previously worked the Women’s Word Cup in 2009 and the World Games in 2005.  Barbara is also the Deputy General Secretary of the IAFOA (International American Football Officials Association) and Secretary of the Queensland Gridiron Officials Association.

Claudia Resstel De Medeiros is from the Australian state of Victoria where she is an active and experienced Official. She started officiating games in Melbourne in 2011. She has previously worked in Australian Gridiron League competitions including the Senior Men’s competition in 2014, and the Junior Men’s competition in Perth in 2015.  She also worked the ACT/NSW/Victoria interstate women’s game in Canberra in 2016. This is Claudia’s first international competition. Claudia is looking forward to experience of Canada and the camaraderie of the IFAF Women’s World Cup 2017.

Anthony (Tony) Connor is from the Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory where he is a regular state level official frequently working in Referee, Umpire and Centre Judge roles. Tony has been officiating since 2003 first as a part time official and in the past four years he has moved into full time officiating.  He has worked in the Australian Gridiron League at the Junior Nationals in Perth in 2014, Senior Men’s Nationals in 2016.  He qualified as a National level official in 2016. This is Tony’s first international competition.  He believes his strength in officiating is “… being able to build a rapport with both teams, the ability to show control and poise when dealing in often tense and elevated situations, and the ability to accurately and apply the rules and penalties.”



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.