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:

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


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

Elissa Manera
Team Manager

Updated Member Protection Policy

The GA Board has endorsed a revised Member Protection Policy, in line with ASC recommendations. This policy went in to effect 22 January 2017 and replaces the previous policies.  This policy applies to all affiliated members and associations.

GA MPP January 2017

Marketing RFQ

We are undertaking a renewed focus on our online platforms including a brand refresh, online review and digital strategy going forward to connect with potential and existing members and other stakeholders.

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

Closing date is 28th February 2017.

Assistant coaches for the 2019 Outback Team

Gridiron Australia is now looking for Assistant Coaches for The Men’s National Team Campaign which will be competing against other countries in Oceania for a spot in the 2019 World Cup.

Applications close on Sunday the 5th of February 2017 and must be submitted by email to

The position description can be downloaded here

IFAF 2016 Congress

The IFAF Congress for 2016 was held in New York on September 17.

Australia was represented at the congress by GA Chairman Darrin Mitchell, and by GA International Relationship Commissioner Chris Josey. During the Congress, Chris Josey was elected as Secretary of IFAF.

Read the full press release from IFAF here.

Gridiron Victoria to join Gridiron Australia board with Observer status

Gridiron Australia and Gridiron Victoria have come to an agreement allowing GV to appoint an Observer to the GA board.  GV have nominated Mark Levin to take up this position.

This agreement does not amount to a return to full membership of GA by GV, but is a preparatory step for what is hoped to be a full return.  There are still several issues that need to be resolved between GA and GV before full membership, and it is planned that this arrangement will assist in this process.

GV will be an observer in board activities and participate in the planning of the 2017 GA budget.  It is our optimistic intention that agreement will be reached and GV return to full membership at the start of 2017, including participating in the Junior Nationals in QLD in April.  However, even if agreement is not reach by then both sides are committed to continuing discussions and enabling an eventual return to full membership by GV.

The boards of both GA and GV ask members on both sides to cease the negative comments and instead work constructively as we all attempt to advance the sport throughout the country.  Should members or other interested parties of either side have concerns, please speak with your local representative for clarification as the first step.