How to Apply for the 2019 Women’s Leadership Scholarship, sponsored by GEOCON Canberra

Today we are pleased to announce a new partnership with GEOCON Canberra to launch the 2019 Australian National University Australian Football Club (ANUAFC) Women’s Leadership Scholarship. Following the growing success of the AFLW competition and surge of interest and participation in women’s in AFL in Canberra and across the nation, ANUAFC is incredibly proud to build on the existing scholarship program, offering the scholarship for the third consecutive year.

What is on offer?

This scholarship will be worth $5,000 per annum for up to 3 years of your study program at ANU. Scholarship holders will also be provided leadership and career development opportunities, both at the football club and as speaker and ambassador for the ANUAFC, ANU and partners.  A maximum of one scholarship will be awarded in 2019, noting that ANUAFC reserve the right not to award a scholarship in any given year.

What are the expectations for the successful scholarship holder?

The successful scholarship holder will be expected to:

  • meet ANU academic standards;
  • train with and play football for the ANUAFC, acting as a club leader both on and off the field;
  • be available to be involved in intervarsity competitions;
  • participate in speaking and ambassador roles for ANUAFC, ANU Sport and AFL Canberra; and
  • more details about the scholarship can be found in the ANUAFC Women’s Leadership Scholarship Conditions of Award.

Who can apply?

All women who are studying at the ANU, or have been accepted into an ANU study program, or who have applied to study at the ANU, and have demonstrated sporting and leadership skills are welcome to apply.

How will applications be assessed?

Applications will be assessed by an independent panel of representatives from ANUAFC and ANU Sport.

The Scholarship will be assessed against four basic criteria:

  • meeting ANU’s academic standards;
  • demonstrated talent and experience in playing AFL (or the capability to translate excellence in another sporting field to AFL);
  • demonstrated qualities of leadership, teamwork, enthusiasm, and commitment to be applied both on-the-field and as an ambassador of the ANU, ANUAFC and other partners; and
  • financial need.

How do I apply?

Applications are now open for this prestigious Scholarship and will close Friday 1 March 2019. Please submit your applications to

Applications should include:

  • evidence of enrolment at the ANU, or acceptance into the ANU, or application to study at the ANU;
  • a current CV
  • a 1-2 page (max) statement against the assessment criteria (noted above), what the applicant hopes to gain from the Scholarship, and what they will bring to the Scholarship
  • contact details for 2 referees who can attest to the applicant’s AFL experience and leadership skills (or other relevant athletic skills and achievements)

About the Club

Since 1961, the Australian National University Australian Rules Football Club (ANUAFC) has represented the ANU in the Canberra district competition of Australian Rules Football. With two men’s teams and a women’s team, the ANUAFC provides a safe, friendly and fun environment for students and non-students to learn the game of Australian Rules Football.

The ANUAFC Women’s team joined the ACT Women’s competition in 2001 and continues to grow and prosper, playing in the AFL Canberra Women’s Second Grade Grand Final in 2018 and falling only 5 points short of victory. In 2019 the ANU Women’s team is seeking to raise the bar in search for their first premiership. The team consists of players with a range of experience and ability, all with a shared commitment, determination and love of the game.

The club is located at South Oval on ANU Campus, Acton in the heart of Canberra’s city.

Who can I talk to for more information?

The President of the ANU Australian Football Club, Caitlin Roy, or Scholarship Coordinator, James Hancock, would be happy to answer any questions relating to the Scholarship via email or mobile.

Mobile: 0413 396 031 (Caitlin), 0431 725 249 (James)

ANUAFC Partner with GEOCON to Launch 2019 Women’s Leadership Scholarship

The Australian National University Australian Football Club (ANUAFC), in partnership with Geocon, is proud to announce the 2019 AFL Women’s Leadership Scholarship.

Geocon and the ANUAFC will provide a platform to support, communicate and promote the importance of diversity and female leadership. The scholarship is designed to support women on the field, on campus, in business and in the community.

‘Geocon is committed to investing in inclusive and connected communities, advancing young women as leaders through their student years into careers. Geocon’s collaboration with the ANUAFC supports this initiative, tackling barriers for women in industry and in sport,’said, Melanie Hindson, Director Marketing and Corporate Affairs.

‘At Geocon, we proudly support this scholarship and several other programs as a step towards that goal.’

Geocon, as Canberra’s first fully integrated power house property enterprise, has capabilities across development, construction,hospitality management, investment, sales, marketing and conveyancing. Geocon’s hallmark is architecturally-stunning buildings that deliver a new standard of contemporary living to Canberra.

‘This scholarship further reinforces ANUAFC and Geocon’s commitment to women’s leadership, creating a pathway for future generations of women aspiring to seek academic, professional and sporting excellence’ said Club President, Caitlin Roy.

This is the third consecutive year ANUAFC has offered this scholarship, beginning in 2017 to celebrate the inaugural AFLW competition.

‘Holding the scholarship means so much to me, and has provided opportunities beyond my life on the field. The trust, support and friendship shown at the ANUAFC has provided me with experience, networks and leadership training. I’m excited that another young woman will be given this incredible opportunity to pursue their goals!’ said 2018 scholarship winner, Alex Williams. 

The 2019 scholarship is worth $5,000 per year for the period of the recipient’s study program at ANU. The scholarship holder will also be provided leadership and career development opportunities, both at the football club and as speaker and ambassador for theANUAFC, Geocon and ANU Sport.

Kicking goals since 1961, we welcome all participants to the ANUAFC, so take the chance and join the greatest sport on earth.

Applications for the 2019 scholarship are now open and close Friday 1 March 2019.

Check out the ANUAFC Website for more information on the scholarship and how to apply, or contact Club President, Caitlin Roy, at or on 0413 396 031, or Scholarship Coordinator, James Hancock, on 0431 725 249.

2018 Season Wrap!

ANUAFC Community Assets Survey


The Board has developed this short survey to get your input into the club’s future. It takes less than 5 minutes and is open now until Friday 31 August.

The more responses we receive, the better the chance we have to be the club you want!!!


batyr and mental well health info – how to look after yourself and each other!

We were lucky enough to host batyr ANU for the second year running at our sponsor venue, Hellenic Club in the City to talk about mental well health, being a supportive team mate and services available on campus and the broader community. A huge thank you to Ebony and accompanying presenters for taking the time to talk mental well health with the Griffs.

Below are some tips and links:

See your Local GP for Mental health Care Plan
A Mental Health Care Plan is a plan put in place with your GP to support your mental health. The processes is to firstly go to your GP for an assessment – this is a series of questions your GP will ask about how you are feeling or what has brought you to see them. You will fill in a short survey that gauges how severe your feelings are – this is to help you in getting the right kind of support. Once this is done it allows you access to up to six medicare rebated sessions with a psychologist or counsellor.

There are lots of private Psychologists in Canberra. You can use the find a psychologist tool on APS website in your area

Lifeline – 13 11 14 
A 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention telephone service.

Beyond blue 
An information and support provider for Australians of all ages and demographics.
a. Has a 24/7 support line 1300 22 4636
b. Online chat (3pm-12am everyday)

Canberra Rape Crisis Center and SAMSA

1. ANU Counselling – above ANU gym (need to be an ANU student)
You can access “emergency” appointments by calling at 8:55 in the morning or going to the reception. This service can have long wait times during peak times (exams) but they can refer you to other services.

2. Access and Inclusion for Academic Support
Located in the Copland courtyard (also where batyr office is!) They can provide you with an EAP (education access plan) which can help you get adjustments for exams and assessment, this will depend a lot on your personal case and you need to provide medical documentation

Under 25 – Canberra
1. Headspace – over at UC, Bruce
Ages 12-25 centers designed for young people where you can go to access a GP, Psychologist, Social Worker, Drug and Alcohol worker, Counsellor, Vocational Worker or Youth worker. These sessions are free or low cost

More broadly
1. Mood gym :
Online tool – moodgym is based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy. It can help you identify whether you are having problems with emotions like anxiety and depression and learn skills that can help you cope with these emotions.

2. Blackdog Institute
Do research and advocacy – but on their website they also have a lot of tools and tests that can be useful if you or a mate is having a hard time.

3. Smiling Minds – meditation and mindfulness app.

We encourage you to ‘like’ batyr ANU and batyr Facebook pages or visit the website If you have any questions about the session or batyr feel free to email directly.

ANU Griffins guest boot camp with Alan Tongue – Tues 3 April

Canberra Raiders legend Alan Tongue will be running his signature boot camp, courtesy of our friends at Dixon Advisory. This is a perfect chance for anybody looking to give Aussie Rules a crack that hasn’t made it down to South Oval yet. Promise he won’t go too hard!

Dixon will also be giving a run down of their financial services as well as the ANUAFC referal offer, not to be missed!
Open to Anyone!

When: 6:00-7:30pm, Tuesday 3 April
Location: South Oval, ANU campus (corner Ward and Garran Rds)

Free BBQ and drinks afterwards.

See you there!

ANUAFC and SMEC Announce 2018 Scholarship Winner – Alexandra Williams


2018 ANUAFC Scholarship winner Alex Williams (left) with Katie Brennan, AFLW star

The Australian National University Australian Football Club (ANUAFC), in partnership with SMEC Australia Pty Ltd (SMEC), is proud to announce Alexandra Williams as the 2018 Women’s Leadership Scholarship awardee.

Alex has achieved sporting excellence previously, excelling at range of sports including softball and soccer and representing both the Riverina district and state. More recently, Alex has shifted her focus to AFL, playing one season in the AFL Canberra women’s competition and trialling for GWS in the rookie open day last year.

Williams said “this scholarship will give me the confidence to develop my leadership qualities so I can assist other women to learn the game and get more involved, and of course pursue my own dream of playing AFL at the highest level. It will also allow me to better balance my work and football commitments in order to focus on my studies.”

Following the success of the inaugural AFLW competition and surge of interest and participation in women’s in AFL in Canberra and across the nation, ANUAFC has joined forces with SMEC to build on the existing scholarship program.

The selection process was based on a combination of demonstrated athletic ability, potential to play outstanding AFL, academic enrolment, financial need and leadership capability.  The field of applicants for the 2018 scholarship was very strong, and the ANUAFC and SMEC  would like to thank all those who applied. We are proud of the momentum the scholarship is gaining, providing a platform to support, communicate and promote the importance of diversity and female leadership on the field, on campus, in business and in the community.

The scholarship will be worth $5,000 per annum for the duration of Alex’s study program at ANU. She will also be provided with leadership and career development opportunities, both at the football club and as speaker and ambassador for the ANUAFC, ANU Sport and SMEC.

Club President, Caitlin Roy said “this scholarship further reinforces ANUAFC and SMEC’s commitment to women’s leadership, creating a pathway for future generations of women aspiring to seek academic and professional excellence, and play Australian Football.”

SMEC’s ACT Regional Manager, Dan Spackman, added “We are thrilled for Alex and hope that this scholarship will assist her in charting a course for a long and successful career, inspiring future young women to pursue leadership opportunities in their chosen fields.  We also hope this attracts more young women to get involved in playing Australian Rules Football and look forward to seeing Alex enjoy success out on the footy field and bring home the flag for ANUAFC.”

For information in relation to the ANUFC or SMEC, visit or

ANUAFC awarded AFL Canberra Community Club of the Year for the third year running

The ANUFAFC has made another strong showing at the 2017 AFL Canberra Mulrooney Medal Presentation Night that was held on Monday. ANUAFC won the Community Club of the Year award for the third year running, a testament to the commitment and hard work from all those involved with the club.

“We are extremely proud to be Community Club of the Year for the third year in a row, thank you to AFL Canberra for this recognition,” said ANUAFC president Caitlin Roy. “This award wouldn’t be possible without our amazing board, coaches, and all of the volunteers that helped throughout the year.”

“A big thanks also goes to ANU Sport, and our sponsors, Dixon Advisory, Hellenic Club in the City, MO’R Mortgage Options, Chamberlains Law Firm, Kingston Physiotherapy, Davis Family Builders, and Specsavers Woden. We are a community organisation, run by volunteers, and everything we do is to make the club professional, inclusive and accessible for our players, and we couldn’t do that without the ongoing support of our sponsors.”

In the individual awards, Griffo Hayden “Dobbo” Dobson came runner up in the Fourth Grade Best and Fairest count, while Tom “Short-dawg” Short came fourth in the Third Grade count. Our women had a strong showing as well, with 16 players receiving votes in the Broadbean Catering Player of the Year award. Those players, and all ANUAFC players who received Best and Fairest votes throughout the season, are listed below.

Last but not certainly not least, club president Caitlin Roy was nominated for the Volunteer of the Year award, an accolade that everyone who knows Caitlin will agree is thoroughly deserved.

ANUAFC Women who placed in the Broadbean Catering Player of the Year awards

Karen Short
Alexandra Williams
Felicity Pagan
Claire Reynolds
Annabel Roden
Nadia Thorman
Kristina Faigl
Emma McGrath-Cohen
Alana Dalgleish
Katherine Dellar
Natalie Jorgensen
Lauren Rasche
Rebecca Mount
Rebecca Piesse
Katie Heitkamp
Madeline Merritt

Best and Fairest leaderboards


Alison Mount
Tarlina Tipungwuti
Rebecca Mount
Alexandra Williams
Katherine Dellar
Kathryn Heitkamp
Claire Reynolds
Caitlin Roy
Lai-yee Chow

3rd grade

Tom Short
James Mount
Ben Andreatta
Thomas Garraway
Tim Robb
Jack Buckley
Bill Jones
Sinan Brown
James Hancock
Kieran Harris
Logan Knight
Phillip Syrros
Wade Williams
David Hutchinson
Brent Ritchie
Ryan Singleton
Michael Wilson

4th grade

Hayden Dobson
Michael Clark
Richard Davis
James Hancock
Heath Moore
Tom O’Connor
Will Downing
Jeremy Hall
Andrew Nilon
Matt Crawshaw
Robert Malcomson
Callum Sandison
Nathan Arch
Shaun Crowe
Hugh Marks
Jack Hamilton Murphy