ANUAFC achieve Good Sports Level 3 Accreditation!

We are a Good Sports club

Sporting clubs such as ours play a significant role in the community and have a responsibility to our members and their families. We have chosen to join over 9000 clubs across Australia taking part in the Good Sports program. Through Good Sports we are committed to managing alcohol responsibly and ensuring smoke free areas, which we believe will help us to provide a healthy, safe and family friendly environment. 

We are also part of the Tackling Illegal Drugs program which provides community sporting clubs with information and expert support to best prepare for potential drug-related issues.

Alcohol, safe transport and smoking policy

Tackling Illicit Drugs policy

Through the program, our club has developed and implemented an illegal drugs policy, which sets clear guidelines on how we respond to an illegal drug issue in a fair and appropriate manner.

Together, we are helping inspire a healthier sporting nation.

Speak to our club committee about what being a Good Sports club is all about or visit

These policies sit in addition to the AFL Canberra Code of Conduct, which all ANUAFC players are expected to adhere to.

2019 Griffin Pryde Memberships available now

On the eve of another promising season for the ANUAFC 2019 Memberships for Griffin Pryde are now on sale again. 

The Pryde was created to offer a platform for all Griffins, past and present, to connect with our great club. It’s a non-playing membership primarily to generate some much needed revenue for the Griffins but just as importantly to offer those interested the opportunity to be an integral part of match day. 
Each home game Pryde members will be urged to attend South oval to cheer on the Griffins. We’ve seen over the last few years the amazing opportunities this presents to catch up with old mates and remind ourselves how great we were! All the while watching some good footy in a great atmosphere. 
The modest membership fees go a long way to providing the club with the infrastructure to allow us to compete on the field and for the continued growth of our great club. 
We remain proudly aligned with the 60th Anniversary which is scheduled for 2021 and have built in a bonus for ongoing Pryde members with this in mind. Slightly differently from last year we’ll only be offering 2 levels of membership in 2019 as follows:

Silver Membership:
Membership Fee: $50

– 2019 ANUAFC Fixture Fridge Magnet for all three grades (so you can book in that next afternoon down at South)
– Griffin Pryde Membership Card
– Full access to Griffin communications such as the Griffin Tale, Weekly Teams etc.
– 15% off ANUAFC Merchandise 
– Sponsor updates and offers
– Access to the Pryde Esky – Our game day esky (soft drink and beer and cider only) available from 1pm to 3pm at all home games.
– Ongoing benefits for the 60th Anniversary Gala. For each year that you hold a Silver Pryde Membership ANUAFC will bank $10 towards your ticket to the 60th Gala in 202

Gold Membership:
Membership Fee: $100

– All of the above plus;
– Your choice of Griffins Beanie or Scarf.
– Ongoing benefits for the 60th Anniversary Gala. For each year that you hold a Gold Pryde Membership ANUAFC will bank $20 towards your ticket to the 60th Gala in 2021.   

If you want to sign up please follow these steps and you’ll be on your way: 
1. Send an email to advising you’re going to join
2. Transfer the loot for your payment into the Griffo bank account. Please use the reference PRYDE First Name Surname      
Bank:Beyond Bank
Account name:  ANUAFC
Account number:    03677486                             
BSB:   325185
3. Once payment has been made let me know and we’ll have your card ready for collection at the Griffo canteen.
4. Come to the game – have a can and cheers for the Mighty Griffs
Any queries please give Greg Oberscheidt a call on 0417 653 405. Please also feel free to forward on to anyone you think might be interested.
Thanks in advance for your support.

ANUAFC & Geocon Announce 2019 Scholarship Winner – Eloise McLean

The Australian National University Australian Football Club (ANUAFC), in partnership with Geocon, would like to congratulate Eloise McLean for being awarded the 2019 Women’s Leadership Scholarship.

Elly joined the ANUAFC for the 2018 season, rapidly becoming a pivotal member of the women’s team. Her importance to the team was highlighted at the end of the season as she received both the rising star and best and fairest awards. These achievements were particularly impressive, as this was Elly’s first season of competitive AFL, having previously only been able to compete in one off carnival days, representing her school. Consequently, Elly spent her school years excelling at Rowing, Netball, Swimming and Athletics.

Ms. McLean hopes “this opportunity will enable me to support and encourage women who are new to the game and develop into a leader and a role model like formidable women who I have had the privilege to play with and learn so much from.”

As the AFLW competition continues to grow and AFL Canberra’s women’s competition continues to expand and strengthen, ANUAFC is delighted to be offering the scholarship for a third consecutive year and thanks Geocon for getting on board for seasons 2019 through 2021.

The selection process was based on a combination of demonstrated athletic ability, potential to play outstanding AFL, academic enrolment and leadership capability. 2019 saw a record number of applicants form an incredibly strong field and the ANUAFC and Geocon 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.

Elly is currently undertaking a double degree in Law (honours) and Finance and will receive $5,000 per annum for the scholarship. 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 Geocon.

Club President, Caitlin Roy said “we are incredibly proud to be offering this scholarship for the third consecutive year. The scholarship has undoubtedly enhanced our on-field success as well as opening up opportunities for the recipients and other women at the club to be involved in a leadership program unlike any other football club in Australia.”

Geocon’s Director of Planning and Development, Dan Stewart, added “we are delighted for Elly receiving this scholarship and we know that it will allow her to continue to forge her career and become a leader in her field. As a Director of Canberra’s Civil Liberties Australia branch and current holder of multiple other ANU scholarships, she clearly demonstrates the values and leadership potential we are excited to promote and develop.”

For more information about the ANUAFC or Geocon, visit or

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); and
  • 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;

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!