Celebrating our 60th Anniversary

60th Anniversary: 2 weeks to RSVP!

As everyone hopefully knows by now, 2021 is the year we celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the establishment of the ANUAFC and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the ANUAFC Women’s team.

This is your reminder that there is only 2 weeks to go until RSVPs close for the 60th Anniversary events on 21 and 22 May 2021. The festivities include an alumni event and history publication launch, game day triple-header against Ainslie and a 60th Anniversary Gala event (see posters below for details).

The details to follow for RSVPing are available here.

In the meantime, if you have any enquiries, please contact 60@anuafc.com.au. We hope to see you all there!

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2021 KJR Women in Leadership Scholarship

The ANU Australian Football Club (ANUAFC), together with partners KJR are pleased to announce the launch of the 2021 ANUAFC Women’s Leadership Scholarship. Building on our Women’s Leadership Program over the past 4 years, the ANUAFC is excited to welcome KJR to the team to sponsor the 2021-2023 Scholarship. After a tumultuous 2020, KJR has stayed committed to Women’s leadership and community sport by continuing their support through to the new season.

This scholarship will be worth $5,000 per annum for up to 3 years of study at ANU. Scholarship holders will also be provided leadership and career development opportunities, both at the football club and as a speaker and ambassador for the ANUAFC, ANU and partners.

KJR, an IT and Technology strategic advisory firm based around Australia are committed to supporting Women’s leadership and have previously collaborated with Intelli HQ to bring together the Young Women’s Leadership in AI initiative.

“We’re incredibly excited to be supporting the ANUAFC with this program to encourage, develop, and grow Women’s Leadership not just within the ANUAFC, but in the broader ANU community,” said Andrew Hammond, ACT General Manager, KJR.

“As a STEM-based industry provider, we understand the importance of building Women’s expertise and experience in leadership, not just for their careers but in all aspects of their lives”

ANUAFC President Sam Bargwanna said, “We’re incredibly proud to be launching this program for the fourth year. This program has and will continue to encourage success at our club, not just for the individual recipients but across both the Men’s and Women’s teams. We’re thrilled to have KJR on board this year and very excited to be working together to continue to build our Leadership Program over the next three years.”

Of the Scholarship Program, 2019 scholarship recipient Eloise McLean said, “Already, after my first two years holding the scholarship, I have been presented with so many opportunities for growth and personal development, on and off the field! I am so grateful for the support the club, ANU Sport and my sponsor have given me to progress as a leader in as a sportswoman and professionally. I’m looking forward to working with the 2021 recipient and watching her thrive on the ground as part of the team, as well as in her study and career.’

For any enquiries please email anuafcscholarship@gmail.com or call Scholarship Coordinators, Lauren Rasche (0434 119 344) and Lachlan Smith (0423 495 898).

To apply for this amazing opportunity click here.

2020 AGM and Board Outcomes

Congratulations to the 2020 ANUAFC Board for yet another outstanding year, in a crazy world. 2020 saw ANUAFC contest finals in all 3 grades, and the men’s teams both winning premierships in one year for the first time in history. ANUAFC finished the year in a healthy financial position, with great player numbers, and ready and excited to take on the challenges of 2021.

Thank you to the outgoing Board for your commitment, dedication and good humour. We wish the best of luck to those undertaking new roles in 2020, and a fond farewell to those who have chosen to vacate their positions. We have lots of fresh faces bringing enthusiasm and ideas to the management of the footy club and we look forward to supporting them in the 2021 season.

Congratulations to the 2021 Board as elected at the AGM:

President: Sam Bargwanna

Vice President and Sponsorship coordinator: Ine Beerens

Secretary: Adela Michelson

Treasurer: Calum Martin

Social Chair: Alex Bell-Rowe

Scholarship Coordinators: Lachlan Smith and Lauren Rasche

Footy Manager: Samuel Mathieson, with help from Alex Williams and Steve Darlington

Communications: Bri Williams

Volunteer Coordinator: vacant

If you’re interested in joining the board in 2021 in a vacant position or to help out with the social calendar, please email Bargs at president@anuafc.com.au.

ANUAFC Partner with KJR for 2020 Women’s Leadership Scholarship

NOTE: 2020 Women’s Leadership Scholarship has been deferred to 2021 due the current COVID-19 environment and the policies and preferences of the ANU, ANU Sport, the AFL and our sponsor KJR

The ANU Australian Football Club (ANUAFC), together with partners KJR are pleased to announce the launch of the 2020 ANUAFC Women’s Leadership Scholarship. Building on our Women’s Leadership Program over the past 3 years, the ANUAFC is excited to welcome KJR to the team to sponsor the 2020-2022 Scholarship.

This scholarship will be worth $5,000 per annum for up to 3 years of study at ANU. Scholarship holders will also be provided leadership and career development opportunities, both at the football club, and as a speaker and ambassador for the ANUAFC, ANU and partners.

KJR, an IT and Technology strategic advisory firm based around Australia are committed to supporting Women’s leadership and have previously collaborated with Intelli HQ to bring together the Young Women’s Leadership in AI initiative.

“We’re incredibly excited to be supporting the ANUAFC with this program to encourage, develop, and grow Women’s Leadership not just within the ANUAFC, but in the broader ANU community,” said Andrew Hammond, ACT General Manager, KJR.

“As a STEM-based industry provider we understand the importance of building Women’s expertise and experience in leadership, not just for their careers but in all aspects of their lives”

ANUAFC President Jenny Church said, “We’re incredibly proud to be launching this program for the fourth consecutive year. This Program has and will continue to encourage success at our club, not just for the individual recipients but across both the Men’s and Women’s teams. We’re thrilled to have KJR on board this year, and very excited to be working together to continue to build our Leadership Program over the next three years.”

Of the Scholarship Program, 2019 scholarship recipient Eloise McLean said, “Already, after my first year holding the scholarship, I have been presented with so many opportunities for growth and personal development, on and off the field! I am so grateful for the support the club, ANU Sport and my sponsor have given me to progress as a leader in as a sportswoman and professionally. I’m looking forward to meeting the 2020 recipient and watching her thrive on the ground as part of the team, as well as in her study and career.”A

For any enquiries please email president@anuafc.com.au or call Vice President, Anna Wilson, on 0432784930

2019 AGM and Board Outcomes


Congratulations to the 2019 ANUAFC Board for yet another outstanding year. 2019 saw ANUAFC contest finals in all 3 grades, the women coming away with their first ever Premiership. 2019 also saw ANUAFC win the AFL Canberra Club Championship award for the 5th consecutive year, a testament to the hard work of our President, Board, volunteers, coaching team and players. ANUAFC finished the year in a healthy financial position, with great player numbers, and ready and excited to take on season 2020!

Thank you to the outgoing Board for your commitment, dedication and good humour. We wish the best of luck to those undertaking new roles in 2020, and a fond farewell to those who have chosen to vacate their positions.

Notably, Caitlin Roy has stepped down as President after a superb 5 years at the helm of ANUAFC. Caitlin’s contribution to the culture, success and ongoing sustainability of the club cannot be overstated. Notable achievements of Caitlin’s leadership include:

  • The introduction of the ANUAFC Women’s Leadership Scholarship, the first AFL University scholarship for women in Australia
  • ANUAFC’s leadership in player-sharing across the AFL Canberra Community and Regional competitions
  • A stronger than ever relationship with our past players and alumni in the leadup to our 60th anniversary in 2021
  • 5 years as AFL Canberra Club Championship winners
  • Recognition as a level 3 Good Sports accredited club
  • Increased club professionalism, player numbers, physio coverage and infrastructure investment to guarantee the future strength of the club
  • Leadership, sustainability, Indigenous recognition and mental well-health initiatives

We sincerely thank Caitlin for all she has given to the club over her 5 years as President, and over a decade of combined service as a player and volunteer. Stay tuned for what Caitlin has in store in her many other ongoing roles with AFL Canberra, the club and the broader Canberra community.

Congratulations to the 2020 Board as elected at the AGM:

President – Jenny Church

Vice President – Anna Wilson

Treasurer – Ryan Forsyth

Secretary – James Hancock and Alison Mount

Social Chair – Alex Bell-Rowe

Sponsorship Coordinator – Ine Beerens

Football Manager – Alex Williams

Scholarship Coordinator – Dani DiStefano

Coaching Coordinator – Tom Crowe

Volunteer Coordinator – Brent Richie

Communications and Social Media – Bri Williams

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 www.goodsports.com.au.

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 Greg@mmo.com.au 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 www.anuafc.com.au or www.geocon.com.au