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

Dixon Advisory and ANUAFC host Women’s Leadership Forum

Dixon Advisory has been a proud sponsor of the ANUAFC for over 10 years and last night jointly hosted the first Women’s Leadership forum at their offices in Civic.

Inaugural ANUAFC Women’s Leadership Scholarship winner, Phoebe Worth talked about her experience transitioning from soccer to AFL, being a part of the women’s leadership team in her rookie year and riding the wave of excitement following the AFLW while club President, Caitlin Roy talked about how the club has evolved, the prosperous future for the ANUAFC women’s team and breaking down barriers to leadership for women more generally.

Thanks to all those who attended, and of course Brook Dixon (no relation!) for facilitating. We look forward to branching out in this space with Dixon Advisory into the future. If you would like more information on Dixon’s range of financial services or to make a referral contact 02 6162 5506 or visit

ANUAFC welcomes Chamberlains as newest sponsor

Chamberlains Law Firm is a newly signed proud sponsor of the ANU Griffins! The club is thrilled to have Chamberlains on board.

Chamberlains offers various legal services. You can find further information below and get in contact with them through their website at

What they do

Chamberlains is a boutique law firm with a full service offering unlike any other. Their highly specialised team find the most efficient way to deliver innovative solutions to even the most complex matter. With a focus on client service and certainty over your costs, you’ll make the change and never look back.

Chamberlains Law Firm is dedicated to providing specialised advice in terms that you can understand. They invest in innovation and technology to provide you with a better experience for even the most complex matter.

Chamberlains Law Firm has been nationally recognised for our way of doing things:

  • Listed on the Australasian Lawyer Magazine’s Fast Firms List 2016
  • Finalist Australasian Law Awards 2016

Chamberlains Law Firm is a friend and member of the following organisations:

  • Master Builders Association
  • Real Estate Institute ACT
  • National Pro Bono Aspiration Target
  • Registration Scheme for Industrial Relations Auditor

Their people are not just lawyers, they are leaders. They are dedicated to teaching future legal professionals, promoting legal innovation and diversity in the profession.

Special offer

Chamberlains is pleased to offer the following to clients referred to the firm through the ANUAFC:

  • A complimentary meeting for all legal services and 5% discount off all legal services (excluding disbursements and conveyancing)
  • Conveyancing set price of $985 + GST and disbursements


ANUAFC Mid-season Survey

Thanks to all those who filled out the ANUAFC mid-season survey! The Board really appreciates the time taken to provide feedback. We had a great response rate, so it’s positive to see that players are interested and engaged with planning for the future of the club. A few of the key points that the Board has taken away from the survey responses are:

  • Players love the community culture of the club and want to maintain this
  • The inclusive and social aspects of the club are important to players
  • There is support for continuing to develop women’s football at the ANUAFC
  • There is strong support for the ANUAFC to increase it’s role in ANU Sport initiatives
  • There is strong support for expanding the ANUAFC over the next 5-10 years

Using this information as a guide, the Board will develop ANUAFC’s strategic plan for the future. We will also continue to consult with players through surveys and provide updates in the Griffin Tale about what the Board is up to. If you have any additional feedback about the club or just want to ask a question, feel free to have a chat with any Board member. Information about position holders can be found here.