ANUAFC preseason kicks off for 2017

Pre-season training for Aussie Rules at the ANU Griffins has kicked off!

Men and women of all ages and experience levels are invited to come down to training held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm at South Oval (directly across from Burgmann college), where they can have a go in a positive and welcoming environment.

Whether you’re the next Buddy Franklin or more of a Zac Dawson, we look forward to seeing you there!

Dixon Advisory super seminars – now is the time to think about super

As some of you may know, the government recently passed the biggest reforms to super in 10 years. Depending on your personal situation, these changes may have a significant impact on your lifestyle in retirement.

Our trusted partner Dixon Advisory has been providing expert superannuation advice for more than 30 years. They can explain how the changes may affect you and what opportunities there are to act under the current rules before they take effect on 1 July 2017. Dixon Advisory would like to invite Griffins players and friends to a seminar outlining the changes and investment opportunities that could help support your wealth in retirement.

Please think about any family or friends that might be affected and refer them to the seminar if applicable, please also note that those with defined benefit pensions are likely to be affected and that the seminar series is offered in CAN, SYD, MEL and BNE.

Read more and register to attend.
If you have any questions, please email

Australian National University Australian Football Club Women’s Leadership Scholarship

The Australian National University Australian Football Club (ANUAFC), in partnership with ANU Sport and AFL Canberra, is proud to offer a new AFL Women’s Leadership Scholarship starting this year! In the inaugural year of the AFL Women’s competition, ANUAFC would like to share in the celebration by offering a Women’s AFL Scholarship, the first of its kind. This Scholarship reflects the ANUAFC’s commitment to women’s leadership in sport, on campus, in career, and in the community.

What is on offer?

This scholarship will be worth $5,000 per annum, for the duration 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 AFL Canberra.  A maximum of one scholarship will be awarded in 2017, and each year thereafter, noting that ANUAFC, ANU Sport and AFL Canberra 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; and
  • participate in speaking and ambassador roles for ANUAFC, ANU Sport and AFL Canberra.

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, ANU Sport, ANU, and AFL Canberra.

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, AFL Canberra and other partners; and
  • financial need.

How do I apply?

Applications are now open for this prestigious Scholarship and will close Friday 10 March. 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. In 2017, the 20th anniversary year of the league, 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, would be happy to answer any questions relating to the Scholarship or Club via email or mobile telephone.

Mobile: 0413 396 031

ANUAFC Presentation Night – 2017 Committee

Welcome to the new 2017 Club Committee –

President: Caitlin Roy
Vice President: Jenny Church
Secretary: James Mount
Treasurers: Heath Moore & James Hancock

General Committee: Brook Dixon, Anthony Sorensen, Alison Campbell, Patty Egli, Tom Short, Felicity Pagan, Chey Bowers, Jack Buckley, Ashwin Chandekar

ANUAFC Presentation night – award winners

Congratulations to all our 2016 Presentation Night award winners –

Life Membership: Mary Quinn and Matthew Crawshaw
Best Clubman: Jenny Church
President’s Award: Chey Bowers

Seniors Best and Fairest: Stephen Kenny
Seniors Runner Up B&F: James Mount
Seniors Best in Finals: Dougie Douglas
Seniors Most Improved: Heath Moore
Seniors Coaches Award: Harry Andrews
Seniors Player’s Player: Arran Douglas
Men’s Rising Star: Tom Garraway

Reserves Best and Fairest: Tim Robb
Reserves Runner Up B&F: Jonathan Dean
Reserves Best in Finals: Noah Johnstone
Reserves Most Improved: Joel Zuccato
Reserves Coaches Award: Owen Hutch
Reserves Player’s Player: Tim Robb

Women’s Best and Fairest: Caitlin Roy
Women’s Runner Up B&F: Annika Francess
Women’s Most Improved: Felicity Pagan
Women’s Coaches Award: Karen Short
Women’s Rising Star: Samantha Jane
Women’s Player’s Player: Caitlin Roy

Golden Boot: Will Delchau

Thanks to everyone for a great season!

Family Day, Old Boys vs ACT Masters and Griffo Rodeo

When: Saturday 23 July

Where: ANU South

Things are shaping up nicely for the contest of the year between ANU Old Boys and ACT Masters, with a couple of ACT Masters’ proving their allegiance to the mighty Griffins by returning to the blue and white, not least of which is Michael ‘Cav’ Canavan, who in his first year as Ressies coach has already chosen to represent the fairer side.  The game will kick off at 5pm after a home triple header of Women’s, Reserves and Seniors. If you are an ‘Old’ or ‘Not so old’ Boy still keen to have a run please contact or

ANUAFC will be hosting a family day at South Oval from 12pm. Activities will include face painting, jumping castle, VIP marquees, raffles and half time events.

10am – ANU Women vs Riverina
12pm – ANU Reserves vs Yass
2:15pm – ANU Seniors vs Cootamundra
5pm – ANU OLD BOYS vs ACT Masters

Wal Pepper Memorial Cup 2016

This Saturday 2 July will see the 2016 contest of the annual Pepper Cup between the Googong (formally Harman) Hogs and ANU return to its ceremonial home in Seniors.

Whilst the Pepper Cup is the pinnacle in a longstanding rivalry, there is also a sense of solidarity between the two clubs. This year ANU and Googong have sparked a player sharing arrangement to assist Googong in returning to the 3rd and 4th  grade competitions after a hiatus in seniors last year.  

To carry the mantle in 2015, the Pepper Cup was played in 4th grade and won by ANU who will be looking to hold onto the honours in Seniors again this year. Get out to support both teams on Saturday from midday, with the main event kicking off at 2:15pm at ANU South Oval.

Chasto plays 200th game

Cast your minds back to 2003. Hughy Marks was still in nappies, Schitty Greg was dealing trucker speed behind the West Wylong High School canteen and re-doing year 12 again, and first-year ANU student Daniel ‘Chaso’ Chaston had just rolled up at South Oval for his first kick.

On the field Chaso has been a hard-running midfielder and perpetually one of the fittest blokes at the club, and a key part of the 2000s Griffo midfield, voted Players’ Player by his peers in 2007. Despite several grand final appearances throughout his ANU career, Chaso had to wait until 2012 for his first taste of premiership success with the Griffs.

One of the genuine nice guys of the Griffos family, Chas has been a stalwart of the club for over a decade now, running the canteen with Rawlo for a number of years and currently serving the club as Vice President. Off the field, he’s a high-achieving doctor of science turned public health professional who’s currently retraining as a lawyer. What a guy! Get around him this weekend for his 200th game!

Representing the Griffos

Congrats to all the talented Griffins representing their club and state in Rep footy games over the June long weekend.

The women’s rep squad received a total of 79 nominations from across the ACT, and Griffo guns Claire Reynolds and Katherine Dellar have made the final cut to the squad of 27. They’ll take on AFL Sydney on Saturday, June 11 at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval.

In the mens comps, talented Griffos Tim Robb, Jono Dean and Nathan Arch will make the trip down to Merimbula the same Saturday to take on a combined South and Sapphire Coast rep squad. In another individual honour, Robba has been named as captain for that side.

Congratulations to all players selected. Do us proud!

Bye bye Bisho

ANU’s board short-rocking, goal-kicking Treasurer Sam ‘Bish’ Bishop plays his last game for the club this Saturday (pending selection) in what’s been a short but stellar Griffo knock.

Bisho and his wife are moving home to Melbourne, and Bish’s last Griffo game will pan out exactly how he’d want it- playing against an obscure regional team on an old goat track an hour out of town.

A laid-back character, Bisho made an immediate splash at the Griffos by rocking down to training at South in board shorts and training in them throughout the winter.

He’s knocked up over 50 games in his three and a half years at the club, played in a Magoos flag in 2013, kicked a bunch of goals, and kept the Griffo finances in top shape as Treasurer of the club over the last 18 months.

Bish’s easy-going nature and love of a post-game beer and yarn at the Hellenic belies a hard-working and talented key forward who consistently delivers for the club on and off the field. Get around him this weekend!