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 darryl.symons@defence.gov.au or simon@tuanfamily.com.au

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!

Calling all ANU Old Boys

This is for any past or present players who are ready, willing and able to participate in the annual match between the ANU OLD BOYS and the ACT Masters.

Date: Saturday 23rd July (not that far away)
Time: 4:45pm approx. start (twilight match)
Where: ANU South Oval

The game follows on after a triple header of Women’s, Reserves & Seniors. So come on down anytime, catch up with your footy mates & get around them. A post game event has been organised at the sheds for all to attend and there will be activities throughout the day. If you are keen to have a run please RSVP to darryl.symons@defence.gov.au or simon@tuanfamily.com.au.

What do you know?

WHAT DO YOU KNOW?

The committee are building up a database of milestones, playing stats and anecdotes for the new website, newsletter and ongoing digitisation project. Have you got anything you can contribute to the ANUAFC History archive? We are looking for things like:

  • Club newsletters
  • Newspaper articles
  • Photos (of footy games, footy trips, preso nights or Mad Mondays of days gone by)
  • Team/player lists
  • Funny stories/anecdotes
  • Player information

We are particularly looking for information from the 1970- 2000 period, but anything will be gratefully accepted. If you have anything for us, or know anyone who might, please email news@anuafc.com.au and we will publish them in coming weeks.

Congratulations ANU girls!

Get around the Lady Griffs who’ve made it into the ACT/NSW Women’s AFL Academy!

After a tough couple of weeks of testing and some stiff competition on game-day down at Reid Oval, 3 ANU girls have been picked from over 300 hopefuls to be part of the inaugural GWS Giants Women’s Talent Academy. Congratulations to Kat Dellar, Nadia “Nads” Thorman and Claire Reynolds who will spend the year training with the best and most promising Women’s players from the ACT/NSW region. They will receive elite coaching, services and facilities with an eye on being picked for the 2016 Female Football Exhibition Series which will see the girls from ACT/NSW play matches in the GWS Giants and Sydney Swans colours against other state academies. These academies aim to build talent and depth in order to prepare for the National Women’s Draft which will kick off next year – so the girls are sure to be put through their paces! We wish them the best of luck in the academies.