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2021 Recognition of Highest Ranked Teams

The AFL Barwon Commission has decided at Monday evening’s meeting that a form of recognition will be
awarded to the highest ranked team at the point the season was cancelled.

This will be for all competitions that were cancelled due to the Victorian Government’s Roadmap to deliver the
National Plan.

This recognition will be presented to clubs at the 2021 presentation dinner. The date of this event remains to
be confirmed due to the current restrictions on patrons at indoor venues.

Notes:
List of cancelled competitions

  • All Geelong Football Netball League Competitions
  • All Bellarine Football Netball League Competitions
  • All Senior and Junior Female Football Competitions
  • All AFL Barwon Under 19 Football Competitions
  • All AFL Barwon Junior Football Competitions
  • All AFL Barwon Junior Netball Competition

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2022 Total Team Points for Senior Football & Netball

AFL Barwon wishes to advise the Total Team Points (TPP) for the 2022 Senior Football and Netball seasons. This encompasses Senior Male Football, Senior Female Football and A Grade Netball across the Blood Toyota Geelong Football Netball League, DOW Bellarine Football Netball League, Colac and District Football Netball League, Geelong and District Football League and Epworth Senior Female Competitions.

The AFL Barwon Player Points System Policy (PPSP) local by-laws document is reviewed annually, in conjunction with the Community Club Sustainability Program (CCSP) working party and AFL Victoria.

The updated AFL Victoria Player Points System Policy, AFL Barwon Senior Female Football Player Points System Policy, AFL Barwon Netball Player Points System Policy, and local by-laws document will be circulated to clubs over the coming weeks.

2022 TPP Allocations

2022 Senior Male Football 2022 A Grade Netball
GFNL Club Pts BFNL Club Pts GFNL Club Pts BFNL Club Pts
Bell Park 40 Anglesea 40   Bell Park 24 Anglesea 28
Colac 40 Barwon Heads 40   Colac 24 Barwon Heads 24
Grovedale 42 Drysdale 40   Grovedale 28 Drysdale 26
GWG 42 Geelong Amateur 40   GWG 24 Geelong Amateur 24
Lara 46 Modewarre 40   Lara 26 Modewarre 24
Leopold 40 Newcomb 44   Leopold 24 Newcomb 30
Newtown & Chilwell 40 Ocean Grove 40   Newtown & Chilwell 22 Ocean Grove 24
North Shore 46 Portarlington 46   North Shore 30 Portarlington 26
South Barwon 40 Queenscliff 43   South Barwon 24 Queenscliff 26
St Albans 46 Torquay 40   St Albans 24 Torquay 24
St Joseph’s 40       St Joseph’s 24    
St Mary’s 40       St Mary’s 24  

CDFNL Club Pts GDFL Club Pts 2022 Senior Female Football  
Alvie 40 Anakie 46 2022 All teams 44
Apollo Bay 42 Bannockburn 40 2023 starting base points 40
Birregurra 40 Bell Post Hill 40    
Colac Imperials 40 Belmont Lions 44    
Irrewarra-Beeac 40 Corio 46
Lorne 40 East Geelong 40
Otway Districts 46 GWG 42
Simpson 44 Inverleigh 40
South Colac 40 North Geelong 44
Western Eagles 46 Thomson 40
    Werribee Centrals 40
    Winchelsea 44

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2024 AFL Barwon Community Themed Rounds

AFL Barwon can confirm the dates for the supported community themed rounds for 2024.

The community awareness rounds supported by AFL Barwon align to the corporate social responsibility plan with dates aligning to the AFL themed rounds.

The selected themed rounds are fantastic opportunities for the AFL Barwon community to get behind these key initiatives and causes that resonate with our members. 

 

May 13th – May 18th – The Sir Doug Nicholls Round (AFL Barwon Indigenous Round)

May 27th – June 2nd – AFL Barwon Female Festival of Sport

June 10th - June 16th – AFL Barwon Pride Round

July 15th – July 21st – Hamlan Homes Read the Play and Mental Health Round

 

Clubs who are supporting these rounds by wearing alternative uniforms, holding fundraising events or other supported methods are asked to contact AFL Barwon Commercial Partnerships & Communications Manager, Sean Atkinson.

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2024 Dow Bellarine Football Netball League Fixture Released

AFL Barwon is excited to announce the Dow Bellarine Football Netball League fixture for the 2024 season.

The 2024 season kicks off on the traditional Easter Weekend with a Portarlington hosting Newcomb on Good Friday in the standard time slot followed by Modewarre & Geelong Amateur in the twilight senior football match.

East Saturday has the repeat of last season’s Senior Football Grand Finalists, with Torquay hosting Drysdale at McCartney Oval.

2023 Dow A-Grade Premiers Ocean Grove, kick off their title defence against Preliminary Finalists Queenscliff.

The bye weekends in the Bellarine FNL in 2024 are Saturday May 11th and Saturday July 6th. 

Other key fixture highlights include:

  • Round 1 - Portarlington vs Newcomb and Modewarre vs Geelong Amateur on Good Friday, 
  • Round 4 – First edition of the “Battle of the Bridge” for 2023 with Round 13 hosting the return fixture.
  • Round 5 – Traditional ANZAC Day fixture between Portarlington vs Drysdale.
  • Round 6 - Geelong Amateurs host A-Grade Premiers Ocean Grove in the Grand Final rematch. 

The full 2024 Dow Bellarine Football Netball League season fixture can be found here.

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250+ Vic Clubs Share in $600K TAC Funding Program

Original article by AFL Victoria. Image by Great Ocean Photography.

Full list of recipient clubs - click here (.PDF)

Victorian football and netball clubs will share in more than $600,000 for their efforts in campaigning to eliminate road trauma in their communities.

The Victorian Government and Transport Accident Commission have announced this year’s recipients of the TAC Club Rewards program, incentivising grassroots clubs across the state for showing a commitment to promoting road safety during the 2023 season.
 
Delivered in partnership with AFL Victoria, 251 clubs will receive rewards of up to $10,000 through the program, the highest number of recipients in the program’s five years.
 
The program encourages clubs to engage with players, members and their communities on key road safety issues and promote safe behaviours, with the dangers of distracted driving a key focus of this year’s campaign.
 
Successful clubs are able to use the money for a range of initiatives including education programs, club transport initiatives, new equipment and uniforms and facility upgrades and improvements.
 
So far this year, 236 people have died on Victoria’s roads and more than half of those deaths have happened on in regional areas, where tens of thousands of local footballers and netballers travel for games and training.
 
Distracted driving is one of the major causes of fatal and serious injury crashes on Victoria’s roads and is particularly concerning on regional roads where people are travelling at higher speeds.
 
AFL Victoria-affiliated clubs from across the state were able to apply for the program by showing how they supported road safety throughout the year, including taking part in the TAC’s Road Safety Round ‘Band Together’ campaign.
 
The TAC Club Rewards Program is part of the TAC’s 31-year partnership with AFL Victoria, which aims to empower clubs to develop a culture where all players and members are expected to be safe on the roads.
 
Full list of recipient clubs - click here(.PDF)
 
Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Melissa Horne, said: “Victoria’s grassroots football and netball clubs are influential in their communities so it is wonderful to be able incentivise them to roll out critical initiatives that promote safer driving.”
 
Transport Accident Commission CEO, Tracey Slatter, said: “Road trauma has a significant ripple effect and there’s no denying the power of peer-to-peer support and education at sporting club level – these clubs should be proud of their efforts to create a culture that prioritises road safety.”
 
AFL VIC Community Football Manager, John O'Donohue, said: "The TAC Club Rewards Program is one of the biggest and most important programs impacting community football, promoting the importance of road safety and supporting local clubs and their communities.”

AFL Barwon and Kings Funerals Extend Partnership to Enhance Growth in Women's Sport

AFL Barwon and Kings Funerals are delighted to announce a 3-year partnership extension.

The new agreement provides a more expansive connection between the two organisations and will extend the partnership to 6 years after its commencement in 2021.

Kings Funerals will have a greater presence in the Junior Female Football section, with naming rights to all Junior Female Division 2 & Division 3 competitions. There will be further Kings branding with all Junior Female Football playing shorts sublimated to include the Kings Funerals logo on the front.

AFL Barwon Regional General Manager, Edward Wilson stated his gratitude of the partnership extension.

“We’re grateful for the ongoing support of Kings and the enthusiasm they bring to this partnership, with a real vision to be collaborative partners in the growth of sport throughout the region. This enthusiasm and collaboration we at AFL Barwon appreciate immensely, and we look forward to what the future will hold, between our two organisations”.  

Kings Funerals General Manager, Beth King expressed her delight at the opportunity to support women in sport through this extension.

“Kings Funerals are delighted to support more girls and women to develop their skills and enjoy playing football. Strong junior competitions are essential for all girls who aspire to becoming AFLW players and we look forward to seeing many more elite women athletes in future who have played in the Kings Cup competitions.”

“We’re pleased to be extending our partnership for another 3 years after coming on board as Female Football finals live streaming partner in 2021.”

To find out more about Kings Funerals’ locations, services, and involvement in the community, simply visit https://kingsfunerals.com.au/

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AFL Barwon appoints Region Manager

AFL Barwon is pleased to announce that Bruce Harwood has been appointed as the new Region Manager.

Harwood needs little introduction, currently serving as a City of Greater Geelong Councillor and previous Mayor of the City, he has a long association with football and netball as a player, supporter and administrator and has been a long-time advocate for community sport in this region.

“I am really pleased with this appointment.  We have completed a very thorough process and had a number of excellent applicants,” AFL Barwon Chair Craig Keating said.

“Bruce brings a wealth of experience in business and community engagement to AFL Barwon and his energy and passion for the region will enhance the development of our community sports of football and netball as we move out of the Covid impacted years of 2020 and 2021.”

“I would also like to acknowledge and thank the great work of Georgia Hillman and Sean Atkinson who both led the AFL Barwon team over the past season in the roles as Acting RGM with distinction. Both Georgia and Sean deserve great credit for navigating the challenges of 2021 and can be proud of their work. The whole AFL Barwon team has performed brilliantly under difficult circumstances.”

Harwood will commence in the role on Tuesday 26 October.

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AFL Barwon Future of Football & Netball Project Media Statement

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AFL BARWON FUTURE OF FOOTBALL & NETBALL PROJECT UPDATE – 16.02.2024

In September 2023, the AFL Barwon Future of Football & Netball Project commenced with the approach to capitalise on regional opportunities and address strategic challenges across Male & Female, Junior & Senior, Football & Netball across the Barwon region.

Following the release of the AFL Barwon Senior Male Football & Senior Netball Proposal on December 5 in conjunction with the third Townhall Forum, AFL Barwon & Clubs have actively engaged in understanding where they see themselves within the proposed model.

On Tuesday evening (February 13), AFL Barwon met with Presidents & representatives from BFNL & GFNL Clubs to discuss their indicative positions on the proposal, providing AFL Barwon with collective feedback as to their points of satisfaction and contention.

 

KEY THEMES:

  • Upward and downward movement between leagues/divisions was a supported concept across half of BFNL & GFNL Clubs;
  • Volunteerism numbers and workload a challenge and a consideration for this within the proposal;
  • Concerns on future APPs (Allowable Player Payments (i.e. salary cap)) & Player Points allocations (i.e. Total Team Points) - how these should be structured and where maximums and minimums should be set;
  • Strong desire to maintain history and community connection between Clubs across the Bellarine & Geelong; and
  • Acknowledgement that new Senior Clubs need a secure and sustainable pathway to participate in the future.

 

INDICATIVE PROPOSAL POSITIONS:

In favour of the Proposal as presented to Clubs on December 5:

Bell Park FNC, Geelong West FNC, Ocean Grove FNC, Portarlington FNC, South Barwon FNC, St. Joseph’s FNC, and St. Mary’s SC.

Not in favour of the Proposal as presented to Clubs on December 5:

Anglesea FNC, Barwon Heads FNC, Colac FNC, Drysdale FNC, Geelong Amateur FNC, Grovedale FNC, Lara FNC, Leopold FNC, Modewarre FNC, Newcomb FNC, Newtown & Chilwell FNC, North Shore FNC, Queenscliff FNC, St. Albans FNC, and Torquay FNC.

 

NEXT STEPS:

Following Tuesday night’s meeting, AFL Barwon acknowledged there is more work required to further develop and supporting the structures that assist in addressing equalisation, sustainability of APPs & Player Points, as well as the support to Clubs with volunteerism and other strategic challenges, whilst providing a landscape that allows new Clubs to enter in the future, which supports growth opportunities, and prioritises Club sustainability.

The AFL Barwon Commission is due to meet on several occasions in the coming weeks and will continue open dialogue with all Clubs (inc. GDFNL & Junior-only Clubs), with continuous updates on the progress of the AFLB Future of Football & Netball Project.

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AFL Barwon Future of Football & Netball Project Statement | Senior Male Football & Senior Netball

Since the commencement of the AFLB Future of Football & Netball Project in September 2023, AFL Barwon has strived, through extensive consultation, to develop a competition structure that addresses regional opportunities and challenges. This has seen a number of possible options discussed with Clubs for consideration and feedback. Following these discussions, the AFL Barwon Commission have passed a number of motions to ensure  Football and Netball in the region continues to increase participation numbers and provides the most competitive competitions across Male & Female, Junior & Senior, Football & Netball.

This update pertains to Senior Male Football & Senior Netball.

A significant change has been made based on the Updated Proposal released earlier this month, primarily recognising feedback that not all Bellarine FNL clubs currently have a desire, or means to compete at the GFNL level, however some Clubs do see this at a desirable goal. 

The AFL Barwon Commission has passed the following motions, with respect to changes to the competition structures for the Bellarine FNL & Geelong FNL:

  1. The adoption of two-year movement cycles between the Bellarine FNL & Geelong FNL. The first cycle is 2024 & 2025, and the second cycle is 2026 & 2027.


    The previously proposed Club Championship framework is adopted to generate Club performance standings across Senior & Reserves Male Football, A & B-Grade Netball, with the standing position at the end of the Home & Away (H&A) seasons used to calculate ranking (e.g. 12 points for finishing 1st and one point for finishing 12th).

  2. Non-mandatory promotion from the Bellarine FNL to the Geelong FNL at the conclusion of every two-year movement cycle. If the highest ranked Bellarine FNL Club declines this opportunity, the offer will be extended to the second-highest ranked Bellarine FNL Club. 


    An acceptance of this opportunity by either the highest or second-highest ranked Bellarine FNL Club to move from the Bellarine FNL to the Geelong FNL will result in the movement of the lowest ranked Geelong FNL Club, as per the Club Championship standings.

    If neither the highest nor second-highest ranked Bellarine FNL Club accepts this offer, then there will be no movement from the Geelong FNL (the offer to move into the Geelong FNL will not be extended to any Bellarine FNL Club ranked third or below).

  3. A tiered approach is to be adopted for 2025 onwards across the Bellarine & Geelong FNLs, in determining APPs (Allowable Player Payments) and TTPs (Total Team Points), for both Football & Netball. In-line with the 2024 season and previous years, Clubs will continue to be consulted first before final decisions are made re: APPs & TTPs for the following season;

  4. The acceptance of an 11th & 12th Club into the Bellarine FNL pending successful applications to the AFL Barwon Commission that meet criteria for a new Club entry. Applications are currently open for Clubs within the AFL Barwon region, that are currently not in the Bellarine or Geelong FNLs. Applications close 11:59pm, April 24 2024.

    A 2025 or 2026 acceptance of an 11th & 12th Club into the Bellarine FNL is subject to criteria adherence and consultation with Bellarine FNL Clubs; and

  5. The criteria to be reviewed during the 2027 season to assess if any further changes are required.

In reflecting on these significant decisions for the future of the Senior Male Football & Senior Netball community sport landscape within the Barwon region, AFL Barwon Chair Michelle Gerdtz reflected with the following comments: 

"The AFL Barwon Commission are very grateful for the time and effort all Clubs have put in over the last six months.  The consultation process has been extensive, and we have appreciated the individual thoughts, ideas and club feedback provided during this process.  

The key outcomes for AFL Barwon at the commencement of this project was to create a competition landscape that promoted greater pathways, competitiveness, and opportunities for Clubs to succeed, as well as providing an entry point for new Clubs to be established and enter Senior Football and Netball with success. 

By expanding the Bellarine Football Netball League to include 12 teams, we now see the opportunity for Surf Coast Suns to enter Senior Football and Netball and the mechanism has now been created for movement between the Bellarine FNL and Geelong FNLs". 

In addition to the changes announced today, significant work has transpired within the Project for Female Football, at both Townhall Forums and the 2023 Female Football Forum, with resulted in (but not limited too) the adoption of a two-year day-of-play transition period, with the intent to have Saturdays as the primary day-of-play of Senior Female Football in 2025.

The Project will begin addressing the Junior Football & Junior Netball competition landscapes during the 2024 season.

AFL Barwon wants to take this opportunity to again thank all stakeholders for their ongoing involvement and consultation to date, as we collectively continue to strive to provide the best community sporting landscape possible.

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AFL Barwon Media Coordinator

The AFL Barwon Commission provides governance and strategy development for Football and Netball across the Geelong and Colac regions. We are seeking a creative and motivated person to manage all facets of media and communications in the AFL Barwon Region.

The Media Coordinator is primarily responsible for managing all of AFL Barwon’s social media platforms, strategic media engagement and liaison with local media outlets and internal and external AFL Barwon communications. The role is responsible for of AFL Barwon’s day-to-day media activities, including creative proactive and engaging content. During periods of high activity, the Media Coordinator will lend a hand to assist their colleagues with different projects and campaigns from a digital sense.

The successful applicant will be responsible for managing relationships with other media parties, club stakeholders and internal staff.

Reporting to the Commercial Partnerships Manager, the successful applicant will require:

  • Experience in managing social media platforms and content creation
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in creative design
  • Demonstrated expertise in writing for a range of publications, reports and creative pieces for both print and online audiences.
  • Experience managing and producing print publications (eg: newsletters, brochures), including writing, editing and researching content, and basic design.
  • Demonstrated capacity to plan and schedule differing work demands for oneself and the team in order to meet deadlines for multiple tasks in a variety of work areas.

View Full Position Description Here

Relevant tertiary qualifications will be desired but not essential.

If this sounds like a position for you, please email a cover letter and your resume to Georgia Hillman – Commercial Partnerships Manager – AFL Barwon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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AFL Barwon Senior Male Football & Senior Netball Proposal - Statement

Over recent years, AFL Barwon have received a clear message from Clubs that there was a need to evolve the current model to ensure sustainability and equitable competitions. We are in a fortunate position in the Barwon region to be seeing growth in our football and netball programs, however we recognise that as the Geelong region evolves we must stay ahead of the curve. We need a model that will ensure that we continue to foster participation and relevance of our great games into the future.  

AFL Barwon has presented Clubs with a proposed model for the future of Senior Male Football & Senior Netball within the Barwon region. The proposal was presented at AFL Barwon’s third face-to-face consultation session with clubs on its Future of Football & Netball Project. The proposed model includes a vision for a divisional competition structure, enabling the top-placed Club in a division to move up a division and the bottom-placed Club in a division to move down a division, every three years. 

The launch of the Future of Football & Netball Project came after earlier consultations with Clubs identified necessary changes to elevate our regional Senior leagues and address structural elements hampering club growth and sustainability. It has seen open and transparent discussions held across multiple sessions with affiliated Bellarine, Geelong, Geelong District and Junior-only Clubs, with the aim of enhancing Club sustainability and harnessing regional opportunities into the future across our Female & Male, Junior & Senior, Football & Netball competitions.  

AFL Barwon has actively engaged with clubs throughout the consultation period, including at Club Forums, one-on-one consultations and in smaller feedback groups. We have used the feedback provided to work from several initial concepts to the proposal presented on Tuesday, 5 December. 

AFL Barwon Chair, Michelle Gerdtz, thanked clubs for their involvement throughout this process. 

“Last night wrapped up our official consultation process with clubs on the future of senior football and netball project.  The process has allowed the Commission to refine and adjust the model based on Club and individual feedback.  The engagement we have had with clubs has been positive and we thank all our stakeholders for allowing us to work with them during this process”.

“One major highlight of the model is to ensure that results from senior football AND netball are considered when looking at the movement of clubs between divisions, every three years.  Netball is a vital component in our region and this model ensures a whole club approach when assessing performance and participation”.

“We are in a fortunate position in the Barwon region to be seeing growth in our football and netball programs and this model will ensure that we continue to foster this growth into the future”.

To review the entire proposal, please visit the link below: 

AFL Barwon Future of Football & Netball Project – AFL Barwon Senior Male Football & Senior Netball Proposal

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AFL Barwon Supports Netball Infrastructure Development

AFL Barwon is in unanimous support of the statement made by City of Greater Geelong Mayor Trent Sullivan on Friday December 8th that there is a clear need to urgently progress the development of additional netball infrastructure in the Region.

The AFL Barwon Strategic Plan outlines a key strategic pillar that has a focus to “strengthen, ignite and support participation opportunities across every aspect of football and netball, to ensure all competitions thrive and have inequitable opportunities addressed”.

Netball participation numbers over the past 10 years has increased from 3100 to over 5700 participants playing in all AFL Barwon competitions. The past 12 months alone has incurred a rise of 9.4% across all AFL Barwon competitions. Team numbers in all competitions has risen from 335 in 2013, to 705 in 2023. There has been a severe lack of infrastructure development or improvements over this time to support the growth in participation. The lack of facility support, and developments means some teams are on a training rotation roster.

This growth in our competition could have been significantly higher with some team entries being denied due to being at facility capacity. AFL Barwon has also not had the opportunity to expand on diversifying competitions offerings. The capacity issues also led to All Abilities competitions being administered outside of AFL Barwon governance.

The Barwon region has recorded increases in Netball participation each year since the Covid-19 pandemic. This is not only due to the competitions being provided, but also assisted by the strong growth corridors in the region. The population increase in the Greater Geelong region is projected to rise by over 63,000 by 2033, and by around 114,000 people in 2041. If our netball competitions increase by even 1% of the projected population growth over the next 10 years, we will have a projected increase of approximately 630 participants and roughly 63 teams.

The pathway and elite netball opportunities in the Barwon region are further significantly hampered with the lack of infrastructure development. The obvious lack of Stadia and surrounding infrastructure to support or showcase elite Netball such the Geelong Netball Club programs. This has also led to our own representative netball programs having no adequate facilities to train. The lack of appropriate Stadium has put our region well behind other Regional Victoria towns. Ballarat and Bendigo both have Indoor Stadiums with capacities of 3000 and 4000 respectively. There is a clear desire and requirement for Geelong to have a Stadium that matches or exceeds the capacity of these other regions considering the population size and projected growth.   

The future of Netball in our community is being severely hampered by the lack of facility infrastructure growth to meet the exponential growth in the Barwon Region

We look forward to supporting any progressive conversations surrounding Netball infrastructure enhancements in the future to benefit our community.

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Barwon All-Abilities players take victory in AFL Inclusion Cup

This year's National Inclusion Carnival, an annual showcase of the most talented male footballers with intellectual disabilities, featured representative teams from eight different States and Territories. The tournament began with a round-robin format where all eight sides faced each other in the initial two days of competition. As the event progressed, the teams were divided into two groups: Division 1, consisting of Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia, and Vic Metro; and Division 2, comprising Queensland, Vic Country, Northern Territory, and New South Wales.

With the involvement of 3 players from AFL Barwon's All-Abilities League, Vic Country emerged as the champions of the 2023 Toyota AFL National Inclusion Carnival's Division 2 competition, securing their first title since their Division 1 victory in the inaugural National Inclusion Carnival in 2014. The thrilling Grand Final took place at Brighton Homes Arena in Queensland on October 13 with the team winning the Grand Final against Queensland with a decisive scoreline of 9.4 (58) to 4.1 (25).

The AFL Barwon players included Ash Dunscombe (Bell Park), Josh Gray (Newcomb), & Daniel Curnow (St Joseph's).

In the Division 1 Grand Final, Tasmania also made history with their first-ever Division 1 title win. This culminated from a miraculous come-from-behind victory against reigning champions South Australia. In hot and sunny conditions, Tasmania secured their victory with a dramatic last-minute goal, earned after a crucial 50-meter penalty, resulting in a final score of 5.4 (34) to 4.6 (30).

Joel Corbett from Tasmania and Jarrod Redcliffe from Vic Country were awarded as Best on Ground for Division 1 and Division 2, respectively. 

Full results and ladders from the carnival can be found here. 

BFL Wash Up Round 3

Portarlington vs Torquay

It was a massacre at Portarlington Recreation Reserve last Friday as Torquay destroyed the Demons by 198 points. The Tigers now sit comfortably at the top of the ladder with a 400% boost.

Small midfielder James Darke was one of the standouts for Torquay, ending the game with four goals. Equally as impressive was Thomas Burke’s tally of four majors. Callum Currie, Reef and Clay Page were just behind them with three goals apiece.

The Demons were outplayed in every way. Their only major came from Shane Wiffen in the final term. This upcoming Anzac Day, Portarlington will host Drysdale. The Demons will need to be at their best if the Demons are a chance to take it up to the Hawks. Torquay will face Anglesea who are yet to win a game.

Goals

Portarlington: S.Wiffen

Torque: 4 J. Darke, 4 T. Burke, 3 C. Currie, 3 C. Page, 3 R. Page, 2 S. Ham, 2 B. Henderson, 2 W. Tamassy, 2 T. Yensch, 2 S. Caruso, M. Croxford, N. Mifsud, J. Heathcote

 

Final Score

Portarlington: 1.2 (8)

Torquay: 30.26 (206)

 

 

Geelong Amateur vs Modewarre

At Queens Park Reserve, Geelong was up in the first term. However, it was Modewarre who came storming home to win by 45 points.

For the Warriors, it was Jeremy Ollis and Matty McKim who led the charge through the midfield. The solid work rate of the pair had their forward line going frantic after a quiet first term. Tom Hornsey finished the day with three majors, complimenting him were Aaron Black, Connor Joseph, and Thomas Worpel with two goals each.

Spiro Alesios and Sam Darley had solid performances for Geelong, as did Jack Scarlett who was a rock in defence. Lachlan Devine provided a good target up forward but only finished with one major for the game.

Modewarre‘s next stop is Howard Harmer Oval where they will meet Barwon Heads. The Warriors are still undefeated, but the Seagulls should provide a challenge after crushing Anglesea with ease. As for Geelong, they will have to face another tough opponent at home when they meet Newcomb.

Goals

Geelong Amateur: K. Bucovaz, S. Bucovaz, L. Crichton, L. Devine, L. Reilly

Modewarre Seniors: 3 T. Hornsey, 2 A. Black, 2 C. Joseph, 2 T. Worpel, T. Bartlett, C. Farrell, M. Kasparian, B. Wemyss

 

Final Score

Geelong Amateur: 6.12 (48)

Modewarre Seniors: 13.15 (93)

 

 

Barwon Heads vs Anglesea

With their first win of the season, Barwon Heads destroyed Anglesea last Saturday with a 63-point victory.

Sammy Baker was the hero of the day. Baker finished the game with three majors and was named best on ground. Mitchell Phelps also had a day out, four goals from his boot helped bury the Kangaroos. Noah McGregor-Dawson, Ryan Harvey, Kyle Polley, and Oliver Wiltshire, were also named among the best for the Seagulls.

Dylan Pettingill was the difference for Anglesea. Pettingill snagged three majors with Jordan Keras not far behind him with two. Although Anglesea was keeping pace in the first term, they fell away quickly in the second and could not recover.

Anglesea battles the top of the table Tigers next week while Barwon Heads will test themselves against Modewarre.

Goals

Barwon Heads: 4 M. Phelps, 3 S. Baker, 2 M. Hardiman, 2 R. Harvey, 2 C. McKinnon, 2 L. Wilson, B. Close, C. Hurst, N. McGregor-Dawson, L. Vella, O. Wiltshire

Anglesea: 3 D. Pettingill, 2 J. Keras, O. Balderas, L. Beers, D. Elliott, R. Williams          

 

Final Score

Barwon Heads: 20.9 (129)

Anglesea:  9.12 (66)

 

 

Drysdale vs Queenscliff

Without a doubt the match of the round. At halftime, the Coutas took the lead by five goals. But the Hawks managed to claw their way back into the contest and steal the win by one point.

It was Billy Beardsell who kicked the sealer from a tremendous snap with only seconds left, it was his second major of the day. Despite hamstring issues, Tom Ruggles powered through kicking a bag of five majors. Nicholas Egan battled hard through the midfield as did Ben Ryan.

For Queenscliff, Caleb Whitley was strong up forward. Whitley finished the match with three goals, with Sol Bowtell, Brod Dawson, and Jake Hedley finishing with two goals apiece. The defensive efforts from Queenscliff in the last term were outstanding. The Hawks just snuck through.

The Coutas will be very angry from this defeat. They will look to make a statement when they take on Ocean Grove this Saturday. Drysdale, on the other hand, continues their undefeated season and will meet Portarlington on Anzac Day.

Goals

Queenscliff: 3 C. Whitley, 2 Sol Bowtell, 2 B. Dawson, 2 J. Hedley, N. Fenby, D. Gibbs, J. Rush

Drysdale: 5 T. Ruggles, 3 M. Hebbard, 2 B. Beardsell, F. Chisholm, J. Hargreaves

 

Final Score

Queenscliff: 12.9 (81)

Drysdale: 12.10 (82)

 

 

Ocean Grove vs Newcomb

The last game of the round finished off Easter in spectacular form with a helicopter ride and another tight contest. Ocean Grove had their chances late in the fourth quarter but couldn’t convert. In the end, Newcomb was the winner by only three points.

Will Farrow and Bray Cullinan were engine room for Power’s midfield. They played the game out until the very end. Richie Hollins led well out from the forward line, but it was tall timber Andrew Steel with two goals including the sealer in the final term. Nathan McDonald was the pillar in defence for Newcomb.

Ocean Grove’s forwards fought hard and although they weren’t accurate in front of goal, the pressure brought by Josh Horton, Harley Pearce, and Tom Chalkley was immense. Their backline was also well served by Kye Annand and Mitch Taylor. Taylor seems to have more time than most players to make a decision with the ball.

Ocean Grove will have to work on their accuracy in front of goal when they take on Queenscliff. The Coutas will be no easy feat after losing to the Hawks by one point. Newcomb will have to travel to Geelong next Saturday and meet the Ammos on their home turf.

Goals

Ocean Grove: 2 J. McDonald, 2 D. Moroney, K. Annand, T. Chalkley, J. Paterson, H. Pearce, T. Ruck

Newcomb:  2 C. Eagle, 2 A. Steele, M. Andrews, F. Anscombe, N. Brown, B. Cullinan, B. Rees, B. Ritchie

 

Final Score

Ocean Grove: 9.13 (67)

Newcomb: 10.10 (70)

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Drysdale vs Anglesea

It was another massacre from the Hawks this weekend as Anglesea went down by 54 points. Anglesea came close to edging the score in the second term, but the Hawks stepped it up a notch in the third to become uncachable.

Anglesea will return home this weekend to face Newcomb which will be a less stressful task than Drysdale. The Hawks will remain at home and it will be Modewarre that pays them a visit this Saturday.

Best
Drysdale: L. Dalgleish, J. Breust, J. Jenkins, C. Lynch, M. Hebbard, B. Beardsell
Anglesea: E. Floyd, L. Beers, L. Holland, J. Keras, J. Harrison, D. Elliott

Goals
Drysdale: 5 M. Hebbard, 2 B. Beardsell, 2 J. Breust, C. Lynch, B. Fennell, M. Gunn, B. Sykes
Anglesea: 2 J. Harrison, 2 B. Jaska, 2 R. Williams, A. Caldwell, J. Elliott

Final Score
Drysdale: 14.20 (104)
Anglesea: 8.10 (58)

 

Barwon Heads vs Geelong

It was a very tight contest between the Ammos and the Seagulls. But in the final term, Barwon Heads just wanted the win a little bit more. 14 points were the difference as Barwon Heads continue to prove themselves.

Barwon Heads will have a chance to gain some percentage this weekend when they meet Portarlington. Geelong will take on Ocean Grove who were no pushovers last week.

Best
Geelong: C. Lewis, S. Bain, D. Lovick, S. Bucovaz, L. Devine, C. Kangars
Barwon Heads: K. Polley, R. Harvey, S. Lyle, N. Aulsebrook, L. Mitchell, S. Baker

Goals
Geelong: 4 K. Bucovaz, 2 B. Barnett, S. Bucovaz, J. Lee
Barwon Heads: 3 S. Baker, 3 S. Lyle, 2 N. Brown, 2 L. Vella, N. McGregor-Dawson

Final Score
Geelong: 9.7 (61)
Barwon Heads: 11.9 (75)

 

Modewarre vs Ocean Grove

Modewarre copped quite the scare last week as Ocean Grove led for three terms straight. It was a last gasp effort in the final quarter. The Warriors snagged five goals to Oceans Grove's two that had Modewarre steal victory by nine points.

Ocean Grove will be filthy on that loss to Modewarre. They have shown they can tackle some of the best, and they will get another test against Barwon Heads this weekend. Modewarre, on the other hand, will face the ultimate test with Drysdale as their next stop.

Best
Modewarre: O. Butler, D. Hemphill, B. Wemyss, J. Finch, M. McKim, L. Phillips
Ocean Grove: E. Dayman, J. McDonald, M. Sutton, G. Campbell, J. Horton, K. Annand

Goals
Modewarre: 2 A. Black, 2 T. Hornsey, C. Farrell, C. Joseph, B. Wemyss, T. Worpel, T. Anderson
Ocean Grove: 4 E. Dayman, 3 J. Paterson, J. Horton, D. Moroney

Final Score
Modewarre: 9.14 (68)
Ocean Grove: 9.5 (59)

 

Torquay vs Newcomb

It was an inaccurate day for the Tigers scoring more than twice the amount of behinds than goals. Even though it was the slaughter of Newcomb by 71 points, inaccuracy could be Toquay's undoing against the harder competition.

Torquay will remain at McCartney Oval this Saturday, their next opponent will be Queenscliff. Newcomb will have to fend off Anglesea which might be more challenging than what the Roos scorecard shows.

Best
Torquay: J. Ireland, W. Doyle, L. Findlay, N. Mifsud, E. McCoy, M. Croxford
Newcomb: O. Marshall, B. Rees, J. Duke, N. Brown, F. Anscombe, S. Scolaro

Goals
Torquay: 3 W. Doyle, 3 C. Heard, 3 C. Page, 2 T. Grace, S. Ham, N. Mifsud, J. Ireland
Newcomb: 3 J. Duke, 2 A. Steele, O. Marshall

Final Score
Torquay: 14.30 (114)
Newcomb: 6.7 (43)

 

Portarlington vs Queenscliff

Queenscliff took control of the game from the start of the first siren and the trend continued until the final horn. Another blow for the Demons this time defeated by 81 points.

Queenscliff will not find their next match so easy playing the Tigers on their home deck. For the Demons, their next match will be against Barwon Heads who have been on a roll lately.

Best
Portarlington: M. Ruiter, J. Jones, T. Benham, S. Walton, L. Hart, S. Beeston
Queenscliff: D. Gibbs, C. Durran, B. Dawson, C. Whitley, J. McIvor-Clark, S. Bowtell

Goals
Portarlington: J. Benjamin, L. Hart, S. Wiffen, J. Woodhams, N. Woodhams
Queenscliff: 4 J. Durran, 3 B. Dawson, 2 T. Dickinson, 2 C. Durran, 2 J. Hedley, S. Bowtell, J. Maher, C. Turner, C. Whitley

Final Score
Portarlington: 5.10 (40)
Queenscliff: 17.19 (121)

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Anglesea vs Newcomb

A persistent fight paid off for Anglesea last Saturday as the Roos' defeated Newcomb by 14 points. Ryan Williams was the tip of the spear for Anglesea, who finished his day with five majors.

The win has pushed Anglesea further from the bottom, but can they cause an upset against teams of a higher class? The question will be answered this Saturday when they face the Coutas. For Newcomb, their losing streak is looking to be increased with Drysdale as their next opponent.

Best

Anglesea: R. Williams, B. Jaska, J. Moverley, E. Floyd, N. Collins, S. Umbers

Newcomb: P. McGinley, A. Steele, B. Rees, J. Scott, W. Farrow, J. Dumont

Goals

Anglesea: 5 R. Williams, 2 D. Elliott, 2 J. Harrison, A. Caldwell, N. Collins, S. Umbers

Newcomb: 7 A. Steele, 2 J. Duke, O. Marshall, S. Mullahy

Final Score

Anglesea: 12.13 (85)

Newcomb: 11.5 (71)

 

Barwon Heads vs Portarlington

I don't believe I have ever seen a deficit this big in football. A 240 point smashing from Barwon Heads has kept the Demons in hell. Portarlington still remains at the bottom of the ladder with no wins or encouraging signs.

Barwon Heads will travel to Ocean Grove this weekend. Barwon will want to put Ocean Grove away early considering their persistent nature. Portarlington will return home and the Warriors will be waiting for them.

Best

Barwon Heads: C. Hurst, O. Wiltshire, L. Mitchell, S. Baker, B. Eddy, C. Walter

Portarlington: I. Holroyd, K. Goedemoed, S. Wiffen, J. Rose, M. Spence

Goals

Barwon Heads: 10 C. Hurst, 6 S. Baker, 5 B. Eddy, 3 S. Lyle, 3 L. Potiriadis, 2 N. Aulsebrook, 2 C. Walter, 2 J. Wills, 2 O. Wiltshire, C. McKinnon, L. Mitchell, J. Pike, L. Vella, A. Walsgott

Portarlington: T. Benham, K. Goedemoed, B. Wells

Final Score

Barwon Heads: 40.24 (264)

Portarlington: 3.6 (24)

 

Drysdale vs Modewarre

Drysdale keeps bridging the gap with their opposition term by term. Modewarre started well, but the Hawks have this ability to play harder for longer. The final result was Drysdale winners by 19 points.

As we pass the halfway point of the BFL 2022 season next week, Drysdale will look to make a statement against Newcomb. The Warriors on the other hand will be at ease with Portarlington as their next stop.

Best

Drysdale: M. Pigott, M. Mcguire, B. Fennell, M. Gunn, F. Chisholm, James Breust

Modewarre: Tom Hornsey, Lachlan Warburton, Callan Farrell, Morgan Fenton, Oliver Butler, Joshua Finch

Goals

Drysdale: 4 M. Gunn, 3 B. Fennell, 2 J. Breust, 2 M. Hebbard, 2 M. Mcguire, 2 M. Scott, F. Chisholm, M. Clark, T. Ruggles

Modewarre: 7 T. Hornsey, 4 A. Black, 3 C. Joseph, C. Farrell, T. Worpel

Final Score

Drysdale: 18.14 (122)

Modewarre: 16.7 (103)

 

Geelong Amateur vs Ocean Grove

After an extremely slow start by Ocean Grove, it was an uphill battle to catch Geelong. Ocean Grove managed to get within reach of taking the lead in the third term, but the Ammos were too good in the fourth. The Ammos walked away 19 point victors.

Ocean Grove will be set a task this week against Barwon Heads, but at least the match will be on home soil. The Ammos move on to take a real test in Torquay who have a habit of steamrolling their opposition.

Best

Geelong Amateur: D. McNeel, J. Williams, J. Jans, G. Hardiman, L. Devine, B. Barnett

Ocean Grove: J. Paterson, J. Horton, J. Kneebone, M. Taylor, K. Annand, H. Pearce

Goals

Geelong Amateur: 2 E. Farley, B. Barnett, K. Bucovaz, S. Bucovaz, L. Crichton, G. Hardiman, D. McNeel, L. Reilly, H. Scott

Ocean Grove: 3 J. Paterson, K. Annand, E. Dayman, H. Pearce, J. Rawlings, A. Todorov

Final Score

Geelong Amateur: 10.15 (75)

Ocean Grove: 8.8 (56)

 

Torquay vs Queenscliff

The Tigers went fishing last Saturday, and for four quarters, they were eating Coutas. Queenscliff was overwhelmed from the start of the first siren. Torquay easily took home the four points after crushing the Coutas by 82 points.

Torquay has been nothing short of perfect since their defeat by Drysdale. Geelong Ammos have put themselves up as a contender for the flag this year, the Tigers will want to silence their claims this weekend. As for the Coutas, they may find a challenge with Anglesea this weekend.

Best

Torquay: B. Raidme, B. Henderson, B. McNamara, J. Heathcote, J. Darke, C. Loftus

Queenscliff: I. McCabe, L. Kidd, Z. Henderson, A. Davie, D. Gibbs, J. Hedley

Goals

Torquay: 6 B. Raidme, 4 W. Doyle, 4 C. Heard, 3 J. Darke, 2 C. Currie, D. Gleeson, N. Mifsud, J. Ireland

Queenscliff: 2 J. McIvor-Clark, B. Anwyl, W. Baker, S. Bowtell, A. Davie, B. Dawson, T. Dickinson, J. Hedley            

Final Score

Torquay: 22.14 (146)

Queenscliff: 9.10 (64)

 

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Barwon Heads vs Modewarre Seniors

It was a dominant display from Barwon Heads as Modewarre didn’t even come close to Barwon. The final result was a 50-point smashing by Barwon led by Nathan Brown with six goals to his name. The Warriors will need to regroup next week when they face Newbcomb at Mount Moriac Reserve. For Barwon Heads, their next challenger is Queenscliff.

Best

Barwon Heads: M. Dyer, K. Polley, R. Harvey, N. Aulsebrook, S. Lyle, J. Mclauchlan

Modewarre: N. Matthews, D. Beames, J. Finch, O. Butler, M. Fenton, M. Kasparian

Goals

Barwon Heads: 6 N. Brown, 3 B. Harvey, 2 L. Wilson, S. Baker, S. Lyle, N. McGregor-Dawson, M. Phelps

Modewarre: 2 T. Hornsey, A. Black, C. Joseph, M. Overman, M. Harper

Final Score

Barwon Heads: 15.14 (104)

Modewarre: 7.12 (54)

 

Geelong vs Newcomb

Geelong is starting to regain their momentum after smashing Newcomb by 66 points. Newcomb had no answers for Harry Kershaw who kicked six majors in a dominant display. Anglesea is the next stop for Geelong while Newcomb will want a better effort when they meet Modewarre.

Best

Geelong: T. Stephen, H. Kershaw, J. Scarlett, L. Devine, S. Darley, D. McNeel

Newcomb: J. Scott, R. Jackman, E. Taylor, J. Duke, F. Anscombe, B. Berry

Goals

Geelong: 6 H. Kershaw, 3 B. Barnett, 3 T. Stephen, 2 E. Farley, K. Bucovaz, S. Bucovaz, S. Darley, L. Devine, J. Edwards, S. Hosking, D. McNeel, L. Reilly

Newcomb: 4 J. Duke, 2 A. Steele, 2 E. Taylor, B. Berry, B. Ritchie

Final Score

Geelong: 22.8 (140)

Newcomb: 10.14 (74)

 

Queenscliff vs Ocean Grove

Another strong effort from Ocean Grove, saw them slip away again just finding victory out of reach. In the end, it was Queenscliff that snatched the win by 13 points. Ocean Grove has been pushing their opponents lately, perhaps it will be the next match against Portarlington that finally gives them the win they need. Queenscliff will have an even greater challenge on their hands at home when they face Barwon Heads.

Best

Queenscliff: N. Maishman, N. Fenby, D. Whitley, J. Rush, L. Cohen, A. Hogan

Ocean Grove: M. Taylor, J. McHenry, J. Paterson, C. Snookes, K. Annand, J. McDonald

Goals

Queenscliff: 2 N. Maishman, 2 J. Rush, S. Bowtell, B. Dawson, L. Kidd, J. McIvor-Clark, A. Naylor, C. Turner, C. Whitley, D. Whitley

Ocean Grove: 3 J. McHenry, 3 J. Paterson, J. Brew, J. Horton, J. McDonald

Final Score

Queenscliff: 12.7 (79)

Ocean Grove: 9.12 (66)

 

Torquay vs Anglesea

The Tigers continue to maul through the competition, this time, their prey was the Kangaroos who were completely destroyed by 132 points. Callum Currie and Lucas Anderson ran rampart kicking over a big of six majors each. Torquay is yet to find a true challenge, but with Drysdale undefeated they yet find one in the Hawks. Anglesea will have to their focus to Geelong when they return home next Saturday.

Best

Torquay: C. Currie, N. Mifsud, W. Tamassy, Sh. Ham, L. Anderson, S. Caruso

Anglesea: A Caldwell, S. Umbers, R. Williams, K. Iversen-Smith, B. Jaska, J. Keras

Goals

Torquay: 6 L. Anderson, 6 C. Currie, 3 T. Grace, 2 J. Darke, 2 B. Henderson, 2 N. Mifsud, 2 B. Raidme, 2 H. Darke, W. Doyle, W. Tamassy, T. Yensch, S. Caruso

Anglesea: 2 B. Jaska, 2 J. Keras, O. Balderas, J. Elliott, J. Harrison, M. Mauderer, D. Pettingill

Final Score

Torquay: 29.18 (192)

Anglesea: 9.6 (60)

 

Portarlington vs Drysdale

It was another day of hell for the Demons, while the Hawks are flying high. 127 points was the deficit as Portarlington take another pounding. Drysdale is up and about, but the celebrations will have to be cut short. Torquay is the only thing standing between them, and the top of the ladder. This is the real test come next Saturday.

Best

Portarlington: M. Ruiter, T. Benham, J. Cummins, S. Walton, S. Wiffen, J. Woodhams

Drysdale: B. Beardsell, J. Watson, L. Dalgleish, M. Hebbard, B. Fennell, J. Breust

Goals

Portarlington: 2 J. Woodhams, J. Benjamin, L. Hart

Drysdale: 7 M. Hebbard, 6 B. Beardsell, 4 J. Breust, 2 J. Hargreaves, F. Chisholm, M. Clark, N. Egan, B. Ryan

Final Score

Portarlington: 4.4 (28)

Drysdale: 22.23 (155)

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Buckleys Extend Partnership To 30 Years

Buckleys Entertainment Centre has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting community sports in the region by extending its partnership with AFL Barwon until 2025.

The renewed agreement will mark 30 years of collaboration between Buckleys and AFL Barwon in 2024.

Throughout challenging times for the region, Buckleys has consistently provided financial support to AFL Barwon and its clubs, notably making a $500,000 donation in 2020 to assist clubs affected by COVID-19 shutdowns.

As part of the extended partnership, Buckleys will maintain its naming rights for the Reserves and B-Grade competitions in the Bellarine and Geelong Football Netball Leagues.

In the extended partnership, new club runner’s outfits will be provided for all Senior, Reserves, Under 18's Male Competitions, and Senior & Under 19's Female Clubs in the upcoming season.

Furthermore, Buckleys' outstanding and recently renovated facilities are set to remain the venue for all AFL Barwon end-of-season League Presentation evenings for the next two years.

Buckleys Entertainment Centre, Chair Bill Brebner expressed the organisation's pride in their ongoing financial support for AFL Barwon.

“Buckleys is proud of the continued financial support that we are able to provide to AFL Barwon through sponsorship of the Geelong FNL, Bellarine FNL & Junior Football, and the positive impacts this has on our region.”

AFL Barwon Regional General Manager Edward Wilson was thankful for the ongoing support from Buckleys,

“AFL Barwon is grateful for the continued support and engagement Buckleys continues to provide to our affiliated Clubs. We’re pleased to continue the long-term partnership that significantly supports several competitions and participation opportunities across the region, for both Football & Netball”.

 

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Coach Development Initiative

AFL Barwon are excited by an initiative led by AFL Vic to support and develop local club coaches in the region. This is a fantastic opportunity for clubs to upskill their coaches and provide adequate support. 

This is a FREE program that offers support to all clubs delivered by local male and female coaches Michael King and Shannon Knox who have worked in both community and elite pathways. 

 

AFL Victoria Coach Developers Purpose: 

AFL Vic Coach Developers aim to deliver coach learning methods (coach education, facilitation, assessing, mentoring and reflection) with club coaches within their coaching context at club level. Trained coach developers will work with clubs and club coaches to identify individual performance & learning needs, while targeting whole-club coaching development of coaches within participating clubs. Coaching behavioural change and creating a ‘player centred’ environment are key focuses of Coach Developers. 

To help us understand your clubs coaching needs and wants, please complete the survey (coaches and coordinators to complete). 

Senior Men & Women Coach Development Survey

Junior Boys & Girls Coach Development Survey

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