Gridiron Victoria American Football

We offer Men's (16+), Women's (16+) and Under 19's (15- 19) gridiron competitions under NCAA rules. We have 13 gridiron clubs spread throughout the Melbourne metro area, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Gippsland & Pakenham.

Do you want to play? No experience necessary!

Under 19's (15+) & Women's (16+) season runs February to late April whilst our men's (18+) competition runs June to October each year.

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Taking our state football program international!

Gridiron Victoria is very pleased to announce the appointment of the 2 time Junior Vic Bowl winning Head Coach from MUGC Robert Smith as Head Coach of the Victorian Eagles Under 19 State Team.

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We have now released the itinerary for the upcoming 2016 Singapore trip for the Victorian Junior Eagles team.

Download the full itinerary for the trip (PDF file)

We are equally excited to announce that Coach Smith will be taking his team on Victoria’s first international tour to Singapore. The tour will depart September 23rd and return September 30th and will see the team play 2 games, the first of what we hope to be many such tours.

Rob Smith Head Coach of Junior State Eagles

Under 19 players will have Rob and his additional coaching staff (yet to be appointed) casting their eyes over the league this coming season and selecting a training squad to be announced at the Junior Vic Bowl on April 30. The squad will be trimmed to a maximum of 40 players to make the tour.

We at GV are very pleased to make this announcement and will provide more detail in the coming weeks about the tour and opportunities for players & coaches to be involved.

Good luck to all our young players as they vie for a roster spot on our international tour.

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Congratulations to our newest GV Life Member: Wally Sanders

Wally Sanders: GV Life Member

At the 2016 AGM, the GV COM elected our newest and 15th Life Member Wally Sanders (shown above middle circa 1988)

A larger than life contributor to Gridiron Victoria, Wally has been involved for almost the entire existence of the league.

He began his playing career in 1986, started coaching in 1993, was President of Gridiron Victoria from 1986 to 1989 in addition to serving as a committee member another decade.

126 Games Played 1986 – 1994 inclusive of representative games

199 Games Coached (approx) 1993 – 2015 inclusive of representative games

325 Games Combined Games Played & Coached

His incredible commitment to GV over many decades includes the following:

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2016 Annual General Meeting

On Monday 18th January, Gridiron Victoria held its 2016 Annual General Meeting. In accordance with our Constitution, the following Executive Committee (Exec) was elected:

  • President: Sam Weller
  • Vice President: Mark Levin
  • Secretary: Rob Hunter
  • Registrar: Ashlee Trimble

The position of Treasurer is still vacant and will be managed by the President in the interim.

Our sincere thanks to outgoing secretary Richie Howlett for his invaluable contribution to the league and tireless work over the past year.

The new Exec is firmly committed to a highly productive 100 days with a number of initiatives and major announcements pending for the 2016 men’s, junior and women’s competitions.

#BiggerAndBetter #GV2016

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2015 Women’s Season Awards

At a glittering event last Friday night attended by more than 100 people, Gridiron Victoria acknowledged the outstanding individual efforts this season with the 2015 Women’s League Awards.

Our thanks to Lisa Tzevakos for an outstanding effort putting the evening together; Barend van den Hoek for  amazing photos from the night (and again throughout the year) and to GV Vice President and Director of Women’s Football Mark Levin on managing an outstanding year of Women’s Football in Victoria.

Now on to the award winners! Congratulations to the following ladies on an outstanding season!

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Statement regarding recent media claims

Release for Press 30 December 2015

Following a recent article in the Herald Sun, dated December 29, 2015 5:55pm, by Peter Rolfe. The executive of Gridiron Victoria wish to make the following points clear, and would have done so to the reporter, if given sufficient time to respond to his email request.

In early 2015, the full committee of Gridiron Victoria, as a result of an annual review of operating rules, unanimously (with 1 abstention) voted to no longer allow female participation in their 15 year old to under 19 competition. Citing the duty of care owed by its accredited coaches to all players in the competition, and the fact that we have a viable 16 and over Women’s competition (or 15 with parents, club coaches, state director of coaching and executive clearance).

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