Belinda Duante has been named 2012 Football Woman of the Year at the Grand Final Comedy Debate at the Crown Palladium. Duante is a senior executive at Richmond Football Club and is the inaugural director of the Korin Gamadji Institute, which provides leadership development, education and training to young Indigenous men and women. She also had a key role in the establishment and development of AFL SportsReady’s National Indigenous Programme and has helped in the development of the Career Oriented Participation in Sport program for first-year AFL players, which now incorporates specific Indigenous considerations.
Richmond CEO Brendon Gale described Duante an outstanding contributor to the Richmond Football Club.
“As a proud Wotjoboluk woman, Belinda has a wonderful understanding of the role football can play in the lives of young Indigenous Australians and she continually advocates for them to stay in the game at all levels,” he said.
Bright sunshine and a chill wind met the players from Hawthorn and Sydney this morning as they awoke for the biggest day of Australian Football's year. After the Grand Final Parade yesterday was soaked with rain, a clear night a strong breeze and a very expensive drainage system should ensure that the venue for the match - the Melbourne Cricket Ground will be in great condition for today's match.
Across Australia and around the world, Australians and footy lovers of many nationalities and races will be tuning in to see a great game of football. The bright sunshine may give way to showers during the match but this will hopefully add to what is expected to be a tight contest and provide a great spectacle for one and all.
Football clubs overseas use the day to raise much needed funds to run the club and to assist in the financial burdens of long distance travel to compete. Many playing overseas have found our game at such functions or on the TV thousands of kilometres (or miles) from the MCG. Long may that continue.
Sydney Coach, John Longmire was tonight announced as the AFLCA’s Allan Jeans Etihad Airways Senior Coach of the Year in front of over 600 guests at the 2012 Momentum Energy AFL Coaches Association Awards Night at Crown. Voted by his coaching peers, Longmire won the AFLCA Award in only his 2nd year as a Senior Coach. The Award has been named in honour of coaching icon Allan Jeans who passed away last year.
Richmond midfielder Trent Cotchin, won the AFLCA “Wingman Player of the Year Award. Cotchin finished in front of Collingwood’s Dayne Beams with Gary Ablett and Patrick Dangerfield tied in third position. Each Senior Coach voted on a 5,4,3,2,1 basis after each home and away game this Season. Government Minister Andrew McIntosh made the Presentation to Cotchin, with Trent’s partner and parents in attendance.
Goal umpire Chelsea Roffey will this Saturday become the first woman to officiate at an AFL grand final. Many in the international footy community may remember Chelsea from the 2008 International Cup where she provided media coverage for the AFL site working for Media Giants.
Roffey and Luke Walker were named as the goal umpires for this week's Hawthorn v Sydney season-decider.
The field umpires will be Simon Meredith, Brett Rosebury, and Matt Stevic, while the boundary umpires will be Ian Burrows, Jonathan Creasey, Robert Haala, and Mark Foster
Essendon's Jobe Watson tonight took out the Brownlow Medal with a season tally of 30 votes. Despite Essendon's poor second half of the year Watson left others in his wake with Trent Cotchin from Richmond and Sam Mitchell from Hawthorn tied for second with 26 votes and Dane Swan and Scott Thompson both polling 25.
The Adelaide Football Club proudly launched The Beach Energy Aboriginal Youth Leadership and Governance Program on Thursday.
The first of its kind in Australia, the program aims to support motivated students from year 10 to year 12 SACE and beyond, while developing and enhancing leadership skills and qualities.
The Beach Energy program will involve 30 students (each year) from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara (APY) Lands. They will be assigned a mentor and together run a series of activities to assist them in completing their education and utilising opportunities after they have completed year 12.
The AFL announced this week that the inter-conference Championship match of the 2012 North East Australian Football League (NEAFL) would be played between Queanbeyan and the Brisbane Lions at Manuka Oval in Canberra on this Saturday September 22, at 11:30am local time.
After winning only four matches in 2011, Queanbeyan topped the Eastern Conference table in 2012 and defeated the Sydney Swans Reserves by 30-points to claim the Eastern Conference premiership.
The Brisbane Lions Reserves went from last in 2011 to finish first on the NEAFL Northern Conference ladder in 2012. They won the 2012 NEAFL Northern Conference Grand Final with a 60-point win over reining NEAFL Champions the NT Thunder.
A remarkable 15 players were honoured for the first time in their careers when the AFL last night named the 2012 Four’N Twenty AFL All Australian Team in Melbourne. Already much debate has gone into who was selected and who missed out and to the named positions in the team. Probably one of the most questioned selections is Nic Naitanui who although dominated many contests throughout the year, was not seen by many as the dominant ruckman of the league.
The number of first-time All Australian players was the largest in history since the then-VFL began picking a team of the year from 1982 onwards, eclipsing the 14 players named that year and the 12 debutantes named in both 1983 and 2000. Before 1982, All Australian sides were only picked after national carnivals or from that year’s State of Origin contests.
West Coast supplied a league-leading four players in the side while Collingwood and Hawthorn each supplied three selections, with a total of 11 separate clubs in the competition providing at least one player for the stand-out team of the year.