Women's World Cup
Posted- 28 April 2010
Barbara Johnson (Qld)
Congratulations to Barbara Johnson who will be representing Australian officials at the inaugural IFAF Women's World Cup in Stockholm,
Sweden from 25 June to 3 July 2010.
Three days of games and three days of training are planned for officials who are drawn from around the world. We wish Barbara all the
Senior Nationals Report
Posted - 26 April 2010
Bill LeMonnier with Tony Martin (l)
Bill LeMonnier with Tony Martin (l) and Paul Mercer (m)
This year's event went very well and the general feedback about the officiating was very positive. In addition to the fourteen officials on the
Panel, Daryl Argent from Sth Australia and Tony Pegler from WA attended the training sessions and participated on game days with Daryl
assessing each official as part of the accreditation process and Tony helping on the chain crew. Several former and current VGOA officials
also helped out during the week with chain crew and clock operator duties.
In class with Bill LeMonnier - Second Game Review
Each non-game day was spent in the classroom with Bill LeMonnier, our guest official from the Big 10, and he ran some excellent training sessions as
well as providing advice and critiques on each game worked. The days were spent discussing the philosophies of officiating and the criteria for making
calls and reviewing film to illustrate the points made. Most evenings we adjourned to the nearby Castle Hotel for a meal, a convivial drink and more
football stories and talk.
The Tournament Dinner was held on the Thursday night in the members Dinner Room at the MCG. A magnificent venue and a superb meal was
enjoyed by all as was Bill's appearance as the guest speaker. Paul Mercer was also presented with his certificate as the 2010 inductee into the
Officiating Hall of Fame.
On the final day of competition we even managed to "persuade" Bill to put on the stripes.Shaun Dove, who had been appointed to referee the
3rd & 4th place play-off, very graciously moved to Umpire to allow Bill to referee. For those on the crew it presented a rare opportunity to work
with a top-class US official.
National Panel plus Bill
With 14 officials on the Panel, the 5th & 6th place game in which SA defeated Qld 27-13 was officiated by those keen on working a second game on
the day as follows:
R - Stephen Bowness (NZ), U - Simon Pollitt (SA), L - Gordon Tuft (SA), LJ - Bryan Currie (Vic), FJ - Alex Sturdy (SA),
SJ - Mark Vanselow (Vic), BJ - David Lee (NZ)
The crews for the final two games (as selected by Bill) were as follows:
3rd v 4th (WA defeated ACT 49-6)
R - Bill LeMonnier (USA), U - Shaun Dove (ACT), L - John Frame (Vic), LJ - Tim Redshaw (Qld), FJ - Alex Sturdy (SA),
SJ - Mark Vanselow (Vic), BJ - David Lee (NZ)
1st v 2nd (NSW defeated Vic 28-7)
R - Tony Martin (Vic), U - Simon Pollitt (SA), L - Gordon Tuft (SA), LJ - Bryan Currie (Vic), FJ - David Sinclair (Vic),
SJ - Stephen Bowness (NZ), BJ - Paul Mercer (Vic), Alternate - Shaun Dove (ACT)
Congratulations to all Panel members on a well-officiated tournament. We all learned a lot during the week and the challenge is to now take that
information back to our various states and pass it on to all officials so that we all call the games the same.
National Officiating Seminar Programme
Posted - 7 March 2010
AGOA can now confirm the timetable for this exciting event which will be held during the National Championships.
High profile US football Official Bill LeMonnier will be the presenter and brings with him 35 years of experience officiating football, baseball and basketball so this event should appeal to officials from all sports.
This is the highest-profile event for gridiron officials ever held in this country and we hope that the officiating fraternity shows its commitment to wanting to learn and improve by attending in good numbers.
Please spread the word amongst your colleagues and actively promote and encourage people to attend. Even if they can only come for a few days they will get a lot out of it and will also have the opportunity to attend the
Tournament dinner on the Thursday evening (where Bill will be the guest speaker) and may also have the opportunity (numbers permitting) to officiate a game on the Friday morning.
To reserve your place at this event and maximise your opportunity for the best deals on travel and accommodation book early!
Posted - 11 January 2010
The Panel of officials for the 2010 Gridiron Australia Senior National Championships to be held in Melbourne Victoria during April was announced today.
Fourteen officials were appointed to the Panel with a further two placed on ”Stand by” in the event of any withdrawals prior to the event.
The selected officials are:
Congratulations to all those appointed!
2009 Junior National Pictures
Posted - 16 October 2009
Thanks to Tony Pegler for these pictures which are now being posted to the Past Events section in the Picture Gallery.
Appoitnment to non-Executive Roles
Posted - 18 September 2009
The following people are declared elected to the non-Executive roles on the AGOA Committee:
National Learning Development Manager – Simon Pollitt – 2 years
National Rules & Mechanics Coordinator – Paul Mercer – 2 years
International relations Coordinator – Tony Martin – 2 years
Tournament Coordinator – Paul Mercer - Annual
Webmaster – Barbara Johnson – 2 years
Public Officer – Phil Webb (this position must come from NSW based person I believe and is an ongoing position now until the person no longer wishes to hold this position.)
GA Board Member – Tony Martin (Annual – to be determined 1 month after each AGM held.)
Congratulations to all the successful applicants and thanks to people who applied but were not successful on this occasion.
Applications called for appointment to non-Executive roles
Posted - 1 September 2009
AGOA is calling upon all officials who may be interested in helping in the running of the national officiating body to apply for one or more of the non-Executive roles.
Applications are being sought for the following roles:
An application form is available in the "Downloads" section of the website and further information about each role can be found in the "AGOA Management structure" document.
Current holders of those roles are invited to re-apply and there is no limit on the number of roles for which someone may apply.
The closing date for applications is Sunday 13th September.
Panel announced for 2008 Senior Nationals
Posted 6 January, 2008
AGOA Operations Manager, Paul Mercer, announced the Panel for the 2008 event.
The 12 officials appointed were:
Stephen Bowness (NZ)
John Frame (Vic)
Barbara Johnson (Qld)
David Lee (NZ)
Tony Martin (Vic)
Paul Mercer (Vic)
Marcus Misters (Qld)
Darrin Mitchell (NSW)
Ken Parker (Qld)
Richard Prater (Qld)
Tim Redshaw (Qld)
Mark Vanselow (Vic)
Two other officials, Phil Clarke (UK) and Paul Taylor (ACT) were placed on the Stand-by list.
This represented the first time that our colleagues in New Zealand were appointed to the Panel for a Senior National Championships. We welcomed two of their most experienced officials, Stephen Bowness and David Lee, and enjoyed working with them.
For Darrin Mitchell, Ken Parker and Mark Vanselow this was their first taste of officiating at this level and they each acquitted themselves very well indeed.
Senior Nationals 2008 Slide Show
Posted - 2 November 2008
Phil Clarke, UK and David Lee, NZ
The Senior Nationals 2008 Slide Show will be added here.
There is also a tab in the side menu to go to the pictures and slide show. Thanks to David Lee and Stephen Bowness for supplying these photographs.
American Society of Sydney: Posted 16 June 2008
Michele from AMSOC, has sent the following information.
The American Society of Sydney (AMSOC) was founded in 1922 as a place for Americans living in Sydney to gather, meet, acclimate to life in and around Sydney and celebrate American culture from afar. Membership benefits include a monthly newsletter as well as (optional) email announcements about upcoming activities. Most AMSOC activities are open, but AMSOC members get bonus discounts and extra information about activities specific to their area. Annual membership fees. Single: $60. Couple/Family: $70.
Visit the web site to learn about our events, including the Annual Independence Day Celebration.
Officials Pronounce the 2008 Senior Nationals a Great Success
Posted 11 May 2008
The 2008 Senior Nationals at Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast last weekend were a great success from the point of view of the officials participating. Visiting officials presided over the final game with New South Wales winning against Victoria. The officials were Tony Martin (Vic), Stephen Bowness (New Zealand), John Frame (Vic), David Lee (New Zealand), Phil Clark (UK) and Paul Mercer (Vic).
This is the first time that we have had such a good representation of officials from other countries working together in the Senior Nationals and it was a valuable experience for all concerned.
It was decided that officials from the same State as competitors were eligible to manage the semi-finals, which allowed Richard Prater (Qld), Ken Parker (Qld), Tim Redshaw (Qld), Paul Taylor (ACT), Mark Vanselow (Vic) and Barbara Johnson (Qld) to work together for the Queensland versus Western Australia game which was won by WA.
Further details will be posted as they come to hand.
Applications for the 2008 Senior National Championship officiating panel
Posted: 16 December, 2007
AGOA has invited all officials who wish to be considered for assignment to the panel for this event to submit an application. Please see above for the list of successful candidates.
Details of the tournament are as follows:
When: Saturday April 26th - Sunday May 4th 2008
Where: Runaway Bay, Gold Coast, Qld
Proposed playing schedule is as follows:
Sunday 27/4/2008 Two Games (1pm and 4pm)
Tuesday 29/4/2008 Two Games (1pm and 4pm)
Thursday 1/5/2008 Two Games (1pm and 4pm)
Friday 2/5/2008 Playoff (5 v 6) if required
Saturday 3/5/2008 Two games (Championship games) (1pm and 4pm)
I know that some states have "player/coach" officials. They were able to nominate for the event provided that they would be participating as an official only and do not have any team involvement during the tournament. They would also be expected to attend and participate in any officiating activities. If there are more than 12 officials nominating, "full-time" officials will receive first preference.
Highlight of 2007
Romney Stadium, Home of Utah State University Football
From 26 August to 26 September, 2007 a group of 30 players with some coaches and others included visited Provo in Utah and Los Angeles in California for some serious football training.
A great time was had by all and the official who participated wishes to thank Gridiron Australia and especially the outgoing National Coach, Paul Manera, for the amazing opportunities enjoyed by everyone who participated.
Highlights included training at Brigham Young University where the Cougars Division 1 A NCAA college team has its home. We also visited training at the University of Southern California with Coach Peter Carroll in full flight on not one but two occasions. There were two high school games where we were in awe of the 120 person team rosters and brass bands just as large. One fine Saturday morning we watched bunches of seven to eleven year olds running the ball on a full-sized field in the Pop Warner games. There was never a prouder group of boys than the Australian Outback Development squad who had an informal meet and greet with the young players who came over and shook their hands and looked up to them with very wide eyes.
As for college games, we were delighted to be on-field prior to the Cougars vs Arizona game and the Utah State vs UNLV game which we watched from the bleachers. In addition we were delighted to attend the tail-gate party prior to the Rosebowl game where UCLA played BYU and where some of us caught up on our beauty sleep, despite the excitement of the on-field entertainment and the game itself. It was a bit of a whirlwind tour, with so much football to fit in!
There was also a Saturday morning game against Snow Community College, a top team in the NJCAA league who were recently coached by Bronco Meddenhurst, before he went across to the Cougars at BYU where he is now head coach and defensive co-ordinator. The Australian Outback acquitted themselves well in the game for their sportsmanship and courage and everyone involved noted their love of the game and awesome enthusiasm for the sport.
Our intrepid official managed to fit a couple of cameo appearances in as Head Linesman, along with a lot of shadowing, lunch and post-game conferencing with the officiating crew. Many thanks to Randy, the official who did the on-field training and Joe, in charge of the chain crew which ran like clockwork never missing a beat. Needless to say, the experience was exhilarating and a great time was had by all.
For anyone who has managed to read this far, you may find the secret link to photos and videos at the bottom of this page of interest.
Australian Outback Development Tour
Posted- 19th March 2007
A tentative itinerary has been released (see below) for the Australian Outback Development Tour to the USA in August/September of this year
The tour, which is sanctioned by Gridiron Australia, is open to all officials who want to learn more about the game. To register your interest for this tour please contact the AGOA President, Tony Martin.
AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK DEVELOPMENT TOUR TO THE U.S.A.
Posted - 14 March 2007
The Australian National Team (the Outback) will be touring the United States later this year, and officals have been invited to join the tour.
The purpose of the tour is to give players, administrators and officials the opportunity to develop their skills in the home of American Football, and is also designed to give the Australian gridiron community an opportunity for international travel in lieu of the Australian team missing out on the 2007 World Cup.
The tour dates are from 26 August to 11 September inclusive. The tour will include visits to Utah and Los Angeles. The Australian team will play 3 games - a warmup scrimmage against a semi-pro team in Utah, a game against Snow Junior College in Utah, and a game against a semi-pro team in Los Angeles. Officials in the touring party will be given the opportunity to officiate in these games alongside U.S. officials. It is also hoped to arrange clinics with college officials for touring Australian officials.
Other highlights will include tours of college training facilities and attendance at two Brigham Young University games.
More details about the tour can be obtained from Paul Manera (firstname.lastname@example.org), Australian Coach and organiser of the tour. In additiona, if you are interested, please contact Tony Martin, AGOA President (email@example.com), so that AGOA can best organise our representation on the tour.
Please consider taking advantage of this excellent opportunity for professional development.
Nominations open for 2007 Junior Nationals
Posted 12 March 2007
The Nomination form for officials wishing to participate and a copy of the playing rules are now available from the "Downloads" section.
All officials are invited to nominate for this years event which will be held on the Gold Coast from 12th-20th May. It will be a 7-a-side tournament and AGOA has been asked to provide 4-man crews for all games.
It is expected that, with 5 states participating, the game schedule will be as follows although this subject to change:
Sunday 13th - 2 games
Monday 14th - 2 games
Wednesday 16th - 2 games
Thursday 17th - 2 games
Saturday 19th - 3 games
The AGOA AGM will be held on Saturday morning. Games are likely to be held at 1:30pm and 3:30pm each day.
Notification of 2007 Junior Nationals
Posted: 10 February 2007
Updated: 18 November 2007
The 2007 Gridiron Australia Junior Nationals tournament were held on the Gold Coast from the 12th to the 20th May (based upon a 6-team competition).
It was a 7-a-side tournament and AGOA provided 4-man crews for all games. First preference was be given to officials on the National Panel after which all officials will be invited to nominate for the tournament panel.
On-site accommodation was available (at individuals cost) and there may also be a small Participant Fee to cover Tournament merchandise and the Tournament Dinner (similar to the Senior nationals last year).
Annual General Meeting
Posted 10 February 2006
Updated 18 November 2007
The 2007 AGM was held in conjunction with the 2007 Junior National Championships on the Gold Coast in May. Formal notification was sent out once the tournament schedule is confirmed.
Dick Honig making good progress
Posted: 10 February, 2007
We are happy to report that Dick Honig is well on the road to recovery after being taken ill late November. Following treatment and a short stay in hospital, Dick has been taking things easy and appears to be getting back to his normal self.
Australian officials selected for Test Match
Queensland win Junior Nationals
Information about the National Championships
Details of the two events are:
There were 5 teams competing. The game schedule was as follows:
Wed 24 May: 1:30pm SA 12 v ACT 26, 3:30pm Vic 8 v Qld 28
Thurs 25 May: 1:30pm ACT 32 v Vic 6, 3:30pm SA 0 v NSW 40
GA requested 4-man crews for all games so a panel of no more than 8 officials was be appointed with 2 officials on stand-by numbers permitting. This ensured that each official on the panel worked at least one game on each game day. If there were less than 8 officials nominating then the opportunity existed to work more games.
A game fee will be paid (amount to be advised once numbers are finalized) and participating officials were responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs. GA was able to provide accommodation at the same venue as the teams.
Where: Adelaide, Sth Australia
When: 8th to 16th July
Format: 11-a-side, standard 2005 NCAA rules
Crew size: either 5- or 6-man crews depending on number of officials available (and subject to negotiation with GA). All games will be worked by the same size crews
Further details will be provided as they become available.
A panel of officials was appointed for each tournament. The intention was to give all participating officials an opportunity to work at least one game on each game-day.
Participation in either of these events may assist individuals who may wish to be considered should AGOA be invited to send officials to the 2007 World Cup in Japan.
World Cup Qualifier Australia v Korea
Posted 01 December, 2006
It was announced today that Peter Springwald, Chairman of the IFAF Officiating Department, will referee the Australia v Korea World Cup qualifier next month. Peter comes from Germany and is a very experienced official at European and International level.
Three officials from each of the competing countries will make up the rest of the crew with the names of the Australian officials expected to be announced within the next few days.
Details of World Cup Qualifier Venue
Posted 22 November, 2006
Following New Zealand's withdrawal from the World Cup, Australia will now face Korea on Saturday 27th January 2007 with the winner advancing to the World Cup in Japan in July.
Gridiron Australia have confirmed that the game will be played at the Gatorade Regional Athletics Centre, Mingara Drive, Tumbi Umbi on the Central Coast (approximately 1 hours drive north of Sydney). It will be a 90 yard field with 10 yard end zones and a grass surface. Kick-off will be at 5 pm local time.
Selection of the Australian officials for this game will be made by the IFAF Officiating Supervisor.
AGOA selects first HoF class
Adelaide Grand Prix tourney November, 1989 (Vic, NSW, SA & WA teams involved)
as above, championship game crew..
Consolation final crew.. Neil Nitsche VIC, Ken Harry VIC, John
AGOA Conference 16-18 April 93 Canberra
from above event, group photo (refer above re initials only)
AGOA Convention 94 Canberra (similar faces as before + John Frame VIC & Michael Hill WA last 2 standing RHS and Andrew King NSW 2nd from left front row and Mark Looi QLD last in front row)
AGOA Conference 95 Melbourne (refer above re initials only)
Junior Nationals, 2004
The 2004 Junior Nationals were held at Runaway Bay, Queensland from Friday 30th April to Monday 3rd May.
Friday 30 April:
Senior Nationals Officiating Crew, 2003
Senior Nationals, 2003, Adelaide, South Australia.
Arena Football, 2002
Arena Football Training Camp, Hawaii, February 2002
(L-R) Back Row: Andrew Calverley, Qld; Tony Martin, Vic; Paul Mercer, Vic; Miles
Newman, NSW; David Mayne, NSW
(L-R) Front Row: Matt Sumstine, Hawaii; Michael Orchard, NSW; Buddy Ward, USA
Australian Officials attend Arena Football training camp in Hawaii
AGOA was invited by Gridiron Australia to send officials to participate in the inaugural Arena Football Pacific Rim Training Camp held in Honolulu, Hawaii from 4th – 10th February 2002.
Arena Football is the indoor version of the game played by teams of 8-a-side on a 50-yard field. The game is fast, high scoring and all-action.
Gridiron Australia also sent a party comprising players, coaches and administrators as part of Arena Football’s international development program. The Australian party was the largest from the region, which was also represented by Japan, NZ, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa. Australia was the only country to send officials, taking a party of six officials representing three states.
Participating officials were Andrew Calverley (Qld), David Mayne, Mike Orchard and Miles Newman (NSW), Paul Mercer and Tony Martin (Vic)
The officials were instructed and mentored by Wesley “Buddy” Ward. Buddy is the Supervisor of Officials for Arena Football and works directly for the NFL Supervisor of Officials (also an ex-Arena Supervisor of Officials) at their offices in New York. He is a senior AFL Referee and has refereed a number of Arena Bowls. Being a former Big East NCAA Division 1 Referee, he specializes in the supervision of the referee position.
After spending the first three days studying a rule book and watching game tapes it was time for a taste of the real thing as all the participants got to try out the new concept with some on-field scrimmages.
There was time for some tours, with visits to the NFL Experience and the Pro-Bowl and individual sightseeing with some of the group visiting Pearl Harbour. Snorkeling, boogie-boarding, bush-walking, shopping or just relaxing on the beach were also very popular!
On the final day there was a round-robin competition between all the teams with the officials taking turns to work at each position in a 5-man crew. There was also the opportunity to work with some US officials including Matt Sumstine (see photo) who had just been hired to work in the new Arena II competition and probably knew less about the rules than the Aussies!
All officials performed creditably during the camp. Buddy, the Arena staff and coaches were pleasantly surprised with our capabilities. The main differences between the US officials and us were:
The trip was a great success for all participants. It was a fantastic opportunity to work with a high-caliber official and benefit from his experience and knowledge and it is not often that you get the opportunity to work games in such beautiful surroundings!
To find out more about Arena Football go to www.arenafootball.com