When the weather starts to turn cold and the leaves start to fall, it’s only known as one thing - the beginning of AFL season. The ANU Griffins were established in 1961, from the early days the club were known as the blues. Eric Martin one of the ANUAFC firsts in 1976 stated that the clubs emblem should be a Griffin, traditions believed that the Griffin was the king of the beasts and ANU campus is located on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin. From this day the blues have become the Griffins. Since 1961 the club has thrived having over 100 active members and is one of ANU’s top clubs for participation and performance. While the club is open for everyone in the community, it manages to have a strong student base catering for all interests participating in AFL. Through the decades the club has been rewarded with great success holding 11 senior premiership and 4 in reserve grade.
The griffin women’s team is one of the biggest member based team in the Canberra women’s competition. While they have placed great emphasis on getting women involved in AFL developing a highly competitive team has resulted. The Women’s have now become one of the striking focuses within the local competition. Without seeing the results on the score broad they continue to pressure their competition and enjoy the social interaction with the girls. Tarkina Tipungwuti is leading the griffin in goals this season with 5 goals.
Senior coach, Greg Oberscheidt, named as 2014 AFL Canberra Coach of the Year and recently selected as Assistant Coach for the AFL Canberra Third Grade Rep side, has been putting the men through their paces at training which has paid off on game day. Working closely with the Reserve’s coach and managing a hotly contested selection regime, the wins have been flowing for both grades with only one loss each after 9 rounds
Men’s 3rd grade has been the stand out team for the club. The men have won 6 of their 7 games starting this season, allowing them to sit 2nd on the leader board. Garry Earl-Spurr is leading the boys in goals scored with 19 followed closely by Samuel bishop with 16 this season. 4th grade men’s has been a power unit this season, delivering on the expectation of ANU history of success. The team have strongly held the top of the ladder in 4th grade throughout the season, with a record of 6 wins from 7 of their games. Tim Robb leading the team with goals this year currently delivering 39, followed closely by josh cliff with 21. The griffins have had great success on the field and continue this with outstanding participation off the field with strong involved in social events for the club.
ANUAFC has celebrated some milestone games this season with club stalwart and former President, Ryan Forsyth reaching 150 games and Lee Steel being the first woman to play 100 games for the club
Up and coming games
- 4th grade vs. Woden blue 12:00PM/ Sat 13 June
- 3rd grade vs. Woden blue 2:15PM/ Sat 13 June
- Women vs. Belconnen magpies 10.00AM/ Sat 13 June