The Growthbuilt Sydney University Australian National Football Club is proud to announce its 2018 AFL Sydney Coaching Panel for the season ahead.
Following a successful turnaround of the Club’s Premier Division program in 2017, Tony Overall will once again coach the Club’s leading AFL Sydney side.
Tony will be backed by two assistant coaches in 2018;
Gabe Robbie, a former premiership player with SUANFC, joins the Premier Division’s coaching staff as the forward line coach following a long and successful playing stint with the Club, amassing over 400 goals in 147 games, and
Jon Dyster, previously the President of the Newtown Swans JAFC, Jon will be a handy addition to SUANFC’s coaching panel as defensive line coach, bringing with him a wealth of experience in player development and the AFL Sydney landscape.
Premier Reserves Division:
After assisting Tony in 2017, Mike Bassett has moved from his position as Premier Division midfield line coach, to senior coach of the Premier Division Reserves (previously known as Blues).
Mike, a well-respected figure among the Club’s senior playing group, will continue his coaching development as he takes charge of his first senior side within SUANFC.
As released earlier this year, our 2018 Colts program will be lead by Joey Britton, an AFL level-two accredited coach who has been overseeing and developing the AFL program at Knox Grammar School for the last four years. Joey will also be assisted by Tom Harvey, former Knox Grammar School AFL First Grade Coach.
Jim Beard will continue his role as the Club’s 4th Grade coach, managing the Club’s Division One Blues side (previously known as Reds), while Greg Nix will also continue as coach of the Division Three Golds side (previously known as Plats).
Adam Clark has also been appointed as the Division 2 Reds Coach. Adam is a life member of the Club and is also a premiership winning coach.
AFL Sydney Competition Restructure
Recently, AFL Sydney underwent a competition restructure for the 2018 season, which has seen the makeup of SUANFC teams and the divisional structure refreshed.
A brief outline of this structure is provided below;
A brief explanation is:
- Premier Division will for season comprise of ten(10) clubs with the inclusion in 2018 Camden Cats AFC;
- Premier Division Reserves and U19’s Division 1 will both be made of the same ten(10) clubs as Premier Division;
- These three(3) grades will play at the same venue each weekend in a “block booking”;
- Platinum and Platinum Reserves divisions comprise of the top two grades of other Sydney clubs; and
- Men’s Divisions 1, 2 and 3 comprises of the remaining club teams allocated to divisions against their finishing positions in the 2017 season.
For season 2018 the Growthbuilt SUANFC teams will be playing as follows:
If there are any questions please contact a SUANFC committee member.