GDFL nominated for AFL Victoria Media Awards

GDFL nominated for AFL Victoria Media Awards

The Geelong & District Football League has been recognised by AFL Victoria this evening in a range of categories shortlisted for next month’s football media awards.

The league has been proudly nominated for best use of online media.

In Round 12 this year the GDFL executive was asked by the ‘KEMPE: Read The Play’ group to help promote their message ‘#1in4rtp’ whereby one in four young people in Australia experience a mental illness in any given year.


This season also marked the league’s third year of partnership with the ‘Thick & Thin’ initiative led by former Geelong AFL player Simon Hogan.

Our league’s Thick & Thin ambassador Adam Vaughan (Geelong West footballer & local policeman) also asked us to share their message ‘#StartTheConvo’ whereby VAFA players are asked to start the conversation about the one in four young people.

Therefore the GDFL media desk decided to merge the two campaigns into one to quicken the conversation and help reduce the stigma.

Players were asked to take a selfie (photograph) with four fingers held up, paste the following message and nominate two teammates to do the same on social media:

It’s time to #StartTheConvo and Read the Play. One in four young people in Australia experience a mental illness in any given year; it’s time to reduce the stigma. The #Geelongdfl would like to relay the message from KEMPE and Thick & Thin and I would like to nominate…… and ….. to spread this #1in4rtp message.

A total of five players contributed on the first night before the league reached the target goal of 20 on the third day.

By the Saturday afternoon of our Mental Health weekend on July 1, 2016 a total of 80 players from all 12 member clubs had joined our campaign on social media.

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The GDFL also renamed its football record’s regular heading from “Match Day” to “#StartTheConvo” to continue to raise awareness for those spectators who do not use social media.


Round 12, 2017.

And the league also printed 42 players and officials on the back cover of the Round 13 edition with the following message at the bottom:

“Last week we asked all of our readers to ‘StartTheConvo’ and spread the message that one in four young Australian adults will suffer from a mental illness…. A thank you to all who helped us break the stigma last week.”


The social media campaign is one of 11 nominated for the award.

Other nominees include “Addy Footy Fix – Geelong Advertiser”, “VAFA Lip Sync Battles – VAFA Media” and “Never Have I Ever – SFNL Facebook Page”.

Community- Best use of ONLINE media (TECHNOLOGY) nominees:

Title Publication
Play Fair Campaign South Metro Junior Football League
NFNL Facebook page Northern Football League
EFL Div 1 Grand Final Live Stream Eastern Football League
Shepparton News’ Foxy and JR page Shepparton News
VAFA Lip Sync Battles VAFA Media
EDFL Podcasts Essendon District Football League
Addy Footy Fix – Social media Geelong Advertiser
GDFL Mental Health Round GDFL Social Media
SFNL Pride Round SFNL Facebook page
Never Have I Ever SFNL Facebook page
WRFL Facebook Page Western Region Football League


The GDFL record column “Around the Grounds with Alex Tigani” has also been nominated for “Best Football Column (Football Record)”.

While 2017 marked the first year that the GFL and BFL opted to end the production of their match-day publications the GDFL is still one of seven nominations.

Round 6, 2017. Round 10, 2017. Round 15, 2017. Round 7, 2017.

Last year’s recipient, the SFNL, has been nominated twice this year for “Inner Sanctum – Jason Barbin” and “In the Spotlight – Brittany Goldsmith”.

Community- Best Football COLUMN (Football Record) nominees:

Author Publication Title
Jeff Lawton AFL YR – Grapevine Record Kieko’s History
Alexander Tigani GDFL Match Day Record Around the Grounds with Alex Tigani
Nick Armistead The Amateur Footballer VAFA William Buck Premier Report
Jason Barbin SFNL Record Inner Sanctum
Brittany Goldsmith SFNL Record In the Spotlight
Joel Peterson Bendigo FNL Record The Main Break
Samuel Zito NFL Division 1 Preview NFL Division 1 Preview


Geelong Advertiser journalists Alex Oates and Nick Wade have both been nominated for the “Best Print/Online FEATURE story (Community)” category for their respective stories “Mental Game” and “Footy Finals Fee Fight”.

Michael Leamer pictured against rivals East Geelong (Photo: April Masters Smith).

A total of 11 nominees will be in the running including Weekly Times journalist and GDFL record tipster Hannah Driscoll for her piece “Tiny town with a big heart”.

Community- Best Print/Online FEATURE story nominees:

Author Publication Title
Jake Le Maitre Bairnsdale Advertiser Koori culture a natural transition
Hannah Driscoll The Weekly Times Tiny town with a big heart
Alex Oates Geelong Advertiser Mental Game
Geordie Cowan Hume Leader Magnificent Cloke cracks ton
David Johnston The Border Mail Living Legends
Luke D’Anello Maribyrnong Leader Jason Cloke won’t take family to football games because of abuse
Tyler Maher Shepparton News Newman has eyes on prize
Tara Murray Sunbury and Macedon Ranges Star Weekly Star shines against odds
Ross Couzens Inside Football Extra seasoning
Tim Michell Leader Newspapers online Bundoora’s  premiership coach  Plunkett recalls  a miracle comeback
Will Hunter SFNL Record / Website Poorni Giving Footy a Go


Alex Oates has also been nominated in the “Print/Online NEWS story (Community)” category for his story “Panthers’ $50 man” on Bell Post Hill premiership captain Cam Addie.


Community- Best Print/Online NEWS story nominees:

Author Publication Title
Alex Oates Geelong Advertiser Panthers’ $50 man
Geordie Cowan Sunbury/Macedon Ranges Leader Super Cats get the cream
Ryan Reynolds Geelong Advertiser Newcomb’s drought breaking win
David Johnston The Border Mail Pies Heroes
Nick Wade Geelong Advertiser Footy finals fee fight
Luke D’Anello Maribyrnong Leader Former Glen Orden coach Nick Diker blasts WRFL
Oliver Caffrey Shepparton News Big Banishment


Three of the seven nominees for the “Best Football Column (Community)” are also Geelong Advertiser writers.

They’ll be in the running against CDFL guru Max Blake who contributed to the GDFL’s social media campaign in Round 12.


Community- Best Football COLUMN (Print Online) nominees:

Author Publication Title
Ross Couzens The Local Whiteboard Inside Football
Tyler Maher Maher’s Musings Shepparton News
Alex Oates Wednesday Whispers Geelong Advertiser
Blake Max Mad Monday’s With Max mixx1063
Damien Ractliffe Coaches Box Geelong Advertiser
Oliver Caffrey Insider with Oliver Caffrey Shepparton News
Nick Wade The Huddle Geelong Advertiser


The Geelong Advertiser and K-Rock Football will also be in the running for the “Best Print/Online DAILY Coverage” award against last year’s winner, Shepparton News.

The Geelong Advertiser last took out the award in 2015, celebrating back to back victories.

Community- Best Print/Online DAILY COVERAGE nominees:

Shepparton News
Geelong Advertiser


And finally, the GDFL would like to wish Tom King all the best for his program “The Wash-Up 95.5fm”, one of seven programs nominated in 2017.

The program aired each Sunday morning with interviews featuring GDFL coaches and players including Jak Kennedy Hunt, the morning after the Hawk registered his 100th goal for the season.


Community- Best Radio FOOTBALL SHOW

Author Publication
After the Siren 98.7RPPFM
The Wash-Up K rock 95.5
Team Friday CDFNL Live – Mixx FM
Friday Night Footy Show AFL Yarra Ranges
Under The Pump 2017 Fresh FM
EDFL Tonight Essendon District Football League
The 5th Quarter 88.3 Southern FM


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