Published on December 1, 2017 10:04 am


2017 Community Media Awards Shortlisted

AFL Victoria is pleased to announce the shortlisted nominations for the 2017 AFL Victoria Community Media Awards.

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 The shortlisted applicants will now have their submissions evaluated again by a judging panel consisting of experts in the relevant field before a winner in each category is announced at a special luncheon at IKON Park on Friday December 8.

Invitations will be issued shortly.

The overwhelming number of nominations and the high standard of those submitted resulted in the work of several talented journalists, broadcasters and photographers being overlooked.

AFL Victoria would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the contribution made to community and state league football by media outlets, volunteers and the wider football community both big and small, from right across Victoria.

We hope those who have missed out on making the shortlist will nominate again next year.

See below for a list of this year’s shortlisted nominations:


Community- Best ACTION Photo

Author Publication Title
Tammy Brown Colac Herald Focus
Grant Condon The Maryborough District Advertiser Footy in the fog
Jamie Morey EDFL Social Media Sunbury Flyer
Tammy Brown Colac Herald Bugger
Luke Hemer The Riverine Herald Failure to execute proper skills
Jay Town Geelong Advertiser Flying Demon
Morgan Hancock The Standard Nosey Football
Aaron Cook The Weekly Times Soccer Ball
Darrell Jones WRFL website EYES ON THE FOOTY
Glenn Daniels Bendigo Advertiser Eyes only for the ball
Steve Dilks BFNL Best Action Photograph
Nerissa Turner Victorian FIDA Football League FIDA Football League GF Day
Nathan McNeill Northern Football League Pace
Darren Howe Bendigo Advertiser Smothered


Community- Best CHARACTER Photo

Author Publication Title
Nathan McNeill Northern Football League Love of the Game
Tammy Brown Colac Herald 3 Cows and a dog!
Darren Howe Bendigo Advertiser Overcome
Red Onion Creative Red Onion Creative Best Character of the Game Photograph
Aaron Cook The Weekly Times Darley Into The Big Dance
Cody Bench WRFL website Sun shinning
Glenn Daniels Bendigo Advertiser Grand Final feeling
Glenn Daniels Bendigo Advertiser Kiss the coach
Glenn Daniels Bendigo Advertiser The warm up
Glenn Daniels Bendigo Advertiser Half time mouthguard
James Wiltshire The Border Mail farewell
James Wiltshire The Border Mail O&M Grand Final
Jamie Morey EDFL Greenvale Celebration


Community- Best Print/Online FEATURE story

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


Community- Best Print/Online NEWS story

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


Community- Best Football COLUMN (Print Online)

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


Community- Best Football COLUMN (Football Record)

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


Community- Best Print/Online DAILY COVERAGE

Shepparton News
Geelong Advertiser


Community- Best Print/Online NON-DAILY COVERAGE

Bairnsdale Advertiser
Star Weekly
Wyndham Star Weekly
The Weekly Times
Colac Herald
The Riverine Herald
Kyabram Free Press
Bendigo Weekly
Sunbury and Macedon Ranges Star Weekly
Inside Football


Community- Best Radio MATCH DAY coverage

Title Publication
96.5 Inner FM VAFA Media
EFL Game-Day Eastern Football League
ONE FM Match Day Live 2017 ONE FM
Best Matchday Radio Coverage Fresh FM
2017 Central Murray FNL Grand Final Central Murray FNL
WRFL Match of the Day Western Region Football League
NFNL Match of the Day Northern Football Netball League


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


Community- Best TV News or Feature

Author Publication Title
Lachlan McKinnon Off The Bench TV A Mortlock between two clubs
Lachlan McKinnon Off The Bench TV Thorpdale rises for fallen publican
Chris Mitchell Nine News Border North East Mac Time
Chris Mitchell Nine News Border North East Heart Starter
Steph Atkins Win News Shepparton Murray Football League GF
John Nelder Win News Shepparton Goulburn Valley League GF


Community- Best use of ONLINE media (TV SHOW)

Title Publication
Game On The Riverine Herald
VAFA Tragics VAFA Media
EDFL 2017 Essendon District Football League
SFNL TV Southern Football Netball League
WRFL Insider Western Region Football League
Foxy & JR Shepparton News Footy Show Shepparton News


Community- Best use of ONLINE media (TECHNOLOGY)

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


VFL, VFL Women’s, TAC Cup, TAC Cup Girls- Best ACTION Photo

Author Publication Title
Yuri Kouzmin Geelong Advertiser Soggy Eagles and Cats
Cameron Grimes Richmond FC Facebook Conc-tested Mark
Cameron Grimes Hitching A Ride
Greg Kowalczewski AFL Victoria Record Close Shave
Maurice Virduzzo Mozzed Video and Photography Mark of The Day – Coburg v Port Melbourne VFL
Cameron Grimes Sumner Special
Cameron Grimes The Age The Mayne Attraction
Kadek Thatcher AFL Victoria Record Majak Magic
Liz Vagg Honeychurch Hang Time
Glenn Daniels Bendigo Advertiser Don’t Argue
Simon Bayliss The Border Mail Legs Up


VFL, VFL Women’s, TAC Cup, TAC Cup Girls- Best CHARACTER photo

Author Publication Title
Cameron Grimes All Together Now
Kadek Thatcher VFL Website Historic First Win
Maurice Virduzzo Port Melbourne Football Club Captain or Caveman?
Liz Vagg Footscray Bulldogs social media First Win Feels
Billy-Jay Easson The Hamilton Spectator Partnership Pride


VFL, VFL Women’s, TAC Cup, TAC Cup Girls- Best Print/ Online Feature

Author Publication Title
Justine McCullagh-Beasy Warrnambool Standard ‘From foster care to the big time’
Geordie Cowan Moreland Leader Tom Goodwin
Matt Balmer AFL Draft Central Seb Williams hoping to follow in Dashing Don’s footsteps
Lauren Bordin Shepparton News Esava rocks Aussie Rules
Tim Michell Sunbury Leader Recruiters key to success
Damien Ractliffe Geelong Advertiser Just what the DOK ordered
Callum O’Connor Hetherington Makes Onfield Return
Luke D’Anello Maribyrnong Leader Cameron Rayner on Dustin Martin comparisons and the prospect of going at No.1 in the AFL draft


VFL, VFL Women’s, TAC Cup, TAC Cup Girls- Best Print/Online COVERAGE

Title Publication
AFL draft – Nine contenders from Hampden FL Warrnambool Standard
Best print/online coverage
Colac Herald TAC Cup Colac Herald
2017 GWV Rebels Digital Media Suite GWV Rebels Facebook/Website/Instagram
Falcons 500
Peter German Tribute Coburg Football Club
New Sandringham Dragons website Sandringham Dragons FC
Northern Blues Football Club’s 2017 coverage Northern Blues Football Club
TAC, VFL and VFLW coverage Geelong Advertiser




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