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The YJFL Podcast

The Yarra Junior Football League has officially launched "The YJFL Podcast".


The YJFL Podcast is sponsored by the league’s major partner, Swinburne University of Technology and the Swinburne School of Health Sciences and is hosted by YJFL Media and Marketing Coordinator, Will Michael.


The podcast will be released fortnightly and aims to provide listeners with an in-depth look into the YJFL community. The podcast will cover news and information from the league, including updates on league and club events, feature stories about the league's participants, interviews with players, umpires, coaches, and volunteers, and plenty more.


The YJFL Podcast is available on major podcast platforms Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Listeners can subscribe to the podcast to receive the latest episodes automatically delivered to their device.


The YJFL is excited to provide this new content offering for participants of the league to share their stories and experiences with a wider audience. As such, the YJFL encourages anyone who is interested in being a guest on the show to get in touch with the YJFL team. Potential guests can share their unique perspectives on the league, provide insights into their experiences as players, coaches, or volunteers, or simply share their passion for the game.

Want to be on the podcast? Send us a message



In this special 'Girls Grand Final Gala Day' episode, we preview the Under 16 Division 1B Girls Grand Final with Brunswick JFC and Ivanhoe JFC. The Brunswick JFC leadership group join the show to discuss their season and aspirations for their first premiership. Then, we head to Ivanhoe JFC to chat to Carlton AFLW star and coach of the U16 Ivanhoe girls, Jess Dal Pos, and her cousin and U16s player, Claudia.





In this episode, I chat to former YJFL players and current Carlton Football Club players, Matthew Owies and David Cuningham, about their respective journeys from the YJFL to the AFL. Then, I'm joined by Macleod's, Cooper Thompson as we discuss his milestone 150th game and his career as both a player and an umpire.










In this episode, we continue to celebrate the fantastic contribution of our female coaches as part of Women's Coaching Month. I chat to coach, Annie Tang, about her coaching journey and we are joined by one of her Under 12s players, Indy Harding. Next, Kew Comets Youth Girls player and Northcote JFC assistant coach, Olivia Ward, joins the show to discuss her pathway from Broome to Melbourne and her motivation to be a coach. Olivia also discusses her parents' influence and their coaching academy We Got Game. Finally, TAC Road Safety Manager Road Safety (Behaviour, Innovation & Tech), Samantha Buckis, joins to discuss the upcoming TAC Road Safety Round and how community clubs can play their part in promoting road safety, preventing tragedy and honouring lives lost on our roads.​






In this episode, I'm joined by Lauren O'Dwyer and Rachael Jones of the Fitzroy Junior Football Club to discuss the launch of Women's Coaching Month and their coaching journeys and female participation in coaching. Lauren and Rachael tell me how they got involved in coaching and give some advice to aspiring coaches looking to get involved.




In this episode, we chat to Rookie Me Chief Sports Officer and former Hawthorn Football Club AFL Premiership player, Robbie Campbell, about his football journey from playing country football for Rutherglen in Victoria to playing in front of 100,000 at the 'G in an AFL Grand Final. We chat about the trials and tribulations of AFL football and what it was like playing with legends such as Buddy Franklin, Luke Hodge and Sam Mitchell. Robbie and I then chat about the YJFL and Rookie Me Coach and Player Development Partnership and the upcoming Mid-Year Mastery Program including the announcement of a special guest!






In this special episode, we are live from the first night of the AFL Victoria Metro Junior Development Series on Wednesday 31 May. We chat to coach Penny Cula-Reid about the Under 15 Girls program ahead of their opening games against the Northern Football and Netball League at Binnak Park [2:13]. Zara Vitiritti (Warrandyte JFC) and Milla Haas (Warrandyte JFC) jump on for a post-game chat [12:02], before we head back to Ford Park for the Under 15 Boys where we're joined by Division One best on ground, Toby Callaghan (Hawthorn Citizens), and his teammate Tyler Hamilton (St Mary's) to review their Yarra Magpies experience and first game [15:21]. 




In this episode, we chat to Fitzroy Junior Football Club player and U16 Girls Northern Knights and Vic Metro representative Phoebe Hargreaves about her footy flourishing footy career [1:15]. Then, ex-AFL umpire Stephen 'Jack' McBurney joins the show to talk all things umpiring from the elite game to community level [9:20]. Lastly, Heidelberg President, Brett North, and ex-Colts player Luke Brunton join the show to chat about the club and the upcoming Indigenous Round [24:03].





In this episode, we chat to YJFL CEO Aaron Bailey about his first six months in the role [2:05]. Then, Northern Knights and Vic Metro representatives, Zak Johnson and Jesse Dattoli discuss their footy journey [28:50], and finally we discuss the upcoming 'Dockers Day' event with Templestowe President Adrienne Moulder [38:38].

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