The Monash Warriors will be a part of the 2015 IFAF World Championships with three players and our medic all being selected for Australian Outback duties. The world championships are being held in Canton, Ohio between the 8th and 19th of July and the Outback currently rank 6th of the 8 teams participating.
Jonathon Tostevin is the most experienced of the group and will be lining up at Guard for the Green & Gold. Not always an Offensive Lineman, Tostevin switched positions in the 2011 World Championships when coach Leijten asked he switch sides of the line as there was a gap at Center. Tostevin, aged 28, has played 10 years of Gridiron and has been a team player throughout his career. Switching positions was not an easy task but with all the hard work and dedication he put towards learning the position, Tostevin has become an anchor to the Warriors 6 Vic Bowl wins in the past 7 years. An intimidating figure at 195cm and 135kg, Tostevin is looking forward throwing his weight around against the best in the world.
Scott Wolfe is also no stranger to switching positions, this year he will be lining up at Strong Safety for the Outback Defense however he first started off as a Running Back as well as Linebacker. Wolfe, aged 31, is in his 9th year of Gridiron and has also been an integral part of the Warriors Organisation. Returning back from a few years living in the UK, Wolfe was able to continue playing for the London Blitz where he showed his skill and techniques learnt from his time at the Warriors and help the Blitz make the EFAF Championships in successive years. At 177cm and 90kg, Wolfe is hoping to disrupt his opposition by flying around the park and picking off any passes thrown in his area.
All Star Running Back Luke Jackson is an Offensive Weapon! After a massive 293 yards and 3 Touchdown effort (while playing limited snaps in the second half) against the Geelong Buccaneers in Vic Bowl XXX, the man known as ‘Whitey’ for his complexion, will be looking to impose his speed and toughness against the world’s best defenses in July.
At 185cm and 95kg Whitey is quick, evasive and dangerous! Playing in his 9th year (previously played for Brisbane Rhinos in Queensland) and only 31 years of age, Jackson has plenty of fuel in the tank and is ready to run. A Gridiron Victoria and Monash Warrior MVP, Jackson will be playing a major role in Coach Leijten’s Offense in this years World Championships.
Heather Buzza is well known around Gridiron Victoria. A Warriors Junior Head Coach for the past three seasons and fiancé of Warriors Life Member Kieren Marini, Heather has been a part of the Warriors, Gridiron Victoria Eagles & Australian Outback medical team for the past 10 years. Her knowledge of sports medicine and nutrition will help the Outback players perform at their best for the tournament.
We wish Jon, Scott, Luke & Heather the best for the trip and also throw our support behind the Australian Outback and its players representing our country against the Worlds Best.
For more information on the Australian Squad selections, please click here
Australia will be hoping to finish on top of their group in this years World Championships. The Groups are as follows:
Get behind the Australian Outback!