(GOLD COAST, Australia – Saturday, December 27, 2014)

LFL Oceania and Victoria Maidens Football Club officials have announced the hiring of 2013 ‘Coach of the Year’ and 2014 runner-up ‘Coach of the Year’ in Division 2 and Division 1 respectively, Robert Hunter as the new head coach of the Victoria Maidens, effective immediately. The Maidens finished their inaugural season a disappointing last place in LFL Australia with a 1-3 record, with a second to last place offense and the league’s worst defense.

Hunter is a seasoned gridiron coach and former player who has won championships in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. The hiring of Hunter follows a pattern of recent coaching hires by LFL Oceania management toward more experienced coaches which has included the hiring of Michael Kerr in Western Australia and the re-signing of Darryl Scaife in South Australia.

“Unfortunately fans do not usually get as excited for a great coach hire like they would the drafting of a superstar player. However, Robert Hunter should be looked upon as a first-round type pick with his history, knowledge and resume. We owe our incredible fans in Melbourne who pack-in The Ghost Ship at AAMI Park, the best chance at a Grand Final championship. We could not be more thrilled to have someone of Robert’s skill set, maturity, class and leadership on-board for the 2015 Maiden Voyage”, said Mitchell S. Mortaza, Managing Partner, Victoria Maidens Football Club.

The Maidens drew the largest of the LFL Oceania crowds and the club is only expected to gain momentum following the announcement of Coach Hunter’s hiring which will ultimately result in a more competitive team on the field. AAMI Park (The Ghost Ship) will also host the 2016 Grand Final, Legends Cup.

“Seldom are you presented an opportunity to be part of the pioneering phase of a sport with this much potential. What Mr. Mortaza and the league’s global management have done in a short period of time, has been unprecedented in sports, even more so here in Australia. Its exciting to inherit a club like the fan-favorite Maidens, who despite not winning on the field, supported the club. We will establish a competitive team that will be a great compliment to our rabid Pirate Nation fan base and a flagship franchise that LFL Oceania can be proud of”, said Robert Hunter, Head Coach, Victoria Maidens Football Club.

Hunter and his staff will kickoff their coaching tenure at the upcoming Victoria Maidens, open tryouts on Sunday, 21 February, 1pm. (Location TBA)


Legends Football League Oceania (or ‘LFL Oceania’) was recently rebranded from LFL Australia in anticipation of the sport’s debut in New Zealand. LFL Oceania’s origin dates back to the 2012 LFL USA All-Star Games Tour in Sydney and Brisbane that drew capacity crowds and led to the formation and launch of the sport in Australia, December 2013. LFL Australia debuted with (4) four clubs, the Western Australia Angels, New South Wales Surge, Victoria Maidens and Queensland Brigade. Following its high-rated broadcasts on FOX Sports since 2009, LFL Australia was the first-ever Australian women’s sport to be awarded a national free-to-air television deal with Seven Network’s-7Mate. The LFLon7Mate broadcasts drew television audiences of 300,000 regularly, beating the television ratings of more established Australian sports such as A League. Stadium attendance was also a major success story with LFL Australia’s NRL / AFL stadiums drawing crowds (30%) thirty-percent higher than projected attendance. Due to LFL Australia’s successful launch, the sport drew expansion into Adelaide with the formation of the Adelaide Arsenal. Ultimately, LFL Oceania will consist of (9) nine Australia based clubs and (3) three New Zealand based clubs.