Haydn O’Connor

General Manager - Operations

Haydn joined AFL South East in May 2021 as Senior Football Operations Coordinator before securing the role of Senior Football & Region Umpire Manager in July 2022. Haydn’s first full-time role in Football was as the Umpire Operations Manager of the VAFA at the end of the 2017. Following this, he took the opportunity to move to Queensland as the State Community Umpire Manager for the AFL which also included a project with AFL Cairns. “H” loves pub trivia nights, a latte with one sugar and the musical stylings of The Beatles & Oasis.

Sam Downie

Netball & Events Manager

Sam joined AFL South East in January 2018 as Netball Operations Coordinator and shortly after included Events in her portfolio becoming the Netball & Events Manager. Sam holds a Diploma in Sport and Recreation and spent 7 years as a Sales and Client Relations Coordinator in the Accounting industry. Sam is a passionate "Doggies" supporter and loves spending time with friends, her niece Millie and nephew Cohen.

Nathan Harris

Junior Football & Development Manager

Nathan joined AFL South East in May 2021. Nathan has previously worked in sales and was recently employed by AFL at Dandenong Stingrays as Football Operations Manager. He previously spent 8 years with AFL Victoria, South East Region pathway program Dandenong Stingrays and several coaching positions at National Carnivals. Nathan is passionate about family and barracking for Brisbane Lions where his uncle kicked the first Brisbane Bears goal in their inaugural year (1987). Nathan is currently completing his AFL Level 3 Coaching Accreditation.

Rod Hamilton

Women’s Football Coordinator

Rod joined AFL South East in January 2015. Rod worked as a Risk Assessor for an Insurance Company for 25 years and spent 3 years with the Dandenong Stingrays leading the under 15 program. Rod loves football, photography and travelling and keeping the younger staff in the office, entertained with “dad jokes”.

Dean Armstrong

Umpire Operations Coordinator

Caleb Van Raay

Junior Football Operations Coordinator

Caleb joined AFL South East in July 2022 after completing a bachelor of Exercise/Sport Science and Business (Sport) Management at Deakin University. Caleb has spent time working with Collingwood FC, Casey South Melbourne Cricket Club and is currently head of analytics at the Coburg Lions (VFL). Caleb is an avid sports fan and follows the Boston Celtics, New England Patriots, North Melbourne, Fulham FC and many others! His favorite holiday destination is New York in the winter months.

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