Another Hunter AFL Masters Update

Another update about what’s going on around the club in the next few weeks:

Intraclub Game: Saturday afternoon football returns to Bill Elliott oval for our Intraclub game this weekend (2pm @ 25/5). Bring your mates! Intraclub games are a great way to introduce someone to AFL, or for people wanting to return to the game. All welcome. 2pm bounce, but please try to arrive early to help set up. The trailer will also be there, so hang around after for a steak sanga and a chat.

Next HCC Game: Our next HCC Social game is a top-of-the-table clash against defending premiers Terrigal Avoca at Pasterfield Sports Complex on Sunday, June 2nd. PLEASE NOTE THE NEW START TIME OF 1:00pm. Players are again requested to arrive at the ground at least 60 minutes prior to the game.

Newcastle AFL Masters Carnival: Not long until we host the Newcastle Masters Carnival. This is a major event on our calendar. It gives us the opportunity to showcase Hunter AFL Masters and to meet with other NSW Masters teams. Please get along for some footy and a catch up if you can! We’ll post more information closer to the game, but we can confirm the following:

  • The Carnival takes place on Sunday the 9th of June at No. 1 Sportsground, with the first game likely to be at 9am. Games will probably be 2x20 minute halves in a round-robin format. We have a backup venue in place in case of inclement weather.
  • We have sent invites to teams from Sydney and NSW, and hope to have a fixture out in the coming weeks. We anticipate having enough Hunter players to field two teams, Hunter Red and Hunter Green.
  • Peter Rowe has agreed to be Carnival Director and will coordinate game day. Bruce Macqualter is confirmed as coach, team manager is Dave Slavin, and Bob Stead is timekeeper. We are also hopeful of having a trainer supplied on the day.
  • We’ll have access to the clubrooms at the ground, and there will be food and drink available. With Newcastle City's approval, we’re also hopeful of having access to their electronic scoreboard for the day.
  • CASH ONLY on the day. No EFTPOS facilities available. $15 game fees for players, which only needs to be paid once.
  • The Lambton Park Hotel will host a post-game function after the presentations on Sunday. They are also holding a craft beer festival on Saturday for anyone looking to hydrate the day before the game.

Justin Saunders injury update: As you may know, Justin dislocated his elbow in last week’s HCC Social game. We got in touch with him again yesterday to check on his progress, and he sent the following text message: “Have some bone fragments in my elbow, had MRI yesterday, meeting with surgeon next Thursday. Surgeon planning on an elbow reconstruction, clean out bone, tighten ligaments, should be fun, will know more next week. Thanks again, I will try to get to next comp game. Cheers, Justin.”

Teamer: Please let us know if you are not receiving the emails and/or text notifications about our games via Teamer. We’re using this as our main source of information on player availability this year, so let us know if you have any problems using it.

Entertainment Books: Until 9am tomorrow, purchase a copy of an Entertainment Membership book and get free postage. Purchasing an Entertainment Membership also supports Hunter AFL Masters. Click here to buy https://www.entbook.com.au/9604e33

North Coast Masters: If you’re up the coast anytime in the next few weeks and desperate for a game of footy, the North Coast AFL Masters are hosting a couple of games where you can get a run:

  • Versus Tamworth: 1pm on Saturday June 1st at Fitzroy Oval, Coffs Harbour
  • Intraclub game: 12pm Saturday August 3rd at Centennial Oval, Woolgoolga

As always, please speak to one of our friendly committee of you have any questions or feedback.



Hunter AFL Masters - May Update

We are now into the full swing of the season, so here is another update for what's happening around the club:

Intraclub Game: Our next Intraclub hit-out is under lights at Bill Elliott Oval this Saturday in the prime-time 5pm slot! Please try to get there early to prepare and help set up so we can get the game away on time.

Next HCC Game: Our next HCC game is at 2:10pm next Sunday, May 19. The venue is Don Small Oval at Tacoma on the Central Coast. We'll send another reminder out next week, but in the meantime you can see the HCC Fixture, ladder, and results here: http://websites.sportstg.com/comp_info.cgi?c=1-916-0-531019-0&a=FIXTURE

Teamer for HCC players: We've created a separate team on Teamer for the HCC team. If you are in the HCC team, please respond to the emails/notifications from Teamer asking if you can play. It really helps us with availability and selection. If you are in the HCC team and are not receiving the emails/notifications, please let me know ASAP and I will add you to the database.

Team Song: The Hunter AFL Masters now have a team song to be sung when our team wins in the HCC comp. A copy can be found here, or under the 'About Us' page on this website. 

Social Event: The committee is looking at the possibility of adding a social event to our calendar later this year. Any social event would be on a weekend when there is no other commitments or games on. We hope to announce something soon, but it could involve a bus trip up the Hunter Valley to sample some of the local products! We'll keep you posted!

"Family" Game: An idea was also raised at the last committee meeting to allow more family and friends to participate in our traditional "Father-son/daughter game", by extending the invitation to players wives, girlfriends, uncles, aunties, etc, and to re-brand the game as the "Family game". A minimum age limit will still apply for children. We are also considering breaking the game into halves, so half will be a 'normal' intraclub game, and half will be the 'family' game. We are seeking members feedback on this proposal, so if you have any supporting comments or objections, please let us know.

Entertainment Books: Help support the Hunter AFL Masters with the purchase of an Entertainment Membership, available here: www.entbook.com.au/9604e33

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As always, please speak to our committee if you have any questions.



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Hunter AFL Masters are on Instagram!!

The Hunter AFL Masters have created an account on Instagram. You can follow us at: hunteraflmasters

We’ll use the photo-sharing app to capture the colourful aspects of Masters footy, and to keep our members up-to-date with what’s happening.

Importantly, having our own Instagram account also allows us to take ownership of the Hunter AFL Masters name on the platform, and improve our overall brand awareness.

As people continue to change the way they consume content, hopefully we can engage with a younger audience as well.

Let your friends and family know they can follow us at hunteraflmasters and use the hastag #FootyForFun



Hunter AFL Masters - Members Update

Here’s another update to let you know about what's happening around our club at the moment:

Easter Sunday Training: This Sunday 21 April we hit Lambton Park again for a run in the lead up to the Port Macquarie trip next weekend. We'll be there from 3pm. Stick around for a beer afterwards, because you probably don’t have work the next day!

HCC Comp Latest: The HCC Social Competition fixture has been released, which Adam circulated to members via email earlier this week. Our round 1 game is against Cardiff at Pasterfield Sports Complex on Sunday May 5th. Time TBA. If you'd like to play, all you need to do is enter your details into the footyweb database using this link. If you have any issues please let us know. 

Entertainment Memberships: You can now support the club through the purchase of a 2019/2020 Entertainment Membership, which contributes to our fundraising. Benefits include over $20,000 worth of offers and discounts, member rates at hotels and resorts, and member-only priced cinema tickets, theme park tickets, flights, gift cards and more. To purchase a Hunter AFL Masters personal Entertainment Membership, visit: https://www.entbook.com.au/9604e33

LPH Anzac Day: If you're looking for a decent way to spend Anzac Day, the Lambton Park Hotel are showing the Essendon vs Collingwood clash from 3pm. There's also Two Up from 12-5pm, entertainment for the kids, and Pimms on tap for the ladies. Get along!

Buccaneers Easter Carnival: Itching for a game of footy over the Easter long weekend? The South Coast Buccaneers Masters are hosting their annual Easter carnival on the beautiful Sapphire Coast. We will not be sending a team, but members are encouraged to participate individually if they can. AFL Sapphire Coast website: http://aflsapphirecoast.com.au/

Finally, a special congratulation to Brian Phillips on reaching the 200 game milestone at last week’s intraclub game, a first for any player at the club. It’s people like Brian that turn up week in, week out, and help us get numbers on the park for a decent game. Well done to everyone involved, in what was a fantastic evening for Brian’s 200th game.

Otherwise, the committee would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Easter break, and we hope to see you on the park in the next few weeks.



Entertainment Memberships Now Available

You can now support the club through the purchase of a 2019/2020 Entertainment Membership, which contributes to our fundraising.

To purchase a Hunter AFL Masters personal Entertainment Membership, visit: https://www.entbook.com.au/9604e33

The Entertainment Book, and the Entertainment Digital Membership, are your guide to popular restaurants, attractions, shopping, travel and more.

An Entertainment Membership offers the following benefits:

  • Over $20,000 worth of 2-for-1 offers and up-to-50%-off discounts
  • Exclusive Member rates at hotels and resorts
  • Member-only priced cinema tickets, theme park tickets, flights, gift cards and more
  • Access to valuable rental car offers
  • Online search, mapping and reviews of participating businesses

All memberships are ordered and paid for via our online payment page, and all complimentary memberships will be digital memberships

To purchase a Hunter AFL Masters personal Entertainment Membership, visit: https://www.entbook.com.au/9604e33

Feel free to share this link with your Friends and Family. Thanks for your support!

Entertainment Publications are a wholly owned Australian company, and have been publishing fundraising products for the last 24 years.



150 Games for Hopey

On Sunday, Club Secretary and Life Member Mark Hope became just the third player to reach 150 games for the Hunter AFL Masters.

Over 17 years, Mark has taken on just about every role at the club, helping to drive a positive, Footy For Fun culture. And he still beats some of the young blokes on the park!

Hopey was awarded with the match ball from Sunday's game, which was signed by all players on the day.

Mark joins Brian Phillips and Geoff Clark as the other 150 game players for the Hunter AFL Masters.

A special congratulations to Mark and his family. To see more photos from Sunday's game, head over to our Facebook page. 



Region Australia Bank Sponsorship Deal

Regional Australia Bank is a customer owned bank who have been helping regional Australians achieve their goals for more than 45 years.

They offer quality, competitively priced products and a superior level of service from specialists that saves our members time, money and effort..

If you or anyone you know needs a home or personal loan, Regional Australia Bank is supporting our club with a cash back return for any loan settled.

See your Club President for all details.

Regional Australia Bank website: https://www.regionalaustraliabank.com.au/



BodyWorx Sponsorship Deal

bodyworx

Hunter AFL Masters are pleased to recognise BodyWorx Physiotherapy as a partner again in 2019.

BodyWorx provide all our game day tape, and offer a wide variety of physio therapies. As part of our partnership, BodyWorx have a special offer to members.

To redeem your offer, pick up a voucher on game day. Please note, this is ONLY available to registered members.

BodyWorx website: https://www.bodyworxphysio.com.au/



General Info/Members Update

As the season draws closer, here’s an update on a few things happening around the club:

Intraclub: Our first game is on this Sunday. Mark Hope has already sent around most details about the event, but if you have any queries don’t hesitate to contact us.

Registrations: Please make sure your Masters registration is in order before taking the field. Have you filled out and lodged all of the requisite paperwork? Have you paid the registration fee? Are the correct people notified? Please make sure all details are correct when completing paperwork. as incomplete details makes it harder to track your registration.

Merchandise: A new batch of Hunters AFL Merchandise has arrived, including training singlets and polo shirts, which can be purchased at games. Details about sizes and costs can be found on our Facebook page or website.

HCC Competition: Numbers for the team are looking ok, and things are steadily coming together for our team in the HCC competition this year. If you have any questions, let us know.

Survey Outcomes: As a result of recommendations from the members survey, we have begun initiating relationships with the HCC clubs, with the aim of growing and strengthening Aussie Rules footy in our region. We have also developed a sponsorship prospectus to help us in attracting new partners to our association. In that respect…

Sponsors: We are always on the lookout for new partners! If there is an organisation that you think would make a suitable fit with the Hunter AFL Masters, let us know and we can follow it up. We also hope to be able to announce some sponsorships (with benefits for members!) in the coming weeks.

Charities: Is there a charity you are particularly close to? Can we help raise awareness about a particular cause? As we’ve done previously, we would like to be able to get behind a cause, so if there’s a special charity that we can help raise awareness for, please let us know.

A GIANT Day Out: The GWS GIANTS are offering unique group packages, tailored to the particular needs of your group. Along with special group ticket deals, they are offering a range of experiences, such as photos on the field, being part of the guard of honour, and a tour of the facilities. If you’re interested in getting a group together and going along, let us know and we can pass on the details.

NEAFL Game: The Southern Power AFL Masters will have a gazebo at the NEAFL preseason game between the Sydney Swans and the Canberra Demons at Waratah Oval in Sutherland on the 23rd of March. Bounce is at 12pm, and entry is free. They’ve let us know that if anyone from the Hunter is down that way for the game, to pop in and say hi, to help get the Masters brand out there!

As you can see, there’s plenty happening!

We’d love to hear from you if you have any suggestions about the points above, as we need our members to help the club operate smoothly and for the benefit of everyone.

Otherwise, if you have any questions or just need more information, please don’t hesitate to contact the committee at committee@huntermaf.org.au



Hunter AFL Masters Merchandise

Want to look your best in some dapper Masters gear? The latest batch of new stock has arrived, and we're clearing older stock at heavily discounted prices:
 
- New Singlets (Green): $35.00. M, L,XL, XXL & XXXL
- New Polos (Green): $40.00. M, L, XL & XXL
- Old Singlets (White): $5.00. M only
- Shorts $25
- Socks $15
 
Available for purchase at games.


2019 Hunter AFL Masters Registration Form

2018 Masters v Nelson Bay women
G'day everyone,
 
You've probably seen the emails, website updates and Facebook posts so far this year showing how we are preparing for the 2019 season. Turnouts at Sunday afternoon training runs have been fantastic - lots of old and new players. The training has been first class as well.
 
We were treated to our first appearance at training this week from super-coach Bruce "Stumpy" McQualter and his very able assistant and Team Manager Dave "Bruno" Slavin. Stumpy and Bruno will be guiding and mentoring our AFL HCC Social comp team during the up-coming season. Stumpy appeared reasonably happy the with his first training run.
 
For those wanting to register and play in our 2019 season, whether it's for the AFL HCC comp games or our usual masters draw games, or both, attached is the membership application form for 2019.
 
Fill it out and bring it along with your registration fee payment ($60) to training, our planned first game on Sunday 10 March against the Nelson Bay women or our planned Registration Day intraclub game on Sunday 17 March.
 
Looking forward to a big year of Hunter AFL Masters footy!


2019 Survey - Values and Actions

Hunter AFL Masters Logo
Earlier this year, we published the results of our Assessment survey, designed to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the Hunter AFL Masters.
 
Based on the information we received from members in the survey, the committee has since developed six recommendations for the club, and a series of actions to accompany each recommendation.
 
We would now like to circulate these recommendations and actions to our members, for your consideration and feedback. Accordingly, click here to find the “Recommendations and Actions” document.
 
We would especially like you to consider the actions for each recommendation, as we need your help to make them happen. Some committee members have already indicated where they can assist, but it would be great if we can get more people involved, especially around game-day roles.
 
These recommendations and actions are entirely aspirational – some may need to be adjusted, some may be unnecessary, and some may be more helpful than others. Or you may have suggestions for others that we have not considered – Just let us know what you think.
 
Not surprisingly, a particular theme that emerged in the survey is the strength of our culture, especially “Footy for Fun.” One of our recommendations is to define this and other values that we stand for, so that we can use them in ways to benefit the club. For example, we can incorporate them into sponsorship pitches, in building relationships with other clubs, and in guiding conduct.
 
Accordingly, click here to find a “Values” document. We would also love to get your thoughts on these, so again, just let us know if you like them, think they need work, or have suggestions for others.
 
The survey and these actions are all about trying to improve the Hunter AFL Masters experience for our members. We want to preserve what is great about our club, and address areas that might be holding us back. With your help, we can create a really special Masters footy experience.
 
Let us know your thoughts or willingness to be involved in the running of the club by contacting us via committee@huntermaf.org.au
 
Looking forward to hearing from you!
The Hunter AFL Masters Committee.


2019 Over 40's European Tour

See below from the AFL Masters Tour website:

For more information, and to register your expression of interest, visit https://www.aflmasterstours.com/


AFL Masters Australia Official Representative Tour:

July 5 – July 22, 2019 – France, England, Ireland

With the prior success of the 2016 England/ Ireland Tour and the most recent 2017 China/India Tour the overseas tour is on again.

An AFL Masters Australian representative is planned to play 3 official international tests (on consecutive weekends) plus 2 midweek social games.

The tests will be played against Ireland (most likely in Galway), England (in London) and France (in Paris) with mid-week social games likely to be played in Cork (Ireland) and Oxford (v Oxford University). The Test v Ireland will be an International Rules Test, played with the round ball against the Gaelic Masters Association (GMA) Ireland representative team. All other tour games will be AFL.

Places are limited (24 players) so get in early.

See information packs and register your expression of interest at https://www.aflmasterstours.com/



2019 Assessment Survey - Results

51 respondents completed the survey, representing approximately 71% of members registered with Hunter AFL Masters in 2019.

A PDF report of the survey results can be found below or by clicking this link, with the raw data located in the appendix.

Individual comments in the survey have been removed to protect the anonymity of participants.

Broadly, the report raises the following points:

  • The survey suggests that internally we are strong as an organisation, while our weakness is in our external relationships.
  • The survey can provide a foundation to create a strong identity around, such as outlining what we stand for in a Mission Statement, etc. This will allow us to create subsequent documents, such as a Sponsorship Prospectus. So we may need to go backwards before going forwards.
  • We need to make sure that we keep doing what makes us strong internally, such as good communication, low fees, a good social side to the club, etc.
  • We need to improve our relationship with external stakeholders, such as sponsors, HCC AFL, and the HCC Clubs. The committee is now currently working with the HCC AFL as a priorty.
  • The Committee is now working towards a range of actions to be taken as a result. We will report these to the members in due course.

If you have any comments you would like to make about the survey, please don't hesitate to chat to one of our committee members. 

Hunter AFL Masters - Footy for Fun!!



2018 AGM News

G'day Everyone,

2018 AGM was held as planned on Sunday 2 December at Maitland Park.

President Dean Frerk and Treasurer Adam Shearer reported on a successful 2018 season for the club before the 2018 committee was dissolved and a new committee voted in for 2019.

The new club committee for 2019 is:

President: Adam Shearer

Vice President: John Sheehan

Secretary: Mark Hope

Treasurer: Alex Holness

Ground Coordinator: Shane Gallagher

Canteen Coordinator: Beryl Hope

Registration Secretary: Julie Shearer

Committee members: Eric Rogers, Judy Rogers

Sincere thanks to our 2018 committee and outgoing President Dean Frerk for doing a great job running the club and congratulations to the new committee on your appointments. We especially welcome new committee members Alex Holness and Julie Shearer.  We still have three general committee positions vacant if anyone would like to put yourself forward. Please contact Adam Shearer or Mark Hope if you're interested.

The AGM was followed with the Christmas BBQ and a good effort was made to empty the trailer/canteen of contents for the year. It was a great finale to 2018 before the wind arrived!

We look forward to catching up with everyone again in 2019 - Merry Christmas and All the Best for the New Year.

Hopey



2018 Presentation Night

G'day Everyone,
 
Our presentation function held Saturday 27 October was a great night for
everyone there. Good venue, good food and GREAT MC ( ;) ).
Congratulations to our Award recipients and recognitions for 2018:
Players Player: Jason Dean
Rep Player of the Year: Adam Shearer
Most Enthusiastic: Gus Gestro
Club Person of the Year: Adam Shearer
Games Milestones during 2018: 25 games - Alex Holness and Dan Wardle, 50
games - Shane Gallagher, 100 games - Bob Hunter, Adam Shearer and Jeff
Gilewski (now all Life Members) and 150 games - Geoff Clark
 
Most Games in Age Categories: 35s - Alex Holness (13), 40s - Ed Reddin
(12), 45s - Dean Frerk (15), 50s - Adam Shearer (14), 55s - Brian
Phillips (16) and 60s - Gus Gestro (12)
 
Ladies Contributions - Lyndal Maffey, Helen Hunter and Beryl Hope
 
Sponsor Certificates of Appreciation: Bodyworx Physio (Jason Bradley),
PDH Accounting (Peter Hesse) and Browns Butchery (not present)
 
Also acknowledged our 18 National Carnival representatives, including our two All
Australians - Adam Shearer and Don Spencer.
 
Acknowledged the club raised a total of $750 for MND through our
fundraiser game and "Sock It To MND" socks sales.
 
A Big thank you again to Beryl Hope for organising the function and everyone who attended and contributed to a very enjoyable night.



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