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


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.

Its' On - First Game for 2019 This Sunday!!

G'day everyone,

Our first Hunter AFL Masters game for 2019 is on this Sunday 10 March at Nelson Bay, starting 10 am.

This is an intra-club game in place of our previously planned game against Nelson Bay women, who are unable to play.

Even though it is not our official season launch and Registration Day, which will be the following week 17 March, also at Nelson Bay, players are encouraged to come along and get your season started.

All players will need to be registered in order to play, to ensure you are covered by the club's insurance. In order to be registered you must have submitted a completed registration form and paid your registration fees. Click here to download a copy of the registration form.

Forms can be completed and fees paid at the game on Sunday.

Try to arrive well before the scheduled game time on Sunday to enable registrations to be completed. It will be busy for our registration secretary and helpers!

A reminder that registration fees for 2019 are:

  • Playing Member: $60 (includes first game fee)
  • Social Member (ie non-playing): $5

Game fees for all games during 2019: $15 per game (including this Sunday).

One trial game can be played without full registration by paying a game fee of $15.

Club shorts and socks will be available for purchase at $25 for shorts and $15 for socks. Limited stocks are available.

As always, the trailer/canteen will be there with drinks and for a BBQ after the game.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there Sunday!

2019 AFL Footy Tipping Competition

G'day everyone,

AFL Season 2019 is almost here, only three weeks to the opener Blues v Tigers.

It's time to re-enter the Hunter AFL Masters tipping comp and get those rivalries wound up again. Was a great comp last year, going down to the wire with Dyer sneaking in just ahead of Dazza during the last weeks of the finals.

Enter the competition by clicking on this link to go to the competition website. The password is Black Diamond.

Then just deposit $20 into account BSB 112879, Acct 137320398 or get cash to Hopey asap. All fees are returned to winners - amounts to be advised depending on tipper numbers.

Share the comp with friends and family and get more people in - the more the merrier and your chance to get bragging rights at least.


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

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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.

AFL HCC Social Competition Latest

Bruce McQualter
Bruce McQualter
Here is the latest information about our involvement in this year's AFL HCC Social Competition.
Bruce McQualter has accepted the position as head coach for our team in the HCC competition.
Bruce is an accredited Level 1 Senior AFL Coach with an extensive football history.
He coached the Tamworth Kangaroos to back-to-back Premierships in ’02 and ’03, and was coach of Newcastle City when they made the Grand Final in 2013 and 2015. Bruce is also a life member at both the Tamworth Kangaroos and Newcastle City.
We’re also calling on our Members for help before the competition gets underway in early May.
In order to firm up our playing squad, we’re asking those players who have previously indicated their interest in playing in the HCC team to now confirm their availability so we can start planning accordingly.
All you need to do is send an email with your details to our Secretary Mark Hope at secretary@huntermaf.org.au
If you haven’t previously expressed an interest in playing, but would now like to join our inaugural HCC team, it’s not too late. Just email Mark at the same email address above with your details.
There are also a number of key roles that need to be filled:
  • Team Manager
  • Club Umpire
  • Goal Umpire
  • Timekeeper/Scoreboard operator
  • Sports trainer
If you or someone you know can help with any of the above positions, please also send an email to Mark Hope at secretary@huntermaf.org.au with your details and what role you’re interested in.
If you are a registered Hunter AFL Masters player, the only additional cost for playing in the HCC competition is the match fee on game days. Any player in our team who is not registered with Hunter AFL Masters must be registered with a HCC club or another Masters association, and is also required to pay game fees.
While this is a unique opportunity to play in a new competition, we are committed to preserving our club culture and advocating for our way of football – Footy for Fun!!
As always, please don't hesitate to get in touch with any of our committee members if you have any questions or concerns.

2019 Masters DRAFT Fixture

Masters at Bill Elliott
The Hunter AFL Masters are please to release a DRAFT version of the 2019 fixture.
Please keep the following points in mind when reading the attached version of the fixture:
  • The fixture has been lodged with Newcastle City Council, and we are awaiting confirmation of availability of Bill Elliott Oval in Marylands to finalise the draw. Pending approval, Bill Elliott Oval will be the home ground for Hunter AFL Masters intraclub games unless otherwise indicated.
  • The use of Pasterfield Sports Centre in Cameron Park for our HCC Social home games is subject to availability, with draws yet to be relased for junior competitions who will also be using the vanue. However, dates for the AFL HCC Social games are set, with times and grounds to be confirmed.
  • The game against Port Macquarie will be played in Port Macquarie and is set down for the 27th of April, but is yet to be confirmed.
  • The Presentation Dinner will take place on the 26th of October, at a venue yet to be determined.
  • Hunter AFL Masters withdrew from the Sydney Carnival after the carnival was postponed to later in the season, which then clashed with our existing draw. A local intraclub game has been scheduled in its place.
The fixture features the following points of interest:
  • Registration Day will once again take place at Nelson Bay, on the 10th of March. The first game at Bill Elliott is scheduled for the 30th of March.
  • The Newcastle Carnival will take place at No. 1 Sportsground on the 9th of June.
  • Hunter AFL Masters will host Coffs Harbour at Bill Elliott Oval on the 22nd of June.
  • Hunter AFL Masters will take part in the Illawarra Carnival on the 31st of August.
  • The final local game of the year will be the Father/Child game at Bill Elliott on the 15th of September.
  • The National Carnival in Townsville will run for a week from the 28th of September.
Many thanks to Shane Gallagher for his perseverance and dedication in completing the fixture in what is an unusual year for the Masters, with the incorporation of the AFL HCC competition.
As always, please don't hesitate to contact any committee member is you have any questions or concerns about any Hunter AFL Masters matters: committee@huntermaf.org.au

AFL HCC Competition Update

Hi again Members,

As you may know from our previous posts, it's likely Masters will enter a team in the AFL HCC Seniors competition this year, pending a few questions we've raised with AFL HCC. This is in addition to our regular Intraclub games.

We're hopeful of bringing a coach on board in the next few weeks, and we're in regular dialogue with AFL HCC about the competition. We've also had quite a few people already indicate their willingness to play, which is fantastic.

However, we're looking to get as many people involved as possible, not only to fill out the playing ranks, but to also help with support roles, such as team managers, trainers, time keepers, physios, score keepers, etc.

If you're keen to try out the new competition, or could help in some other way, we'd love to hear from you. Drop us an email at Committee@huntermaf.org.au, or chat to one of our committee members about it.

#HunterAFLMasters #FootyForFun

2019 Hunter AFL Masters - Committee Update

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G'day Everyone,
As the 2019 season approaches, we wanted to pass on the latest information about what's been happening around the club, for our Hunter AFL Masters players and followers:
- The new committee met for the first time last week, and we are excited to welcome new committee members, Alex Holness, Julie Shearer and Ed Reddin.
- A spot remains available on the committee, so if you're interested in contributing or helping out, please don't hesitate to contact one of our committee members.
- The club is in a sound financial position.
- The committee was presented with the results of the recent players survey. We want to again thank everyone for taking the time to contribute, and the results have already been made available to everyone on the website. We are now working through the findings to make the club a better place for everyone.
- The committee believes we will enter a side into the HCC AFL Social Competition. However, this is subject to shoring up matters with the HCC AFL, finalising our playing numbers, and filling a number of positions such as team managers, trainers, time keepers, physios, score keepers, etc.
- We anticipate releasing a 2019 draw ASAP. It is our full intention to continue with our traditional intraclub draw, while interjecting it with the new HCC AFL Social comp. The likelihood is that intraclub games will be played on alternate weeks around the HCC AFL Social Competition. 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, or you've got some ideas for the Hunter AFL Masters, please don't hesitate to contact us, or chat to one of our committee members. All the best for the New Year, and we can't wait to get the ball rolling for 2019.
Footy for Fun!!
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/

AFL Special Offer - Round 1, GWS v Essendon

G'day Members,
We've been approached by the GWS Giants with a discounted group offer to see the Round 1 clash between the Giants and Essendon FOR ONLY $8 PER PERSON!!!
The game is on Sunday, March 24th at 3:20pm at Spotless Stadium.
If you're interested, please email our Secretary at secretary@huntermaf.org.au before next Wednesday (23 Jan), as we have to place the order prior to end of month to get the deal. Include your name and how many tickets you want in the email.
Tickets will then be ordered accordingly, and payment details will be sent out to you. Once we have numbers, we'll also look into group transport options.
#HunterMasters #FootyForFun

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!!

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the members and friends of the AFL Hunter Masters. Have a safe time over the holiday period we look forward to joining you all again for the AFL Masters 2019 Season.

AFL Hunter Central Coast Social Football

G'day Everyone,

You might be aware that the BDAFL has now been replaced by a new local AFL competition called the AFL Hunter Central Coast (AFL HCC) for 2019 and going forward. As was initiated last season under the BDAFL, the AFL HCC intends to run a social comp next year for older players. The basic arrangement is likely to be:

Play every 2-3 weeks with gala days utilised also

16 players on the ground - 17 minute quarters - Interchange (prob unlimited in numbers) Min age of 32 but 2 (prob) players down to 28 y.o. permitted AFL Masters code of ethics to be employed.

Last season four team from the central coast participated in the social comp and the AFL HCC is hoping teams from Newcastle area will also join next year. Hunter AFL Masters has again been asked to participate.

At this time, we are seeking expressions of interest from you to gauge whether we will have the numbers to enter a team. We intend to run our usual club AFL Masters calendar/draw regardless of whether we participate in the social comp. That means our club members/players would have the opportunity to play both Masters and social comp or either, depending on how the draws work out. There will likely be additional cost for players wanting to play both.

 We don't know at this stage what other Newcastle clubs will be entering teams.

Could you please contact our secretary asap whether or not you are interested in playing in the AFL HCC social comp with Hunter AFL masters in 2019? (no commitment at this stage)

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.


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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