Footy is Back, with a Free BBQ!!

This Saturday 4 July we are RETURNING TO FOOTY!!!

3 pm kick off for an intraclub game at Bill Elliott Oval, Maryland.

And, to celebrate our return to footy, we are providing a free BBQ (food only) to everyone attending.

Sorry for the short notice but approvals have only come through this week and we figure everyone will be keen to get out there.

AFL NSW/ACT COVID-19 Return to Play Safety & Hygiene Protocols will be in place so we ask everyone to be prepared and respectful of those.

Remember to byo water bottle!

See you Saturday! #FootyForFun

Hunter AFL Masters - Toyota Good for Footy Raffle

Fancy winning a new car worth almost $40k? Want to help out the club during the pandemic? Well, you can do both by purchasing a ticket in the Toyota Good for Footy Raffle.
Tickets are only $5, and you go in the draw for 10 amazing prizes including a 2019 Toyota RAV4. Even better, 100% of the proceeds go to Hunter Masters Australian Football Club. Did we mention tickets are only $5!! Win-win!!

Members UPdate June 2020 #2

G'day Everyone,

The re-start of our season is likely to be the weekend of 17 July 2020.
We are still waiting for confirmation of COVID-19 management
requirements, confirmation of ground availability from council and
advice from AFL HCC on the social comp before we can confirm a draw and
arrangements for our games. We will let everyone know as soon as have
all that information.
It is likely we will have a "Season Relaunch" celebration at the Lambton
Park Hotel around our first game. Stay tuned for more information there.
In the meantime, good news is our 'training' numbers can increase from
10 to 20 people from 13 June (last weekend). So come along for a warm up
kick and remember we must still follow the COVID-19 protocols, which
will be in place. You can find out about return to play info
We have also registered for the Toyota Good For Footy Raffle. There are
great prizes starting with three cars from Toyota and all proceeds of
tickets bought from our club come back to the club at the end of the
raffle. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased online at link
The raffle will be drawn on 20 August 2020. Support your club by buying
tickets and good luck!
Remember to visit our Facebook page, Website and Team App for updates.

Members UPdate June 2020

G'day Everyone,

Hope this update finds you well and that you are starting to get excited about the

AFL season resuming next week, hopefully with ours not long after.


Unfortunately no news for you this update. The committee is waiting for

the next step in our resumption after recent notifications of junior

sports resuming from 1 July. We can't be too far away and will pass on

info once we have it from our state body.


In the meantime, check out the latest Chop & Bones Show released tonight

on the Facebook page. Some tough questions for the President to answer we



Also, stay in touch via our club website at,

Facebook page at and Team App at


A reminder of our sponsors for 2020: Terrace Meats, Lambton Park Hotel,

BodyWorx Physio, Regional Australia Bank, Adamstown Car Detailing,

Crawford Real Estate and Murray Consulting Solutions.

Members UPdate May 2020 #2

G'day Everyone,

Hope you are all well and looking forward to the impending relaxing of
COVID-19 restrictions in NSW from later this week. We hope you enjoy
your new-found freedoms, while following all the necessary personal
safety guidelines.

We received an update from the AFL this week about potential future
re-commencement of community AFL. The update is available on our Facebook page and Team App. We hope to recommence training and games in the not-too-distant future, once we receive the go-ahead from the AFL.

The committee met again last night via a Zoom meeting and discussed a
number of member benefits to be implemented as soon as we can.

These include:

Compensation for those members who have paid full registration for 2020,
which may be credit towards 2021 membership

Reduced registration fees for the remainder of 2020, (assuming we

Sports bags to be provided with 2021 membership

Club gear/merchandise prices to be reduced and some new items to be
available, such as caps and hoodies

When we have the go-ahead, a season re-launch function will be arranged
at the Lambton Park Hotel

The club will pay for some on-line courses, such as umpiring, coaching
and RSA for club members

Further details and confirmation will be provided in due course.

The committee also decided that, in line with ongoing COVID-19 concerns,
shared water bottles will no longer be available at club games. Players
will be required to bring and use their own water bottles. The club will
also have bottled water available at games.

Stay tuned for further info as we get closer to a re-start - hopefully!
Remember to visit our Facebook page, website and Team App for updates.

Members UPdate May 2020

G'day Everyone,
Our President and Committee hope this email finds all our club members
in good health and good spirits despite the challenges presented to all
of us by COVID-19. Good news is there now seems to be some light at the
end of the COVID-19 tunnel!
The AFL Masters 2020 National Carnival in Perth has been postponed to
2021 due to the impact of COVID-19. The proposed new dates for 2021 are
26 September to 2 October 2021. More information is available from the
WA Masters Facebook page at
We have no new information yet on when our local season may proceed -
still waiting for an update from AFL Community Football and NSW Masters.
The committee is due to meet again next week using an on-line platform
again. We will provide an update next week following that meeting.
Feel free to contact any of the committee if you have any issues or
concerns relating to masters footy. Also, we encourage anyone to get in
touch with Chop & Bones if you have any interesting or funny articles
for their next show.
A reminder of our sponsors for 2020: Terrace Meats, Lambton Park Hotel,
BodyWorx Physio, Regional Australia Bank, Adamstown Car Detailing,
Crawford Real Estate and Murray Consulting Solutions.

Members UPdate April 2020

G'day everyone,

Firstly, our President and Committee hopes this update finds all our club members in good health and good spirits despite the COVID-19 cloud hanging over us. We also hope everyone is abiding by the guidance we are all being given to help overcome the virus sooner rather than later.

In addition to the isolation and social distancing we are having to endure, it is somewhat depressing not having any sport (especially AFL!!) to play, watch, follow and talk about - it has taken a lot out of our daily lives. Good news is, it will return at some point, so there is light at the end of the tunnel.

The committee met last night for the first time since our season 'pause' using an on-line forum for the first time. Apart from the novelty of the experience, we thought it was successful.  Things we discussed were: 

  • No further information on the re-commencement of AFL in any form - we will all have to stay tuned for the lead from the AFL, which we expect will flow down to us


  • We will be looking at an activity that we may be able to use to keep people in touch (while observing all the current stay-at-home and social distancing requirements) - if anyone has a suggestion, we would be happy to hear it.


  • The club has a healthy bank account at present and the committee is looking at ways to utilise the 'extra' funds for the benefit on our members -more information to follow soon on that.


  • Our new reversible jerseys are still help up in China - we will advise when we have more information on delivery. 

A reminder of our sponsors for 2020: Terrace Meats, Lambton Park Hotel,

BodyWorx Physio, Regional Australia Bank, Adamstown Car Detailing,

Crawford Real Estate and Murray Consulting Solutions.



COVID-19 Related Cancellations


Following the AFL update on community football, New South Wales AFL Masters has advised effective immediately all games, training including intra club matches are cancelled until 31 May. Our Club of course will comply with this community requirement.
This means our four Intraclub games, Hunter carnival and two AFL HCC games planned in that time are now cancelled.
Once we have more information about Club activities during this time and beyond, we’ll share that with everyone.
In the meantime, let’s hope the AFL goes ahead, albeit without spectators, so we can be entertained via the TV!
More info available at:

Bushfire Appeal Charity Game

Our Charity Game this year will be the second game of the year on Sunday 29 March and all money raised will go to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal. Phill Doring is taking the lead on this fund raiser. More to follow.

Hunter AFL Masters Now on Team App

Hi everyone,

Hunter AFL Masters are moving to Team App for their game day notifications, and will no longer be using Teamer for event notifications.

From now on, to stay up to date with game day information, just visit, create a profile, search for Hunter AFL Masters, and request to be added to the page

Members will also be able to pay their match-day fees, pay registration, and purchase merchandise via Team App. 

Team App is also used by the AFL Masters NSW, and AFL Masters, making it easier for members to keep one profile across all governing bodies.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me or anyone on the committee.

Members Update 29 January 2020

It's Almost Game Time

Our 2020 football season is fast approaching and the committee is hard at work getting preparations underway. Some key things to be aware of:

Communication Platforms. In addition to our website, emails (such as this one) and Facebook, we are using Team App as a major communication platform this year. We will also be using Team App to enable club registration and payment of fees, payment of match day fees and purchase of merchandise (such s the new club jerseys). We encourage everyone to get the Team App app, register with Hunter AFL Masters and check out the various functions. We will populate News, Events, Sponsors, Store, etc over the coming weeks.

Sponsors. We will again have Terrace Meats, Lambton Park Hotel, BodyWorx Physio and Regional Australia Bank as sponsors in 2020. In addition, Adamstown Car Detailing (Shane Gallagher) and Crawfords Real Estate will be supporting us this year - stay tuned for more info

Jerseys. As in previous note, we will have new, reversible green & red jerseys this year and players can order their own personalised jersey. If you want one, you need to get your order and $30 payment in quickly via Team App. Those players who have a personalised 50 games number should also get their order in if they want to keep their number.

The Club’s bank details for payments are BSB: 650 000, Acc no: 9820 72205, Acc name: Hunter Masters AFL, Bank: Newcastle Permanent Building Society Ltd.

2020 Draw. The draw for this season is still being developed and will be notified in the next few weeks. First game is likely to be around 22 March. In the meantime, get down to training each Sunday afternoon 3 pm at Lambton Park.

For news and what's happening, visit our club website at, Facebook page at and Team App at

Hunter AFL Masters - Team App

Here is the link to the Team App website for the Hunter AFL Masters:

Find the app for your phone on the Apple Store or the Google Play Store.

2019 AGM Done - 2020 Here We Come!

The 2019 AGM on Sunday was fantastic day with a great turnout for the AGM and BBQ. President Adam Shearer and Treasurer Alex Holness confirmed the outstanding year the club has had in 2019 both on and off the field and the great shape it is in for 2020.

Thanks and congrats to the people who nominated and were elected onto the committee for 2020:

President: Adam Shearer
Vice President (and Ground Coord): Shane Gallagher
Secretary: Mark Hope
Treasurer: Alex Holness
Registration Secretary: Daran Emmett
Canteen Coord: Beryl Hope
Committee: Jason Dean, Glenn Mitchell, Phill Doring, Judy Rogers, Julie Shearer

It is a great sign for our club to have filled all committee positions, with many ongoing members but also some new faces to bring new ideas and discussion. Our thanks go to outgoing committee people Ed Reddin and Eric Rogers and we welcome our newest committee people Daran Emmett, Phill Doring and Glenn Mitchell (past-President).

Hopey won the Sydney Swans signed footy, which was drawn from those attending the AGM.

Hopefully we will still see a few faces at the Bunnings BBQ on 21 December, otherwise, We wish everyone an enjoyable and rewarding Christmas and New Year break and will be in touch early in 2020 with news on the year ahead.

2019 Hunter AFL Masters Survey - Results

Please find attached a copy of the 2019 Hunter AFL Masters Survey report. For your interest and consideration, please note the following information:
  • The Executive Summary and Conclusion give the best snapshots of the survey. In essence, we found that Members are mostly happy with how the club is functioning.
  • The Results and Key Findings are where you will find our interpretations of the data in the survey, which also includes comparison with the 2018 survey where appropriate.
  • The Discussion Points and Recommendations are our points for consideration, and what you may find most compelling. We do not expect all of these recommendations to be adopted - indeed, they may not be adopted at all. They are merely our suggestions for further consideration.
Please note that individual comments from participants have been removed from the public version of this report, to protect their anonymity.
Special thanks the Committee for their guidance and support in helping run the survey, and a massive thanks also to everyone who contributed by participating in the survey. It is only through your feedback that we are able to improve and innovate our operations.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, or would like to offer your own thoughts, please contact the committee.

Get your car detailed before Christmas!!

Are you having friends and family over for Christmas, and want your sweet ride looking its absolute best?

Well, now is the time to get your car detailed, and help out a Club member at the same time.

Shane Gallagher started a new business enterprise this week, as a Jim’s Car Detailing Franchisee. His first paid up customer was a fellow Hunter Masters sponsor, and you can see the impressive work Shane has done in the photos attached.

Gift vouchers are also available, so if you are looking for gift ideas, and think you can do better than a pair of socks, why not gift a Jim’s Car Detailing gift voucher? Who doesn’t like that ‘new car’ smell?

For more information or to make a booking, phone Shane on: 0401 373 023 or email

Members Update - 14th November

The end of the year is fast approaching, but we still have a few things going on around the club that may be of interest:
Annual General Meeting: Did you know you can win a football signed by the Sydney Swans just by turning up to the AGM? The Swans have donated a football signed by the 2019 team, and we are going to give it away to one lucky person at the AGM. All you need to do is be at Speers Point Park on Sunday 8th December at 9:30am (see attached images for location details). There will also be a free drinks and BBQ, as we empty out the trailer for 2019. We’ll bring a footy for a kick, and hopefully it will be nice and warm for a swim.
Bunnings BBQ Fundraiser: The Hunter AFL Masters will host a Bunnings BBQ fundraiser on the 21st of December at Wallsend Bunnings, and we need volunteers to help out. All you need to do is turn up for a couple of hours, and do your bit for the club. It’s a fun day, raises money for the club, and helps promote Masters. Please email the committee if interested at
LPH Cards: You can now support the club and our sponsorship partners at the Lambton Park Hotel by signing up for a LPH Members Card. Each time you swipe the card with a purchase at the pub, 10% of the purchase goes to us, and another 5% goes to the member. All you need to do is fill in a form next time you are there. Lambton Park Hotel have shown a real interest in stepping up our association with them next year, so why not follow them on Facebook and head down there if you get the chance. They always have drink and meal specials, and it’s a great place to have a yarn with your mates.
Training: Training this Sunday is on!! 3pm at Lambton Park. We had a good start last week, and we’ve incorporated a couple of light training drills at the start, before our usual game of modified rules. Come down for a run and join us at the pub after – also a great opportunity to sign up for your LPH Members Card!
Wal MacPherson Housewarming: Wal and Christine would like to send out another reminder that the Hunter AFL Masters are welcome to their house warming on Friday the 29th November, at 64 Throsby St, Tighes Hill. Start time is 7pm-ish, and BYO grog. Apparently there are going to be two live bands there (!), so it should be a good way to catch up before Xmas.
As always, please contact any of our committee members if you have any questions or concerns.

Presentation Night Award Winners

Congratulations to the major award winners from the 2019 Hunter AFL Masters Presentation Night.
- 2019 AFL HCC MVP: Daran Emmett
- 2019 Representative Player of the Year: Daran Emmett
- Christine Bradshaw Memorial Trophy for Most Enthusiastic: Dante D’Angelo-Kemp
- Club Person of the Year: Ed Reddin
- Derek Mitchell Trophy for Players Player: Julien Wells

Members Update - 9th October

Presentation Night is just around the corner, but there are a few other key Hunter AFL Masters events coming up that you might also like to know about:
Hunter AFL Masters Presentation Night: The deadline to purchase tickets for Presentation Night is only 10 days away, on the 19th of October. As this is a catered event, tickets must be purchased in advance via direct debit. When transferring funds, please include your name and event details so we know who has paid for what. The bank details are: BSB: 650 000. Acc no: 9820 72205. Acc name: Hunter Masters AFL. Bank: Newcastle Permanent Building Society Ltd. Tickets are $30, and includes a $5 drink voucher, a two-course meal, and finger-food on arrival. Event details: Date: 26th October. Location: Mayfield Wests. Time: 6pm for 6:30pm start. Another reminder email will be sent next week with more information about the night, but get in early to avoid missing out.
AFL 9s: The AFL 9s competition at Warners Bay for October-December is now full, and unfortunately we have missed out on entering a team. However, it is likely there will be another competition run by the Newcastle-Central Coast Umpires Association at Waratah Park, starting on the 25th of October and running for approximately 6 weeks. The organisers are seeking approval from the Council before launching the competition, but there should be more details to announce soon. We only need a few more players to make up a side, so if interested, please email me at  
Annual General Meeting: The 2019 Hunter AFL Masters AGM will be held on Sunday 8th December in Speers Point Park at 9:30am. While there will be a few formalities to get through, we anticipate the meeting will be over shortly after 10am, after which time there will be a free BBQ. We’ll also bring a footy for a kick, and hopefully it will be nice and warm for a swim. Come along and catch up with other Masters in what should be a fun morning.
Bunnings BBQ Fundraiser: The Hunter AFL Masters will host a Bunnings BBQ fundraiser on the 21st of December at Wallsend Bunnings, from 9am-4pm. Being close to Christmas, it promises to be busy day, so we are calling on volunteers to step up and help us in another key fundraising event for the club. Even if you can only lend a hand for an hour or two, it would be greatly appreciated. Please email the committee if interested at
Wal MacPherson Housewarming: Wal and Christine have invited the Hunter AFL Masters to their house warming on Friday the 29th November, at 64 Throsby St, Tighes Hill. Start time is 7pm-ish, and all are welcome. It’s BYO grog and bring a plate if you want. Wal says that at the end of the day it’s just a mad catch up before Xmas on the creek.
Trailer Base: Hunter AFL Masters are seeking a storage base for our trailer in 2020. If you have a spare carport or corner in your backyard where we can keep the trailer next year, it would go a long way to solving a logistical issue for the Association, and arrangements will be made to ensure you are adequately recompensed. If interested, please email the committee at
As always, please contact any of our committee members if you have any questions or concerns.

2019 Hunter AFL Masters Survey

As part of our annual review process, we would again like to survey our players, members, and supporters, so we can deliver a better experience for everyone involved in our club.

Accordingly, please find a link to the 2019 survey below.

The information gathered from this survey helps us to set a strategy and agenda for the next 12 months, so please give it your due consideration, as the results can shape decisions such as investment strategies, sponsorship recruitment, and game fees.

Ultimately, we are interested in hearing from our valued members so we can improve Hunter AFL Masters for everyone.

Your time and effort in completing the survey is greatly appreciated. It should take less than 10 minutes, and all answers are anonymous.

Please only fill out once per member:


Bluegums Cabins

Looking for a weekend escape? For accommodation in the Barrrington Tops, Bluegums Cabins is the perfect bushland retreat.

Use the code Slainte to get a 5% discount for all people

Hosts and Hunter AFL Masters Gavin & Amanda Dimery will look after you.

More details on their website here:

Milestone Award Changes

G'day everyone,

The committee has been considering changes to club games milestones for some time and decided on some changes proposed to come into effect from 2020. The purpose of this article is to notify members of the proposed changes and provide the opportunity for feedback before they are introduced.

Currently, players are recognised for the following games milestones with our club:
25 games - monogrammed glass
50 games - personalised club guernsey
75 games - framed action photo
100 games - life membership
150 games - match ball signed by players
200 games - tbc

The committee has considered changes because of the increased player participation due to introduction of the AFL HCC Social Comp games in addition to our normal Intraclub and Carnival games schedule, meaning players are likely to achieve these milestones in a relatively short period.

For example, our 2019 draw has 23 games where in previous years/seasons we have had up to 15 games. Along with that, we are seeing our players are playing more games this year than in previous years.

The current milestone recognitions were established during the start up of the club with the expectation relatively few players would achieve those games milestones, especially 100 games for life membership. If players did achieve the milestones, it was expected to take a significant time. For example, our earlier players who have achieved the life membership milestone took around 10 years or more.

With our current draw, which is likely to continue given the committee's intent to continue with all game activities (intraclub, carnival, AFL HCC participation) and the level of player participation in all activities, the 100 game milestone may be achieved in around 5 years - about half the period previously. The 25 game milestone may be achieved early in a second season for some payers.

The committee considers the short period diminishes the significance of the achievement and also brings added expense to the club in purchasing the recognitions.

So, the committee has decided on the following games milestones proposed to be introduced from 2020:
50 games - monogrammed glass
100 games - personalised club Guernsey
150 games - match ball signed by payers, and life membership
200 games - framed photo
250 games - tbd

The committee understands this may impact some players approaching milestones early in 2020. However, it is believed to be in the best interests of the club. The milestones may be reviewed again in the future depending on the club activities and other considerations of the committee at the time.

Member feedback on this change is welcomed.


2019 Hunter AFL Masters Presentation Night

Help us celebrate a big year of Masters football by joining us at the Hunter AFL Masters Presentation Dinner in October.
Date: 26th October, 2019
Time: 5:30pm for a 6pm start. 10pm finish approx.
Location: Wests Mayfield
Dress: Neat Casual
Cost: ONLY $30 PER PERSON. Payment by direct debit only.
Friends and Family welcome.
More details to be released in the coming weeks.
The 2018 Award Winners:
- Player's Player: Jason Dean
- Best Club-person: Adam Shearer
- Best Rep Player: Adam Shearer
- Most Enthusiastic: Howard "Gus" Gestro

Hunter AFL Masters - Winery Tour

Book a seat on our winery tour for just $30 per head (plus lunch at Harrigan’s Pub).

Leaving LPH at 9:30am, we plan to tour a couple of wineries, a distillery, and a brewery.

Seats are limited. Book to confirm you spot:


Date: Saturday, August 3rd


Preliminary Itinerary:

9:30am - Leave LPH

10:30am - Tamburlaine

11:30am - Tour and Taste @ McGuigan

1:00pm - Lunch @ Harrigans

2:00pm - Hunter Distillery

3:00pm - IronBark Brewery

4:30pm - Return to LPH


Hey mate, 

The winery tour is Saturday the 3rd of August. 

The Intraclub game the day before the HCC GF has been called off.

Thanks mate, I'll send another email with that info.


Hunter AFL Masters is 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

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:

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:

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!


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