AFL 9’s Venues in the Hunter

AFL 9’s is the AFL’s newest game, featuring a fast & free flowing format with no tackling, making it suitable for all ages and skill levels.

There are three AFL 9’s venues in the Hunter for 2015. Details are below:

Where: Weeraman Field
When: Wednesdays starting 11/02/15
Cost: $50 per Player or $500 per Team
Contact: Annette Garland 0422248770 or
Click Here for more information.

Newcastle City
Where: National Park No4 (Union St – Netball Courts end of No1 Sportsground)
When: Fridays starting 30/01/15
Cost: $40 per Player
Contact: Daniel Gardner or Craig Golledge 0439661701
Click Here for more information.

Redhead Beach
Where: Redhead Beach
When: Fridays starting 30/01/15
Cost: $5 per Week or $20 for 5 weeks
Contact: Julie Ferguson 0402329902

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AFL Hunter Coast AGM

Please be reminded that the AFL Hunter Coast AGM will occur on Sunday, February 1, at 10am, at the AFL Office in Morisset (1/15 Kam Close). The AGM will be followed by a 2015 Planning Session, which is expected to last for approximately 1 hour. All member clubs are expected to have 1 delegate in attendance.

In accordance with the constitution of AFL Hunter Coast, the order of business will be as follows:

14.1. Business of General Meetings

14.1.1. The business to be transacted at the Annual General Meeting includes the consideration of accounts, reports of the Board and auditors and the election of Board Members.

14.1.2. All business that is transacted at a General Meeting, and also all that is transacted at the Annual General Meeting, with the exception of those matters set out in Rule 14.1.1 shall be special business. “Special business” includes business of which a notice of motion has been submitted in accordance with Rule 15.

14.2. Business Transacted

No business other than that stated on the notice shall be transacted at that meeting.

2014 was the inaugural year of the AFL Hunter Coast. As such, all 7 Board Members in 2014 held their positions as casual positions on the Board, until our first AGM.

As per our Constitution, the AFL NSWACT appoint 3 Board Members, who are Ross Hughes, Libby Sadler and Simon Smyth. Ross assumed the Chairman’s role in 2014, after years volunteering at Club and Regional Committee levels, and has been a driving factor to the success of the AFL Hunter Coast in Year 1. Libby is known to many in her role as Female Programs Manager for the AFL NSWACT, and has jumped at this opportunity to join our Board, to further support all AFL initiatives in our region. Simon is the AFL NSWACT Manager for our region, and will continue to act as the Board’s Secretary.

The remaining 4 Board positions are elected following the receipt of nominations.4 nominations were received, meaning that these 4 nominees are elected unopposed. The 4 nominees, and subsequent Board Members are:

Jodie Broadbent – Jodie served as a Board Member in 2014, and has put a lot of rigour around our corporate governance and legal obligations. Jodie has done a great job in opening up some sponsorship opportunities for our League, and she hopes to be able to communicate some key announcements shortly.

Linda Kendall – Linda joins the Board as a proud footy wife and mother, who has spent over 20 years in the banking and finance industry. Finance remains a key priority for the Board, and Linda’s appointment will add expertise and experience to this key focus area.

Tony Bradley – Tony is the Chair of the Newcastle Regional Committee, and as such, sits on the Board to represent the views of his region.

Gavin Cornish – Gavin is the Chair of the Central Coast Regional Committee, and as such, sits on the Board to represent the views of his region.

At this point in time, I would like to thank Wayne Smith, Brendan Wilson and Joseph La Posta, who are not seeking election in 2015, after holding casual Board Member positions during 2014.

A reminder for this, and all future AFL Hunter Coast AGM’s, that any club with outstanding debts to AFL Hunter Coast, are unable to take any official part in the AGM. If you are unsure about the financial status of your club, please contact

On the completion of the Annual General Meeting, a Planning Meeting for 2015 will occur, the agenda for which will be circulated to clubs.

On behalf of the 2014 AFL Hunter Coast Board, I look forward to seeing you on February 1.

Simon Smyth

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2015 National Coaching Conference

The 2015 national coaching conference is open for registrations. Premiership winning Hawthorn coach Alistair Clarkson has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at this event that will be held in Melbourne. For more information Click Here  clarko

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Play AFL 9s Through The Summer

biglogoWho’s looking to keep fit, and improve their AFL skills over the summer? AFL 9s is the perfect game for you!

AFL 9s is a 9-a-side, non-contact version of our game, that can be played by anyone. Across Newcastle and the Hunter, there will be 2 AFL 9s Competitions running over summer:

Newcastle AFL 9s

National Park No 4

January 30, running for 8 weeks

Games played between 5:30-7pm

Contact Daniel on for more info


Muswellbrook AFL 9s

Weeraman Field, games starting from 5:50pm

Feb 11 – Mar 26

Contact Annette on

Online registration will be available on January 5. Please visit for all details.

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Michael Gray Announced As AFL Hunter Coast Football Operations Coordinator

Michael Gray has accepted the role of AFL Hunter Coast Football Operations Coordinator, and will commence work on January 12. Michael led an exceptionally talented field of applicants, and will use his years of local football experience, at both a … Continue reading


Women’s AFL Come and Try Days

2015 Womens AFL

Women’s AFL is coming to the Central Coast and Hunter regions in 2015.

Click on the link for details on our Come and Try Days.

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Hunter Academy Squad Update

nicholas-naitanui-afl-draft-camp-6281912The Hunter Academy of Sport AFL programme plays a vital role in the AFL NSW/ACT pathway by identifying, monitoring and developing the skills of young AFL players in the Hunter Region.

Members of this squad will be exposed to expert coaching services, consultants, psychologists, strength & conditioning experts and more.

The Academy’s holistic approach will certainly improve the existing skills and knowledge of all squad members.

The AFL programme  runs from October to March.


Squad Members:

Jesse Bates (Singleton)
Jaylan Boyce (Cardiff)
Spencer Burdack (City)
Aiden Burns (Nelson Bay)
Bayley Elder (Cardiff)
Lachlan Falley (City)
Jacob Findlay (City)
Matthew Godfrey (City)
Matthew Guy (Maitland)
Jaydn Healy (Port)
Olly Latter (Maitland)
Matthew Lyons (City)
Jack Lyons (City)
Logan Marshall (Cardiff)
Nathan Murdoch (Maitland)
Brodie Perry (City)
Marshell Riches (Maitland)
Denver Ross (Port)
Rahn Sonneveld (Maitland)
Zack Stewart (Maitland)
Eddie Sutherland (Maitland)
Mitchell Sweetnam (City)
Jake Sweetnam (City)
Owen Tooley (Lake Macquarie)
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