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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Kevin Sheedy in Nelson Bay

sheedy11-20120803212046984979-620x414“A Night with Kevin Sheedy” will be held at Nelson Bay Golf Club Port Stephens on Wednesday 8th October.

This is a great and rare opportunity to have a legend of the game talk openly about life, football and leadership. This past Tuesday has also seen Kevin be inducted this week into the AFL Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

For more details, please check the flyer:
Kevin Sheedy in Nelson Bay

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BDAFL to have Womens Competition in 2015?

AFL NSW/ACT in conjunction with Black Diamond AFL are exploring the possibility of starting a Women’s Competition in 2015.

On the back of a successful come and try day in June as well as Cardiff’s annual “Chick Kick” interest from female’s to play AFL is increasing according to AFL NSW/ACT Regional Manager – Hunter Coast, Simon Smyth.

“Cardiff have held their ‘Chick Kick” for a couple of years now and it has proven to be very popular with numbers increasing each year. We also had 18 players at our come and try day in June, so the interest is certainly there” Smyth said.

Currently both the Central Coast and Newcastle hold youth girls competitions at Under 18’s and Under 15’s level respectively.

“Both Youth Girls competitions have been very successful and the introduction of the Women’s competition will create a pathway for these girls to continue to play AFL” Smyth added.

Smyth is hopeful that the competition will consist of multiple teams from both the Central Coast and Newcastle and envisaged that they will become part of existing BDAFL clubs.

“We believe that we can get a minimum of four sides which will enable us to have a competition. We understand that we may need to have an amount of flexibility around the structure and the BDAFL Board have indicated a willingness to accommodate this” Smyth said.

“We also believe that the inclusion of a Women’s side within an existing BDAFL club structure is the best model for all parties” he added.

Currently there are only three Women’s competitions in NSW/ACT, AFL Sydney, AFL Canberra and AFL Broken Hill.

There will be a number of “Come and Try” events organised over the next few months in order to gauge interest and give those interested players to opportunity to experience the game.

Any Women who would be interested in playing AFL in 2015 can express their interest by sending an e-mail to

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2014-2015 Hunter Academy of Sport AFL Program – Trials on 14th September

Nominations are now open for our 2014-2015 Hunter Academy of Sport AFL talent development program (click the link for more information)
Selection Trial Info 2014-2015

The program is open to all players turning 9,10, 11 and 12 in 2014.

Please note the online nomination form which can be found on the HAS website

Nominations close 12 September 2014.

For more details, please contact Craig Golledge:

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