Vic Country Masters AFL

Presidents Report - 2016


Welcome to the 2016 AGM,


I would like to start with thanking all those on the Vic Country MAF board for their support with this year which has seen me as President for the fifth consecutive year, with their support we have gotten through a trying year and I believe still heading in a positive direction. Thanks to Tony Lovett for his time as Vic President which he is stepping down this year, Gary Polglaze as Treasurer staying on, Marty Abela as Secretary stepping down this year and to Mick Lewis, Tommy Williams and Wayne Allen, Thanks Again. To all the Vic Country Presidents thank you for your continued support in making Vic Country MAF a successful competition for the season 2016 and continue to encourage you to be actively involved in the continued running of Vic Country MAF. This includes making sure your details are up to date on the website and continuing to put your ideas forward through to the board.

As always we as a board are continuing to try and improve the competition but this year has seen quite a few forfeits due to injury and lack of numbers and from the Survey feedback it does sound like all clubs to a certain degree are struggling in particular those who committed to two clubs this year (except Geelong). From the Survey results we feel as a Board that the competition may have to go back to a single club from each town competition which is not desirable because some clubs do have good numbers. But we will discuss this further at the AGM today.

This has also played big time on trying to get a draw semi organized which at this stage is still up in the air.

So I am asking all clubs to continue to work together to improve and promote Vic Country Masters

(Football for Fun).  

Midyear Catch Up

Once again we had a midyear catch up meeting at the Thornbury Footy Club (after Carnival Training) and this was good for all to air their views and discuss things that need to be discussed, a lot of interesting thoughts and discussion came out of this which I do feel is positive for the Vic Country MAF league to continue. With the survey results and feedback I think that we need to set an allocated time to discuss this at the AGM this year there is a lot we need to consider in moving forward. This meeting will continue to happen in the future,

Time and Date will be confirmed early next season 2017.

Local Competition

This year we had 17 teams in the 35’s competition and we had 8 teams in the 45’s competition. This season we saw the inclusion of new club Samaria Suns, GV Giants, Woodend/Hesket in the 35s with teams Maryborough, Bendigo, Wellington, Gippsland, Murray Crays and Kerang/Swan Hill fielding one side each then Sunshine Heights and Glenorden combining for 2 sides 35’s and over 45’s with Melton, Geelong Ballarat, Echuca Sunbury, Gisborne and Moorabool Valley forming the rest of 35’s and over 45’s sides.

This is now 18 clubs across our broad state which makes for a lot of travel and long days for some clubs but certainly the new clubs have been pretty good with their travel and numbers but some of the clubs with the 2 sides have struggled to get number for away game.

Therefore once again there were a few forfeits across both divisions but I still believe the season as a whole has been reasonably successful. This is why the communication between Presidents is the key and once again I encourage you to make every effort to get your games going ahead over next season.

Lawrie Evans June Long Weekend

This match that we play against Vic Metro is to remember one of our long standing tireless workers who passed away 2008. Lawrie Evans was the true inspiration of what Vic Country is all about. It was great to see the support of all the clubs involved in this match at Shepparton for making a huge effort in remembering our past life member. Geelong, Murray Masters, Samaria Suns, GV Giants were the main contributors along with some other clubs having representation in this annual match. Vic Metro always want to keep this tradition going and that has helped to create two new clubs into to our competition which is fantastic for Vic Country MAF. By the way Vic Country won again!!!!!!! “Also we lost around 14 jumpers this game” if any presidents know about jumpers that haven’t been paid for please talk Gary Polglaze on the side about it

MAF National Carnival Adelaide

The National Carnival this year was played on the Gold Coast this year, there were around 1000 players from all states registering for this year’s carnival. The weather was magnificent and the social function we had were very successful thanks “Boydy” great work. We had around 96 player from Vic Country attend the carnival and managed to get through all the matches reasonably well. The over 45’s led by Bernie Purcell almost got over the line for carnival flag but just missed out. A big thank you to all those who attended the carnival especially JK and Robbo who looked after all the player with the tapping and icing and so-on, to all the team managers and coaches once again top job without these volunteers we wouldn’t be able to get through the carnival. We struggled with a couple of age groups this year.

So I would hope that next year’s Carnival at Geelong starting on Monday the 2nd of October 2017, will be very successful for all Vic Country MAF players and Vic Country in general and I would like to see all teams full of players there.

A big shout out to the Geelong organizing committee for being successful in getting the tender for the 2017 Carnival, well done boys.


Vic Country had sides entered in all grades at this year carnival 35-40’s, 45’s, 50’s, 55’s and 60’s. Congratulations to everyone involved in the carnival, especially all the volunteers who did not play. (A special mention and thank you to Gary Polglaze again (Carnival manager), for making sure all the finances and clothing were sorted and again Tony Lovett for his governing roll of the coaches and coordinating training runs, and Marty Abela, Tom Williams, Wayne Allan, again for their help and support up there and to JK, Robbo from Melton (our Trainers for the carnival) and their extra helpers. Also to the Team Managers in particular Natalie and Jarod who worked very hard to make sure we had enough numbers for each game and to our coaches again this year 35-40’s Wayne Allan, 45’s Bernie Purcell, 50’s, Tim Delany, 55’s Pat Whelan again and Ollie Mathews the 60’s at the Gold Coast national carnival.

“MAF National Carnival 2017 Geelong

This is confirmed for the starting Monday 2rd October to Saturday the 7th October 2017 (Stay Tuned)

Well done Geelong Boys on achieving this great work


If you don’t think the Carnival is a big part of AFL Masters then maybe I am not the right person for this job, to me I would not be doing this if it was not for catching up and playing in the Carnival each year (15 to be exact)

I have made so many friends and the comradery is what I enjoy the most out of Masters Footy.


Thank you to the trainers, umpires and partners that assist in getting us oldies on the park each time we play without their support we would not be able to take the field. “Thanks heaps”


To Marty Abela one of our board members who took on the job as secretary well done on all you have done mate you have been a great help and I hope you enjoy not having to do the paperwork anymore, hope you stay involved with Masters footy and continue to enjoy playing FOOTY FOR FUN. This year once again a number of board members up for re-election so I do hope all will continue


I hope you have all enjoyed the year whether on the field on a Saturday or Sunday, or in representing Vic Country at the Carnival we look forward to your continued support in the next year.


Cheers Canon. Vic Country Pres