AFLMA Newsletter #9 :: 27 March 2002
The Newsletter of the AFL Members Association
In this issue:
1) Reserved Seating
2) Membership Drive
3) AFLMA Game of the Round/Year
4) AFLMA Bar
5) Election of New Committee
6) Contact details
Monday, 18 March, 2002 was the day reserve seating for the 2002
Home & Away Season became available to AFL Members. From the
sounds of it no-one had a happy day, with long waits at
Ticketmaster7 agencies, the system going down, etc. Some
members even discovered that their membership cards were
missing a digit in their barcode.
An interesting restriction about the ticketing is that Colonial
Stadium Level 4 tickets would only become available once Level
1 tickets were sold-out. For matches that aren't fully-ticketed
this isn't a problem. However, for the fully-ticketed games
(those involving either Carlton or Essendon) it seems unfair to
those people who prefer Level 4, and wanted to buy their
season's reserved seats in a single visit to Ticketmaster7.
They couldn't buy their Level 4 tickets on 18 March, and are
faced with the possibility of continually going back to
In the days since 18 March the AFL, Colonial and Ticketmaster7
have made a couple of changes to the ticketing arrangements:
Two weeks out from a Colonial Stadium match (with the exception
of Essendon Home matches), for advertised fully ticketed
matches, AFL Members will be able to purchase a level 4 seat.
Also, the cost of Level 4 tickets will be $1.10 juniors and
$5.00 for adults. This represents a decrease from the Level 1
prices ($3.00 and $5.50) but is still greater than the CPI
increase on last years prices.
If you've already purchased Level 1 tickets and wish to
exchange them for Level 4 (and get a refund for the difference)
you should contact the AFL Membership department
((03) 9643-1900) and discuss it with them.
In Season 2002 an important goal for the AFLMA is to build our
membership. We currently represent about 3,000 AFL Members. A
larger membership will only strengthen our relationship with
the AFL and enable us to "promote and protect" AFL Member
benefits. Over the next few years, while the MCG is being
redeveloped, things may get worse before they get better. The
AFLMA has only just started to galvanise support from the AFL
Membership and a lot of work is required to build our membership.
Membership recruitment is something where every AFLMA member
can get involved. Talk to friends, work collegues, family, etc.
Every time you go to the football you'll be surrounded by AFL
Members - tell them about their Association. Encourage people
to contact us, to visit our website, to get involved.
Tim Reddoch is able to provide leaflets and sign-up sheets to
those AFLMA members who are able to join in the membership
drive. Tim can be contacted on 0402-256-517 or via e-mail on
It is only with your continued support we will be able to go
into bat on your behalf and kick some goals (to mix some
metaphors). Spread the word to your fellow AFL Members. You can
join up as many members as you can at our website www.aflma.com .
And remember the lines of communication to the AFLMA Committee
are always open. You'll find the contact details below.
AFLMA GAME OF THE YEAR
Earlier this week the AFLMA announced its Game of the Year
award. We believe that AFL Members are ideally suited to make
this award. The membership isn't limited to supporters of any
one team and extends to those without specific club allegience.
We are a group of people who are among the most passionate
supporters around who appreciate good football.
As you watch the football this coming weekend, give a thought
to which was the best game of the round. Early next week log
onto the AFLMA website (www.aflma.com) and vote for your
choice. At the end of the home and away season there'll be 22
weekly nominations, and you'll have the opportunity to vote for
the Game of the Year.
We have designated the Haydn Bunton Bar in the Great Southern
Stand as an "unofficial" meeting place for Association Members.
It'll be the place to gather during games, to chat about issues
and to spread the word to fellow AFL Members. So look out for
fellow AFLMA people in the Bar during the course of the year.
ELECTION OF NEW COMMITTEE
The AFLMA's first Annual General Meeting was held on 20 March,
and the feeling coming out of the meeting was very positive.
Five people joined the Steering Committee, joining the six
people who are continuing their involvement. We believe this
make-up is a positive one, providing a balance between on-going
experience and fresh ideas.
The committee is as follows:
Michael Agrotis (President)
Jim Brighthope (Vic-President)
Irwin Hirsh (Secretary)
New: Julie Azzopardi
Jay McGrath (Treasurer)
Another positive sign is that the departing Steering Committee
Members (Michael Duke, Michael O'Brien, Ross Symons, Steve
Teleki, and Tim Reddoch) have indicated that they wish to
continue their involvement with the AFLMA and will be working
in specific areas.