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AFL Masters take to the field

NEW clubrooms, new LED lighting, new coaches and a fresh new outlook awaits Eastern Hills AFL Masters Football club this upcoming footy season.

The WA AFL Masters football season officially kicks-off on May 1 after COVID restrictions forced a postponement from April.

Eastern Hills Cats vice-president Paul Brown said the club was off to a rocketing start after recently moving to their brand new home, the Ron Jose Oval Pavilion in Midvale.

“It’s a really exciting time for us which is why we want to encourage new players to join,” he said.

“Our old set up wasn’t very sexy but now we’ve got new LED lighting, a great oval, great clubrooms, great everything.”

The club recently appointed Simon Byrde as the new supers coach (33 to 42-year olds) Daryl Mitchell the masters coach (43 to 50-year-olds) and Guy Netscher the seniors coaches (50+).

“We’ve been doing a lot of promoting with lots of new players already joining but we’re keen for more,” Mr Brown said.

“During COVID quite a lot of guys in the older bracket 50 plus had been hesitant to play but  now everyone is vaccinated it’s a different story and we’re seeing people come back.”

The Eastern Hills Masters Football Club was formed in 1987 under the then AFL Super Rules competition.

In 1990 the club became part of the AFL Masters competition.

The AFL Masters concept is based around a fortnightly carnival style game day where clubs field teams in the various age divisions.

Games are usually hosted by each club in turn throughout the season with games played on multiple ovals concurrently.

Eastern Hills’ home game day has been scheduled on May 29.

The games are not scored and the rules have been modified to minimise risk of injury to players.

The core philosophy of the AFL Masters Football Association is “footy for kicks” which means that aggression, violence, dangerous play and general bad behaviour is not tolerated.

Eastern Hills train every Wednesday night from 6pm.

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