Preparations for the 39th AFL Masters National Carnival are progressing full steam ahead, and all players traveling to Adelaide will be part of the biggest ever carnival with more than 1250 registered to play – the youngest player at 35, and the eldest 79 years young.
AFL Masters President Steve Eurell said there was genuine excitement in bringing the tournament back to Adelaide for the first time since 2014.
“Adelaide has a long history with this event – dating back to when it hosted the sixth ever carnival in 1988,” he said.
“South Australia is a proud Aussie rules state, so I am also sure the local support will be huge when the teams are out and playing around the city next week.”
A record 60 teams and over 2000 attendees including Team Managers, Coaches and Umpires, and traveling families will descend upon Adelaide later this week – all States and Territories will be represented.
There has been strong growth in the women’s code off the back of the AFLW and the newly introduced AFL Masters QuickKick program which had almost 3000 registrations across 44 clinics nationwide in 2022. At the National Carnival, we will see 2 age divisions for women, including an over-40s category for the first time. The men’s competition will see the inaugural over 65s division.
In addition to match days, the participants are also taking part in a significant social program, including a range of tours to popular destinations for players, officials, and their families to experience the best of Adelaide and South Australia is expected to exceed $4M.
Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison said the event was a chance to showcase how well South Australia puts on a show, as well as highlight tourism opportunities in the state.
“It is terrific to welcome back to Adelaide the AFL Masters players, officials, and supporters for what will be a big week of sporting fun and friendship – a real festival of footy,” she said.
“While we know there is plenty of on-field action, we also know that there is a packed social calendar where visitors to our state get a chance to discover our great restaurants, cafes, and bars, and head out into our regions to explore some great wineries distilleries and iconic destinations like Harndorf and Kangaroo Island.