AFL Members Association endorses MCC's position on Preliminary Final

Media release 11/2002
August 18, 2002

MCC general manager Stephen Gough's strong stand on the issue of the preliminary final has the support of the AFL Members Association. Despite willingly entering into a 40 year agreement that took effect in 1992, the AFL now wants both preliminary finals to be played interstate, should non-Victorian teams qualify. In contrast, as reported on Mr Gough has spoken of honouring obligations to the Victorian football public, and recognising that AFL and MCC members formed a "very vital part of the fabric of football" whose contribution should be "recognised and nurtured".

"It's ironic that the AFL Administration is not supporting the rights of AFL Members but the MCC is", said Mr Michael Agrotis, AFLMA President, "The AFL should not forget that AFL Membership is a key element which underpinned the funding of the Great Southern Stand. Since the stand was built we have had our rights eroded away by the AFL administration, and now they want to take the preliminary final too."

Last December Full Members were required to pay their membership fee in advance, and this amount was charged on the basis that there would be Preliminary Final at the MCG. "Full AFL Members have already paid for their entrance to a 2002 Preliminary Final," Michael Agrotis said.

The AFLMA calls on AFL Members to send messages of support to Mr Gough (email:, at the same time calling on the AFL to ensure that at least one Preliminary Final is played in Melbourne.

Mr Agrotis said that the AFLMA applauds the AFL for giving prominent coverage of the MCC's position on this issue, despite holding an alternative view.

The AFLMA was formed in response to members' concerns about how the AFL is looking after membership entitlements. The association serves to promote the interests of the 50,000 AFL Members who are among football's most loyal supporters.

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