A Carnival of Firsts


AFL Masters would like to thank everyone involved in the Townsville 2019 National Carnival – Players, coaches, umpires, officials, family and friends all contributed to a successful week.

The week will also be remembered for a series of firsts for the AFL Masters National Carnival:

FIRST media trifecta: Local ABC radio, local Television (channels 7 and 9), and the Townsville Bulletin newspaper all provided coverage of the Carnival.
FIRST public launch of aflmasters.com.au: New National website revealed live at Presentation night.
FIRST live video streaming: Fantastic initiative and innovation by Belinda Jane to live stream 3 women’s games on the Friday and Saturday.
FIRST live scores 100% hit rate: 100% of games updated via the Live Scores feature on TeamApp.
FIRST paperless trial: Thanks Tony Costanzo from the AFL for running the successful match day trials with us.
FIRST selfie hunt: Another initiative from our innovative Women’s participants, won by Melissa Barry of Vic Metro!
FIRST Mother-Daughter umpiring combination: Mother Tania Smiley and daughter Elizabeth Smiley umpired together in the same game.
FIRST Carnival car cram: How many umpires can you get in a sponsor vehicle??!!
FIRST Women’s back-to-back Best and Fairest winner: Congratulations to Natalie Thomas, backing up her joint Best and Fairest in 2018, with another joint Best and Fairest in 2019.
FIRST indigenous Carnival logo: The amazing logo for the Perth Carnival was revealed on Saturday night. Well done Perth 2020!

Thanks again to everyone who attended this year’s Carnival, and hope to see you in 2020!

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