Magnetic Island will make its inaugural debut as host venue for the 2019 AFL Masters National Carnival this week, as 1,400 intranational athletes converge on the region for the seven-day event.
Secured through funding supplied by the Townsville North Queensland Events Bid Fund in 2018, the game of AFL Masters Australian Football provides the opportunity for players 32 years and over to participate in AFL.
The week-long schedule includes both men and women’s competitions, with three matches to be held on the fields at Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island.
Townsville Enterprise Director of Tourism and Events, Lisa Woolfe said taking the games to Magnetic Island was an obvious choice.
“It is expected that this event will inject millions of dollars into the Townsville North Queensland economy, and now Magnetic Island – the jewel in the crown of our region - will also be part of this direct cash boost,” Ms Woolfe said.
“The carnival provides the region the opportunity to showcase its outstanding sporting facilities, as well as our extensive dining and shopping precincts; and of course, the world-class tourism experiences available on Magnetic Island.”
With competitions held in sporting facilities across the city – including Murray Sport Complex and Riverway Stadium from 29 September to 5 October – the carnival is a great endorsement for the sport.
Queensland Regional Director AFL Masters and Townsville City councillor Maurie Soars said the sport has a focus on family involvement and fun social interaction – both strong values within the Townsville community.
“When the announcement was made last year that Townsville would be host of the 2019 carnival we knew the opportunity it would have for our region, and now we’re just excited it’s finally time to show the best of the North to visitors from across the country.”