AFL Masters ACT returns in 2022 – Heart Mind & Soul Cup

AFL Canberra and AFL Masters ACT are excited to announce the return of Canberra’s AFL Masters competition kicking off this Friday night, 13th May 2022.

The foundation clubs ACT Masters, ANU Griffins, Australian Command & Staff Course (ACSC) and the Weston Creek Wildcats return to battle it out for the Elysium EPL Heart Mind & Soul AFL Cup. Players aged 35 and above will go head-to-head in a four-round fixture to be held under lights at the home of AFL Canberra, EPC Solar Park, Phillip.

In a first for Masters football here in Canberra, rounds 3 and 4 will feature a Women’s game between a northern and southern suburbs representative team in addition to the QuickKick introductory program being rolled out by the newly appointed Women’s Masters Development Officer Andi McGee across Canberra encouraging new players to participate.

The competition is once again proudly supported by local Canberra business, Elysium EPL, an Australian professional services firm that works with government and industry organisations to improve business performance.

Elysium EPL Principal Brett Ackroyd said the company is proud to sponsor the competition for the second year running.  “We have cultivated a people-first culture based on three core values which drive how we conduct ourselves and our business – with Ethos (credibility and ethics), Pathos (heart) and Logos (head),” said Brett, “Partnering with an organisation who shares these values through the heart, mind and soul theme is important to us, and we’re proud to be part of this community and another great season.”

Firas Shahin, AFL Canberra Community Football & Competition Manager said “it is fantastic to be working with AFL Masters ACT again in 2022, to deliver the Heart Mind & Soul Cup. It is great to assist in delivering a competition for Masters aged Canberran footballers. I Would like to thank AFL Masters ACT for their hard work in getting this competition up and running in 2022, and thank Elysium EPL for their support again in 2022”

President of the AFL Masters ACT Matt Gately said that the growth women’s masters footy was just as exciting and important and saw the scheduled games and the launch of the national QuickKick program as steppingstones to a bright future for Women’s Masters footy in the ACT.

He also recalled that last year’s game, albeit wet and miserable, was ground-breaking attracting over 150 spectators with 1200 watching the commentated broadcast live and free on CluchTV on the wettest day in Canberra only weeks before COVID ended the season prematurely.

I would like to thank Elysium EPL for their ongoing support and AFL Canberra for supporting the growth of Master’s football and providing ongoing pathways for footballers to continue their love of our great game within the capital.

Round 1 Fixtures

Friday 13 May 2022 – EPC Solar Park
6:30pm – ACT Cockies v ACSC Masters
7:45pm – Weston Creek Wildcats v ANU Griffins