Mackay Launches JLT match

The 2017 JLT Community Series match in Mackay was officially launched today by Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson, Harrup Park General Manager Michael Jones and AFL Queensland Mackay Regional Manager Jeff Neumann.

Tickets are now on sale for the clash, which sees the Gold Coast SUNS take on the Essendon Football Club at Harrup Park Country Club on Sunday February 26 at 3.40pm EST.

The 2017 JLT Community Series will see all 18 teams play three matches across a four-week stretch between Thursday February 16 and Sunday March 12 to lead into the 2017 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.

Six matches will be played across each of the first three weekends of the competition, giving all clubs one bye with every club playing on the final weekend.

In December, it was announced that the Australian Football League (AFL) would partner with JLT (Jardine Lloyd Thompson), one of Australia’s leading specialty-focused providers of insurance related advice, brokerage and associated services for the pre-season competition over the next three years.

The Mackay match is proudly supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland’s It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar and Mackay Regional Council’s Invest Mackay Events Attraction Program.

Mayor Williamson said council was proud to support the game as it would provide an economic boost for the region.

“This funding initiative has helped secure some fantastic sporting events for Mackay and this AFL clash is another,’’ said Cr Williamson.

“The Harrup Park venue provides some tremendous facilities for this game and I am sure Mackay AFL and sporting fans will turn out to watch top-flight players in action,’’ he said.

“It will be great to see the Gold Coast SUNS here as they have development links with AFL in Mackay and there are sure to also be plenty of Essendon fans in our region keen to see how their team is shaping up for the 2017 season.”

The format of recent seasons has again been followed by bringing the game to the backyard of communities across Australia. The majority of matches will be played at regional or suburban venues that don’t normally host AFL Football during the regular Toyota AFL Premiership season.

General Manager Michael Jones said Harrup Park was honoured to be part of the JLT Community Series.

“We thank the AFL for their ongoing commitment to footy in Mackay,” said Mr Jones,

“Phone enquiries from throughout the region have been coming in from people who are traveling to Mackay for the match, so this is just another example of Harrup Park providing an economic stimulus to the local economy.”

For the third consecutive season, AFL club members with game access will be entitled to attend pre-season matches, as part of the JLT Community Series, free of charge (subject to availability and venue capacity).

AFL Queensland Mackay Regional Manager Jeff Neumann urged fans to purchase tickets early.

“To see our own Gold Coast SUNS face off against Essendon at the home of footy in Mackay is something no sports fan should miss,” said Mr Neumann.

“We will have opportunities for everyone to meet and greet both teams, along with mascot school visits and special events, so stay tuned for updates via”

All 27 matches in the JLT Community Series will again be exclusively broadcast live by Fox Footy. In addition, every match will also be made available live to fans via the Telstra AFL Live App.


Club and AFL Members – Tickets on sale (Tuesday January 31)

General Public – Tickets on sale 9am, (Wednesday February 1), local time.


AFL and Club members with game access have free entry to those JLT Community Series matches in which their club is competing (subject to availability, upgrade or registration fees may be applicable).

Access to JLT Community Series matches is subject to capacity and is not guaranteed. The AFL recommends that members upgrade their membership to a reserved seat or register for a general admission ticket in order to guarantee entry. Membership upgrades and registrations are subject to availability on a first come, first serve basis and subject to an additional fee. Transaction fees may also apply.

JLT Community Series ticket prices are as follows (ticketing fees and levies are included in the prices below, however additional transaction fees and credit card fees may apply).

Adult $30.00 $20.00
Concession $25.00 $15.00
Junior $10.00 $5.00
Family (2 adults, up to 4 juniors under 15) $60.00 $40.00
Adult Member upgrade/registration $10.00 $5.00
Concession Member upgrade/registration $10.00 $5.00
Junior Member upgrade/registration $5.00 $3.00

All prices are subject to additional ticket agent fees.

* Reserved Seat tickets are not available at all venues


Tickets for the 2017 JLT Community Series Mackay are available through

Ticketek – or 132 849


Children aged 6-14 of age as at January 1, 2017 are eligible to purchase a junior ticket. Children aged 5 and under as at January 1, 2017 are entitled to enter the ground at no charge; however they must not occupy a seat.

Persons aged 15 and over as at January 1, 2017 are classified as an adult, unless they hold valid Concession identification.

Please note:

  • – Club members are required to upgrade to a ticket that is equivalent to the type of membership that they hold (i.e Adult members can only upgrade to an Adult ticket).
  • – The AFL is a National Affiliate of the Companion Card program and we agree to provide an admission ticket for the cardholder’s companion at no charge. The Companion Card program is applicable at all AFL Venues.


Family tickets for the JLT Community Series are for two adults and up to four juniors under the age of 15 as at January 1, 2017. The following will be available to purchase:

  • Family of 4 – 2 adults and 2 juniors
  • Family of 5 – 2 adults and 3 juniors
  • Family of 6 – 2 adults and 4 juniors

Please see for further venue and ticketing information.


photo: Gary Downes (President AFL Mackay) Michael Jones (Harrup Park) Sunny Ray, Greg Williamson (MRC Mayor) and Jeff Neumann (AFL Queensland Mackay Regional Manager).

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