This page has been created as a Tournament FAQ for players and officials participating in the 2024 Masters 9s in Melbourne.

Please remember the day is all about having fun! The cake is the enjoyment of playing footy with your mates and having a great time. Winning is just the cream on top. Focus on the cake and enjoy the day!

What is the date of the 2024 Masters 9s?
Saturday 24 February

Where is the venue?
Box Hill Rugby Union Football Club, Cnr. Middleborough & Canterbury Roads, Box Hill

Which teams are playing?
Men’s (35+) Division – Ascot Vale Panthers, Port Colts, Brunswick Mudlarks, Marcellin Bald Eagles, Cranbourne Eagles
Men’s (47+) Division – Brunswick Mudlarks, Marcellin Bald Eagles, Parkdale Vultures
Women’s (35 and over) Division – Port Colts, Blackburn, Dream Team

Where can I find the fixture?
The fixture has been emailed to all clubs.

What are the playing rules?
The playing rules for the Masters 9s can be found at
Please take the time to read them and understand them, it will make your day much more enjoyable!

Respecting the Umpires
If you are on the field or barracking from the sidelines and not sure of an umpire’s call – please remember to use the following language: “I question the veracity of your decision, Sir!”.

Is there parking?
Yes, parking is available at the venue.

What about public transport?
Train – the closest train stop is Laburnum, on the Belgrave/Lilydale line. However, it’s a good 15 minute walk to the ground from the train station.
Bus – both the 733 and 765 stop right next to the ground.

What do I need to bring?
There is no grandstand at the venue, and only a few benches to sit on. As a result, we suggest you bring your own folding camping chair to sit on during the day. Please also bring a hat and sunscreen and umbrella, because this is Melbourne! On the subject of weather, you can find the weather forecast for Melbourne here.

There is also a large embankment overlooking Field 1. This is a great space on which to sit and watch the footy when you are not playing, so please bring a blanket if you would prefer not to sit on the grass.

Is there food & drink on sale?
Yes, the Box Hill Rugby Club will be selling food & drinks. The club has bent over backwards to support the event, so please support them throughout the day.

What can I not bring?
Please do not bring any alcohol. The Box Hill Rugby Club has a liquor license and you can purchase drinks from the bar.

If you are taking photos and posting on Instagram on the day, it would be great if you could include the hashtags #aflinternational and #masters9s. Thank you!

What do I do after my last match?
There will be 3 great grand finals to watch, and you can purchase a cold beer from the bar and watch some great footy. Let’s create a great atmosphere for the teams in the finals.

How much fun is it going to be?
Heaps! See you soon 🙂