The Age of Gillon

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The Age of Gillon

Post by Gingernuts on Mon Aug 18, 2014 2:14 pm

I've decided to start a thread to discuss AFL in general under our new and illustrious leader.

We'll start with this little announcement that I received via email:

MESSAGE TO AFL CLUB MEMBERS
FROM AFL CEO GILLON McLACHLAN

I’m pleased to announce today that the AFL has put a freeze on all ticket prices for the 2014 Toyota AFL Finals Series – up to and including the Grand Final.

In addition, for the second year running, Club Members who buy a ticket to see their Club play in week one and the Club ends up competing in week two will be eligible for a 20% discount on their ticket to watch the Club live in the week two game.

It is the first time for at least two decades that prices have been put on-hold for all Finals including the Grand Final.

We want to thank you for your ongoing passion for the game and to acknowledge the extraordinary level of support each AFL club enjoys, which has seen a new record total established for AFL Club membership for the 14th successive season.

We encourage you and your family and friends to get along to a finals match to experience first-hand the best the game has to offer – the best teams with the best players at the best venues

While we have had our challenges off field this year, our focus has remained on the race to the finals and what is shaping up as an exciting month culminating on the last Saturday in September at the MCG with the 2014 Toyota AFL Grand Final.

Each year the Finals throw up some compelling contests and if your team is competing then they need your support and they want to hear you.

I have readily acknowledged we have listened to the concerns this season of many supporters about the 2014 fixture, ticketing and other issues, and can confirm that work is already underway with our clubs to address these issues in preparation for the 2015 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.

As CEO of the AFL, I’m committed to making it easier for fans to get to games and I want to thank every supporter who has attended a match so far this year.

Nationally, our attendances are in line with 2013 when some 6.3 million people attended the Toyota AFL Premiership Season and while crowds have dipped in Victoria, the national figure highlights the extraordinary level of support behind the 18 AFL clubs.

I encourage you to experience the sheer excitement and adrenalin of Finals Football this September – it’s shaping up to be a terrific contest for the 2014 Premiership Flag.

Thank you, and see you at the footy.

Gillon McLachlan
CEO

I have heard that he is fairly keen to reengage with fans. Freezing ticket prices is a good start (the 20% discount for week 2 is also a good enticement).
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Re: The Age of Gillon

Post by Booney on Mon Aug 18, 2014 2:40 pm

I believe he will prove to be an excellent appointment.

He seems much more connected with the average spectator than his predecessor ( which when you consider his blood lines, seems odd ) and seems set to engage the fan more than ever.

One could argue that he has been given a peachy role with plenty of money in the coffers and a mega-TV deal to negotiate while the blood is not ( 100% ) on his hands in terms if the Essendon debacle.

In the infancy of his reign, he appears set to be a very good leader and many people in high places rate many of his skills very highly.
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Re: The Age of Gillon

Post by Gingernuts on Mon Aug 18, 2014 2:43 pm

Yea I've got a good feeling about him too.

Hence I thought it was worth a thread to chart his progress. Looking forward to seeing what he can deliver on.
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