AFL International Cup Game Canada vs NZ - 12th August

Witness history at Mt Waverley Reserve as Canada take on New Zealand in the AFL International Cup 2017! The game will be held before our Seniors game vs Knox Football Club, with all bar, canteen, BBQ and coffee carts open all day. Get in early to see the National Anthems and pre and post game ceremonies. For full match and venue details see below.

All welcome! 

Game Times

U19s – 9am Waverley Blues vs Knox (20 min quarters Q1 & Q2, 20 mins plus time of Q1 &Q2, 3 minute quarter time breaks, 10 minute half time) Game Length approx 1 hour 45 mins

Reserves - 1050am Waverley Blues vs Knox (19 min quarters with no time on, 3 minute quarter time breaks, 10 minute half time) Game Length 1 hour 40 mins

Pre-match – 12:30pm – team warm ups & national anthems

International – Canada vs New Zealand – 12:40pm (17.5 min quarters, with no time on, 5 min quarter breaks, 15 min half time) Game Length 1 hour 35 mins

Waverley Blues Auskick – Half time Grid Game approx. 1:10pm

Seniors – 2:10pm Waverley Blues vs Knox (normal game time and quarter lengths)

230pm – International Game After Match Presentations

430pm onwards – After Match Awards food and drinks

Where is Mt Waverley Reserve?

Our ground is off the corner of High St and Stephensons Rd, Mt Waverley.,145148235,1202&tbm=lcl&ved=0ahUKEwjD9bGQmcHVAhXClZQKHR1SAVcQtgMIKA&tbs=lrf:!2m1!1e2!2m1!1e3!3sIAE,lf:1,lf_ui:1&rldoc=1

Help! How do it get there?

Mt Waverley Reserve is a short 5-7 min walk from Mt Waverley Train Station on the Glen Waverley Line. Plenty of buses go past High St and Stephenson’s road too. Parking is available inside the ground via Fleet St but will be limited. Further parking is available around the side streets on and off Charles St and St Albans St. We expect it to be busy, so please look at parking restrictions too.

I’m hungry and thirsty – can you help?

Yes we can! All day from 9am to the sun goes down we’ll have a Coffee Cart running to start your day, a BBQ servicing burgers and snags, a fully stocked canteen and a inside and outside bar. Alcohol can be purchased at the venue at very cheap prices (eg. $5 beers) and you can drink outside while watching the games.

My kids and dog want to come – are they welcome?

Yes, we love kids and dogs. Kids can enjoy the play equipment next to the ground whilst mums and dads can look after the little ones also in the warm social rooms. Dogs must be on a lead, we don’t want them chasing the footy!

Where can we kick on after the game?

Everyone is welcome back to the Club Social Rooms during and after the game for a drink and feed. Once this winds up we encourage everyone to head to the Notting Hill Hotel for some of the best food and drink in Monash. There is plenty of space and TV’s to relax and enjoy the night. The Canadian team will be heading there in the evening.

Does it cost to get in?

Not if you are showing your Canadian and New Zealand colours (or passport). Entry is otherwise $8 for adults, $4 for pensioners/concession card holders, and free for u16s. These gate fees help us cover the cost of the ground, facility, staff and on-going utility and maintenance costs. It’s a pretty cheap day out when food and drinks are also very reasonable on cost.

Why are Canada and New Zealand playing AFL in the suburbs of Melbourne? Shouldn’t they be playing Ice Hockey & Rugby?

Every 3 years the AFL hosts the International Cup in Melbourne, where international teams made up of each countries citizens play in a round robin tournament. These teams are good, so expect a quality game with their own unique flair! For more information about the Tournament click here.

The Waverley Blues were lucky to be selected as one of 8 suburban clubs to host a game this year. The other games are played at Royal Park, with a schools round on the Wednesday.

This event and day sounds awesome – how can I help out this great community event?

We’d love any volunteers who can lend a hand on the day to help out! Everything from time keepers, water carriers, bar & canteen helpers, ground managers, umpire escorts and support staff for the International Teams. If you can help contact us via Facebook or

Who are the Waverley Blues and how do I get involved in this great club?

We play in Division 2 of the Eastern Football League, and have 3 Senior Mens teams, 1 Senior Women’s team and 10 junior boys and girls teams. Last year we expanded into Women’s netball teams too. We also have a strong connection with the Waverley Blues Auskick and Mt Waverley Cricket Club. Our club is strong family and community oriented club who welcomes everyone from all back grounds and all skill levels – players, coaches, officials and volunteers. With strong connections in the City of Monash via local businesses, schools and universities, we can offer great opportunities for everyone. For info about us visit