Engaging with the AFL


Is there anything more Aussie than Aussie rules football? One of the biggest displays of Australian patriotism is during each year’s AFL season, where people don their team’s colours and barrack for their boys.

iiNet certainly enjoys the AFL, as a proud principle partner of the Hawthorn Football Club – Premiership champions for 3 consecutive years.

We’re looking forward to cheering on our team again this year, and seeing them win their 4th premiership.

With the kick-off of the 2016 AFL season, you too can get involved in all the footy fun. Here are some of the top ways to get involved and engaged with this year’s AFL season.

Take me out to the ball game

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Okay, I’m pretty sure that song is about baseball, but it makes a good point. What better way to enjoy the AFL than to get up close to the action by attending a game?

As the principle sponsor of the Hawks, iiNet has been given tickets to several Hawks games to give away throughout the season. So if you want to head to a Hawks game for free, just follow iiNet’s Facebook and Instagram accounts and look out for competitions for your chance to win tickets.

Party time


Turn an AFL game (perhaps the Grand Final) into a fun party for all your friends young and old. If you didn’t get your hands on tickets, simply turn your house into the MCG by donning team guernseys, serving stadium food like hotdogs and meat pies with cold drinks and watching the game on the biggest screen in the house.

Make it fun for the little ones as well by grabbing some face paint and painting their team colours. You don’t need any great artistic skill, just get the colour on there! You can also organise some party games for before or after the game, or even just during half time. Start a handball competition in the backyard or a game of musical statues with your team’s song.

Footy Tipping

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In previous years, iiNet enjoyed running Footy Tipping competitions and although we weren’t able to run one this year, there’s nothing stopping you starting your own footy tipping competition with your co-workers or friends.

It’s easy to get going; sign up to one of the official online footy tipping comps, or pick a prize and run your own in the office. Write up the rounds and tips on a whiteboard, so you can keep track of the winners each round.

Fantasy Football

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If you’ve ever wondered how you’d go at owning your own sports team, Fantasy Football is a great way to give you a little taster of it. Get your fantasy team together using the current AFL champs and keep a point score throughout the season to see how your “team” of players performed compared to other fantasy teams.

To get started create an online league on super coach or Play and trade and go for the glory. For more information on starting a Fantasy Football team, check out our blog article all about it.

How will you be getting into the game this season? Let us know in the comments.


  1. John Burn says:

    Such a pity dropping the AFL competition.

  2. Keith Ballenger says:

    If, as your newsletter states
    “In previous years, iiNet enjoyed running Footy Tipping competitions and although we weren’t able to run one this year,” why am I submitting my tips each week and what is happening to them? Am I wasting my time having responded to your e-mail? Does the left hand have an idea what the right hand is doing?

  3. Mark Harding says:

    Been a Hawthorn supporter since I was a teenager, great seeing Hawks having a fantastic reign in the AFL, and so proudly sponsored by iinet. Great work

  4. danny says:

    you are a bit late with this letter, no communication was forwarded regarding no footy tipping, just waiting I missed the boat its a bit late now so thank_you

  5. Garry Holmes says:

    I have been a customer for 13 years of Westnet/ iinet . I do not want tickets to a hawthorn game. I want tickets to a team that i support.In fact ,I am seriously thinking of changing my internet supplier because of the obvious Victorian push. How about you look after the other teams in the A(australian)FL. The days of VFL domination are gone.

  6. Kevan says:

    Go West Coast Eagles

  7. Jean Rothery says:

    Excuse me, I am entering the IiNet footy tips – what do you mean that there is no competition this year? Are you saying that I’m wasting my time each week submitting my tips?
    Please clarify

  8. David says:

    I agree. I thought I was entering a tipping competition by iiNet. Why do I get the emails signed off “The team from The iiNet Tipping Competition” ????

  9. Jean says:

    I have to say this is absolutely rude to abandon the footy tipping round 6. Totally stupid to suggest people join other teams come week 7. COME ON!!!!
    Definitely no way I’d supported iinet footy tipping if I’d had any idea that you’d pull the plug round 6. Seriously considering my options regarding service providers – you certainly are not the cheapest!

  10. Larry says:

    I have been entering footy tips each week this season and now it looks like the competiiton has been pulled from the site … what gives ? Being an iinet customer and having signed up for this am pretty dissapointed especially when their were prizes offered

  11. Simon says:

    What is going on iiNet? Please explain.

    • Cahli Samata says:

      Hi Simon,

      iiNet is not running a Footy Tipping competition this year, unfortunately, an administration error resulted in the website being open for the 2016 season. It has since been closed and will no longer be running.

      Sincere apologies for the confusion, you can still get your footy tipping fix at ESPNfootytips here: