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    Website maintenance - August 26 and 27

    Aug 24, 2013

    The club wishes to advise members that, due to some scheduled maintenance, some areas of the MCC website will be unavailable on Monday August 26 and Tuesday August 27, 2013.

    While the appearance of the website will remain the same, members will be unable to login to the members-only area to undertake any of the following activities:

    - Changing personal details

    - Purchasing members-only merchandise and jewellery

    - Booking a function

    - Applying for Long Room and Balcony passes for AFL Round 23 matches

    - Making a membership renewal payment

    - Accessing the footy tipping competition.

    Please note that despite this outage, MCC members will still be able to make their renewal payments for the new membership season via this link here.

    For function bookings and other enquiries, members can call the club on (03) 9657 8888 or email

    We apologise for the inconvenience during this time.