Gorilla Profile #03 McHugh & Eastwood (Frank Dugdale)

McHugh & Eastwood + Frank Dugdale


McHugh & Eastwood (Aust) Pty. Ltd provide a world class logistics and freight service by creating customized solutions in airfreight, seafreight, project cargo and warehousing services. The company was started in Geelong by Guy Eastwood and Colin McHugh in 1980. Our company is very proud to be celebrating our 40th year.


Our key objective is to take the worry out of Importing/Exporting. Our staff will always give you options and let you decide what best fits your needs. We have systems in place regarding our IT platform that keeps all clients updated on any shipments in real time. Every customer is treated the same, does not matter of the size, that has been a key factor to our growth.


Years McHugh & Eastwood have supported Abers? First arrived at Abers around 2000, my son signed there for Junior Football and the reason was we bought a house in Afton Street and it was so handy being so close.

Why is it important to support local sport? When I arrived at the club, it just felt very welcoming. While it was a very competitive club at a Junior level, I really found everyone was here for the kids to develop and respect each other. They had very good core values and all the people were very friendly. So it did not take me long to enjoy my time at Aberfeldie.

Andrew Wade and myself admired what John Larkins, Arthur Jacobs and Jim Pound were doing for the club and were inspired to start the Calcutta function. With a lot of help from Kerry Good, the night became an instant success, I also must thank Jenny wade for all the help we get every year with decorations.

I remember my mother always saying to me, if you have some wins along the way in life, build a bigger table not a bigger fence. So our company was in a position to assist, with the backing of the other directors.

Why does McHugh & Eastwood love Abers? The people at Abers make the club a great success, we all enjoy the success the players have given us all, but I also enjoy the challenge and the journey we are all taking.

Our company will always support local sporting networks as best as we can.

Business plan for the future? Aaron Dillon one of our Directors has developed our Class 1 haz cargo business.

We are on a continual path and looking to develop our USA and China markets.

Continue to develop our staff and develop them into professional Freight Forwarders.


Frank Dugdale

AFL club supporting? North Melbourne

Are you Melbourne born and raised? Yes I was born in Box Hill and raised in North Melbourne, spent my first 16 years in North. I had the best childhood growing up just a short distance from Arden Street.

Did you ever play football? Yes I played footy until I was 22, I had some major injuries that probably shortened the career.

I also did triathlons for 10 years. Can you believe I was 74kg at one stage!?

Who for, what position and how good were you? I spent most of my time in the forward line. In reference to my ability, I held my own, probably a jack of all trades, master of none.

Did you play any other sports? I played cricket for many years, we had a family team located in North Melbourne, North Paffs.

How would you describe Abers in one sentence? Great club, very respectful and plenty of fun!

Which Gorilla (player, coach, spectator, anyone at the club etc.) is the:

smartest? John Larkins by a mile

funniest? Jordan Cachia

angriest? Not sure

coaches pet? Kippa, but can get a run

One way you have managed to keep sane in isolation? I have been doing a lot of reading and the Sky Channel has received a hammering.

Describe your perfect Saturday afternoon? Breakfast with the family, sauna, then off to the footy.

Pineapple on Pizza Yes or No? Yes

Best place to eat near Aberfeldie? The best restaurant in the area is KG 4013, Napier Street Strathmore.

What word would Damian Kefford use to describe you? He would probably say that I talk very quickly and do my best to respect all and help out if possible.

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