Life, the universe and the AFL Women’s comp

March 13, 2017 by
Filed under: NSW Demons 

By Sonya Voumard

Star-struck young girls and boys were among an enthusiastic crowd of Melbourne Football Club fans who came to see Daisy Pearce talk about life, the universe and the AFL Women’s Comp last Thursday night at the Pullman Quay Grand on Sydney Harbour. Despite the classic Sydney views visible from the hotel reception room’s windows, all eyes were on Daisy as the iconic Sydney ferries sailed by ignored.

Autographs were signed and some very junior hands shaken before the humble, generous and self-possessed Melbourne Football Club’s women’s comp captain told the audience of her love for AFL as a kid growing up in the Victorian country town of Bright. Disappointment followed when she reached an age where she could no longer play in games with the boys.
The older Melbourne-born women among us sighed in recognition and regret, remembering the 1970s when girls who dared bring their Sherrin to primary school had it confiscated until the end of the day with that infuriating headmaster’s refrain: “Football’s too dangerous for girls.”

Fielding questions from magazine editor Jackie Frank and later from an engaged and responsive audience, Daisy spoke of the contrast between the more DIY-style women’s AFL – where you strap up your own ankles and even clear rubbish from the ground before you play – and the newly established professional AFL Women’s comp where physios and other assistance are all on hand.
But before we get too pleased with the progress of women’s AFL, let’s remember that unlike her AFL competition-playing male counterparts for whom it’s a full-time gig, Daisy still has a day job.
She works as a midwife at Melbourne’s Box Hill hospital, something she says she also loves and that keeps her grounded. So there’s still a fair distance to go. But to quote an old advertisement: “You’ve come a long way baby.”


Sponsoring Daisy Pearce and James Harmes

And we are delighted to be sponsoring the Melbourne captain, marquee player in the AFL Women’s competition and most decorated player in the game. For only $50 you can join us in this unique opportunity to sponsor Daisy. It’s our chance to be part of AFL Women’s history and when you watch the women play you’ll know you are part of something very special.

We are also sponsoring James Harmes who played 19 games in 2016, capping a big turnaround in his career, and look forward to watching James continue to develop in 2017.

Sponsoring players is a way to connect with them and contribute essential $$ for equipment and training for the teams. The sponsorship for Daisy and James will cost a total of $4390. When you buy your $50 share in the sponsorship you will not only be supporting Daisy and James, the Melbourne Women’s team and the Melbourne Football Club but also be in the draw for one of these great prizes:

  • Two tickets to the Keith ‘Bluey’ Truscott Memorial Trophy Awards Dinner
  • One night stay with breakfast in Accor Hotel in Melbourne CBD
  • Two invitations to attend an exclusive Barbeque with the 2017 MFC Squad
  • 2017 Women’s Guernsey signed by Daisy
  • 2017 Women’s Team Poster signed by Daisy
  • 2017 match worn jumper signed by James Harmes
  • 2017 MFC Squad poster signed by James
  • Two Women’s Team Membership Scarves
  • Two invitations to attend an exclusive MCG and AAMI Park Tour, guided by RusselI Robertson
  • Preferential selection for one child to go into the MFC Guard of Honor at the MCG

Every share entitles you to one entry in the draw for the prizes.

Join the sponsorship now!


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