Saturday 21 July 2018 marked the inaugural pride match for the Caulfield Grammarians Football Club Women’s teams. The CGFC women’s seniors and reserves sides celebrated the round by donning a specially designed jumper featuring rainbow bands as well as rainbow socks. The day was a huge success, drawing a strong crowd to enjoy some good footy and even better homemade baked goods.
With the ground freshly painted with rainbows, the women’s reserves side set the tone for the day and kept their finals hopes ablaze keeping Kew goalless in their 58 point win. With Montana White kicking 4 of 9 goals for the day in her best on ground performance. Shelley Gwynne, Darci Welsh, Kelly Cosgrave, Ruby Hong and Lily Rice were also stand outs for the ressies.
Our senior side had their work cut out for them up against a very strong Kew side, who defeated the Fields by 57 points in round 4. We had a slow start, however turned it on in the second half kicking 3 goals in the third term, however Kew came home with the wind and the Field’s went down by 16 points. Leah Oswald kicked 2 of our 5 goals and was joined in the best players of the day by Irina Malliaras, Georgia Cooper, Millie Klingbeil, Alice Levin and Lex Fisher.
The day was a player driven initiative to highlight the importance of the community support networks, such as local football, for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ+) community. At current count we have successfully raised over $4,000.00 for the National LGBTI Health Alliance, an organisation whose mission is to provide a national focus to improve health outcomes for the LGBTIQ+ community. We would again like to thank the major sponsors for this event; The Melbourne Clinic, Scholten Collins McKissock Financial Planners and Gamcorp.
From a personal perspective, my story is not a rare one, women’s football allowed me find myself, helped me enormously in my coming out as a gay woman and led me to meet the most amazing friends and most importantly my girlfriend, and future wife, Kate. (Thanks Australia, for the marriage equality!) Rounds like these can be life changing to someone out there who may be struggling with themselves and their identity and it also encourages an attitude shift within what has been such a male dominated sport. I look forward to a day when we no longer need a special round to promote diversity, inclusion and equality within footy, however until that day we will continue to be loud, proud and full of rainbows to show the wider community that CGFC is a safe, encouraging and supportive place to be yourself, whoever that may be, while playing football with your mates.
I would like to thank CGFC for their support of the women’s teams. It has been overwhelming to come into a club that has made such a conscious effort to create an environment where everyone feels safe, welcome and included irrespective of gender, age, ability or sexual preference.