VAFA COMMENTATOR CALLING ON FOOTBALL
Last weekend’s women’s round recognised the valuable contribution women play in football, and we thought a special mention should be made of “The Cath Wotton Scholarship Fund”. VAFA radio commentator on 96.5 Inner FM and the “voice” of many Saturday afternoon VAFA games Jo Wotton, and her sisters Amy and Lou, set up this fund in memory of their mother Cath. This fund acknowledges Cath’s significant 37 year contribution to nursing and her courageous battle with ovarian cancer and provides registered nurses the opportunity to be specifically trained in the area of gynecological cancers. Jo (pictured right) and Lou (left) who is captain, play in the Victorian Women’s Football League for the Eastern Devils. The side wore teal in support of the cause last Sunday when they played ladder leaders the Darebin Falcons for the “Cath Wotton Cup”. Unfortunately the Devils went down by 27 points but it was a
special day with over $5,000 raised from the luncheon and raffle. The fund has raised over $40,000 since it was launched. Jo will next be commenting a Premier game on Saturday 11th August.
HAMPTON ROVERS LUNCH Hampton Rovers FC hosted their annual Breast Cancer Lunch on Saturday as part of VAFA Women’s Round and it was a huge success with 140 people in attendance. The room was meant to seat only 120 but somehow another 20 seats were found with over three quarters of the lunch all the fairer sex. The guest speakers were netballers Chelsey Tregear (Melbourne Vixens – who unfortunately lost the Grand Final of the ANZ Championship the next day) and Elissa MacLeod (Queensland Firebirds – won the title in 2011). Elissa (left) is a breast cancer survivor and she shared her story with everyone: being diagnosed, her brave battle, her rise in the netball ranks and winning the championship with the Firebirds, the strength of family & friends and where she is today. In another highlight of the day, the Ressies came from 10 points down to win by 2 points with two late goals to win their first game of the year, what followed were scenes similar to that of the Gold Coast Suns a couple of weeks back with the players celebrating. Elissa MacLeod was talking mid-speech when the final siren sounded and everyone in the room erupted! The club has
an alternate entry onto the ground which is straight through the middle of the social rooms. She began chatting again, but the Ressies made their way off the ground quickly to sing the song in front of the seniors to rev them up, as they came through the social rooms everyone inside erupted (and interrupted) again! Two minutes later the volume went up again as the seniors ran out onto the ground. Elissa didn’t mind one bit - it was a great atmosphere and really good vibe around the place. THE AMATEUR FOOTBALLER 2012