Women’s Over 35’s 2023 Pride Round
Williamstown Superules and Werribee Football Club look forward to hosting the AFL Masters Vic Metro Women’s Pride Cup this weekend. The inaugural Women’s Over 35’s Pride Match was played between Werribee and Williamstown in 2019, leading the competition to send a strong message of hope, inclusion and acceptance to LGBTI+ athletes, officials and supporters.
The 2023 Pride Round is a fantastic opportunity for the entire Women’s AFL Masters Vic Metro competition to come together to help empower LGBTQI players, supporters, volunteers, and allies through the power of sport.
We want everyone to come together to play, celebrate, and show solidarity for all; and all supporters to come together to cheer for our teams.
Alongside Pride Cup, we are changing sporting culture to make LGBTI+ people feel safe, welcome and accepted.
“Sport challenges and enables players to work together, support and nurture each other.. sport is a conduit, sport can be many things to many players, even a lifeline, build esteem, gain friends, be a way of life…In 2023 Pride Round is an opportunity for education and integration with the men’s team. A collaboration of fun, understanding and respect. Playing with Women’s Masters Super Rules with Williamstown has made me proud to belong to a tribe of amazing, caring, loving, fun, inclusive, passionate, supportive super talented legends, on and off the footy oval. My other family” (Williamstown Over 35’s player).
To help plan your day, here is the run-down of events hosted by Werribee and Williamstown:
Werribee Football Club @Glen Orden Reserve, Werribee
12:00pm: Darebin v Port Melbourne
2:00pm: Werribee v Box Hill North
Williamstown @Crofts Reserve, Altona North
10:30am: Non Contact Women’s Over 35’s Football: this is a fun, relaxed gathering of like-minded women who have always wanted to give footy a go but never got the chance when they were younger. Rock up or contact
12:00pm: Williamstown v Parkside Spurs
2:00pm: Mordialloc/Peninsula v Northside Lions
Australia’s first female founded brewery Two Birds Brewing (https://www.twobirdsbrewing.com.au/) and Pride of Our Footscray (https://www.prideofourfootscray.bar/) and Western Bulldogs’ Bulldog Pride (https://www.westernbulldogs.com.au/fans/supporter-groups) will also be part of the action. The Bulldog Pride supporter group is open to LGBTIQ people and allies. The group aims to create a space where LGBTIQ Bulldogs supporters, their family and friends can come together and enjoy footy in a safe environment.
And post matches, Williamstown will host the official After Party from 4:00pm – 9:00pm
The After Party will be lead by Beth Grace, who has been making dance floors swoon with her incredible disco, house and techno DJ sets since 2014. She brings an infectious energy to every performance, captivating crowds with her intuitive and knowledgeable track selection.
From 5:00pm Guest speakers will include former AFL player Russell Greene from Stand Up Events (https://www.wearestandupevents.com/digitalprogram) and empowerment creative Peta-Gai McLaughlin from Iridis Cosmetics (https://www.iridis.com.au/)
All are invited to Pride of our Footscray to continue into the night (https://www.prideofourfootscray.bar/)!
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