Breast Cancer Cup football match

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — It was my great pleasure to recently attend the Women’s Breast Cancer Cup football match between Fountain Gate and Hampton Park women’s football teams.

In its third year, the match raises money and awareness for breast cancer. This year they raised over $1000, and it went to the wonderful organisation, Breast Cancer Network
Australia, established by the amazing Lyn Swinburne.

I should make note of Gary Sampson from Hampton Park Football Club for his efforts in organising the day. Also of special mention for her efforts from Fountain Gate Football Club isMary Logan-Brown. The match would not have been possible without her generous
time and efforts. Thank you, Mary.

The teams are comprised of girls aged between 13 and 17 years of age.

It is great to see girls of this age aware, educated and engaged about such a widespread disease which, unfortunately, many women face during their lifetimes. I know from talking to many on the day that it is an affliction which has touched so many directly at both football clubs.

The girls and the crowd got into the spirit of the day with a sea of pink being worn by all. The pink kits worn by the players — jumpers and socks — were complemented by the easily seen bright pink football. Particularly memorable were the shrieks, screams and squeals emanating from both inside and outside the ground as Renee Wandin managed, horribly, to break her middle finger; and also of concern was a neck injury to Brianna Kapetanovski. I am informed that both girls are now well. As one proud dad said, ‘It is character building’.

The result of the match was Fountain Gate, 2-2-14, to Hampton Park, 11-9-75. I presented the Breast Cancer Cup to the Hampton Park coach, the fabulous Tammy Stokes, and co-captains Sharnee Hart and Carleen Ryan.

As the Berwick News headlined, the ‘Cup runneth over for breast cancer awareness’.