MARIST Junior Football Club’s new girls team features the Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision logo and colours to raise awareness about Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes (BMFS).
The club approached the charity, which is named after the sister of St Kilda player Nick Riewoldt, who lost her battle with aplastic anaemia last year, before getting their new jumpers designed for the 2016 season.
Club committee member Dale Scally said the group was looking at putting a sponsor logo on the jumpers, but knew of Maddie’s Vision and thought that was more suitable.
Riewoldt said Maddie was a real sportswoman who loved watching and playing sport and played football until she was nine because there was no further pathway for girls then.
“My family is so humbled by the support in the west for Maddie’s Vision,” he said.
Marist, comprising girls from years 4 to 7, played their first game against Wembley on May 28.
“It was the first game for most of them, so it was a shock to the system at the start,” Scally said.
Marist is one of six teams in the Northern Districts Junior Girls League that is in its second year and follows Auskick rules.
“We ordered two sets of jumpers because we eventually want to have two teams,” Scally said.
“We believe the competition’s going to expand.”