Marist takes on Maddie’s Vi­sion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Look Local - By DENISE S. CAHILL

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.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d454804

Marist Ju­nior FC’s Si­enna Femia, Michala Scally, Jes­sica Scally, Matilda Simp­son, Harper Gam­ble, Caitlin Hawkins and Solei Burke.

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