Thun­der­birds hon­our ju­nior fan Madi

Southern Telegraph - - Front Page - El­lie Honey­bone

It was an emo­tional day for WA Women’s Foot­ball League team Peel Thun­der­birds as they ran on to Bendigo Bank Sta­dium on Sun­day in hon­our of Madi Mol­loy.

A minute’s si­lence was held at the start of both the league and re­serves games be­tween the Thun­der­birds and Swan Districts in hon­our of 11-year-old Madi, who died last Wed­nes­day af­ter a bat­tle with brain cancer.

A keen footy fan and the Thun- der­birds’ num­ber one ju­nior ticket holder, Se­cret Har­bour res­i­dent Madi rarely missed a chance to sup­port her local team and was thought of as a lit­tle sis­ter by many of the play­ers.

Thun­der­birds pres­i­dent Ann Fen­ton said it was an emo­tional day for all, with Madi’s par­ents, broth­ers, un­cles and grand­par­ents all at­tend­ing the game.

“More than 400 peo­ple came down to watch, which was amaz­ing, and we re­leased 100 balloons on the oval while play­ing Madi’s favourite song,” she said. “The girls played in what will now be known as the Madi’s Day Cup and we will use the day to hold a fundraiser for brain cancer each year.”

Madi be­came in­volved with the Thun­der­birds af­ter her aunt started play­ing in the team.

The club held a raf­fle at the match and raised $3000 to help the Mol­loy fam­ily with med­i­cal and fu­neral costs. “It was a lovely day and a beau­ti­ful celebration for a beau­ti­ful life,” Ms Fen­ton said.

Madi Mol­loy’s fam­ily walk on to Bendigo Bank Sta­dium with the Peel Thun­der­birds on Sun­day. Pic­ture: Phil Barnes

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