CELEBRATING WOMEN IN SPORT IN THE WEST
Victoria University yesterday celebrated its sponsorships with the WRFL’s new female football and netball leagues, the VU Western Spurs and the Western Bulldogs VFLW team and its ongoing partnerships with the Western Bulldogs and Western Jets.
WRFL CEO Matthew Duck says the League is excited to be partnering with Victoria University as it embarks on its inaugural seasons of female football and netball.
“As an organisation renowned for its long-standing support of female sport, VU was an obvious partner for us, and provides a range of exciting opportunities for the entire league on a number of levels,” he said.
“We share a similar appetite with VU to be bold and progressive, and to be able to deliver on that through the vehicle of sport is a great thing for the western suburbs.”
Victoria University has been a partner of Netball Victoria and the Melbourne Vixens Super Netball team for 10 years and now the new WRFL Netball League.
And in the WRFL football partnership, “our involvement in female football will include sponsorship from grassroots to the elite level, reinforcing to girls that there is now a pathway through football that didn’t exist before”, says Victoria University Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Dawkins.
“I hope that today doesn’t just shine a spotlight on women’s sport at all levels, but rather signals the dawning of a new bright day where women’s sport is permanently given equal attention in the Australian sporting landscape, and in particular in the West of Melbourne.
“I am excited to see where this partnership takes us as a community.”
Among the footballers and netballers at the launch event were Maddy Fenech, Caitlin Greiser, Katarina Rebuffo, Courtney Ierano, Jessie Davies, Alicia Rooth, Ellyse Gamble, Naomi Ferres, Haylea Cooney, Anna Turner, Megan Murphy and Rachael Neville.
Victoria University WRFL Netball
7.40pm – Albion v North Footscray Devils
7.40pm – Braybrook Red v Sunshine
8.40pm – North Footscray Red Devils v Spotswood
8.40pm – Point Cook Blue v Braybrook Black
9.40pm – Albion Cattaz v Caroline Springs
9.40pm – Point Cook Red v Glen Orden
Venue – Victoria University Community Sports Stadium – Whitten Oval, Barkly St, West Footscray
Entry – $2.20
Victoria University WRFL Senior Women’s Football
4.45pm – Tarneit v Laverton – Wootten Road Reserve
2pm – Manor Lakes v North Sunshine – Howqua Reserve
4pm – Point Cook Centrals v Spotswood – Featherbrook Oval
4pm – Caroline Springs v West Footscray – Town Centre Oval
Werribee Centrals – BYE