The AFL Women’s competition will have its first ever Pride Game when the Western Bulldogs host Carlton at VU Whitten Oval on Friday night, February 23.
Both sides will mark the occasion by wearing pride-theme guernseys.
The announcement was made this morning at the Pride of our Footscray LGBTI community bar, attended by Bulldogs CEO Ameet Bains, Carlton CEO Cain Liddle, plus Carlton captain Brianna Davey and the Western Bulldogs’ Hannah Scott.
“Personally, it’s massive. I’m so excited about it,” Davey said of Pride Game.
“I’m a gay person myself… we have the ability to make a difference, make a change.
“Alongside the Bulldogs, I think we’re very proud to be involved.”
Scott shared the sentiments.
“Obviously I’m out as well, and it means a lot to my partner as well,” Scott said.
“For the Bulldogs and Carlton to back this… I’m so proud to be a part of the Western Bulldogs and pulling on that jumper is going to be something I’ll remember forever.”
Carlton’s inclusion in a game celebrating the LGBTI community does appear unusual, as they were part of the minority of clubs who decided against advocating for a ‘Yes’ vote in the marriage equality postal survey.
“I guess I can’t comment too much on that,” Davey said.
“It’s more so the personal experiences I’ve had there. At the club they’ve been absolutely fantastic and they’ve really stuck true to those values of being included and feeling like you belong.
“I can honestly say that if i felt differently I would say it right here right now.”
The Pride Game follows on from a similar initiative in the VFL Women’s competition when Melbourne University hosted Darebin in the Pride Game at Hamilton in Western Victoria.
It also follows the annual Pride Game in the AFLM competition, which has been contested between St Kilda and Sydney since 2016.
Round four’s Pride Game will be broadcast nationally on Fox Footy and streamed through the AFL website and AFLW app, as well as broadcast on Joy 94.9 FM.