For the second consecutive year, AFL Women’s Masters is encouraging our players, their families and friends to participate in the Mothers’ Day Classic on Sunday 12 May 2019.
Funds raised by participants in the Mothers’ Day Classic go to the National Breast Cancer Network foundation, an organisation with a clear mission – to stop deaths from breast cancer.
De La Salle and Mordialloc will have representatives from both their Women’s Masters and open age women’s teams.
For Felicity McGrath, one of the De La Salle’s 33 first-year players, the important work of the National Breast Cancer Foundation is very close to her heart.
“My Mum was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 36. She passed away at age 48 when I was 16. My sister was also diagnosed with breast cancer at 36 and underwent a bilateral mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation treatment while raising two small children. Thankfully she’s all clear of cancer now.
“When I was 36 I had an elective bilateral mastectomy. I had been tested and didn’t have the gene, but after the mastectomy I found out that I did have cancer. Luckily it had not spread so having the surgery was a life saver for me.
“I’d encourage anyone who is thinking of participating in the Mothers’ Day Classic to give it a crack. I take on any new challenge that comes my way. I have three kids – Lila (9), Ted (7) and Max (5) – and Ted has autism so I also raise money for autism awareness charities. I’m loving playing footy this year. Training and playing are such good fun, and what a fantastic community the Women’s Masters teams are building. My next challenge is to run a half marathon at the end of July, with my husband Batesy.”
Megan Tymko, inaugural AFL Women’s Masters player at Mordialloc has also been impacted by breast cancer.
“My Mum Michele was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago, when a lump was detected in a routine mammogram when she was 57 years old. It was all a bit of a whirlwind when we found out, and the doctors wasted no time in beginning treatment. Mum had six months of chemotherapy, followed by surgery to remove the lump and cancer cells, and finally radiation.
As a keen runner, I have always participated in the Mothers’ Day Classic run, and Mum has always been there to support me at the event and cheer me on – then we would do the walk together. Last year was the first year we attended the event since Mum’s diagnosis – which made it all the more significant, and this time it was me supporting her – as well as the thousands of other survivors, and their friends and family members. It is a remarkable event that raises much needed funds for continuous research into breast cancer. I encourage everyone to get on board and support the Mothers’ Day Classic – whether it’s participating in the fun run, or the walk event – or even just donating a few dollars if you can’t attend.”
If you or someone you know would like to participate in the Mothers’ Day Classic and raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, you can register online at: and click through to join the “AFL Masters Vic Metro” team.
If you would like to donate to our AFL Masters team you can also do that online by following the link below. We have a target to reach $3,000 and have a long way to go:
Donate AFL Women’s Masters will also share some space with the Western Bulldogs at the Mothers’ Day Classic, so if any players from any teams are available to help with promoting our league, please join us to hand out brochures, run the handball competition, and encourage other women over 35 to come and play next season.
-Article by Lisa Drought, 1st May 2019.