South Burnett sporting club to parade around in pink
THIS Saturday, July 20, Lyle Vidler Oval in Kingaroy will be transformed as players and spectators put on their best pink outfits.
Inspired by a similar event run at the Goondiwindi AFL Club, the fun-filled day aims to give ladies in the club a break from all of their tireless hard work behind the scenes.
As the club prepares to host their first Pink Day Out, South Burnett Saints club president Andrew Foley orchestrated getting the idea off the ground along with the help of other committee members.
Long-time club member Daniel Clacy said he was looking forward to giving the women who do the time keeping, run the canteen and wash their jerseys a well-deserved rest.
"We decided to add a pink dress theme to the day for a bit of fun and then we also wanted to raise some money,” Clacy said.
"We thought pink goes with the McGrath Foundation and the ladies theme, so we will be hosting some raffles on the day.
"We have had a few prizes donated from various business around town and people are still welcome to make a donation if they can.”
There will be a full canteen available on the day as well as nibbles and other delicious snacks.
A pink drink, yet to be confirmed, will also be floating around and some of the profits from the bar and the secret concoction will be donated to the worthy cause.
Clacy said it was hard to coordinate for all of the players to wear pink, but he has an old pair of footy boots that he is planning on spray painting pink.
"It's something fun to do for the second last home game of the season and we are hoping for a great turn out,” Clacy said.
With the women's team established in 2015, South Burnett Saints women's coach Daniel Trace said having a female team in the club had also given them the opportunity to become more involved.
"AFL is not an overly simple game so it's a chance for women to learn something new and keep active at the same time, especially as they get older.”
Although, Trace said one of the biggest challenges for the women is just getting to the games.
"We don't have a localised competition so we have to travel away from family a lot,” he said.
"I think, with the men, it doesn't really affect them too much but women can't just leave their families.
"They also work on the weekends, which is okay for the home games but makes it a lot harder for our away games.”
The dedicated coach is still trying to source out something appropriate to wear for the weekend celebrations, but is confident he will be wearing something pink.
Trace said the Pink Day Out will be a great way to show appreciation towards all of the women in the club and is hoping they can come away with the win.
The women's team kicks off at 12.30pm and the men's game will follow straight after at 2.30pm at Lyle Vidler Oval on Saturday, July 20.