Connor Mai


On Saturday the 18th of May, the Monash Blues Football Club celebrated Monash Pride Week and IDAHOBIT Day with a Pride Round. Held at Frearson Oval at Monash University, there were rainbows to be seen across the grounds, with flags in the change rooms, rainbow 50m markings and a rainbow bake sale. This coincided with Round 6 of the VAFA AFL season, where our Women's and Men's teams faced off against St Kevins and Parkdale respectively. All teams were decked out in rainbow striped jerseys, and a bake sale and barbecue was held, raising funds for Minus18.

The day kicked off with the Women’s Reserves and Seniors playing against St Kevins respective teams in the morning, but were unable to overcome the strong opposition. There was tremendous support from the Monash community, as many rocked up to partake in the bbq and bake sale for Minus18. Minus18 is the largest charity for LGBTQIA+ young people.

There were many pride themed cupcakes, slices and other treats available, as well as the usual sausages from the barbecue. Later in the afternoon, the Men's Senior and Reserves faced off against Parkdale, but were ultimately unable to chalk up a win.

Despite the losses, the Monash Blues still had a fantastic time. Charlotte, a player from the Seniors team said that it was an amazing morning, and that it was a beautiful day for footy.

“We didn’t get the win, but St Kevins brought the pressure, and the pride and the rainbows, and the gender neutral language which we love.”

Photos from the day can be found here.