MELBOURNE has launched its Father, Son and Daughter Academy at AAMI Park on Friday.
The club had 11 Father Son/Daughter participate. They were:
- Kalani White – son of Jeff White who played 235 games
- Noah Yze – son of Adem Yze who played 271 games
- Charlie and Francesca Newport, whose father Stephen played 101 games
- Kynan and Ryder Brown, whose father Nathan played 146 games
- Jemma and Paige Rigoni, whose father Guy played 107 games
- Tegan and Elise Williams, whose father David played 67 games
- Oliver Green – son of Brad who played 254 games
The day included a tour of AAMI Park and the MCG, a clinic with AFLW players Katherine Smith, Bianca Jakobsson, Ashleigh Guest and Claudia Whitfort. The youngsters also had lunch in the players’ lounge and had a presentation from the AFLW players.
The AFL rules state that for a child to be eligible under the Father-Son guidelines, that child’s father must have played 100 games or more for the club.
With the introduction of AFLW, daughters of AFL/VFL players, who have played one game or more for a club, will be eligible under the Father/Daughter ruling.
If you are a former player of the club and have a son, or daughter that is eligible, please contact Todd Patterson for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org