DAISY, the club’s new female mascot, has made her debut for the first time on Sunday at Casey Fields.
She made her first appearance before Melbourne’s opening round match against the Brisbane Lions in the inaugural NAB AFL Women’s competition.
Daisy is a young female footy player who has been named in honour of Melbourne women’s captain Daisy Pearce.
Pearce is regarded as one of the greatest women’s footballers, having been the first female player to be drafted by Melbourne, back in 2013. She is now an integral part of Melbourne’s history.
Daisy joins fellow Melbourne mascots Checker, Chuck and Cheeky.
Checker is named after legendary coach Frank ‘Checker’ Hughes. Chuck is a school kid and a mad Melbourne supporter, who is up to date with the latest news and information about the club. And Cheeky is a baby Demon fan who is looking forward to starting Auskick and loves kicking the footy.
It was during the 1930s that Hughes told his players to ‘lift your heads and play like Demons’.
Hughes coached Melbourne to four premierships in 1939-40-41 and 1948. He also coached Richmond to the 1932 premiership.
Pearce, who made her name with the Darebin Falcons in the women’s VFL, is an outstanding midfielder.
She possesses great skill, a strong work-ethic and a genuine competitive streak, making her an outstanding role model for all.
Pearce’s list of achievements in the game are remarkable.
The 28-year-old was named a marquee player for Melbourne in 2016, along with another star of the game, Mel Hickey.
Pearce is a nine-time premiership player, six-time Victorian player, six-time All-Australian and six-time Helen Lambert Medal (the Brownlow Medal equivalent).
In 2016, Pearce was the winner of the VFL women’s best and fairest award and a member of last year’s VFL women’s team of the year.
She has been a driving force in women’s football and since the announcement of the AFL Women’s competition has been a genuine ambassador for the game.
Daisy and Checker both represent key aspects of the history of the club and will be seen at all game days and events.