ROUND three will mark the first time two Pride Games have been played in the NAB AFL Women's season, with Melbourne and St Kilda joining Carlton and the Western Bulldogs in celebrating inclusion in football.
The Demons and Saints will run out of a joint banner on Friday night at RSEA Park, with the latter also donning a guernsey with a rainbow back, which the club's VFLW side Southern Saints wore last year.
Saints defender Tilly Lucas-Rodd, who was previously involved in Pride Games at Carlton along with her partner Brianna Davey, said it was the Saints women's turn to promote the cause, with the men's team having played in Pride Matches for the past five years.
"It's really significant. I'm gay, so growing up I didn't have role models I could aspire to be like. I think it's really important that we're visible and people can see us and they can have those role models to look up to," Lucas-Rodd said.
Melbourne speedster Aliesha Newman, who could well line up directly against Lucas-Rodd in a battle of the smalls, echoed the Saint's sentiments.
"Creating an atmosphere where you can just be who you want to be is [important]. For myself, being gay as well, being open and having role models for the young boys and girls to look up to is really important," Newman said.
Newman also said forward Ainslie Kemp was in good spirits after suffering her third ACL rupture in the dying moments of last week's match.
"She's just one of those players who lift the room up when she's in there with her dancing and singing and whatever else she does. She's a great asset and she doesn't change her mentality whether she's out on the track or not," Newman said.