Thank you for showing up.
Week after week, training after training, game after game.
Rain, hail or shine, you were there.
Win, lose or draw, you were there.
When my mum or dad didn’t want to get out of the car because it was so wet and cold, you were there.
Thank you for teaching me the basics, and allowing me to kick the ball around with my mates.
Thank you for encouraging my dreams, for making me believe I could be the next AFL superstar, the next Grand Final winner, the next Magarey medallist, the next Brownlow recipient.
Thank you for teaching me what it means to be part of a team, part of a group of mates, part of a club.
Thank you for teaching me what it means to be part of THIS club:
to Play Hard
and Never Give Up.
I will take this with me wherever I go, whatever I do, and whatever challenges I face.
Because of you, I know that winning isn’t everything: that mateship, teamwork and good sportsmanship are so much more important.
Because of you, I know that there are different types of masculinity, that there are different ways to be a man. You have helped to shape the young man I am becoming, and the type of man I want to be.
Because of you, I know that limits don’t exist for girls, that we can play footy too. You have shown me that everyone is welcome here. That I can pursue my dreams too, that I am just as worthy, regardless of my gender.
So, Coach: thank you.
Thank you for your time.
Thank you for your commitment.
Thank you for your passion.
I will see you next season.