Georgia Malkoun and Chris Adair will represent AFL South East this Sunday at the huge AFLW clash between Melbourne and North Melbourne at Casey Fields. A partnership between AFLW, Melbourne Football Club and the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation has provided Georgia with the opportunity to enjoy the pre-game atmosphere in the Melbourne rooms before running out with the side. Chris will shake hands with both captains before tossing the coin ahead of the big clash. Georgia and Chris both thoroughly deserve to be on the big stage.
Georgia Malkoun and Chris Adair are living proof that people can draw so many different things out of football.
Georgia is one of the most exciting young talents in the South East Juniors, polling 31 votes to win the 2018 Lindsay Patching Medal.
The SEJ’s highest individual accolade is awarded to the player with the most league best and fairest votes across all ages and divisions.
Having just turned 15, Georgia dreams of playing AFLW with her beloved Melbourne Demons after becoming the first female to win the award in a competition now spanning more than 4400 participants.
“I did play basketball but love football now and would love to play AFLW one day,” she said.
“I love the teamwork, the people and the sportsmanship, it’s just a really great sport. All girls should just try it because it’s lots of fun even if you’ve never played before. You meet new people and learn lots of new skills along the way.”
Georgia is excited to be running out on Sunday with some of her favourite players.
“Maddy Gay is a gun, I like watching her play, but Bianca Jakobsson and Katherine Smith are my two favourite players,” she said.
Bianca has given me some coaching and Katherine has been really good as well.”
And Chris Adair – well he is just your classic volunteer, the heart and soul of a football club, and took out the 2018 SEJ Volunteer of the Year Award.
He openly admits he has been a greater asset off the sporting field than on it.
“My playing career wasn’t that exciting, I played three years of senior footy and then 10 years of Gaelic Football for Keysborough, which I loved, but it’s the volunteer work I love most,” he said.
“I’ve been involved at the Hampton Park Junior Football Club for 20 years now, from water boy to coaching, to being president for the last five years. Five of our seven kids, Aaron, Jason, Matthew, Michaela, and Patrick, have all played footy at the club and it just seemed a natural progression to get involved.”
Chris became emotional last year upon receiving his award.
“It was a shock to be honest,” he said.
“I was told I was nominated but didn’t expect to win and it floored me a little bit. A lot of people do what we do on a weekly basis but circumstances have seen us at the one club for 20 years. My wife Mel has also done plenty of jobs around the place as well…it’s a real team effort.”
Chris said there are many things that make him proud of being a volunteer, and proud of his football club.
“Kids that I’ve coached or played a role with still come around to our place and are getting married now, and that’s something that makes you proud,” he said.
“But probably the biggest thing I’ve got out of volunteering over the last few years is giving back to the community. As a club, we’ve worked very closely with Matt Runnalls at Mindful Aus to provide awareness and education on mental illness.
“We’re only a small club but I’m very proud of the work we are doing in that area.”
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