While, Collingwood Football Club did not come away with a premiership in 1988, it was the year that popular Collingwood trio, Scott Pendlebury, Moana Hope and Sharni Layton were born. The trio are the new faces of the north-east Melbourne suburbs Women’s and Men’s Australian Football League teams and National Netball League team.
Pendlebury has been a household name since debuting with the club in round ten of the 2006 AFL Premiership Season. With a career goal total of 152, the dominant mid-fielder will aim to achieve the milestone of 250 AFL matches in 2017. His loyalty and passion for the game is shared with fellow club member, Moana Hope.
Behind the tattoos, dab and the photogenic smile is Collingwood’s Moana Hope. Having won the Victorian Women’s Football League leading goal-kicker award in 2015, this Collingwood recruit has a promising future. Hope was a stand out in the AFL Women’s exhibition match at Whitten Oval earlier this year. After exchanging her Bulldogs outfit for the black and white, Hope hasn’t stopped providing updates of her pre-season antics via social media.
Another athlete who exchanged the red and blue strip for the Collingwood stripes is Australian Diamonds Netballer, Sharni Layton. Known for her aggressive playing style, contagious laugh and determined attitude, she too has joined the Collingwood family this year. Moving from the NSW Swifts, Layton is happy to be back home in Victoria in the Collingwood Magpies jersey.
Despite the trio playing three different playing positions, they will remain ‘side by side to uphold the Magpies name’ in hope of achieving three Collingwood Premierships in 2017.
As the Collingwood family diversifies I can’t help but wonder if the Women’s AFL and Netball League’s will influence the stereotype that lingers around the black and white supporters. That the stigma that haunts the club with the highest number of members will change. Scott Pendlebury it’s time to make some space for these two role models, because Moana and Sharni are out there to #ProveThemWrong.
Ladies who Leap xxx