As the only chick in the change rooms for the Brumbies I can tell you, with a hand on my heart, our boys have one thing in common. They all have massive, oversized, generous…hearts.
Yes, hearts. What did you think I was going to say?
I thought the board of directors at the Brumbies were having me on almost two years ago when they approached me to be the only female ground announcer for our ACT Super Rugby side. I felt like I had to re-introduce myself.
“Hi, my name’s Kristen. If you need an expert in what varieties of wine you sell on game day or a brief analysis of who won and how fab the players other halves are looking in the corporate boxes you’ve come to the right place…”
Cue laughs and a tip of the hat as we part ways? Not so fast Kristen. Turns out they weren’t looking for a tactician to conduct the game day interviews and entertainment. Turns out, our Brumbies boys are more than just Rugby Union players and when they put on that jersey they represent more than just the game.
That’s where I come in. I get to tell the story of what beats behind the jersey.
They represent forward thinking. When you hear of a footy player getting arrested you assume it was a big night out gone wrong. For David Pocock, his arrest was about a big day out, chained to a digger with other activists in a protest against a coal mine being opened up in a forest in northern New South Wales. The only message he’s sending to our children is one of social conscience and shared responsibility.
Let me take you behind the scenes.
Stephen Moore always asks how my night’s been in post match interviews just before we go live to air. I often have to remind him we’re there to talk about his night.
Henry Speight held back tears when he told me he’d raised over $30,000 for the Walk On Walk Strong foundation. He’d worked closely with the foundation for years raising money to fight childhood cancer. When we first spoke about how he’d shave his head to raise money, he was hopeful he’d crack the $10k mark. To reach over $30k touched him deeply.
Every junior player who is waiting in the tunnel always gets a high five or a quick chat with a big Brumby. They’re made to feel like part of the team.
The man of the match awards – they don’t want them. All prizes or money now goes to their chosen charity.
Not to mention they put up with my random line of questioning; “What did you get your partner for Valentine’s day?” or “It’s Ben Alexander’s 100th game, who baked?”
My point? There’s been a lot of talk in the media about the behaviour of high profile male footy players. From my perspective, we scored the fab ones.
What: Brumbies v Cheetahs
When: 7.40PM Saturday 4 April
Where: GIO Stadium, Bruce
How much: Tickets are half price
Tickets: Visit www.ticketek.com.au to get yours!