Football Australia announces Pride Football Australia Tournament

Melbourne Rovers Competing in Outgames 2011Football Australia is pleased to announce the Pride Football Australia tournament will be held in Melbourne in 2013.

This free spectator event grew out of the Justin Fashanu Cup men’s tournament, which has been played between Sydney and Melbourne for four years. The tournament now also includes an annual women’s event, the Julie Murray Cup, named for one of Australia’s greatest footballers.

Pride Football Australia’s 2013 tournament will be held 4-6 October, with the competitive matches held on Saturday 5 October at Kevin Bartlett Reserve.
Heath Wilson, President of host club Melbourne Rovers, believes it’s a wonderful opportunity for the community.

“Pride Football Australia brings together football players of all genders and sexualities in Australia for one weekend where we are the majority, says Wilson.

“Both cup matches will feature the Sydney / Melbourne rivalry, which means there will be no shortage of passion on the field, and the close results each year have made this an exciting event played at full intensity until the final whistle.

Leader of the Rovers women’s team, Meaghan Briggs, echoes this sentiment.

“Last year’s draw with the Flying Bats Women’s Football Club in Sydney was a fitting way to launch the Julie Murray Cup. It was fantastic just to get the ball rolling on the event and I am sure this year both sides will be pulling out all the stops to secure the trophy outright.

‘We are so thrilled that a Matildas star who was such a pioneer in football in Australia agreed to put her name to an event celebrating the diversity and inclusivity of the world game,” continues Briggs.

Pride Football Australia 2013 will continue the work of bring together football players and supporters, regardless of their gender or sexuality, to share their love of the game and promote equality, acceptance and diversity.

Melbourne Rovers would like to acknowledge our Pride Football Australia Sponsors the Yarra Jets FC and Yarra City Council for their support in hosting the 2013 competition.

The Sydney Rangers
Established in 1997, Sydney Rangers FC are Australia’s oldest and biggest gay men’s soccer club providing a fun, tolerant and friendly space for gay men and their friends to play the sport they love. The club boasts a strong record in the International Gay & Lesbian Football (IGLFA) movement for many years. Two-time IGLFA bronze winners (Washington DC 2009, London 2008), IGLFA silver medallists at Boston 2003 and twice winners of the Justin Fashanu Cup in 2009 and 2011.

The Flying Bats

Established in 1986, the Flying Bats is now Australia and the world’s oldest and largest lesbian football club: fielding seven teams in 2013, making three Grand Finals and taking out the North West Sydney Women’s Football Association’s Division 4 and Over 35s Division 1 Premierships. With hundreds of current and former players, WAGS and fans, FBFC is proud of its place in the GLBTQI community and its reputation for fair play, tolerance and inclusiveness.

The Melbourne Rovers

The Melbourne Rovers SC is Australia’s first and only gay and lesbian football club based in Melbourne. Founded in June 2008 the Melbourne Rovers provide a fun, friendly and safe environment bringing together people within the community to play soccer. Melbourne Rovers play for the Yarra Jets during the winter season fielding a Men’s Metro team, Women’s Metro team and Women’s State Leagues in Victoria. The Rovers won the Justin Fashanu for the first time in 2010.

Julie Murray

Wherever she’s gone, Julie Murray’s been a trailblazer. Beginning her international career aged just 15 in 1986, Murray went on to achieve a raft of firsts: representing Australia at the first Women’s World Cup, becoming the country’s inaugural International Player of the Year and the first Aussie woman to be signed both to an overseas club (Fortuna Hjorring, Denmark) and then the US Women’s League (Bay Area CyberRays). She played for Australia 67 times in a glittering career that saw her score 19 goals and don the green and gold at the Sydney Olympics – another footballing first. Murray captained The Matildas at two World Cups, was inducted into FFA’s Hall of Fame in 2008 and has been a FIFA Ambassador for Women’s Football since 2005

About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)