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Maddie’s Match 2017

21 Jun 2017

Maddie’s Match 2017

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On Saturday 8th July St Kilda and Richmond came together once again to bring us Maddie’s Match in a game of rivalry but one that had obvious close family ties bound by love. It was an amazing night as the crowd of over 47,000 celebrated the life of Maddie Riewoldt in a sea of purple. Through crowd attendance, direct donations, the purchase of #fightlikemaddie merchandise and all the sponsors activities surrounding the match, Maddie's Match 2017 raised $200,000 bringing us yet another step closer to a cure for Bone Marrow Failure.

Our wonderful volunteers sought donations of a purple $5 note as the crowd embraced the evening donning MRV scarves, tattoos and face paint, #FightLikeMaddie tees, purple Converse . The Melbourne Star turned purple, the Saints broke with tradition trading their red stripe for a purple one on their match-worn guernsey, Etihad renamed the ends of the stadium and Richmond and Saints fans alike got behind Maddie’s Vision.


Of course, we can’t remember Maddie’s Match 2017 without mentioning the game itself. Nick Riewoldt’s chest mark five minutes into the 2nd quarter saw him surpass the AFL record previously held by ruckman Gary Dempsey. His passion and purpose throughout Maddie’s Match was mirrored by his team-mates and their efforts were rewarded in a 67 point victory over Richmond. But whilst Tiger’s fans may have been frustrated with the final score they can be extremely proud of their support of Maddie’s Vision. We’re always in awe of the support we receive from the St Kilda Football Club but we were overwhelmed this year with the support from both Richmond and St Kilda.  


Although Maddie’s Match is now over you can always support Maddie’s Vision, purchasing merchandise or simply making a $5 donation to #HighFiveforMaddie. Maddie fought her battle with inspiring determination and courage and we will always put our heads down, lift our hearts and continue to #FightLikeMaddie.