CEL Masthead Winter 18

Why we barrack for the Brumbies

Roslyn Hull

“The last Brumbies home game was on Mother’s Day weekend – what a night”

Why people think Canberra women watch the Brumbies


Why we actually watch the Brumbies


I have been a Brumbies supporter forever. I’m so old I can remember when George Gregan played for the Kookaburras. I’m quite happy to be analytical and unbiased about the Wallabies or the World Cup but don’t you dare diss Our Boys when I am near!

Our next home game is 28 May – against the Japanese Sunwolves, who are fast on their feet, so our team will need all of us there to cheer them over the try line. We can be a fickle lot in Canberra – loving our Raiders or Capitals or Brumbies when they win and turning our backs when they struggle. Let’s change that, let’s be as parochial as a Queenslander at State of Origin, let’s be as one-eyed as an All Blacks supporter!

The last home game was on Mother’s Day weekend – what a night.

Aptly, this was called the ‘Ladies Round’ and there was a special (and rather gorgeous pink and blue) jersey for the night. In a lovely touch each player had his mum’s name embroidered on the front of his top (don’t you just love our Brumbies). It was a good win against tough opposition. Scott Fardy intercepted the ball with great style and Christian’s boot was on fire. I still miss Nic White but the new halfback is all heart and fast legs.

Via instagram.com/brumbiesrugby/

Via instagram.com/brumbiesrugby/

I was thrilled to represent the HerCanberra team at the Directors Dinner that night. These are held before every home game and include great seats to watch the action, lucky draws and fascinating guest speakers. On the night I attended the speaker was Mirjana Wilson, Executive Director of Canberra’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service. What an amazing woman and what an interesting presentation.

I learnt that in a first for any football team, the Brumbies are partnering with DVCS, not just to raise money ($20,000.00 donated to DVCS from their March home game) but to raise spirits too.

Each school holidays players are hosting picnics for families and young people being supported by the DVCS. The statistics for domestic violence in Australia are frightening so it was encouraging to listen to Mirjana describe the positive effect the Brumbies have on the lives of children, teens and whole families.



She was so full of praise, particularly for Christian and Tom, that I couldn’t stop smiling as she described them as the children’s ‘new favourite players’. You can read more about this initiative on the DVCS website.

The Brumbies’ management issues have kept them in the media for all the wrong reasons lately. However the players have never stopped trying, so to hear about this work off the rugby pitch gave me another reason to be proud to be a Brumby fan.

Back the Brumbies

Grab your tickets to the Brumbies clash against Japan’s Sunwolves this coming Saturday 28 May, 7.40pm at GIO Stadium at premier.ticketek.com.au, or celebrate before the game at Pialligo Estate’s ‘East Meets West’ dinner. Enjoy a three course Japanese inspired menu accompanied by traditional customs, pre-game banter and some of Japan’s best beer, wine and sake.

Feature image by Getty Images. Image supplied. 


Ros Hull

Roslyn is a writer and storyteller who loves all things Canberra, her family, sci fi and movies – but not in that order. She has worked in museum education since 2001 and has a passion for imparting knowledge to others. Writing is her happy place, particularly if there is a dog at her feet and a coffee in her hand. More about the Author

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