The Game

City vs Country

Kicking for Cancer is the first ever Football Day created for families to come along and commemorate those lost to Cancer whilst enjoying a game of Football that features victims of cancer that have recovered or are representing a close family member lost.

The game matches two teams City vs Country and features a host of Ex AFL Superstars such as Warwick Capper, Greg Williams and Jake King. The big day is Saturday March 14th at Rumbalara Football Netball Club, Shepparton.

The Venue

Rumbalara Football Netball Club (Rumbalara FNC) is an Aboriginal community run sporting club located in Shepparton, Victoria.  It is dedicated to strengthening the community and bringing families together through strong vibrant leadership. It is a place of belonging, a place that people of all ages and backgrounds can call their own.

The day is the first ever commemorative day staged for families to attend a football game and send their love to those lost through this terrible disease. The day also provides an opportunity for sporting clubs to gather to remember former players and officials.

Legends Dinner

The day also features an AFL Legends Dinner with Ex Stars like Sam Newman, Des Tuddenham, Peter Bedford, Warwick Capper and many more in attendance.

There will be live music, Kicking for Cancer Merchandise, photo opportunities with AFL Legends, Food and Beverages to be provided by Rumbalara FNC and a minute of silence at the end of the day.

featured former players in 2019

AFL Legends

Andrew Krakouer

Andrew Krakouer

Former forward with the Richmond and Collingwood Football Clubs. One of the most evasive forwards of the game, often regarded as nearly impossible to mark, he won the AFL Mark of Year in 2011, playing a total of 137 games kicking 152 goals.

Corey McKernan

Corey McKernan

Former ruckman/forward with the North Melbourne and Carton Football Clubs. A dual Premiership player at one time considered to be one of the very best players in the country, with a total of 237 games kicking 310 goals.

Dustin Fletcher

Dustin Fletcher

Former defender with the Essendon Football Club, widely acknowledged as one of the finest defenders in VFL/AFL history. Dustin is the current Essendon games record holder, with a total of 400 games with 71 goals.

Paul Dimattina

Paul Dimattina

Former key-midfielder with the Western Bulldogs Football Club. A high possession winner throughout his career and has since become involved in the hospitality industry, played a total of 131 games scoring 56 goals.

Ronnie Burns

Ronnie Burns

Former live-wire forward with the Geelong and Adelaide Football Clubs. Burns led the Cats goalkicking 5 times, playing as a small crumbing forward, playing a total of 154 games kicking 262 goals.

Sophie Abbatangelo

Sophie Abbatangelo

Current AFLW player with the North Melbourne Football Club. Signed by North Melbourne as a free agent during the expansion club signing period in 2018, played a total of 6 games with 2 goals to date.

Stephen Milne

Stephen Milne

Former forward-pocket with the St Kilda Football Club, he has been regarded as one of the best small forwards of all-time and was very dangerous around goal. Stephen played a total of 275 games with 574 goals.

inspiring survivors

Cancer Heroes

Callum Dodson

Callum "Boozy" Dodson

The City Coach
Centre Half Back with the Chelsea & Chelsea Heights Football Clubs. I was diagnosed with a rare form of bowel cancer called clear cell sarcoma at the age of 22 which at this stage is all clear.

Justin Palmer

Justin "Judda" Palmer

The Country Coach
Centre Half Forward with the Morwell East & Traralgon tyers United Football Clubs. I’ve battled testicular cancer for 15 months, now it’s in remission.

Allistair Mitchell

Allistair "Mitch" Mitchell

Full Back & Centre Half Back with the Laharum, Horsham & Surfers Paradise Football Clubs. He lost his Father-in-Law & Aunty to cancer. His mother-in-law has also survived cancer. Cancer has ravaged his family and he’d like to give something back to them.

Billy Freeman

Billy "Bill" Freeman

Forward Pocket with the South Mildura & Nangiloc Football Clubs. He had a brain tumour, had it removed and has recovered from it. The footy clubs he’s played for are like a second family. He just loves the game and playing footy with all his mates.

Brock Jones

Brock "Brockie" Jones

Midfielder with Olinda Ferny Creek Football Club. He’s playing this game for his mother who passed away from Breast Cancer when he was 8 years old.

Lee Hawke

Lee "Roy" Hawke

Utility with the Yarragon and Drouin Football Clubs. He’s playing this game because his mum has inoperable brain cancer and would like her to be able to watch him play one last game.

Matt Whitechurch

Matt "Bobba" Whitechurch

Player with Traralgon Tyers United Football Club in the North Gippsland League. Taking part in this game is important to him as he recently lost his wife’s father to Cancer. It all happened so quickly and left a massive hole in the family’s hearts. He was a terrific man and a mad St Kilda supporter.

Micky Kane

Micky Kane

Full Back with Skye Football Club. His girlfriend Ange and family lost her mother who passed away at the young age of 44 from kidney cancer. It would be his honour to be able to represent them on this amazing occasion raising much-needed awareness.

Mitchell Bennett

Mitchell Bennett

Centre Half Forward and Centre Half Back with Carrum Downs & Skye Football Clubs. Has had testicular cancer, germ cell cancer, lung cancer and neck cancer. He’s had 2 surgeries & spent months in hospitals. As it stands his neck and lung are the only things holding up remission however are rapidly shrinking. 

Ryan Handley

Ryan "Handles" Handley

Half Back Flank &  Half Forward Flank with Vermont, Bayswater, Mitcham, Black Rock Football Clubs. His dad passed away almost three years ago to bowel cancer and the Black Rock Football Club lost a favourite son, Tim Sim, to cancer at just 43 years of age.

Zac White

Zac "Fat" White

Centre Half Forward & Center Half Back with the Frankston Bomber Football Club. He’s representing his Nanna that passed away after battling for 2 years with pancreatic cancer.

Andrew Rodgers

Brett Hunter

Cameron Morrison

Colby Schmidt

Jason Taylor

John Windstone

Lincoln Withers

Lincoln Whitehurst

Lucas McGhie

Mark Vetter

Matt Belbin

Matt Dunne

Nathan Stockley

Robert Windstone

Sam Bourke

Help make a difference

Give Cancer the Kick

We celebrated the inaugural Kicking for Cancer Charity Football Match which brought together the individuals and their families who have experienced the first-hand effects that cancer has on everyday lives. We witnessed some of the greatest former AFL players take to the field and help raise money for such a fantastic cause.

  • Watch AFL Legends play
  • Photos with AFL Legends
  • Support Families in Need
  • Fund Cancer Research
  • Enjoy Food & Drinks
  • Listen to Live Music