Schools' footy clash to highlight White Ribbon message

TWO Ballarat schools clashed in what has become an anticipated event for the rivals, a White Ribbon Day football match. 

Ballarat High School and Clarendon College, led by Nic Holding and Matt Davidson, come together to play each other in the annual White Ribbon footy match. PICTURE: Dylan Burns

Ballarat High School and Clarendon College, led by Nic Holding and Matt Davidson, come together to play each other in the annual White Ribbon footy match. PICTURE: Dylan Burns

Ballarat Clarendon College and Ballarat High School have put their heads together to raise awareness for violence against women, and now play the first game of the season in tribute. 

Clarendon senior White Ribbon Committee members Will Joyce and Angus Herold said they had first teamed up with High School as both schools had White Ribbon committees.

“The match is always played against High School,” Mr Joyce said. 

Mr Herold said the aim of College’s committee was raise awareness and spark discussion.

“Footy is a big part of our school. Everyone comes down after school, so it’s good way to bring some attention to the issue.”

Mr Joyce said committing violence against women was at a high for young men.

“We’re trying to get this message to young men, as it’s the best time to foster these values of no silence and no violence.” 

High School football captain Nic Holding said as it was the first game of the season for the teams, that added extra excitement to the day.

“College are a big opponent, but it is a friendly match.” 

Clarendon football captain Matt Davidson said it was a game the team looked forward to.

“It’s a great round where we’re able to support a great campaign,” Mr Davidson said.

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