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But while canteen duty, keeping the pie warmer running and washing the jumpers are vital jobs, Karen Griffiths prefers a more “macho” role.
The Balwyn North mum has for 10 years managed Old Ivanhoe Grammarians’ A-grade and reserves teams.
She is the first female to hold the position at the club and thought to be the only woman team manager in the Victorian Amateur Football Association.
Ms Griffiths said: “I don’t know why more women aren’t involved at an official level. I suppose they think it’s a male thing.”
Her duties include looking after the needs of players and umpires, inspecting the ground before the game, preparing pre-match paperwork and submitting results. She is at the club every Thursday for training, usually first to arrive on match day, and is on the committee.
Her tireless dedication saw her made a life member of the club and pick up the “best clubman” award last year.
The Richmond supporter has been nominated for a Pride of Australia role model medal by club pals George Parzis and David Super.
Pride of Australia medals honour Victoria’s unsung heroes; medals are awarded in 10 categories.
Look for nomination forms in the Herald Sun and Sunday Herald Sun or visit www.prideofaustralia.com.au