The late Thelma Madden who sadly died in 2008, was the mother to ex-AFL Footballers Simon Madden and Justin Madden. Justin was 9 years old, and Simon 13, when their father Bill, a 56-year-old World War II veteran, died from heart disease in 1970.
Thelma Madden was forced to raise three sons all on her own, with help from community and sporting organisations around the suburb of Airport West where the family lived. Thelma came to be associated with Abers through the participation of her grandsons in our junior football program. Thelma attended these ladies lunches – passing up a lift to independently catch the bus here from Moonee Ponds.
Thelma sat on this very stage and shared lots of amusing stories about life as a footy mum – everything from monstrous young men hurling rolled up socks in mock of a footy around the house and breaking a couch in the process of taking a specky– to arguing with Keven Sheedy and the Bombers doctor as to whether her son with the sniffles was fit to play football on game day.
This medal is named in remembrance and honour of Thelma and women like her. Thelma represented much of what we all experience as footy mums and is an example of a strong woman associated with this sport. The Aberfeldie Sports Club Charity of Choice for 2018 was the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation. $5.00 from every ticket sold to the event was donated to the Foundation