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Statement - James Hird

Coach James Hird has made the following statement after today's verdict from the Anti-Doping Tribunal.

8:13pm  Mar 31, 2015

Club welcomes tribunal decision

The Essendon Football Club has welcomed the AFL’s Anti-Doping Tribunal ruling that 34 past and present players did not breach the Anti-Doping code.

7:13pm  Mar 31, 2015

Apologetic Hird ready to move on

An emotional James Hird has apologised for his club's actions in 2012 while conceding he nearly lost his job as coach of Essendon last year.

7:00pm  Mar 31, 2015

About the EWN

The Essendon Women's Network (EWN) is a non-match day coterie group who support the women of Essendon, raise funds for the club and are aligned to the club's Vision and Values. 

EWN provides membership to a diverse group who may not get the opportunity to attend games however, are football enthusiasts who wnjoy meeting a diverse range of women.

What We Do

EWN are Engaged, Aligned and Committed to supporting the club reach their strategic objectives; currently the EFC are reviewing their female member’s engagement plans the EWN are participating with the club to ensure inclusion of all women throughout our community.

Our major fundraising event is the Grand Final Comedy Debate; which highlights amazing women who continually contribute to our game of’ Australian Rules Football’ and announce the Football Women Of the Year coupled with a comedy debate that is uniquely focused  on football. The Grand Final Comedy Debate is proudly supported by the AFL.

Throughout the year there are additional events which are tailored to the EWN membership base the events can be interactive “Train like a Player” or a “Business Lunch”.

The EWN committee consist a group of professional women who want to ensure that all women are included, heard and feel proud to be a member of the EFC.  

Football Woman of the Year

The Football Woman of the Year Award recognises women who have made a significant contribution to the game of Australian Rules football. The award is presented by the Essendon Women’s Network and is open to all women associated in any way with the football industry. Previous winners have included Michelle Cowan, Belinda Duarte, Sue Alberti, Irene Chatfield, Debbie Lee, Jill Lindsay and Lesley McGrath. The winner is announced at the Great Grand Final Comedy Debate at the Crown Palladium during the week of the AFL Grand Final.

Further Information

Please contact Jessica Newman for more information on the Essendon Women’s Network:

Jessica Newman

Private Clients & Coteries Coordinator

(03) 8340 2023

jnewman@essendonfc.com.au