If it wasn’t for the persuasive powers of Neale Daniher’s daughters Rebecca and Lauren and son-in-law Drew Howell, the sea of blue Big Freeze beanies in the might have been an odd brave soul wearing a bandanna instead.
Because that question was the subject of a lively debate around the Daniher kitchen table in Camberwell when, in 2015, the campaign to find a cure for the beast that is motor neurone disease was in its infancy.
when he has an idea in his head, so the dynamic trio had to draw on both their intellect and charm to win the day when the former Demons coach argued that a bandanna would be a better option than a beanie.
Rebecca Daniher can now laugh as she reflects on her father’s pushback.
I have no idea why he thought [a bandanna] might be more effective than a beanie, but I’m glad we prevailed because most of the time he is always right. she said.
Convincing ‘The Reverend’ also required some economic arguments.
We were very convincing. Actually, we had to twist his arm a little bit and that is why we went with a lower quantity, Rebecca said.
They agreed to produce 5000 beanies, packing boxes themselves and posting them off after work as nights stretched into the early morning.
By the end of that first campaign, 33,000 beanies had been sold and now, every June, a sea of royal blue beanies flood the state.
Goal umpire David Rodan wore one behind the goals while officiating on Monday, as Channel Seven commentator Brian Taylor joked that the police might arrest anyone not participating.
Everyone’s united in the same purpose. It’s very special, Rebecca said. The beanies are such a symbol of our army . . . and it’s bloody cold in winter.
Bandannas aren’t going to keep you warm.
Harf Hawk is full Blue
With Hawthorn about to enter the AFLW competition, Carlton coach Daniel Harford will now need to be careful when he steps into enemy territory to host Hawks functions.
The 45-year-old who played nine games at the Blues after 153 mighty matches in the brown and gold is a charming master of ceremonies, his friendly demeanour and witty quips keeping big egos such as Hawks president Jeff Kennett in check whenever the function demands.
As it happens, Harford intends to scale back his commitments with the Hawks, only hosting the big occasions such as the Peter Crimmins Medal count and the club’s hall of fame.
He has shown he can juggle many roles during the football season but if the Blues beat the Hawks – who have four of the first six picks in the upcoming AFLW draft – in 2022’s season 2. 0, then he will have to keep any gloating in check, particularly if interviewing his opposite number Bec Goddard.
Brown can’t be kept down
Sixteen players remain in the game from the 2008 AFL national draft, but only one of those is yet to play 150 games. That might seem to be a record you would want to avoid, but Melbourne’s Mitch Brown should wear it as a badge of honour.
Geelong’s popular first-round pick has recorded 78 games in his 13 years in the competition, playing five or fewer senior games in eight of those seasons. He played 21 matches in 2016 with Essendon before 14 and 16 outings with the Bombers in 2018 and 2019.
While Brown battled to have an impact for the Demons on Queen’s Birthday, his effort to earn senior selection a fortnight ago means he has played at least one senior match every year since he made his debut for the Cats in round 14, 2011.