Over the weekend the mighty Oakleigh Cannons had their Australia Cup clash against Melbourne City FC at Jack Edwards Reserve in Oakleigh. It is a huge event where clubs at the grassroots have a chance to compete with those at the professional level. The whole local community got around the Cannons, who sadly went down 2–3 in the dying minutes.
As a government we have contributed $4 million to redeveloping Jack Edwards Reserve, particularly to increase opportunities for female participation in soccer, which is buzzing right now thanks to the Matildas and the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Well done to the Cannons and our inspiring Matildas.