ON 10 March 2019, close to 3,000 supporters filled Ikon Park for the second annual AFLW Carlton Respects Game.

Despite what was looking to be a rainy Sunday afternoon, both Carlton and Brisbane fans came together to show their support for their clubs, gender equality and a commitment to ending violence against women.

Upon arrival supporters were handed orange flags to wave during the game, representing the colour of Carlton Respects and the national colour for Harmony.

Players also swapped their traditional navy socks for orange ones in a sign of support for gender equality and the prevention of violence against women.

Prior to the bounce, a pre-game function was held where guests heard from Patty Kinnersly, the CEO of Our Watch. Our Watch is the leading national organisation that has been established to drive change in the culture, behaviours and power imbalances that lead to violence against women and their children. Patty spoke about the Carlton Respects program and Our Watch’s current work in the family violence space.

Players ran through a guard of honour made up of 40 students who had participated in the Carlton Respects Community Schools Program, a four-week respectful relationships program aiming to teach students about respect and equality.