Flying Bats Interviews
The Flying Bats oral history participants are listed below. We thank them for their important contribution to recording the rich history of the Club and sharing their memories with us.
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Tracey Atkinson and Alison Todd (Interviewed by Sarah Midgley)
Played in the founding team, c. 1986. Tracey and Alison are Mardi Gras 78ers.
"That’s what I kind of liked about – it was the team spirit; we’re the Bats – when we got our t-shirts on we’re all for one and one for all type thing. That was sort of the spirit back then" - Tracey
Anne Himmelreich (Interviewed by Sarah Midgley)
Played c. 1986
"I began playing soccer with the University of Sydney...and some women in there said 'hey, let's go and play with the Flying Bats - a lesbian team!"
"Whenever I had a new girlfriend I would always get them to play soccer straight away…"
Sue Kerr (Interviewed by Sophie Partridge)
Flying Bats Life Member, First formal President of the Club for around 10 years, played in the early teams and retired from the Club around 2000 - 2001.
"I never wanted to be president. That was never my intention. My intention was just to make the club run better so that we would still be able to play football and I loved playing football"
A special mention should be made of two significant past players:
Annette Ussher (first formal Club Secretary) & Gayle Hannan (first formal Club Treasurer)
Annette and Gayle are yet to be interviewed but, along with Sue Kerr, made a HUGE contribution to professionalising the Club over many critical years. Annette and Gayle are both Flying Bats Life Members. They were also made Life Members of the North-West Sydney Women's Football Association in 1998 and 2003, respectively, for which they have provided over 20 years of service as officer bearers.
Fran Krix and Ingrid Cullen (Interviewed by Sarah Midgley)
Played c. 1986. Ingrid was the first official Flying Bats coach.
"It was just sort of amazing in those first few years how open and accepting and how diverse the whole team was" - Ingrid
Claudia Taranto and Tricia McCormick (Interviewed by Sarah Midgley)
Played c. 1987
"It was a shared accommodation…it was very much a Bats house" - Tricia
Jane Castle (Interviewed by Sarah Midgley)
Played c. 1987. Also played for the St Joan's team after her time with the Flying Bats.
"The rest of my life was so disciplined. It was a relief to just turn up...I could really relax with them...and just be me"
Tina King-Garde (Interviewed by Anna Flynn)
Flying Bats Life Member, Played 1995 onwards
"I really felt that the Bats was one of the few clubs that was run for women by women. I wanted to continue to be part of that…I just wanted to be there. I’ve always enjoyed being part of the Bats."
Julie Purser (Interviewed by Anna Flynn)
Flying Bats Life Member, Past President, Played 1996 onwards
"…it was much more of a family environment. You instantly became not just a football player but you became a part of a family I guess and a network."
Georg Hibberd (Interviewed by Anna Flynn)
Player and Coach 1995 - 2001
"It was more about being able to play soccer and be comfortable in an environment where I felt like I could be open. I don’t know why playing soccer like that felt important – but it did."
Anna Flynn (Interviewed by Sarah Midgley)
Flying Bats Life Member, Past Committee Member and Coach, Played 2002 onwards
"I think it's gone from where, we're a group of lesbians that want to play soccer, to actually we're providing quite an important support resource to people"
Danielle Warby (Interviewed by Shirleene Robinson)
Flying Bats Life Member, Past President, Played 2003 onwards
"I think for a sport like football it's definitely changing...When we play on Sundays out in North-West Women's in Gladesville area, there are girls out there playing football and it's basically just accepted as another [sport] - a sport that they can play."
Ellen Scott (Interviewed by Shirleene Robinson)
Current Player and Coach, Played 2004 onwards
"...before I'd been 12 hours in Sydney, I was enrolled with the Flying Bats"
Fiona Kavanagh (Interviewed by Shirleene Robinson)
Current Player, Past and Current Committee Member, Joined 2003.
"I enjoy the sense of community. I think most people join the Bats for that ... not just to play soccer, and I think that's where the Bats differs from other clubs"
Caroline (CJ) Donovan (Interviewed by Kay Harrison)
Current Player. Past Committee Member, Joined 2004.
"So that was a revelation. It was finding my people. It was really nice. I've had some of the best fun over the ten years on the field of course, but also off the field."
Sabs Cascio (Interviewed by Sarah Taylor)
Current Player. Joined 2007.
"...it's a way of life really, a way to be"
Alicia Rich (Interviewed by Sarah Midgley)
Flying Bats Life Member, Past President and Committee Member, Played 2009 onwards
"I went to a training session and I haven’t looked back"