IT’S a game nobody wants to lose, if for no other reason than the winners getting to hold it over their vanquished rivals for a full year.
Win or lose though, both the rival mothers and daughters playing on Saturday evening know they’re both playing for a greater purpose.
It’s the second time the Wodonga Hockey Club have pitted offspring against elders, after a successful fathers versus sons match last year.
It’s mothers versus daughters this time though, all to raise money for Betty’s Place in Albury.
Betty’s Place offers homeless women, or those on the verge of homelessness, as well as women escaping family and domestic violence, much needed support and accommodation.
Organiser Kerry Devereaux said she was looking forward to getting out on the pitch.
“It’s all good fun,” she said.
“The fathers and sons had a game, and we’ve got heaps of mums and daughters, so I thought why not?
“It was just going to be a game, but we thought we’d do it for charity as well.
“Betty’s Place are excited to have the funds raised to go towards them, being non-profit.”
Several high-profile instances of violence against women, including the rape and murder of Eurydice Dixon, spurred Devereaux into action.
“All the female violence that was going around in Melbourne was behind the fundraiser,” she said.
“A lot of people raise funds for cancer and that’s always on the forefront, but I wanted to do it locally so that was the main reason for Betty’s Place.
“It’s a local group helping local people.”
There has been no shortage of mothers and daughters willing to suit up for the clash, although there has had to be some substitutions.
“There’s a couple of aunts because their daughters are too young to play, but there’s some with a couple of daughters playing,” Devereaux said.
“We’ve got a bench as well, we need the bench, not the kids.
“One of the ladies just plays indoor, another lady plays veterans and one of the daughters has her mum coming down who hasn’t played for years.
“Some have come out of retirement, but the majority of us play all the time.
“It’s going to be full-on.”
Hockey Albury-Wodonga’s division one competition will continue on Sunday afternoon, with matches to kick off at 2pm at the Albury Hockey Centre.
In the women's competition, Magpies need a win over the top placed Falcons to remain in fourth sport, while Wombats will looks to topple Norths.