Mother joins daughter

Colac’s Ludmila and Katrina Mason might have created history as the first mother and daughter to team up on the football field this season. The Colac Imperials’ senior women’s team is preparing for a qualifying semi-final on Sunday.

Colac Imperials could have created history as the first football club to boast mother-daughter teammates this season.

Footy-mad mother-of-six Ludmila Mason, 42, had all but given up hope of playing football until this year, when her teenage daughter Karina, 19, encouraged her to join her in the Imps’ inaugural senior women’s team.

Ludmila was no stranger to football, having spent hours in the yard kicking the footy with her children, but she said it had been special running out onto the field alongside Katrina with the Imps this season.

“My daughter was interested first, and she asked me if I could play because they needed numbers,” Ludmila said.

“It took a bit of convincing at the time but now I absolutely love it,” she said.

“Playing football with my daughter, now I can cheer her on during the game, it’s one of those feelings that can’t be beat.”

The two footballers, who both work at Bulla Dairy Foods, have played their roles for the Imps this season, and are part of the team preparing
for its maiden finals appearance this weekend.

Ludmila has lined up in the forward pocket or flank this year, while Katrina plays in the same spot but in defence.

Ludmila said her family, including husband Steve and children, stepson Matthew, 30, daughters Shian, 23, and Steph, 21, and sons Greg, 18, and Peter, 16, had been great support for her and Kat.

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