Movember is nearly upon us, and some of the AFL’s biggest stars are readying their upper lips for a different look for the month ahead.
AFL stars such as Tom Rockliff, Drew Petrie, Callan Ward and Jay Schulz are set to captain the AFL Players’ Mo teams for their respective states, and many other big names have jumped on board to support the campaign.
“My dad has a moustache and i cant ever remember him without it, so you’d think id have some pedigree but that’s not the case.” – Drew Petrie
North Melbourne spearhead, and AFL Players Vic Mo’s captain, Drew Petrie says the players are proud to get behind such an important cause – even though growing facial hair can prove challenging.
“I’m a little anxious ahead of the month of November, given my prowess of growing a moustache isn’t too high,” Petrie told 5AA last week.
“My dad has a moustache and i cant ever remember him without it, so you’d think id have some pedigree but that’s not the case.”
Petrie has described his attempts at growing a mo as “embarrassing” and resembling “a mangy catfish” but says that’s no reason to avoid taking part, and is encouraging others to follow his lead.
“A few years ago when Nathan Thompson highlighted his mental illness I got behind the Movember campaign and got the moustache going. It’s rather embarrassing but I’ll give it a crack again.
“To get all us blokes talking, us strong-willed blokes who don’t like talking about our health – our physical and mental wellbeing… it’s great to get behind that and support that.”
Hear Vic Mo’s captain Drew Petrie speaking to 5AA about the players’ involvement with Movember, below.
Following Petrie’s progress throughout Movember promises to be plenty of fun, but – as you can see below – there’s no shortage of other AFL players getting involved. It all begins this Friday, where shave-down parties will take place simultaneously throughout Australia. The AFL Players’ Association will be holding it’s own in the office, to get things underway!