The dynamic Macarthur Rams duo of Renee Rollason and Kylie Ledbrook understand that this year’s Mother’s Day will be celebrated in a different fashion and that is away from the traditional football pitch and spent with their two wonderful kids Indii and Lachie.
Unfortunately COVID-19 put an end to football temporarily, instead of the ladies preparing for their round 10 NPL NSW Women’s clash against Sydney Olympic at Lynwood Park on Sunday, they will be enjoying the sights and sounds of their little ones.
“Obviously with what’s going on now with COVID-19, it will be nice not to have to play football and spend it as a family.
“Don’t get me wrong, I miss playing football, but normally it is spent at a football pitch.
“This year will be spent at home together.
“We have no concrete plans for Sunday. Kylie isn’t working so will be nice for the kids to have her at home,” said Rollason.
Partner Kylie agreed that family time will be on the agenda come the big day.
“Mother’s Day will be a little different as we normally play football on this day.
“This year although we will miss playing, we will have more time to spend with the family.
“It will be spent low key, a sleep in, some presents shared, pancakes and playing around the house then go for a bike ride together.”
With millions of mothers set to be spoilt on Mother’s Day, both Renee and Kylie agreed that the true meaning of the day was really to thank their own heroes who guided them to where they are today.
“To be honest I don’t think my kids understand Mother’s Day, for me it’s just another day.
“I think it means more to me for my own mum and everything she has done for me.
“I hope when the kids are older, they will appreciate it and have a better understanding – But to my mum and for everything she has done, I thank you,” said Rollason
Ledbrook was equally appreciative of her mother.
“Mother’s Day is about thanking all the mums out there for the love and support they have for their kids.
“As a mother now it is definitely a day that I cherish with my kids but it has also shown me the strength of my mum and being a mum is not always easy and us kids don’t always appreciate the little things parents do to bring you up and make you who you are today.”
Having been together for nine years now, the two have been blessed with two children in Indii (5) and Lachie (2), who mean the world to them.
“I honestly don’t know what we did before kids. Everything we do revolves around them.
“They are the best.
“It’s so good to see them before and after a game or hearing them yell out Go Mum, or go Mumma.
“I’m sure everyone sees them wondering around at Lynwood Park either on their bikes or scooters.
“They love being at football,” said Rollason.
“Both Indii and Lachlan have brightened up our lives for the better,” said Ledbrook.
“They are our world and we love watching them grow and learn new things.
“Although they definitely keep us on our toes, we enjoy the time socializing with our friends and their kids and taking little adventures like camping, waterskiing, motorbike riding and traveling to the farm.”
Football has played a pivotal role in both Reene and Kylie’s lives – it is what brought them together, so to have that taken away from them temporarily due to COVID-19 has been deflating for the pair.
“I miss it a lot.
“Football is an outlet for me,” said Rollason.
“So not having that I have struggled quite a bit especially as football has been quite a big part of my life for the past twenty years having played it all year round, and to not have that it’s a struggle.
“Hopefully we can all get back into it soon and I’m sure it will be appreciated a lot more, I know it will be for me.”
While for Ledbrook, the down time served as a good chance to rehabilitate her knee, but now fully recovered, is ready to return to the pitch.
“I definitely miss playing and seeing our teammates that’s for sure.
“For me, the first four weeks were good as I recovered from a knee injury, but I can’t wait to get back on the park, we need our football fix.”