Firms make historic year for Winneke Cup a success

This year saw a first for the long-running sporting festival for law firms

Firms make historic year for Winneke Cup a success
The country’s top law firms have made a historic year for the Winneke Cup a success.

For the first time in the history of the sporting festival and fundraiser for law firms, which has been held annually since the early 1990s in Melbourne, women’s Australian rules football was a featured competition in the event.

This year’s host, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, came up with the idea to hold a women’s footy competition during the event, which was held at the Albert Park Sports Precinct.

“Corrs was very keen to organise and run the first women’s Australian rules game at the Winneke Cup, and we’re confident the success of the exhibition match means it could become a regular feature of this event,” said Corrs’ Georgia Westbrook, one of the organisers of the 2017 Winneke Cup. “It was great we could come together for a day of sport and were able to raise money for not-for-profit organisation, Ladder.”

Funds raised by the 2017 Winneke Cup will be used by Ladder to combat youth homelessness across Australia.

Maddocks faced an all-star team formed by Allens, Ashurst, Clayton Utz, Corrs, K&L Gates, and Lander & Rogers and took home the win in the women’s footy event.

In women’s netball, K&L Gates edged Allens, Ashurst, Clayton Utz, Corrs, Gadens, Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF), King & Wood Mallesons, Lander & Rogers, Maddocks, and Minter Ellison.

Minter Ellison triumphed in the men’s footy competition, which had teams fielded by Ashurst, the 2016 champions, and Allens, Clayton Utz, Corrs, Gadens, HSF, Gilbert + Tobin, Lander & Rogers, and Maddocks.

The Winneke Cup honours John Winneke, who was a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria and a former president of the Victorian Court of Appeal.

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