It is fitting that the club Dianne has named as her GrassRoots club is one of the great clubs of South Australia, the Pirates of Port Adelaide Soccer Club which has well over 100 years of history behind it. Di also has joined Moya Dodd in naming Port as her grassroots club.
Starting at the age of 10 & for her entire grassroots career, Di was the sole female in her side in a boys competition, something which moulded her, but also something for which she is eternally grateful to the club for backing her.
Di won the first of her 86 caps in the Australian defence against Norway in 1997 as a 16 year old and was a member of the Matildas side that competed in the 2000 Olympics.
Jo, Colin, Marin, Richie & Richard Alagich all have their place in the footballing landscapes of Sth Australia & NSW but it is to Dianne that we dips our lid & look forward to the next generation.