AFL 2019: Travis Varcoe Reflects On The Loss Of His Sister Maggie — The Inspiration For Collingwood’s Indigenous Jumper

But the posthumous honour can only be described as bittersweet for the Varcoe family, who lost their “quick witted” sister, daughter and aunty because of a freak footy accident in August last year.

Varcoe sensationally played out Collingwood’s final series — a tribute to his 27-year-old sister which was not just authentic, but integral to his family’s healing.

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“As much as you want the world to stop, it just doesn’t,” Varcoe told Fox Footy’s On The Mark.

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“You wish you could put the world on pause for a week or two and just really soak in what had happened. But that’s not reality.

“Going back to work and doing something we both loved — that our whole family love — I didn’t want to let down Maggie or our family.”

Adam, Maggie and Travis Varcoe. Picture: Adam Varcoe / Facebook
Adam, Maggie and Travis Varcoe. Picture: Adam Varcoe / FacebookSource: Facebook

Footy was very much a shared passion for the four Varcoe siblings, with the family’s front yard dominated by games of kick-to-kick.

It was a love affair that would continue until Maggie’s fatal head knock while playing for Angle Vale in their grand final last year.

Regretfully, Varcoe never had the opportunity to watch his sister play the game that defined both of their lives.

“I was only able to watch her on the live stream on YouTube and one of my biggest regrets was not being able to see her play live, which was pretty heartbreaking in the end,” Varcoe says.

“I was blown away by how clean she actually was, her time and space and, when she had to, put her body on the line.

“Ultimately, yeah, that’s where it came undone for her in the end. You don’t think of those sorts of things going into the game.

“But obviously she paid the ultimate price. The good die young.”

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AFL 2019, Travis Varcoe opens up on sister Maggie’s death, Collingwood’s indigenous jumper