Approximately 1000 people attended the public service funeral of Amelia Lucas at Optus Stadium on Thursday in what was a beautiful celebration of Milli’s life.
An additional 500 people tuned in to the live stream, which was also broadcast on the big screens at the ground.
Milli, who passed away at the age of 14 last Monday, captured the hearts of the State and inspired many as she bravely endured a long battle with cancer.
Fremantle players and staff first met Milli when she attended a team photoshoot in 2016. She was also a guest of honour when Fremantle played Port Adelaide at Optus Stadium in 2019, where Milli tossed the coin and sung the team song with the players after the win.
Captain Nat Fyfe and senior coaches Justin Longmuir and Trent Cooper were among a number of Fremantle AFL and AFLW players, coaching and administrative staff who attended the funeral.
WA Premier Mark McGowan was also in attendance, with the Premier placing a personal tribute on Milli’s coffin alongside Fremantle president Dale Alcock.
Alcock spoke briefly at the ceremony to describe what Milli meant to the Club.
“I stand up here today on behalf of the Fremantle Dockers Football Club and I’m honoured we were asked by (Milli’s parents) Monica and Grant to say a few words,” Alcock said.
“It is humbling to know we had such an impact on Milli’s life, but Milli also had a huge impact on our Freo family.
“To Monica, Grant, Tess, Joel and the entire family, today is a sad day, but please know you have an entire army of people thinking of you and sending their best wishes and love.
“Her incredible courage and that wonderful smile will not be forgotten.”