Former Geelong Cats physiotherapist Madi Bennett has been put in the spotlight on AFL football’s biggest stage.
Geelong star Gary Rohan had just hit the MCG for his 150th league appearance when the gorgeous brunette gave him a kiss.
About 60 miles south, in the seaside town of Ocean Grove, you may have heard the teeth of Rohan’s ex-wife gritting as Bennett rocked her precious babies.
It’s official: Gary Rohan and Madi Bennett after Friday night’s game
Fysio Madi Bennett was seen planting a kiss on cat champion Gary Rohan on Friday night at the MCG after his 150th match
Rohan was locked up at the AFL hub last year when he reportedly came into contact with Bennett after his marriage to Amie broke up.
Bennett had flown across the country to use her physical skills to help aging Cats legend Gary Ablett Jnr see his final season.
Bennett worked as a physiotherapist at BodyLab Health and worked as a Cats trainer and physiotherapist.
The Cats had been in impressive form, despite the difficult conditions as they shuffled across the country and were kept in virtual isolation.
Amie, Rohan’s estranged wife, had given birth to the couple’s third child, Sadie Rose, in March of that year.
Madi Bennett and the Rohan kids on Friday night in the MCG
Gary Rohan and his high school sweetheart, Amie, broke up last June, three years after the death of their newborn twins Willow. Amie is pictured here with the former couple’s two children, Bella and Sadie Rose
Their daughter Willow – who suffered from a fatal neural tube defect with no cure known as anencephaly – had died just five hours after she was born years earlier.
The Cats had beaten Gold Coast Suns and Brisbane last July when Bennett was first spotted at the Cats’ hub.
Ablett – nicknamed the ‘Son of God’ in a nod to his famous father who was a virtual deity in Geelong – paid tribute to Bennett for helping him get on the field in what would one day be his final season.
The seasoned footballer had a litany of injuries in his last seasons, but mostly suffered from an ankle injury that often bothered Bennett.
“To be fair, I could play the game without them tied, but Mads is doing so well, why not,” he said at the time.
Gary Rohan and Madi Bennett. The Cats defeated Richmond in Friday’s rerun of the Grand Final
According to Bennett, she had a keen interest in helping people with ‘headaches’ and ‘neck pain’.
“It’s something we can usually get good results with,” she said in a video discussing her talents.
At the end of September, detectives at the online footy forum BigFooty.com had all but announced that Bennett had become so sad for Rohan’s wife.
Those who supposedly knew his ex-wife suggested she became aware of it after telling Rohan to stay at home with the kids instead of joining him.
While Ablett returned to Victoria in July to support his wife with their sick child, Rohan continued to play.
Amie was noticeably absent when many of the club’s partners and children joined the players in their Gold Coast isolation center in August.
Gary Rohan and Madi Bennett after the big game at the MCG on Friday
She would later reveal that around this time she knew her marriage was over.
By November, word of the split had reached mainstream media, with reports that Bennett had also been ‘unleashed’ by Geelong.
Last month, Amie disclosed her heartbreak over the breakup with Rohan and said it was worse than the pain of losing her daughter just five hours after the birth.
“ Last year was tough for me and I showed up every day for my girls, ” she told the Move Your Mind podcast.
‘Every day I got out of bed and saw the day ahead.
“The days after the breakup of my marriage were some of the hardest days of my life, more difficult than when we lost Willow.”
This photo from footy star Gary Rohan’s Instagram page on Easter Saturday got the tongues wagging
On Easter Saturday, Rohan shared a photo of himself with Bennett and his kids celebrating his youngest daughter’s first birthday.
At that point it remained unclear who the mysterious woman actually was.
On Friday night, there was no question that she was Rohan’s new partner when he led the Cats to the MCG.
He later posted pictures of himself and Bennett after the game.
After his very public display of affection, TV commentators Brian Taylor and Jonathan Brown praised the star for sharing his milestone play with his kids.
Rohan had just played one of the better games of his career helping Geelong beat Richmond, the team that had denied them the glory of the Grand Final last year.
Hours later, Amie posted videos of her and their children.
Madi Bennett gives Gary Rohan a kiss in the MCG on Friday night
On Sunday, she took to social media again to tell her more than 45,000 followers what she believed was the true meaning of life and love.
“ Seeing a real mini version of yourself running around wanting to have your heart explode from your chest by the amount of love you feel – that’s what being a mother taught me, ” she wrote.
‘It’s a love like no other … And in that moment realizing that this is the true meaning of life itself.
“My love for my girls is like nothing I’ve ever experienced and I really am so grateful to them.”