The heartwarming moment when a man introduces his football star partner during her last game, as she gives the sport away to care for him in his fight against cancer
- Football star Rhali Dobson said ‘yes’ to a marriage proposal from Matt Stonham
- Dobson took an emotional farewell to football after scoring during her last game
- Matt Stonham, who is battling brain cancer, proposed to marry after Thursday’s game
- She announced her retirement to support Stonham during his cancer treatment
A female soccer star has fallen apart in tears of joy after being introduced to her by her partner immediately after her last game for an early retirement to help him in his fight against cancer.
Melbourne City’s Rhali Dobson was stunned but overjoyed when partner Matt Stonham got down on one knee as emotional teammates and the audience watched.
Dobson had told City teammates on the eve of the game that she would retire to spend time with Matt, who is battling brain cancer.
Dobson, who had represented Australia internationally, scored a goal in a 2-1 win over Perth Glory in Thursday’s W-League game, but the best was yet to come.
Melbourne City’s Rhali Dobson said yes after partner Matt Stonham proposed to her after Thursday’s game
The heartwarming proposal comes as Dobson announced her retirement to spend time helping partner Matt Stonham in his battle with brain cancer.
Matt Stonham (pictured right) proposed to Rhali Dobson in Melbourne City (pictured left) after her W-League match against Perth
When 28-year-old Dobson ran down the side of the field with her family to celebrate at the end of the game, she was reminded that Stonham was there to see her.
The pair hugged and kissed, but when Dobson turned to her teammates, he got on his knee behind her and pulled the ring out.
She’d proposed to him twice in the past few weeks, just to laugh at the idea, but this time it was serious and she didn’t hesitate to say yes.
‘This is bigger than the sport. He’s my absolute world, ”Dobson said after accepting the proposal.
‘I had kept it fairly quiet (with the team) because I wanted them to stay focused to make sure we had a strong finish until the end of the season.
‘They knew Matt had surgery and all, so it was great messaging both of us and making sure we knew they were there for us. They have been perfect. ‘
Stonham was diagnosed with cancer six years ago after an attack while playing football.
Dobson ran down the side of the field to celebrate with her family after scoring the opening goal against Glory, Stonham got down on one knee and proposed.
Dobson broke down in tears before the pair were both harassed by her teammates in Melbourne
Dobson had a fairytale ending after scoring a goal in her team’s 2-1 win over Perth Glory in Thursday’s W-League game
He had a second surgery earlier this month and will undergo aggressive radiotherapy, before 12 months of chemotherapy.
“Five days after his brain surgery, he kicked my butt back to Melbourne, told me I had to finish the season, that I had unfinished business and it was still normal as always,” Dobson had told ESPN earlier in the report. the week.
‘Then we got the news two days after I got back here in Melbourne that the part they took out – which they all got, which is fantastic – had turned into a grade three brain tumor.
“We noticed things exceptionally early, he’s on the very upside of the scale because of his age.”
Stonham (photo far right) is receiving aggressive radiotherapy before 12 months of chemotherapy for his cancer treatment
Dobson and Stonham found that the part doctors removed during Stonham’s surgery had turned into a grade three brain tumor