2018 AFL Indigenous Round
The AFL’s annual round recognising and celebrating indigenous players and culture is named in honour of Sir Doug Nicholls.
Sir Doug, who epitomised the spirit of reconciliation, played 54 games for Fitzroy and was a brilliant all-round athlete. The first Aboriginal person to be knighted, he also served as Governor of South Australia and was devoted to the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Celebrations at Cardinia Life
In the lead up to Dreamtime round this weekend, Cardinia Life will be celebrating Sir Doug Nicholls Round by having the Richmond Football Club’s Dreamtime guernsey on display and hosting a range of Indigenous inspired children’s activities in our creche, including Yarning, Clapping Sticks and Painting.
Richmond’s Dreamtime guernsey
For the eighth consecutive year, Richmond will wear an Indigenous-inspired jumper for the annual Dreamtime at the ‘G clash, this Saturday night against Essendon, the centrepiece of the AFL’s Sir Doug Nicholls round.
This year’s artist, Robert Young, a Gunnai and Waradjurie man says the design represents strength and connectedness.
“The design symbolises the intricacies of our Indigenous culture, and how we use our artwork, song and dance to be powerful, strong and bold,” Young said.
“But it’s when we look deeper, and see all of those elements and our family, culture, land, and spirit all moving together as one, you see the true beauty of our people.”
The yellow background symbolises the ground carvings of borra grounds, which are the grounds of initiation.
A spear runs across the front of the jumper where the ‘sash’ usually sits, and also a shield on the back of the jumper.
Young says the shield is our greatest weapon, as it not only provides protection for the warrior, but also represents those they are protecting.
Check out more about this by visiting – http://www.richmondfc.com.au/news/2018-05-28/richmonds-2018-dreamtime-guernsey