Bendigo FNL Indigenous Round – Wirama Shield
The Indigenous round on Dja Dja Wurrung Country will be held this weekend by the Bendigo Football and Netball League. The Indigenous football round has been developed in partnerships with Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation (DDWCAC) its company, Dja Dja Wurrung Enterprises Pty Ltd (DDWE) and AFL Central Victoria, Reconciliation Victoria and LendLease.
The showcase game of the Indigenous round is being held on Monday 8th June between Strathfieldsaye and South Bendigo Football and Netball Clubs at Flight Centre Park, Strathfieldsaye.
The match brings together members of the Central Victorian Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people and provides an opportunity for learning and paying recognition to the living Aboriginal culture of the Traditional Owners, the Dja Dja Wurrung.
AFL Central Victoria Partnerships and Bendigo Football Netball League Manager, Carol Cathcart said “We are excited to once again partner with the Dja Dja Wurrung people to present the BFNL Indigenous Round. This year we have provided indigenous netball bibs to both the Strathfieldsaye and South Bendigo Clubs in addition to the indigenous football jumpers. The Clubs will be playing for the Wirama Shield in football and trophy in netball”.
Graham Atkinson, Chairperson, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation said “This is an exciting time for Dja Dja Wurrung people as events like this place us back in the landscape that we were removed from. It also provides a relaxed place for the whole community to get together and support local sport. It is also a great opportunity to get the Dja Dja Wurrung artists involved in the design of game day jumpers. Jumpers were designed by Ron Kerr Jnr for South Bendigo and Drew Berick for Strathfieldsaye” and will be available for sale from the Corporation.
Game times have been adjusted for the Welcome Ceremony:
- 10.25am U/18 Football Match
- 11am 17/U and B Grade Netball Matches
- 12.12pm Reserve Football Match
- 12.30pm B Reserve and A Reserve Netball Matches
- 1.58pm Welcome/Smoking Ceremony
- 2.20pm Senior Football Match (presentations at the conclusion of the game)
- 2.30pm A Grade Netball Match (presentations at the conclusion of the game)