Indigenous culture centre stage at North Coast footy

Dozens of football clubs in NSW and the ACT are throwing their support behind the AFL’s annual Sir Doug Nicholls Round which kicks off this weekend.

More commonly known as Indigenous Round, this week of footy celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and players, and their contribution to Australian football.

Many clubs across the state and territory have commissioned artists – sometimes players at the club – to design special guernseys with Indigenous artwork to commemorate the round.

In the AFL North Coast competition, Indigenous themed jumpers will once again be worn by both Sawtell Toormina Saints Juniors and Coffs Harbour Breakers, with Port Macquarie Magpies and Grafton Tigers both donning a specially designed outfit for the first time. Port Macquarie Juniors will also be wearing shorts that feature an Indigenous design.

Mik Rolfe, President of Port Macquarie Magpies, said the new jumpers had significant meaning for the club and its players.

“I’m really proud that our club is showing its support of the Indigenous community. Our jumpers look amazing, artist Melissa Streater has done a brilliant job of telling our club’s story in the design. I know that our men and women can’t wait to run out in these jumpers on this important day.”

Sir Doug Nicholls Round will be celebrated at the elite game across rounds 10 and 11 of the AFL, and AFL North Coast clubs are once again front and centre when it comes to supporting this important initiative.

Community Football Manager, AFL NSW/ACT, John Boulous thanked all clubs for getting involved in Sir Doug Nicholls Round in 2022. “Thank you to all clubs in NSW and the ACT who acknowledged the Indigenous athletes who play footy and their impact of the game,” he said.

“The annual celebration of Indigenous Round is a highlight on the calendar and gives clubs the chance to lead, learn and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait people and culture.”