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Crows celebrate Indigenous Round

May 27, 2014 10:46 AM

Kids in action during the 2014 Beach Energy McLeod Challenge

Kids in action during the 2014 Beach Energy McLeod Challenge

The Adelaide Football Club is proud to be celebrating Indigenous Round at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

It will be the Club’s first home match in Indigenous Round for nine years. Fewer than 1,000 public tickets remain for the game against Gold Coast.

The Crows will wear a special Indigenous guernsey designed by Club legend Andrew McLeod in their clash with the Suns, which starts at 12:40pm. On Monday, McLeod took the guernsey all the way to Parliament House in Canberra, where he met with Prime Minister Tony Abbott on National Sorry Day. Read Bunji’s story behind the guernsey.

The guernseys can be purchased online or at the game on Sunday, with proceeds going to the Club’s Indigenous Programs.

Incorporated in the guernsey is the letter ‘R’ in support of the RECOGNISE campaign, which aims to have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people recognised in the Australian Constitution. The Crows have pledged their support to the movement. Recognise will be in the spotlight this week, with the ‘R’ symbol to be painted in the centre circle of each AFL venue during Indigenous Round.

The Crows will celebrate and acknowledge the enormous contribution Indigenous people have made to our Club and Australia’s Game in a number of ways on Sunday.

The Grand Final of The McLeod Challenge, a Club program run by Andrew and Rachael McLeod and proudly supported by Beach Energy, will be played as a curtain-raiser to Adelaide’s clash with Gold Coast. Adelaide Oval will host a ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony before the opening bounce. Signer Ellie Lovegrove, who will also feature at Dreamtime at the G on Saturday night, will perform and there will be big screen tributes to past and present Indigenous players of the Adelaide Football Club. A number of the past players will be in attendance to help celebrate the occasion.

In 2014 nine per cent of our AFL players are Indigenous and over 90,000 Indigenous people are engaged in AFL football programs every year. The Crows have four Indigenous players, Eddie Betts, Jared Petrenko, Charlie Cameron and Cam Ellis-Yolmen.

The 2014 AFL Indigenous Round coincides with National Reconciliation Week and marks the 10-year anniversary of Dreamtime at the G in Indigenous Round. On Tuesday, the AFL launched its Reconciliation Action Plan and announced that it would appoint a National Indigenous Advisory Group as part of the Plan to provide strategic advice, guidance and support on Indigenous affairs and to drive positive outcomes. The Advisory Group will include Indigenous community representation.

Event and gate times
10.45am Stadium gates 
10.45am Member Services (Southern Plaza) 
10.45am Pre-game activities 
12.40am Adelaide v Gold Coast Suns 
Post-match – Post-match function in William Magarey Room

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