Adelaide will wear a special guernsey against North Melbourne next Sunday to celebrate Indigenous Round and acknowledge the role of Indigenous players – past and present – who have represented the Club.
The one-off guernsey incorporates the Indigenous colours and the Club’s traditional home strip, with black replacing the dark blue base colour. It will be the first time the Crows have worn a specially-designed guernsey during Indigenous round.
The jumper is available now at CROWmania online or at the West Lakes and Regent Arcade stores. Puma will donate part proceeds from the sales of the limited-edition guernseys to the Club’s Indigenous programs.
If you would like to own a match worn Indigenous Round Guernsey, all the players’ jumpers are now available for you to make a bid on through the Crows Online Auctions.
Each jumper has been personally signed, and as it was a once off jumper, it would be a treasured piece of memorabilia for any Crows fan.
The auction finishes on Monday afternoon so jump onto the Crows Online Auctions website, place your bid and who knows you could be the lucky owner of one these match Indigenous Round Guernseys.
Forward Jared Petrenko said the jumper was great recognition for all of Adelaide’s Indigenous representatives.
“The jumper is a great initiative by the Club. I couldn’t be prouder to see the boys run around in that jumper,” Petrenko said.
“It’s not just for Graham Johncock, Richard Tambling, Cam Ellis-Yolmen and myself, who are here now, it’s for all the Indigenous players who have played for the Club.
“It’s really exciting for all of us.”
Adelaide has a strong history of Indigenous players, including Club and Indigenous Games record holder Andrew McLeod and 200-game player Graham Johncock. In partnership with McLeod, the Club has developed three, key Indigenous programs to allow Indigenous youth access to similar opportunities McLeod experienced during his career.
The programs use sport and mentoring to engage and educate Aboriginals youths, providing them with the experience, skills and knowledge required to seek independence, self-determination and the individual capacity to achieve their goals.
Late last year the Adelaide Football Club launched the first part - the Aboriginal Youth Leadership program.
Now the McLeod Challenge is ready with two carnivals planned for the pilot program.
The McLeod Challenge is a nine-a-side competition for year eight and nine Aboriginal youth across regional South Australia.
Next month there will be a McLeod Challenge carnival held in Whyalla on July 31, and another at Max Basheer Reserve on August 7.
The winning school teams will play the curtain raiser at AAMI Stadium prior to the Adelaide v Melbourne AFL match on August 24.
The Andrew McLeod Challenge, Aboriginal Youth Leadership and Governance Program, and the Future Leaders Program are unique in that they focus on continued mentoring of participants from remote and regional areas of South Australia.
The AFL Toyota Indigenous Round is a celebration of our country's Indigenous culture and players that have shaped Australia's Game.
Indigenous players to represent the Adelaide Football Club at AFL level