- The AFL’s 2018 Sir Doug Nichols Indigenous Round kicks off in Alice Springs this weekend with the Adelaide Crows taking on the Melbourne Demons
- A cultural ceremony and a curtain raiser match between local clubs, the Central Australian Redtails and the Top End Storm, will be broadcast nationally before the main game thanks to a $50,000 investment from the Coalition Government.
- The investment is part of the Coalition Government’s $5 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy.
The Australian Football League’s (AFL) 2018 Sir Doug Nichols Indigenous Round has kicked off in Central Australia this weekend, celebrating the contribution Indigenous Australians, including from the Northern Territory, have made to the history and culture of the AFL and our nation.
In an opener to Sunday’s AFL game between the Melbourne Demons and the Adelaide Crows, local club the Central Australian Redtails takes on the Top End Storm in what promises to be a thrilling curtain raiser to the main game. Both teams feature local Indigenous players and will give the nation a taste of how AFL is played in the Territory.
The match has been supported by a $50,000 investment from the Coalition Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy. This will support the match, and a special cultural ceremony performed by the local community, to be broadcast nationally on the first day of National Reconciliation Week.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said this weekend continues the close relationship between the Australian Government and the AFL in recognising and celebrating the achievements of First Australians.
“Sport is a great uniting force in Australia – it brings everyone together no matter their background,” Minister Scullion said.
“I am pleased to be working in partnership with the AFL in promoting healthy life styles and improving school attendance in remote Australia for both boys and girls – including important educational and cultural programs through organisations like AFLNT, the Wirrpanda Foundation and the Clontarf Foundation.”
The Country Liberals Senator said he was proud that the Coalition Government supports activities in Central Australia that promote the success of Central Australians including local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians as part of National Reconciliation Week.
“I am especially glad that the local match and cultural ceremony is being broadcast on national television before the main game so the rest of Australia can see what the contribution of Indigenous people and culture to Central Australia”, Senator Scullion said.
The Round is named after Sir Doug Nichols, who was a prominent Australian Rules Footballer and the first Indigenous Australian to be knighted and appointed to vice-regal office as the Governor of South Australia in 1976.