Wimmera Football League hosts Indigenous Recognition Round

INDIGENOUS COLOURS: Suzie Skurrie and Dimboola footballers Justin Chilver and Andrew Seers show off the indigenous jumpers the Roos will don on Saturday. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

INDIGENOUS COLOURS: Suzie Skurrie and Dimboola footballers Justin Chilver and Andrew Seers show off the indigenous jumpers the Roos will don on Saturday. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

WIMMERA Football League will host its fourth annual Indigenous Recognition Round on Saturday.

Dimboola and Horsham will play off in the Indigenous Recognition Match, with the two teams vying for the Goodes Brothers Cup.

The cup is named in honour of indigenous AFL players Adam Goodes, who started his career at Horsham, and Brett Goodes, who began at Dimboola.

Indigenous round co-ordinator Stuart Harradine said it was an opportunity to celebrate the contribution of indigenous players to the game.

“The idea is that all clubs delve into their history a bit,” he said.

“We’re sort of re-booting the concept in a way since the Horsham RSL Diggers left the competiton.

“They were our partners previously and very enthusaistic and supportive of the whole concept.

“The message is promoting indigenous contribution and also tackling racism and making sure there’s a strong message that there is no tolerance for racism.”

Harradine said all match-day grounds would fly Aboriginal flags, while Dimboola would make an acknowledgement of country before the senior match – recognising the Wotjobaluk traditional custodians of the land and the Aboriginal community – and host an indigenous community luncheon.

He said it was important to celebrate past and present players, including Horsham Saints’ Jacob Cooke-Harrison and Minyip-Murtoa’s Kirsten Hunter.

Dimboola’s best player will receive the Lester Marks-Harradine medal, while Horsham’s best player will receive the Damien Skurrie medal.

Skurrie’s mother Suzie, who has ties to both clubs, said she was looking forward to seeing the concept grow.

“I see this in the early stages at the moment and hopefully it’s something we can build on,” she said.

“I’m not sure how far it could go.”

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