Indigenous Round in the BFNL

May 22, 2017, 11:44 AM AEST


The Ballarat FNL has followed the lead of the AFL in introducing a Round dedicated to acknowledging the contribution of Indigenous footballers, and it is worth noting some of following key points which the AFL has provided that highlight the enormous contribution Indigenous Australians have played in the evolution of football. These include:
o    Indigenous Australians represent less than 3% of the population, yet make up approx 11% of the AFL lists.
o    Indigenous players have won 3 Brownlow Medals, 6 Norm Smith Medals & 3 AFL NAB Rising Star awards, with over 30 Indigenous players being members of an AFL premiership team.
o    Up to 25% of current AFL lists players from diverse backgrounds (11% Indigenous).

Over the past few years the Ballarat FNL has created our own “No Limits United Through Sport” advertising program that celebrates the cultural diversity of the Ballarat FNL, and which appears as posters at all Clubs and will appear in over 100,000 Footy Record this year. We are also committed to roll out AFL Goldfields Club Education Program for all Ballarat FNL players – from U10 to Senior level which will nearly 4,000 players and will be delivered by Football Development Managers in the Region.

Some of the initiatives planned for this weekend’s “Indigenous Round” includes:
o    Special edition “Indigenous Round” Footy Record with commemorative colour cover
o    Launch of BFNL Indigenous Round logo
o    The colours of the indigenous flag will be painted in the centre circle at all venues  
o    Indigenous players will (where possible) represent their teams at the coin toss
o    During the welcome the Ground announcer recognises the traditional owners of the land
o    AFL Goldfields will be putting together a series of articles to promote:
1.    The strategies and initiatives the Indigenous and Multicultural Reference Committee are implementing to engage members of the Indigenous and Multicultural communities in Football/Netball clubs.
2.    Interviews with key Indigenous community leaders who have some level of involvement with Football/Netball clubs in the Region.
3.    The various clubs across the Region who will be wearing special Indigenous Round jumpers this weekend.
o    A special Indigenous Round Boomerang Trophy donated by AFL Goldfields that each competing side will be playing for this weekend.
o    All AFL Goldfields clubs will be provided with an Indigenous flag to fly at their ground this weekend.
o    Following the success in 2016, all matches across all Leagues will use special Indigenous Round footballs in their Senior Football matches. Sebastopol and Bacchus Marsh have each confirmed they will be wearing special Indigenous Round jumpers this weekend.

Indigenous Round Matches

Another huge weekend of BFNL matches ahead of us this weekend as teams jostle for positions inside the top 6.

This weekend’s round of matches include

Ballarat v Sebastopol – Saturday 27th May at Alfredton Oval, Ballarat – 2:15pm Start
After an impressive start to the season, things seem to have stalled for Ballarat as they search for their second win of the season against Sebastopol. The Kookaburras have started the season against three contenders and will look forward to playing the Swans who also have a young and inexperienced list. Both sides will be keen to secure the four points and stay in touch with the top 6.

Lake Wendouree v Sunbury – Saturday 27th May at the Wendouree Reserve, Ballarat – 2:15pm Start
Lake Wendouree have been doing enough so far this season to remain undefeated following tight wins against Redan, East Point and Melton last weekend. Sunbury has found themselves on the receiving end of some close heart breaking losses that could have them easily sitting higher on the ladder. Another test for the Eastern Lions as they come up against a side still feeling the pain of last year’s Preliminary Final loss at the hands of the same team.

Darley v Melton South – Saturday 27th May at Darley Park, Bacchus Marsh – 2:15pm Start
Melton South’s resurgence has been impressive so far this season however there is still a question mark hanging over them as many wonder whether they can match it with the big clubs in the competition. They have another great opportunity this weekend as they take on a much improved Darley outfit who has shot back into premiership contention this season following the inclusion of many high profile players including Brian and Chris Graham and new Coach Heath Scotland, not to mention some handy players returning from injury.

North Ballarat City v East Point – Saturday 27th May at Eureka Stadium, Ballarat – 2:15pm Start
A slow start to season 2017 will see both sides desperate for the win this weekend. Although East Point sit at the bottom of the ladder, you wouldn’t know if you have watched them play so far this season. A draw with Ballarat in Round 1 followed by tight losses to Redan and Sunbury, the Kangaroos have been in most matches played so far. North Ballarat City have had a rocky start to the season with losses to Redan and a Ballarat side they were expected to beat but an impressive win over Melton South has them still in touch with the top 6.

Melton v Bacchus Marsh – Saturday 27th May at MacPherson Park, Melton - 2:15pm Start
After a shock loss to Darley in Round 1, Bacchus Marsh have slowly built their way to a strong position on the ladder and a tilt at back to back premierships. Melton has shown signs of improvement in 2017 despite slipping behind cross-town rivals Melton South and will need to cause an upset this weekend if they are to keep in touch with the top sides.  

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