JUNIOR footy turned its focus to celebrating indigenous players last weekend.
Quinns Districts Junior Football Club president Joe Murray said the AFL and community football clubs recognised and celebrated the indigenous players of the game in the Sir Doug Nicholls Round on May 25 and 26.
“We as a club have many indigenous players across all age groups and one team in particular took it upon themselves to celebrate this round in a traditional footy way – the run-through banner,” he said.
“Our Year 6 Cyclones coach Mark Clayton and his wife Carlye made up a banner to celebrate the indigenous players in their team and shared it with our Year 6 Thunder team and their indigenous players before facing each other in a derby match.
“Mark also performed an acknowledgement of country speech before the game to honour the traditional custodians of the land that we play on each week.
“The club is very proud of this gesture by Mark, Carlye and both teams involved, and we hope to look at growing this into something more in years to come.”