“Ninna Marni” West Adelaide Faithful. (Kaurna language for gday!).
The Bloods hosted Indigenous Round on Saturday the 14th of July vs Central Districts. A couple things you should know about your club.
Westies are years ahead of the competition in recognising and respecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
In 2013 Andrew Marks and then Senior Coach Andy Collins created the voluntary role of Indigenous Liaison Officer.
The role was designed to support Westies’ Indigenous players, particularly among the junior ranks, around all things affecting footy, fostering an environment of developing the young lads into becoming productive people and players.
Westies’ commitment to Indigenous Round is becoming bigger and better each time it hosts.
It began with a coin toss by a community member in 2014. Then progressed to Elder Uncle Freddy Agius and his son Alex performing “”Welcome to Country” in 2016.
This year Uncle Freddy and Alex conducted a smoking ceremony and performed “Welcome to Country” before the main game on the grounds of City Mazda Stadium.
I was invited by Bridget Aiston to speak at the pregame luncheon mc’d by 1983 premiership champ Greg Summerton.
The day was a success culminating in victory for the Bloods.
Uncle Freddy, Alex and I sincerely thank Bridget Aiston for the way she brought this occasion together in such a professional and culturally respectful way.
Andy White, WAFC Indigenous Liaison Officer