Numerous YJFL clubs are celebrating Indigenous Rounds across Rounds Five and Six of the season to celebrate and acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for their contributions to our game and community.
Several YJFL clubs participated in Indigenous Round celebrations in Round Five of the YJFL season with more clubs to follow in Round Six this weekend.
Brunswick, Bulleen-Templestowe, Camberwell, Fitzroy, Heidelberg, Park Orchards and Surrey Park were among clubs who celebrated last week with players wearing Indigenous jumpers and participating in traditional celebrations.
Richmond Junior Football Club (RJFC) are amongst those clubs celebrating Indigenous Round in Round Six this Sunday, May 28, coinciding with the second week of the AFL’s Sir Doug Nicholls Round and the beginning of Reconciliation Week.
The club is celebrating the occasion with a ‘festival style’ event this Sunday at Citizens Park highlighted by four feature games. The event will feature a traditional Welcome to Country, Smoking Ceremony and didgeridoo performance as well as the unveiling of the club’s new Indigenous jumper, designed by Youth Girls player and Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS) graduate, Kenita.
RJFC have a strong connection to this round due to the partnership they have developed with the MITS, enabling students from the school to play at the club. MITS gives Indigenous students from remote communities, academic and social support to meet the challenges of living in Melbourne.
All RJFC players will wear the jumper this weekend.
Schedule of Events:
9:00am - U13 Girls – Richmond vs Hawthorn Citz
10:45am - U15 Girls Richmond vs Canterbury
12:15pm – Club celebrations
Unveiling of the jumper
Smoking Ceremony & Welcome to Country
Performance by the Yidaki boys
Sausage sizzle provided by MITS
1:00pm - U14 Mixed – Richmond vs Canterbury
3:00pm - Youth Girls – Richmond vs St Mary’s
For more information about the Richmond Junior Football Club and MITS, visit https://www.richmondjfc.com.au/