Sir Doug Nicholls Round Recap
Round 10 marked the 2019 Sir Doug Nicholls Round, which gave us the opportunity to educate and celebrate Indigenous culture with our players and staff in several activities. The week kicked off with our morning tea to acknowledge the importance of the round and celebrate the continued partnership between Hawks and the Epic Good Foundation. Having the Red Dust Heelers and AFL Legend Syd Jackson attend the event only further demonstrated the vast impact that the club can have with Indigenous communities in education, health and employment.
Thursday night, the Hawks Wheelies team and the Red Dust Heelers joined together for a wheelchair football training session and game. They were joined by a Koorie Heritage Trust member, Bella, to educate both teams on the traditional Aboriginal game of Marngrook. The teams were then given the opportunity to take part in the first ever known all abilities Marngrook game.
Despite the rain, fans came out and showed their support on Saturday against Port Adelaide. The game was a great representation of Indigenous culture and what Hawthorn are doing as a club and community to create more opportunities for Indigenous people.
On field activations included a Welcome to Country, Didgeridoo Performance, Past Indigenous Player tribute for both Hawthorn and Port Adelaide and a special performance by Hobart Indigenous singer, Kartanya Maynard. Finally, a cultural gift was exchanged between both teams, where Port Adelaide were presented with a decorated Kangaroo Pelt and the Hawks received a traditional hunting boomerang.