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Clubs encouraged to host Indigenous Rounds

INDIGENOUS rounds may become more prominent in local football and netball leagues in 2018.
Bernie Wells – whose sons play for Kilcunda Bass Football Netball Club – is leading the charge to help celebrate the Indigenous heritage within local clubs and support Indigenous players.
“We want to get a bit of promotion out there and ask clubs to get involved,” he said.
“The AFL has pushed for all clubs to be involved in Indigenous rounds, so hopefully we will start to see it more locally.
“There are clubs that struggle to get funding and new jumpers, but it’s an opportunity to get the community involved.”
This year, Kilcunda Bass, Yarram, Woodside and Mirboo North football netball clubs participated in Indigenous Rounds.
“There are a lot of Indigenous players who play in West Gippsland and in Ellinbank. We would like to see more clubs get on board,” Mr Wells said.
“These players are trying to fit into clubs, and Indigenous Rounds make them feel at home. It also helps the community get involved and support local clubs. There are people who won’t go to the footy or play the game because there is no recognition.”
Mr Wells has always had a passion for footy, and is looking forward to seeing change in the game and the sporting community.
In the short term, local footballers and netballers are preparing for the Victorian NAIDOC Football Netball Carnival to be held in Ballarat on October 14 and 15.
Gippsland Yeerung will play in Division 1 and Gippsland Warriors will play in Division 2 coached by Mr Wells. A netball side will also be entered.
Gippsland is going for back to back titles in Division 1. Making up the team will be players from Kilcunda Bass, Wonthaggi, Fitzroy All Stars, Sale, Bairnsdale and the Casey system.

Inspiring change: from left, Kilcunda Bass captain Danny Wells showcases the artwork for the football jumpers with Steve Parker who created the design and his father Bernie Wells earlier this year. Bernie has since been on a mission to inspire more clubs to host an Indigenous Round for their players.

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