THE Kilcunda-Bass Football Netball Club hosted its third annual Indigenous Round match against Bunyip on Saturday, promoting indigenous people and culture.
A smoking ceremony and welcome to country was performed by Boon Wurrung descendent Steve Parker, along with ceremonial dances featuring Leon Matthews, Ryan Riley and Kilcunda-Bass player Alex Kerr, who quickly changed into traditional outfit to perform after playing in the Reserves match.
Kilcunda-Bass president John Shaw said the day means a lot to the club.
“We’re working hard on all angles of the community and this is a very important community angle,” he said.
“A lot of the boys in the team and Indigenous people have done a lot of work towards today. We’ve got 12 people with Indigenous backgrounds who are involved with the club.
“The whole club’s behind them and it means a lot to everyone in the area.
“A couple of years ago we had some ex-AFL players play but this year we felt we’d stick with our locals and not have to put people out of the side.”
Kilcunda-Bass footballers wore a newly-designed indigenous jumper which was funded thanks to a grant from GippSport and raffles by players, while the Panthers’ netballers wore indigenous coloured hair ties and painted the indigenous flag on their arms.
Panthers continue Indigenous tradition