Dreamtime at the ‘G is the flagship game of the AFL’s Indigenous Round, played between Richmond and Essendon.
The blockbuster match played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, takes centre stage on the Saturday night of Indigenous round. The game attracts a crowd of 80,000 people and a TV audience in excess of 1 million viewers.
The two teams have been playing in this celebration game since 2005, and were selected because together, the team colours, yellow, red and black, make the colours of the Aboriginal flag.
The match is played during Reconciliation Week, which is a significant week for the Indigenous community.
Former AFL player and Indigenous rights activist, Michael Long also celebrates The Long Walk, with a commemorative walk from Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl to the MCG, before the game.
The Tigers wear a unique, specially designed guernsey for the match, created by an Indigenous artist.
The 2015 guernsey was designed by Titjikala artist Derek Summerfield and tells the story of “Waitja Tjuta” meaning “many families”.
Many Anangu families have someone who has been lost or taken away when they were young. We always think of these people and even if we don’t always talk about them we never forgot them. We are so happy if we can find each other again and they return to us. Our family can be together and that’s important to us. We then know where we all are and who we are.
The Guernsey design is about the long journey to find and meet us after a long time.
The profits of all Dreamtime merchandise sales support Indigenous youth.
For more information about Dreamtime at the ‘G, visit www.richmondfc.com.au.