‘Dreamtime by the Sea’ in Cairns

Jumper design is by local indigenous artist,Kevin Edmondstone. The blue colours and symbols representing the “water and coastal people including Torres Straits” and the ochre colours represent the indigenous “land people”.

AFL Cairns will celebrate AFL Indigenous Round with the inaugural Dreamtime by the Sea game between the Cairns City Lions and North Cairns Tigers at the Holloways Beach ground on Sunday May 20.

Members of the AFL Cairns community will recognise the significant contribution made by indigenous players, families and supporters to AFL in Cairns.

The day will acknowledge the role of football in promoting strong indigenous role models for communities, families and children and also highlight positive health and lifestyle choices.

Dreamtime by the Sea will be a celebration of the entire Indigenous community and will include a traditional food tasting, Indigenous dance, music and art displays and plenty of football from under 8’s through to the main senior game.

The “Cockatoo Medal” (in recognition of the AFL’s Cockatoo family) will be awarded to the player judged best on ground in the senior game.

An elder from the Yirrganydji people will conduct a ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony to welcome the clubs and spectators to the traditional lands of the local Indigenous community.

Local indigenous dancers will present traditional dance displays to entertain spectators at half-time.

Dreamtime by the Sea is a smoke-free event in order to raise greater awareness of the benefits of stopping smoking in Indigenous and local communities.

2:45 Welcome to country

3:00 Dreamtime by the Sea senior match commences.

4:15 Half time entertainment

5:30 Conclusion of match. Presentations/acknowledgements commence

6:30 Kup Murri for players and officials

AFL Indigenous Round

Round 8 of the 2012 Toyota AFL Premiership Season is Indigenous Round. AFL matches right across Australia will feature a recognition of the role Indigenous players have made to the game as well as a celebration of the players’ strong ties to Land and Country.

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