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2021 Sir Doug Nicholls Round
Join us as we celebrate the rich Indigenous culture that makes our game so special.
From the very beginning
Before Syd Jackson and Cyril Mann, before Barry Cable and the brothers Krakouer, came Alf Egan – Alfred George Egan – the first known Indigenous footballer to have represented both clubs at senior League level.
This year's Sir Doug Nicholls Round will also recognise Australian Football Legend Syd Jackson and his contribution to the game and the community. Playing 136 games for the Carlton Football Club from 1969-76, the dual-premiership player has worked tirelessly to create opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This is the Syd Jackson story.
The 2021 AFL Indigenous guernsey, designed by Laura Thompson, pays tribute to the Club's seven current Indigenous players.
The guernsey depicts each of their mob names, celebrating and paying tribute by highlighting the diverse Aboriginal cultures among them and honouring their cultural identities, families and the Country to which they belong.
“The seven Indigenous players – I really wanted to represent them in the jumper. Their mobs, their country and their family. It was also important to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which the Carlton Football Club is located, so it was important to recognise the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation.”
A jumper designed to unite us all, learn more about how Laura Thompson's inspiring 2021 AFL Indigenous guernsey came to life.