Sir Doug Nicholls

Indigenous Round

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In 2007, following the success of ‘Dreamtime at the 'G matches in 2005 and 2006, the AFL nominated a specific Indigenous Round which in 2016, was renamed in honour of Sir Doug Nicholls. The round celebrates the relationship between the game and Indigenous Australia by connecting AFL fans to Indigenous culture. The round also celebrates the incredible impact Indigenous players have made on our game. Sir Doug, who epitomised the spirit of reconciliation, played 54 games for Fitzroy and was a brilliant all-round athlete. The first Aboriginal person to be knighted, he also served as Governor of South Australia and was devoted to the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This year there are 80 male players who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander which makes up approximately 10 per cent of AFL lists, and 10 female players (about 5 per cent) who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in the NAB AFL Women’s competition.