Esperance Bulldogs to host third annual Indigenous Round

Third annual event: Bulldogs captain Roger Parsons, Bulldogs player and jersey designer Jye Reynolds and Bulldogs player Cameron Bennell. Photo: Jake Dietsch.
Third annual event: Bulldogs captain Roger Parsons, Bulldogs player and jersey designer Jye Reynolds and Bulldogs player Cameron Bennell. Photo: Jake Dietsch.

The Esperance Bulldogs will host their third annual Indigenous Round in their match against the Newtown Condingup Lions.

Esperance Football Club president Michael Harding said the club had a really rich indigenous history and the round had expanded over the past few years.

“We have had some really great indigenous players come through our club,” he said.

“That’s why we started it three years ago.

“Next year our juniors will have jumpers and a lot of the parents of juniors are getting on board.”

Esperance District Football Association junior president Matthew Thornton said the round was an important day to recognise for the club.

“It’s just taken up really well, last year we did a Welcome to Country ceremony and we will be doing one this year before the awards,” he said.

“We’ve had a lot of past and present indigenous players in our club who are also role models in our community.

“We really want to embrace how far indigenous boys have come along to make it such an important round.”

Bulldogs player Jye Reynolds designed the jerseys for the round with his aunt Jennell Reynolds. He said the patterns on the jerseys signified people of various backgrounds coming together.

The Round 12 match will be held at Esperance Football Oval on Saturday, August 11 from 4:15pm.