Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round

The AFL recognises and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players and cultures each year, with the Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round.

Sir Doug played 54 games for Fitzroy, served as Governor of South Australia, and was devoted to the well-being of Indigenous Australians.

During the round, all clubs wear an Indigenous-themed guernsey.

Guernsey Design Competition


And the winner is …


Congratulations to proud Taungurung man Mick Harding, who was announced as the winner of the 2018 Collingwood Football Club’s Indigenous Guernsey Design Competition.

“When I create something I express my cultural integrity in place, be respectful of interpretation of my culture, and try to share my story as a Taungwurrung Kulin (Aboriginal man from my traditional country),” Harding said.

Details and an image to follow.


Design by Elaine Chambers-Hegarty

Artwork description: “The lines in the background of the design represent the journey a player may take to get to this level of AFL, with meeting places along the way to represent other Indigenous players from other teams and the sacred grounds they work and play on,” Chambers-Hegarty explained.

Elaine’s bio:  A proud Aboriginal woman, born and bred in Brisbane, Chambers-Hegarty has family links to the Koa People of Winton area in QLD as well as Kuku Yalangi. Her parents’ families were taken and grew up ‘under the Act’ on Cherbourg Aboriginal Settlement in SE Queensland. They followed their dreams and moved on to Brisbane.

Elaine says, “I am so proud of my family and the creative work that they produce. Sport is always a big thing amongst our people as well. When I saw this competition I thought what better way to promote my art than on a guernsey in one of the top sports of our country? I’ve never been to Melbourne, so this experience is extra special to me.”


Design by Nathan Patterson

Artwork description: The story behind the design is the recognition of past and present Indigenous footballers that have played for Collingwood.

“It was important to represent the attacking Barrawarn (magpie), as these birds are extremely territorial, extremely loyal and fierce, these birds do not give up easily,” Patterson said.

The design also recognises all Indigenous players to have pulled on the black and white stripes throughout Collingwood’s 124-year history.

The circles within the dots symbolise the range of Indigenous communities these players originate from, with the Collingwood Football Club’s traditional home of Victoria Park represented as a mutual meeting place.

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Design by Dixon Patten

Artwork description: The circles within circles represent Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, as they come together to celebrate the Indigenous Round.

The football motif is depicted, as they are coming together for the love of the game.

The hands depict Collingwood’s athletes reaching high.

“The semi-circles depict our old people (ancestors) guiding them on their journey and the boomerang shapes are placed to mimic the fast-paced high energy movement in the game of football,” Patten explained.