Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner
AFL Kicks Off In The Territory
Victor P Taffa
Territorians will have a chance to celebrate our favourite Indigenous players with the first ever ‘Dreamtime in Darwin’ AFL game between Essendon and Richmond in Round 13, on Saturday 22 August at TIO Stadium.
2020 Toyota Sir Doug Nicholls Round is the 14th year the AFL has celebrated the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and their contribution to Australian Football.
“Footy is coming to Rioli and Long country. The Territory is the spiritual home of the Dreamtime game.” Chief Minister Michael Gunner said.
“First ever Dreamtime in Darwin between the Bombers and the Tigers is a significant cultural and sporting milestone for the Territory and for the nation, as we honour the contribution of Indigenous players, past and present.”
Thanks to the Northern Territory Government’s partnership with AFL, the Dreamtime in Darwin game will be one of two matches at TIO Stadium on that weekend, with a Gold Coast SUNS home game to be announced for Round 13 next week.
Work continues with the AFL to bring an AFL game to Alice Springs.
Tickets will be limited and all games will have an approved COVID-19 Safety Plan.
Chief Health Officer will oversee strict protocols. This includes ensuring no player, official or broadcaster arrives from a hot spot area.
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