Celebrating Inaugural AHC Indigenous Round

July 19, 2023

Mark Brown at the Altona Hockey Club Indigenous Round

Thank you to everyone who helped celebrate our Inaugural Indigenous Round this past weekend.

Thank you to Mark Brown from the Bunurong Land Council for the powerful Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony, Aunty Maggie and Manny from the local Balit Gulyna group, and some of our own club members with Indigenous heritage, Barry Briggs, Shaz Briggs and Naish McDonald, who shared in the Yarning Circle, painted artwork and also led Acknowledgement of Country and Medal Presentations.

Altona Hockey Club Women's Premier League

Thank you to everyone who helped celebrate our Inaugural Indigenous Round this past weekend.
Thank you to Mark Brown from the Bunurong Land Council for the powerful Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony, Aunty Maggie and Manny from the local Balit Gulyna group, and some of our own club members with Indigenous heritage, Barry Briggs, Shaz Briggs and Naish McDonald, who shared in the Yarning Circle, painted artwork and also led Acknowledgement of Country and Medal Presentations.

Our Premier League Squads all wore the Indigenous playing tops, with Hawthorn HC joining in an acknowledgement of country before each game, and medal ceremony post-game.

On the pitch, our Premier League men overcame a half-time deficit to win 5-1 thanks to four goals from Cooper Burns and one from Connar Otterbach, while Hawthorn HC were too good in WPL, running away in the last quarter to take the game 0-7.

Thank you to the generous donations of members, and the support of Hobsons Bay City Council, as well as the contribution of the Social & Inclusion committee and all of the playing groups for making the day possible.

We hope you enjoyed the day, and the start of our journey as a club to celebrating and recognising the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Altona Hockey Club Men's Premier League
Mark Brown at the Altona Hockey Club Indigenous Round
Heath McDonald - Altona Hockey Club
Connar Otterbach - Altona Hockey Club
Nye Roberts, Altona Hockey Club
Ainsley Kennedy, Taylah Brennan, Caitlin Arneil, Beth Samson
Altona Hockey Club Indigenous Round

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