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West Coast Fever’s Round 10 clash against the Sunshine Coast Lightning at HBF Stadium will hold extra significance for the Club, as Suncorp Super Netball hosts its inaugural League-wide Indigenous Round.
While Fever has independently run a dedicated Indigenous Round for the past five years, this is the first time every team in the competition will celebrate the occasion.
The Round comes on the eve of NAIDOC Week, which will run from 8-15 July under the theme of Because of her, we can, celebrating the essential role that women have played, and continue to play, as active and significant role models at the community, local, state and national levels.
Sunshine Coast Lightning and Sunshine Coast Council through its Reconciliation Action Plan, have partnered to activate the Super Suncorp Netball 2018 Indigenous Round. This project has established a strong partnership between Sunshine Coast Lightning and Sunshine Coast Indigenous business, Goombuckar Creations and its Sunrise Dancers.
The Sunrise Dancers will travel to Perth in support of Sunshine Coast Lightning as they play West Coast Fever in the Super Suncorp Netball Indigenous Round.
The League-wide round follows Fever’s dedicated Shooting Stars Round against the Adelaide Thunderbirds a fortnight ago, where West Coast Fever unveiled their Indigenous dress, which was blessed by Roma Winmar in a touching ceremony at the State Netball Centre.
West Coast Fever Executive Officer Tamara Sheppard said the Club was incredibly proud to celebrate Indigenous Round once again.
“It’s wonderful to see Indigenous Round celebrated across the entire League, and it’s an event that we treat with the upmost reverence and importance,” Sheppard said.
“The Round highlights the significant relationship that exists between netball and the Indigenous communities around Australia, and we’re very proud to host a home game this weekend.”
“Fever, and more broadly the game of netball, enjoys a wonderful relationship with Western Australia’s Indigenous communities and the opportunity to showcase that is one we all relish.”
Fever players will wear again their commemorative Indigenous Dress, designed by Noongar artists Peter Farmer and Kylie Graham, incorporating two major design features; separate Aboriginal women’s symbols representing each member of the playing squad, patterned onto a series of significant waterholes in Whadjuk Country.
West Coast Fever’s Indigenous Round clash against the Lightning is proudly supported by Match Day Partner, Rio Tinto.
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