NAIDOC Round Good Recognition: Daye

Joey Daye gets his kick away. PHOTO - CAM WEDEMEYER - SUBIACO FC / 

SUBIACO's Joey Daye says he is looking forward to recognising the Indigenous influence on both the AFL and WAFL when he plays in the NAIDOC round this weekend.

The Lions have been well represented in past seasons by Indigenous talent including arguably the greatest ever Indigenous WAFL player, Sandover medalist Ali Pickett.

Des Headland, Antoni Grover, Sonny Dann, Martin Smith, Rhonen Maher and Buddy Pickett all Subiaco’s own products and current players.

The NAIDOC tradition originated from a match in 2007 between South Fremantle and Claremont, which was played for the Jimmy Melbourne Cup.

Melbourne is the first recorded Indigenous person to play organised senior football in Australia when he played for West Perth in 1900, and the first to win a premiership in 1901.

Daye, whose Indigenous heritage is one his mum’s side, said it’s a great concept.

“It’s good that the WAFL recognises it like the AFL does, the AFL in general it’s been really good,” he said.

“It’s a good way of just supporting and putting awareness out there for the Indigenous people and it’s good that the clubs and the whole league gets around it.”

“Growing up watching my god-father Michael Long was how I got into AFL and now watching youngsters like Eddie Betts, (Lance) Franklin, (Chris) Yarran, Cyril Rioli, all of the freaks it brings a bit of excitement to the game.

“Without these guys it wouldn’t be as exciting but put a few quick fellas and a few freakish blokes here and there and it changes the game.”

All nine clubs will wear indigenous themed jumpers featuring artwork by Aboriginal Artist Richard Waller. WAFL Umpires will also wear indigenous themed uniforms.

All round 15 matches will include NAIDOC celebrations before bounce down.

NAIDOC week is held nationally from July 3-10.



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