Buddy to Captain Indigenous All Stars
The AFL is pleased to announce that Hawthorn star Lance Franklin will captain the Indigenous All Stars when they take on the Richmond Football Club on Friday, February 8 at 7pm in Alice Springs.
Supported by the Coles AFL Indigenous program, the match will be played at Traeger Park and will showcase the Indigenous talent in the AFL.
Franklin said he is proud to captain the All Stars for the first time and looks forward to the match against Richmond.
"The Indigenous All Stars match is a really important event as it recognises the Indigenous Australians' contribution to the national competition.
"It's a chance for some of the best Indigenous talent from across the country to play together."
Michael O’Loughlin will coach the All Stars and will be assisted by Roger Hayden, Adam Goodes and Shaun Burgyone.
The match will follow the annual AFL Players’ Association Indigenous Camp that will take place in Alice Springs from February 5 to 7.
The three-day camp will bring together 60 Indigenous AFL players and will include an Indigenous leadership program and community visits.
All players attending the AFLPA Indigenous camp will be eligible to push for selection in the final All Stars squad which will take on Richmond.
Richmond will head to Alice Springs on February 6 to conduct its Australia Post AFL Community Camp ahead of the match.
Tickets to the match are on sale and can be purchased by calling 08 8952 1670, or from the following outlets:
•Centralian Sports, Ansett Building, Parsons Street, Alice Springs
•Dymocks Book Shop, Alice Springs Plaza, Alice Springs
•Hot Stuff 4 the Sporting Buff, Shop 6/10 Polana Centre, Alice Springs
Gates at Traeger Park will be open to ticket holders from 5pm and pre-match entertainment will include a performance from Manuel Nulupani Dhurrkay from the Saltwater Band.
The Indigenous All Stars will also perform their War Cry before the game commences.
The match between the Indigenous All Stars and Richmond Football Club is proudly supported by the Northern Territory Government.
Players attending the 2013 AFLPA Indigenous camp
Adelaide Crows:Cameron Ellis-Yolmen , Graham Johncock , Jared Petrenko
Brisbane Lions: Ashley McGrath
Carlton: Eddie Betts , Chris Yarran
Essendon: Alwyn Davey , Courtney Dempsey , Leroy Jetta , Nathan Lovett-Murray, Patrick Ryder
Fremantle: Jonathon Griffin, Michael Johnson, Danyle Pearce, Joshua Simpson, Michael Walters
Geelong Cats: Allen Christensen, Joel Hamling, Bradley Hartman, Steven Motlop Mathew Stokes, Travis Varcoe
Gold Coast Suns:Harley Bennell, Jarrod Harbrow, Brandon Matera, Steven May, Liam Patrick, Tim Sumner
Greater Western Sydney Giants: Shaun Edwards, Curtly Hampton, Gerald Ugle Zac Williams, Nathan Wilson
Hawthorn: Jed Anderson, Shaun Burgoyne, Amos Frank, Lance Franklin, Bradley Hill, Cyril Rioli, Derick Wanganeen
Melbourne: Dominic Barry, Aaron Davey, Neville Jetta
North Melbourne: Lindsay Thomas
Port Adelaide: Brendon Ah Chee, Jake Neade, Chad Wingard
Richmond: Shane Edwards
St Kilda: Terry Milera
Sydney Swans: Tony Armstrong, Adam Goodes, Lewis Jetta
West Coast Eagles: Jamie Bennell, Brad Dick, Joshua Hill, Murray Newman, Sharrod Wellingham
Western Bulldogs: Brett Goodes, Liam Jones, Koby Stevens