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2022 AFLW Indigenous Round launched and Honouree named

The AFL has announced Alicia Janz as this year's Indigenous Round Honouree

THE AFL is pleased to welcome the 2022 AFLW Indigenous Round in Round Eight of the 2022 NAB AFL Women’s Competition.

The AFLW Indigenous Round acknowledges the significant contribution of Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander peoples to Australian Football and the broader community. 

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In addition, the AFL is proud to announce Alicia Janz as this year’s AFLW Indigenous Round Honouree in recognition of her contribution to her community and the football industry. Alicia  - a proud Meriam Mir woman with connections to Erub island, in the eastern section of the Torres Strait, and becomes the second person to be acknowledged as the AFLW Indigenous Round Honouree, following Aunty Joy Murphy Wandin AO in 2021

As the first Torres Strait Island player in the NAB AFL Women’s Competition, Alicia Janz made her debut for Fremantle Dockers in 2017 until 2019. Alicia made the move to West Coast Eagles in 2020 as one of the inaugural members of the Eagles first women’s team.  

Off the field, Alicia previously played elite level netball for West Coast Fever and is currently an Operations Manager for the Deadly Sista Girlz mentor program, run through the Waalitj Foundation. Alicia has dedicated more than a decade of her life to the Deadly Sista Girlz program that aims to improve engagement and education of more than 1000 school-aged First Nations girls.  

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AFL Executive General Manager Inclusion and Social Policy Tanya Hosch said Alicia’s contribution to football is forming an incredible legacy for future generations.

“Alicia’s impact both on and off the field is evident through her work with the Deadly Sista Girlz mentor program as well as her leadership within the football community. She is committed to creating opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls in football and has strived to be a role model for her community and does so with passion, hard work and resilience.

“This is the second year we have had an official Indigenous round for the women’s competition, which is a powerful platform in highlighting the importance of understanding inclusion and respect of Indigenous peoples, cultures and which will always be prominent in our game. 

“The AFL is committed in ensuring Indigenous communities have the same access and opportunities in our game, from the grassroots level, all the way through to our pathways to the elite competitions,” Ms Hosch said.

As part of the dedicated round the AFL will pay its respects to the Traditional custodians of the land each match is played on, with ground signage at AFLW matches to feature the name of the Traditional Owners, and a representation of the Aboriginal Women’s art symbol on the outside of the centre circle.

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All fourteen AFLW clubs will wear specially designed Indigenous Round guernseys, each with a unique design and story signifying the rich culture of the Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander Peoples around the nation. 

In addition to clubs, the AFLW umpires will also unveil new uniforms designed by two students from Worawa Aboriginal College. The design is a collaboration of two separate pieces of artwork by current students Kyanna McIntosh and Kylinda Alice and will also be worn in the Men’s Competition during Sir Doug Nicholls Round.

General Manager Women’s Football Nicole Livingstone said the 2022 AFLW Indigenous Round was a fantastic opportunity for fans to celebrate the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in the football community. 

“This weekend is a celebration across our game – acknowledging and honouring the contribution from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women within our industry," said Ms. Livingstone.  

“We start off the round with a blockbuster match up between teams one and two on the ladder – Fremantle Dockers and Adelaide Crows – and over the next two weeks we will see the ladder shape up into a compelling finals series. 

“Indigenous Round has become a highlight of the fixture following its inaugural year in 2021, and we can’t wait to join our fans in supporting Indigenous stars on the field this weekend."

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