Published on: 5 June 2015

Round four of the PSA fixtures saw Christ Church’s First XVIII play a special Indigenous round game against Scotch. Before the game, Professor Leonard Collard performed a Welcome to Country then the boys took to the field in jumpers designed by Year 12 boy Calen Simpson-Lewis.

Despite the final score being in Scotch’s favour, Mr Drew McDonald, Teacher in Charge of Football said the boys played a great game.

“We were in front at three quarter time but with injuries, the boys ran out of puff in the last quarter and Scotch ran away with the game”.

At the conclusion of the game Irwin Lewis, old boy and grandfather to Calen Simpson-Lewis, presented trophies to the best players Jack Lewsey, Jake Stergiou and Zac Bowles.

Seven members of Christ Church’s First XVIII are from the School’s Indigenous Student Program. Mr Chris Miles, Indigenous Program Co-ordinator, said the boys were very excited in the lead up to the game.

“The boys were really proud and the game was an opportunity for them to showcase their talent on the footy field,” he said.

“It was great to see Indigenous old boys Samuel Petera and Isovaine Huddlestone return to Christ Church to present the team jumpers. It was also a privilege having our first Indigenous scholar and grandfather to Calen, Irwin Lewis, present trophies to the best players”.

Indigenous round started last year, following in the footsteps of the AFL in recognising and celebrating Indigenous involvement in the PSA competition. It was the initiative of a group of Indigenous co-ordinators, supported by the Wirrapanda Foundation.