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Dreamtime at the 'G

 

Dreamtime at the 'G

Dreamtime at the 'G
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City or region Melbourne, Victoria
First contested 2005
Most wins Essendon (5 wins)
Most recent meeting 25 May 2013
Next meeting 31 May 2014
Broadcasters Network Ten (2005-2011)
Seven Network (2012-present)

Dreamtime at the 'G is an annual Australian rules football match between Australian Football League clubs Essendon and Richmond.

The name of the match comes from Australian Aboriginal mythology The Dreaming or Dreamtime and the Australian, but more specifically Victorian, colloquial reference to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the 'G, where the match takes place.

Since the 2007 season the match has been held on Saturday night of the AFL's Indigenous Round (round 9) on 26 May 2007.

The winning club is awarded the Kevin Sheedy Cup and the best player on the ground is awarded the Yiooken Award.

This annual match (which is part of the AFL Indigenous Round) was broadcast by Ten Sport and simulcast on both Channel Ten and One, being part of their 'Saturday Night Football'/'Dreamtime at the G' coverage; usually hosted by Stephen Quartermain, until the network were outbid for the television rights for the 2012–16 seasons inclusive; the Seven Network now televise the match as part of its expanded AFL coverage. Therefore, the match every year until 2016, is called by their 'Saturday Night Footy' team headed up by former VFL player Brian Taylor along with Luke Darcy, Matthew Richardson, Cameron Ling including Samantha Lane and Doctor Peter Larkins.

History

Dreamtime at the 'G was first held in 2005, with the aim being to celebrate the contribution of all indigenous players to the AFL.[1]

From 2006, the Yiooken Award has been awarded to the player judged best on ground in the match.[2] In 2007, following the success of the Dreamtime at the 'G match in 2005 and 2006, the AFL nominated a specific Indigenous Round (round 9) which has become an annual event in which the Dreamtime at the 'G match takes centre stage.

Notable matches

  • Round 6, 2006 saw Richmond escape with a two-point victory over Essendon after Jarrad Oakley-Nicholls scored the match winning behind with minutes remaining in the final quarter.
  • Round 9, 2007: With just under five minutes remaining, Richmond had a 12 point lead, which was pulled back by Essendon to level the match at 84-apiece (Richmond 12.12.(84) - Essendon 11.18.(84). Tigers full-forward Matthew Richardson thought he had kicked the match winning goal but it was pulled back, and a fifty-metre penalty was awarded, after Richardson had pushed his opponent in the back prior to kicking the goal. Essendon kicked the last 1.2.(8) of the match to win the game by eight points and deny Richmond what would have been their first win of the 2007 season.

The Long Walk

The match is associated with the pre-game ritual "The Long Walk",[3] which is a reconciliation program spearheaded by indigenous former Essendon player Michael Long. Prior to the game, Long and several other participants walk from Federation Square to the Melbourne Cricket Ground to promote reconciliation.

Curtain Raiser

A curtain-raiser match is held between two Indigenous football teams from around Australia and its territories.

Year Match/Series Name Team Team
2005[4] West Australian Clontarf Aboriginal Academy
Western Australia
vs Victorian Indigenous
Victoria
2006 No curtain-raiser match No curtain-raiser match
2007[5] Tiwi Bombers
Tiwi Islands
vs Rumbalara
Shepparton, Central Victoria
2008[6] Santa Teresa (Ltyentye Apurte)
Alice Springs, Northern Territory
vs Fitzroy Stars
Melbourne
2009[7] Imalu Tigers
Tiwi Islands
vs Brambuk Eels
Western Victoria
2010[8] Rio Tinto Challenge Cup Northern
Northern Australia
vs Southern
Southern Australia

Pre-match ceremony

Each year the game is preceded by an extravagant indigenous-based music and entertainment show. Performers in 2008 included Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody.

Match results

Year Home Team Score Away Team Score Attendance Yiooken Award Winner Football Club
2005 Richmond 14.8 (92) Essendon 9.12 (66) 49,975 -
2006 Essendon 13.17 (95) Richmond 13.19 (97) 58,439 Dean Polo (Richmond)[9]
2007 Richmond 12.12 (84) Essendon 12.20 (92) 61,837 James Hird (Essendon)[10]
2008 Essendon 10.12 (72) Richmond 16.14 (110) 60,333 Nathan Foley (Richmond)[11]
2009 Richmond 12.13 (85) Essendon 19.11 (125) 73,625 Jason Winderlich (Essendon)[12]
2010 Essendon 19.16 (130) Richmond 14.11 (95) 64,709 David Hille (Essendon) [13]
2011 Richmond 16.9 (105) Essendon 13.11 (89) 83,563 Trent Cotchin (Richmond) [14]
2012 Essendon 19.14 (128) Richmond 15.19 (109) 81,200 Brett Deledio (Richmond)
2013 Richmond 9.8 (62) Essendon 13.13 (91) 84,234 Jobe Watson (Essendon)

Wins

Essendon: 5 Richmond: 4

Kevin Sheedy Cup

Kevin Sheedy played 251 games for Richmond as, primarily, a back-pocket player, kicking 91 goals. He played in their 1969, 1973 and 1974 Premiership teams. He won the 1976 best & fairest award, captained the club in 1978, was named on their Team of the Century at left back-pocket and inducted into the Richmond Hall of Fame in 2002. He retired in 1979.

He then went on to coach Essendon from 1981 to 2007, amassing 635 games as coach and led the club to Premierships in 1984, 1985, 1993 & 2000. He was named as coach of the Essendon Team of the Century.

Sheedy's strong connection with both Essendon and Richmond, as well as his nurturing of Australian indigenous players as coach of Essendon, led to the Cup being named after him.

See also

References

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