Indigenous Team of the Century

Indigenous Team of the Century

The Australian rules football Indigenous Team of the Century was selected to recognise the role of Indigenous Australians in the sport. It was announced in 2005 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first senior game played by an indigenous player, Fitzroy's Joe Johnson. The panel's final selection from a short-list of 35 consisted of 24 players, 19 of whom have represented clubs competiting in the elite Victorian/Australian Football League, whilst the remaining five were picked for their record in either the South Australian National Football League or the West Australian Football League.

The Team

Aussie rules team | title = Indigenous Team of the Century
backpocket1 = Chris Johnson (Fitzroy, Brisbane)
fullback = Darryl White (Brisbane)
backpocket2 = Bill Dempsey (West Perth)
halfbackflank1 = Gavin Wanganeen (Essendon, Port Adelaide)
centrehalfback = Adam Goodes (Sydney)
halfbackflank2 = Norm McDonald (Essendon)
wing1 = Peter Matera (South Fremantle, West Coast)
centre = Maurice Rioli (South Fremantle, Richmond)
wing2 = Michael Long (Essendon)
halfforwardflank1 = Nicky Winmar (South Fremantle, St Kilda, Western Bulldogs)
centrehalfforward = Stephen Michael (South Fremantle)
halfforwardflank2 = Syd Jackson (Carlton)
forwardpocket1 = Chris Lewis (Claremont, West Coast)
fullforward = Michael O'Loughlin (Sydney)
forwardpocket2 = Jim Krakouer (Claremont, North Melbourne, St Kilda)
ruck = Graham Farmer (Captain) (East Perth, Geelong)
ruckrover = Andrew McLeod (Adelaide)
rover = Barry Cable (Perth, East Perth, North Melbourne)
interchange1 = Michael McLean (Footscray, Brisbane)
interchange2 = Byron Pickett (Kangaroos, Port Adelaide, Melbourne)
interchange3 = Michael Graham (Sturt)
interchange4 = David Kantilla (South Adelaide)
interchange5 = Ted Kilmurray (East Perth)
interchange6 = Peter Burgoyne (Port Adelaide)
coach = Barry Cable (former coach of North Melbourne)
An umpire, Glenn James, was also selected.

The Selection Panel

The Indigenous Team of the Century selection panel consisted of:
* Pat Dodson (AFL Indigenous Foundation Board Member)
* Ernie Dingo (Media Personality)
* Glenn James (Former Umpire)
* Kevin Sheedy (Essendon coach)
* Kevin Sheehan (AFL National Talent Manager)
* Mike Sheahan (Journalist)
* Michelangelo Rucci (Journalist)
* Col Hutchison (AFL Historian)

ee also

Greek Team of the Century
Italian Team of the Century

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