April 16: TB V Ramblers
Indigenous Day in Tailem Bend* is in appreciation of all the Indigenous players that have represented the TBFC, and it is also a celebration of their contribution to our Club.
The TBFC has significant ties with the Indigenous community, and we believe it is important that we recognise the contribution many Indigenous players have made to our Club.
Since the Clubs entry in to the RMFL in 1946 the Club has been represented by some wonderful players, most notably Richard “Dick” Kropinyeri – TBFC Hall of Fame Legend. Phil Kartinyeri, in the 50s – Kevin kropinyeri in the 60s – Alex Stengle, Matt Rigney in the 70s. Noel Hartman Jnr and Roger Wilson were stand out players in the late 80’s – early 90’s both winning RMFL Mail Medals. Mervyn Kartinyeri won three RMFL Mail Medals (97, 04, 05) and went on to play at SANFL level. And, of course many, many more fantastic players.
To all of the Indigenous players representing the TBFC and and kindred Clubs, celebrate this day with pride.
The especially designed Guernsey that the team will be wearing on the day will be auctioned post match.
* The origin of the name Tailem Bend is unknown although some believe it is derived from the Ngarrindjeri word ‘Thealem’ meaning bend. Another suggestion is that the name derives from an Aboriginal word meaning ‘to miss’ coming from the myth of the giant Murray cod, Ponde, who escaped from his hunter Ngurunderi for the second time in the area.