May 19th 2018
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. 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.
An, Indigenous medal (Wilson/Hartman), is presented to the best player on the ground on these days.
To all of the Indigenous players representing the TBFC and and kindred Clubs today, celebrate this day with pride.
An Indigenous Guernsey, especially designed by Harley Hall of the Ngarrindjeri Nation, will be worn on the day. The community symbols represent the 4 communities around Tailem Bend being, Murray bridge, Raukkan, Meningie and Tailem Bend. In the community symbols there are men, women and children sitting around together teaching and sharing knowledge and culture! The cross hatch represents the basket weaving, and the 18 dots represent the 18 clans that make up the nation. The line work represents the Ngarrindjeri nation!
* 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.
To all the Indigenous players representing the TBFC and kindred Clubs, celebrate this day with pride.