Murgon Mustangs' players plan solidarity war-dance
PLAYERS in the Murgon Mustangs might show their solidarity with AFL star Adam Goodes by performing a "war dance" at their game in Wondai tomorrow.
Ricky Collard, a former President of the Murgon Mustangs said a number of players wanted to do the war-dance after being hurt by the backlash against prominent indigenous Sydney Swans star Adam Goodes.
"Some of the kids said they wanted to do it and I don't see it as a bad thing," Mr Collard said.
Indigenous players make up for about 50% of the Mustangs' players and he said League was a good unifier for indigenous youth in South Burnett.
"In Murgon we put aboriginal art in our jerseys," he said.
"We do that as appreciation of the aboriginal people in our teams, they are equal to us."
Mr Collard said many of the young indigenous players wanted to show their solidarity after other prominent indigenous sporting stars came out in support of Mr Goodes.
Even though Mr Goodes plays a different code, he was still a major inspiration for young indigenous players in the team.
"It proves to the rest of the aboriginal community that they can do it," he said.
He said it was the war-dance was just a way for Mr Goodes and other players to express their heritage.
"It's an amazing culture," he said.