TWO rival Golden Rivers Football Netball League sides will unite tomorrow to celebrate their indigenous links.
Macorna and Wandella will clash for the inaugural Barapa Barapa Shield, with the game to become an annual fixture.
Although Hay has hosted indigenous matches during the past few seasons, tomorrow's game will be the first to occur involving two of the league's Victorian-based clubs.
"We thought about the idea last year after following the AFL (and its Sir Doug Nicholls Round), but got it instigated at the end of last season to put things in place for this year," Macorna president, Craig Campbell said.
"It's a step forward for the club. We've had a number of indigenous players play with us over the years, so it shows we're proud to have them around the club."
The Tigers approached Wandella to see whether the club would like to make it an annual fixture, with the GRFNL ensuring the game coincided with National Reconciliation Week.
"It is a great initiative by Macorna and we're happy they asked us to join in," Wandella president, Matt Messer said.
"We also have some indigenous players with us this year, so we are more than happy to take part."
Wandella will assess how the Tigers run tomorrow's celebrations and adapt it to next year's game, scheduled for the Wandella Recreation Reserve.
One added feature for next year's event will be the creation of guernseys marking the occasion, with both clubs committed for the one-off uniforms for the match in 2019.
"We'll see how things go this year and see if we can make it bigger and better again next year," Messer said.
For further details and event program pick up your copy of today's Gannawarra Times.