29 May 2019
SCG supports National Reconciliation Week
The Sydney Cricket and Sports Grounds is proudly supporting National Reconciliation Week to help foster positive relationships and invite Australians from all backgrounds to contribute to a unified future for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
“National Reconciliation Week is an important time to reflect on our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to help us better understand how we can work towards a stronger future,” said SCG Chief Executive, Kerrie Mather.
“On Friday, we welcomed close to 35,000 fans through the gates for the Marn Grook game between the Swans and Collingwood – a fantastic celebration of Indigenous culture at our ground.
“We continue to be proud of our longstanding links to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, through the events that we host and those who travel to and play at our grounds.
“Every time we host a large ceremony, it is preceded by a Welcome to and Acknowledgement of Country to pay tribute to the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation where the SCG sits. Our longstanding connection to Indigenous culture will remain an important part of this ground in the future.”
To recognise National Reconciliation Week, the SCG is taking a look some of the most memorable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander characters and moments in the precinct’s history.
MUNDINE-GREEN: The Anthony Mundine-Danny Green fight at the SFS in 2006 is still the highest grossing pay-per view event in the history of Australian television. It stopped the nation with sports fans from across the country tuning in to watch Mundine win by decision after 12 rounds. His fabled fight with arch-rival Green remains one of the most recognisable events in the precinct’s history.
OUR FIRST: Lionel Morgan was the first Aboriginal sportsperson to represent a national team after being called into the Kangaroos side for two Tests against France in 1960 at the SCG. Morgan later admitted that he had been singled out for rough treatment as he pioneered a path for so many Indigenous athletes to follow in his footsteps in rugby league and Australian sport.
RARE TALENT: Jack Marsh is one of the most remembered sportsmen in SCG history. The talented cricketer played for NSW just after the turn of the century and was feared and targeted for his controversial yet effective bowling style. He tragically lost his life when he was killed in a pub brawl and to remember his legacy, the SCG established the ‘Jack Marsh Lecture’ in 2016.
ARTHUR THE GREAT: Roosters skipper Arthur Beetson remains one of the most respected figures in the history of the SCG. He led the club to premierships in 1974-75 and spent many years as a talent scout and coach before he died of a heart attack, aged 66. Beetson’s memorial service was held at the SCG, with the rugby league community coming together to pay tribute to the Indigenous great.
ONE OF THE BEST: Adam Goodes had a decorated career, finishing with 372 games across 17 seasons – the most of any other Indigenous player in the AFL. He won two premierships, two Brownlow Medals, three Bob Skilton Medals and was named Australian of the Year in 2014 for his relentless push for greater equality for Indigenous Australians. His legacy lives on at the SCG.
Click here to find out more about National Reconciliation Week.