Indigenous Team of the Century

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The Indigenous Team of the Century (Australian rules football) was selected to recognise the role of Indigenous Australians in the sport. It was announced in 2005 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first senior level game played by an indigenous player in the Victorian/Australian Football League, Fitzroy's Joe Johnson.[1][2][3]

The panel's final selection from a short-list of 35 consisted of 24 players, 19 of whom have represented clubs competing in the Victorian/Australian Football League, whilst the remaining five were picked for their record in either the South Australian National Football League or the West Australian Football League.

Graham Farmer was named as the team's captain and Barry Cable was selected as the team's coach. Eight of the players were still active in the AFL at the time of being selected.

The Team[edit]

Indigenous Team of the Century (Australian rules football)
B: Chris Johnson (Fitzroy, Brisbane) Darryl White (Brisbane) Bill Dempsey (West Perth)
HB: Gavin Wanganeen (Essendon, Port Adelaide) Adam Goodes (Sydney) Norm McDonald (Essendon)
C: Peter Matera (South Fremantle, West Coast) Maurice Rioli (South Fremantle, Richmond) Michael Long (Essendon,West Torrens)
HF: Nicky Winmar (South Fremantle, St Kilda, Western Bulldogs) Stephen Michael (South Fremantle) Syd Jackson (East Perth, Carlton)
F: Chris Lewis (Claremont, West Coast) Michael O'Loughlin (Sydney, Central Districts) Jim Krakouer (Claremont, North Melbourne, St Kilda)
Foll: Graham Farmer (Captain) (East Perth, Geelong, West Perth) Andrew McLeod (Adelaide, Port Adelaide SANFL) Barry Cable (Perth, East Perth, North Melbourne)
Int: Michael McLean (Footscray, Brisbane) Byron Pickett (North Melbourne, Port Adelaide, Melbourne) Michael Graham (Sturt)
David Kantilla (South Adelaide) Ted Kilmurray (East Perth) Peter Burgoyne (Port Adelaide)
Coach: Barry Cable (former coach of North Melbourne)

An umpire, Glenn James, was also selected.[4][5]

The selection panel[edit]

The Indigenous Team of the Century selection panel consisted of:

Similar teams[edit]

The AFL announced its Team of the Century in 1996, which also featured Graham Farmer in the lead ruck position. Other ethnic based teams such as the Greek Team of the Century and Italian Team of the Century have also been announced. Many individual clubs have also named teams of the century,[6] with South Fremantle Football Club announcing their own Indigenous Team of the Century in July 2009.[7] The National Rugby League announced their Indigenous Team of the Century in 2008.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Farmer captain of top indigenous team (1 August 2005)
  2. ^ Gordon, Michael (2 August 2005 The PM, footy and symbolic reconciliation
  3. ^ "Albert "Pompey" Austin is acknowledged as being the first indigenous Australian to play in an organised Australian Rules football game", which he did when he played for Geelong in a match against Carlton on 25 May 1872 (Dickman, Sharron, "The tale of 'Pompey' Austin", Geelong Cats, 28 May 2014) — the match report is at Football: Geelong v. Carlton, The Geelong Advertiser, (Monday, 27 May 1872), p.3. For more about Austin, see Hay, Roy, "Albert ‘Pompey’ Austin, 1846?–1889: A Man between Two Worlds", Sports & Editorial Services Australia, 26 January 2017.
  4. ^ Timms, Aaron (2 August 2005) Honours for O'Loughlin, Goodes give the Swans timely boost
  5. ^ Team for the Ages
  6. ^ Full Points Footy listing of All Star Teams Archived 2009-04-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Wilson, Ray (3 July 2009) Bulldogs Top of the Talent Tree Archived 29 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Heming, Wayne (9 August 2008) Indigenous NRL team named