Fremantle Dockers Walyalup

Freo Announce Name Change To The Walyalup Dockers For Indigenous Rounds In AFL And AFLW

byTroy Mutton
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The Fremantle Dockers have announced this morning that they will be known as the Walyalup Football Club for future games played during the the AFL’s Indigenous Round (known as Sir Doug Nicholls Round in WA) and AFLW’s Indigenous.

It follows in the footsteps of the Melbourne Demons, who changed their name to the Naarm Football Club for Indigenous Rounds last year, and “has been in the works for the past two years.”

The new logo has been designed by Life Member and NGA Coach, Roger Hayden.

After playing Naarm in Sir Doug Nicholls Round last season, it’s fitting that the matchup will be repeated in 2023 at the MCG on Saturday 27 May.

The new logo will feature on the bottom left corner of this year’s Indigenous Jumper, which will be designed by star defender Alex Pearce.

“I am really proud to stand up here today and announce that an idea first raised at board level two years ago will finally come to fruition this year in Sir Doug Nicholls Round when our football Club will be referred to as the Walyalup Football Club,” Fremantle CEO Simon Garlick said.

“Walyalup is the Noongar country in and around Fremantle, and similar to the lead of Melbourne Football Club renaming to Narrm last season, we will be referred to as Walyalup in 2023… and fittingly we will face Narrm at the MCG on 27 May to kick off National Reconciliation Week.”

You can learn more via the Fremantle Dockers Website.

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